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How To Make French Fries In The Air Fryer

Crispy and delicious, these air fryer fries are quick and easy to make! With just a few simple ingredients, you can make a healthier version that tastes better than restaurant french fries in your own kitchen in less than 30 minutes!
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time18 mins
Total Time28 mins
Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Servings: 8 people
Calories: 100kcal
Author: Amanda Mason


  • Air Fryer


  • 4 Idaho potatoes, (also called russet)
  • 1 Tablespoon avocado oil
  • ½ teaspoon garlic powder
  • ½ teaspoon ground pepper
  • 1 teaspoon seasoning salt
  • ½ teaspoon paprika


  • Peel the potatoes and then cut the potato lengthwise into ¼-inch thick slices.
  • Rinse the cut potatoes under running water in a colander for 1-2 minutes. Dry with paper towels. Set aside.
  • In a small bowl, combine the garlic powder, ground pepper, seasoning salt, and paprika. Stir until well combined.
  • Next, put the cut potatoes, avocado oil, and seasoning mixture in a gallon size plastic bag or large bowl. Seal and shake the bag until the cut potatoes are well coated and evenly combined.
  • Place the seasoned cut potatoes into the basket ensuring they are spread evenly and not overlapping. Work in batches if needed. Put the basket back in the air fryer and close.
  • Manually set the temperature to 400°F. Then, set the cook time to 18 minutes and press the power button.
  • Open the basket a couple of times during the cooking process to stir the fries around with a pair of tongs. This helps ensure the fries crispy evenly on both sides.
  • When the timer goes off, remove the pan. Wait 5 minutes before serving and then top with fresh chopped parsley and Parmesan cheese.


  • There is no need to preheat the air fryer when making this recipe.
  • The type of oil used matters. I use avocado oil because not only is it extremely healthy, but it does well in high heat. Olive oil and grape seed oil also work well. A good quality oil will produce the best results. If you have a flavor infused oil, use it to help intensify the flavors.
  • Can you skip soaking the potatoes? Yes. Some prefer to soak the freshly cut potatoes in cold water for 30 minutes or longer. This helps remove some of the starch which will result in a crispier texture. However, thoroughly rinsing them in cold water for 1-2 minutes also helps reduce some of the starch.
  • For average size fries, cut them ¼ inch thick. For steak fries, cut them ½ inch thick. The thicker the cut, the longer it will take to cook.
  • Keep the seasoned fries warm until ready to serve. Set the oven to 200°F to keep them warm and crisp on a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper.
  • The most simple way to top these fries is with freshly grated Parmesan cheese and fresh parsley. 
  • These can be made ahead of time by cutting the potatoes, soaking the potatoes, and then storing them in the water in the refrigerator for 12-24 hours. When you're ready to make them, drain the water, rinse, and dry them well with paper towels. From there, continue with the recipe as written.
  • You can also freeze the uncooked seasoned fries for up to 3 months. When ready to make, place the frozen french fries in the air fryer and cook at 400°F for 18-20 minutes.


Calories: 100kcal | Carbohydrates: 19g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 1g | Sodium: 296mg | Potassium: 444mg | Fiber: 1g | Vitamin A: 60IU | Vitamin C: 6.1mg | Calcium: 14mg | Iron: 0.9mg