The Best Easy Air Fryer French Fries Recipe – delicious, crispy and crunchy french fries that taste just like your favorite restaurant – but a healthier french fry you can feel good about serving your family.
This french fry recipe uses an air fryer – but is the exact same recipe as my Crunchy Baked French Fries Recipe – a top post on Sweet C’s since 2011!
These fries taste incredibly indulgent and delicious – with a fraction of the oil of regular french fries.
We’re also using olive oil, for an omega 3 packed oil that is healthier than vegetable oil like a deep fryer.
This recipe will get you delicious crispy french fries that cook in about 15 minutes – right in your air fryer basket for easy cleanup!
If you can cut potatoes, you can master this easy method to cook the fries in an air fryer – without deep frying.
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I get a lot of questions and comments on my posts, so I put a lot of information in them for my readers.
If you’d like to skip over my tips and tricks to getting the best easy french fries from your air fryer, please scroll to the bottom of the page where you will find the recipe.
What Is an Air Fryer
If you’ve never heard of an air fryer, it’s a bit like an Instant Pot – but for fried foods.
An air fryer is a medium sized kitchen appliance that is easy to use with a ton of different foods. Air fryers provide lightning quick cook times and easy cleanup – with about 2 tablespoons of oil instead of quarts like a traditional deep fryer.
I have a Phillips Air Fryer I got from my parents – and we’re loving it!
We also have a Ninja Foodie – and I love how it acts as both an air fryer AND a pressure cooker – all in one!
Air fryers are super easy, quick, and make cleanup a breeze.
I can’t wait to make more recipes in it!
These healthier french fries are one of my favorite uses for this machine, ever!
Tips To Perfect Crispy French Fries
These easy tips and tricks will help to ensure the best crunchy air fried french fries, every time – without the oil. Oil is easiest – but these will give you a fried crunch, without oil.
-Use russet potatoes for a classic french fry flavor.
Leave skins on, but be sure to wash potatoes well and scrub off any excess dirt, remove any eyes or bruises.
-Cut potatoes with a mandoline for easy, perfect sticks that will crisp up well.
-Make sure your fries soak for at least one hour in a large bowl of cold water – preferably changing the water after 20 minutes or 30 minutes with fresh new cold water.
Soaking in water helps remove some of the starch, which will help them crisp up better!
-Make sure your fries are VERY dry after their little bath.
Pat them with paper towels or a clean dish towel to be sure there is no residual moisture.
Wet fries = soggy fries.
-Always cook fries in a single layer.
Allowing fries to have room away from each other while air frying helps them cook faster and get crunchier.
Fries that have plenty of space to cook should not stick to the air fryer basket and should come out with a gentile shaking of the basket.
Sometimes I will add more fries to the basket and simply increase cooktime a few minutes, shaking often to make sure the heat is evenly distributed.
-Adjust cook time as needed.
I watch my french fries closely while cooking, and make adjustments as needed.
Every oven and air fryer is different, and I’ve noticed a ton of things impact cook time and even something as small as the humidity in the air can impact cook time.
-Rest cooked fries in dry, hot air.
I line a baking sheet with paper towels and place a cooling rack over it. When each batch is done from the air fryer, I toss them on the cooling rack and pop the baking sheet in the oven.
I set the oven as low as possible – about 200-250 degrees at the most- to keep the fries warm. This also lets any excess oil drip off, and prevents fries from becoming cold or soggy.
Reheating Leftover Fries
This recipe is good as a side for about 6 people.
The fries are best eaten hot- but you can add a dash of oil in a pan, as well as some garlic to heat them a second time.
Learn more about reheating fries in my post- Turn Leftover Fries into Garlic Truffle Fries.
It’s shockingly delicious, and a great way to reheat leftover french fries!
French Fry Seasoning Ideas
These french fries are so delicious because they can be made with all sorts of different flavors and seasonings – try some of these easy ideas, or come up with your own!
Adding different powders and seasonings will help your fries take on new flavors easily – try some of these or come up with your own!
-Add onion powder or garlic powder over oiled fries for a bit more flavor.
-Add herbs de provence salt for a rustic French twist.
-Cajun seasoning sprinkled over fries gives a spicy Five Guys like french fry flavor – straight from your air fryer.
-Brush fries in the final 15 minutes of baking time with butter, diced garlic, and finely diced parsley for sinfully rich garlic butter fries.
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The Best Easy Air Fryer French Fries Recipe - delicious, crispy and crunchy french fries that taste just like your favorite restaurant - but a healthier french fry you can feel good about serving your family.
- 3 large russet potatoes
- 2-3 tablespoons olive oil
- Sea salt and pepper, to taste
- Using a mandoline, slice the potatoes into fries. I don't worry too much about the size of fry I am making- some are bigger, and some are smaller. That's fine!
- Next, place your spuds in a nice cool water bath. Completely submerge the fries in water.
- Let fries sit one hour. This helps to remove excess starch and will help the fries crisp up more in the oven.
- Preheat air fryer to 375 degrees.
- After an hour, drain the water, and pat fries dry with a paper towel.
- Toss with a couple tablespoons of olive oil, salt and pepper.
- Add fries to bottom of air fryer basket, making sure they are all on the same level (don't stack them on top of each other.)
- Cook 13 minutes, until crispy and golden brown.
- Place on a baking sheet lined with paper towels and a cooling rack over it.
- Place in warm oven (set to the minimum temperature, not over 250 degrees) and let rest while other batches of fries are cooking.
- Serve hot and enjoy.
Amount Per Serving Calories 205Total Fat 7gSaturated Fat 1gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 6gCholesterol 0mgSodium 70mgCarbohydrates 32gFiber 3gSugar 2gProtein 4g