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Homemade French Fries in the Air Fryer

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Honestly, there are few things better than salty, steaming, crispy french fries from scratch. And these are the best air fryer french fries. They’re crispy outside and fluffy inside and my entire family just loves them. Yours will too!

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Making fresh potato fries in the air fryer is my new favorite obsession.

During testing I made all kinds of fries using various methods: Soaking and not soaking, Double frying and single frying. And after numerous tests (and a lot of ketchup) this is THE perfect recipe.

There’s minimal prep work, and this recipe doesn’t require hours of soaking or planning ahead. The results are deliciously crispy on the outside, fluffy on the inside spuds.

These air fryer fries are the perfect solution for when you’re looking for a side dish that are kid (and potato loving husband approved)! They’re a healthier option to deep frying or store bought frozen fries, and I know exactly what’s in these: potatoes, a little oil, and salt.

You’re going to be as obsessed as I am with this easy and delicious air fryer french fry recipe. Thankfully, french fries go with everything!

A hand dipping a french fry in ketchup.

Why You’ll Love Homemade Air Fryer French Fries

  • It’s a ridiculously easy recipe
  • Perfect fries that are crispy on the outside fluffy on the inside
  • Healthier fries with a fraction of the oil than deep fried
  • No messy cleanup like with a deep fryer
  • Perfect side dish that goes with so many options
  • Everyone loves french fries!

Ingredients

This simple recipe requires only 3 basic ingredients.

A knife slicing potatoes.

Russet potatoes – Russet potatoes are the best for this recipe

Avocado Oil or Olive Oil

Salt – I use coarse Kosher salt for this recipe, but you can use table salt if that’s what you have on hand. After frying you can add more salt if needed.

Air Fryer – I have a 6qt Instant Vortex basket style air fryer, which will hold this size batch of french fries. Air fryer models are all different, so you may need to cook in batches depending on what size air fryer you have.

How to Make Homemade Fries in Air Fryer

Follow these instructions for the best air fryer french fries.

Step 1

a hand holding a french fry

Wash and scrub the potatoes really well and cut them into ¼” thick french fries. 

Step 2

A metal bowl holding french fries soaked in water.

Soak the fries in water for 30 minutes to remove the starch.

French fries on a yellow towel.

After soaking, rinse the potatoes until the water runs clear. Lay out fries on a towel and dry really well.

Tip: Removing the starch will allow the fries to brown evenly and crisp up evenly on the outside.

Step 3

A black spatula coating french fries in a metal bowl.

Preheat your air fryer to 350 degrees F. Add the fries to a mixing bowl with 1 tablespoon of oil, and toss to coat.

French fries in an air fryer basket.

Pour the fries into the hot air fryer. Do not wash the mixing bowl.

Fries in the air fryer basket.

Cook the fries for 15 minutes at 350 degrees F, shaking halfway through cooking.

Step 4

Salted french fries in a metal bowl.

Remove the fries from the air fryer basket and add back to the mixing bowl.

Gently toss the fries in 2 tablespoons of oil and 1/2 teaspoon salt. Turn the air fryer up to 400 degrees F.

Golden brown fries in the air fryer basket.

Add the fries back to the air fryer and fry for another 10-15 minutes at 400 degrees F. Shake every 5 minutes for even browning. Cook until all the fries are golden brown and crispy.

Pour the cooked fries onto a plate lined with paper towels and sprinkle with additional salt if needed. Serve hot.

Best Potatoes To Use for the Best Air Fryer French Fries

Russet or Idaho potatoes are great options to use for french fries. Russet potatoes are dense, high in starch, and low in moisture. A good second is Yukon gold potatoes, which will give the fries as creamy texture. Avoid using waxy potatoes.

I also like to use medium potatoes, about 5” long, that are roughly even in size so I get even-sized fries.

Close up of french fries with ketchup.

Variations

You can use this same recipe for air fryer sweet potato fries. Cook time may be slightly longer.

Sprinkle some onion powder and garlic powder or your favorite seasoning blend on the potatoes. I like the “Complete Seasoning” from Badia.

Tips & Tricks

These are my top tips and tricks for the best results with this air fryer french fries recipe.

  • Soak the potatoes in a large bowl of cold water to remove the excess starch, this will give you evenly browned, crispy fries.
  • Cut potatoes evenly so they cook evenly.
  • Avoid overcrowding the air fryer basket to avoid soggy fries. It’s ok if a few fries overlap.
  • After the first cook, toss in a little oil again for extra crispiness and flavor and cook on the salt. At this point, you can add fry seasoning.
  • Shake the basket every now and again for even browning and cooking.

How to Serve

These easy air fryer fries go with just about everything. These are a few of my favorite ways to serve them.

French fries on a wooden platter with ketchup. Lobster roll and chives in the back.

How to Store

Allow fries to cool completely before storing to avoid condensation.

Place in an airtight container. Leftover fries will be best for up to 3 days.

How Long To Reheat French Fries In The Air Fryer?

Reheat leftover french fries in the air fryer at 400°F for 2-5 minutes until crisp.

How Long Do You Cook Fries In An Air Fryer?

I like to cook fries for 15 minutes at 350 degrees F for about 15-20 minutes. Then I’ll take them out to add seasoning, turn the air fryer up to 400 degrees F, and cook for an additional 10-15 minutes.

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Recipe

Overhead image of french fries with ketchup

Air Fryer French Fries

Yield: 4 Servings
Prep Time: 40 minutes
Cook Time: 25 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour 5 minutes

Healthy and crispy french fries made in the air fryer! You won't believe how easy it is to make crispy and delicious fries without deep frying!

Ingredients

  • 2 medium (roughly 1 ½ lbs) Russet potatoes
  • 3 tablespoons of olive oil or avocado oil
  • ½ teaspoon salt, plus more to taste

Instructions

  1. Wash and scrub the potatoes really well and cut them into ¼” thick french fries. 
  2. Move the fries to a bowl and add enough water (warm or cold) to cover the potatoes by 1 inch. Soak the fries for 30 minutes to remove the starch.*
  3. After soaking, rinse the potatoes under cold water until the water runs clear. Lay out the fries on a towel and dry well.
  4. Preheat your air fryer to 350 degrees F and add the fries to a mixing bowl with 1 tablespoon of oil. Toss until well coated.
  5. Pour the fries into the hot air fryer, do not wash the bowl. Cook fries for 15 min at 350 degrees F, shaking halfway through cooking. The fries will be soft and browned in spots.
  6. Gently remove the fries and add them back to the mixing bowl. Toss in 2 tablespoons of oil and 1/2 teaspoon salt. Heat the air fryer to 400 degrees F.
  7. Add the fries back to the air fryer basket and continue frying for 10-15 minutes at 400 degrees F, shaking every 5 minutes. Cook until all the fries are golden brown and crispy.
  8. Pour the cooked french fries onto a plate lined with paper towels and sprinkle with additional salt. Serve hot.

Notes

  • Medium potatoes are about 5 inches in length, 2-3 inches wide. You do not need to peel them.
  • Soaking the potatoes first will make sure the outside of the fries are evenly browned and evenly crispy.

Nutrition Information:
Yield: 4 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 201Total Fat: 14gSaturated Fat: 2gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 11gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 273mgCarbohydrates: 18gFiber: 2gSugar: 1gProtein: 2g

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