Crispy Air Fryer French Fries are made with just a small amount of oil but taste super delicious! You will never use your deep fryer again because making fries in the Air Fryer saves calories without sacrificing taste and crispiness. My whole family loves them!
Homemade French Fries are always a hit in our house, especially when they’re made in the Air Fryer instead of in the oven. The Air Fryer makes them crispy but you only need to use a really small amount of oil. Perfect to satisfy your fast food cravings in a healthier way! We love to serve these Air Fryer Fries alongside our favorite Air Fryer Chicken Wings or Air Fryer Chicken Tenders.
What are the advantages of making French Fries in an Air Fryer?
- You need less oil.
- It heats up really fast.
- It cooks faster than a traditional oven.
- The fries get crispy on all sides.
The only con, in my opinion, is that the basket of the Air Fryer is often not big enough. If you have a smaller model you might need to cook the fries in batches. We love our Philips XL Airfryer! It comes with a really large basket that is big enough to cook a whole chicken in it, perfect for a bigger family or if you have a really hungry husband!
Tips and Tricks for Making French Fries in the Air Fryer
- Which potatoes are best for making fries? High starch potatoes like Russet potatoes are best because they’re denser and have the least amount of moisture in them. Waxy potatoes have more water in them which will evaporate while cooking and leave you with hollow centers.
- Soaking the cut fries in water removes excess starch. This helps achieve maximum crispness and prevents that the fries stick together.
- You should let the potatoes soak in the water for at least 30 mins but 2 or 3 hours are best!
- After draining the water use kitchen paper to remove as much moisture as possible. The fries should be really dry.
- Don’t overcrowd the basket or the fries won’t get crispy and will stick together.
- If you’re using a smaller air fryer, you may need to cook in two or more batches.
- Shake the basket with the fries frequently to achieve maximum crispiness and evenly cooked fries.
- Sprinkle the fries with the seasoning as soon as they come out of the air fryer so the seasoning will stick to the fries.
- Air Fryer french fries lose their crispiness faster than deep fried fries so it’s best to eat them as soon as they are done and not keep them warm for a long time.
How to make CRISPY Homemade French Fries?
The key to making crispy homemade French Fries is using large Russet potatoes and soaking the cut fries in cold water for a few hours to remove part of the starch. It’s also important to remove as much moisture as possible before tossing them in oil. Not overcrowding the Air Fryer basket also improves the crispiness.
How to cut french fries?
Using a french fry potato cutter or a mandoline is the easiest way to cut evenly sized french fries. But you can also just use a knife and cut them as evenly as possible. If you like thicker fries you might need to add 2-3 minutes to the cooking time.
How to make air fryer frozen french fries?
On busy days when we don’t have the time to soak and cut the potatoes ourselves, we love to make frozen fries from the supermarket in the Air Fryer. They get so crispy and taste like freshly deep fried! So much tastier than making them in the oven. We cook 1/2 pound of frozen fries for about 20 minutes at 400°F.
Try my AirFryer Chicken Drumsticks next!
Tools used for making this Air Fryer French Fries Recipe
Air Fryer: This is the Air Fryer we have. If you have a large family you may want to get an even bigger one like this model.
Potato Cutter: This French Fry Potato Cutter makes it super easy to make evenly sized fries.
French Fries Seasoning: Using a fun seasoning is the perfect way to customize your homemade french fries!
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Air Fryer French Fries
- 2 large russet potatoes
- 2 cups ice cubes
- 1 Tbsp peanut oil, or olive oil
- 1 tsp salt
- Peel and cut the potatoes into 3/8-by-3/8-inch batons.
- Put them in a bowl with cold water and two cups ice cubes for at least 30 minutes. Drain them and pat them dry with kitchen paper.
- Preheat the Airfryer to 360°F (182°C).
- Combine potatoes and oil in a large bowl and toss to coat. Transfer them to the Airfryer basket. Set the timer for 25 minutes.
- Every 5 minutes slide out the basket and shake the french fries.
- Fry until the time is up and the fries are golden brown. Season to taste with salt or french fry seasoning and serve immediately.
For comparison: A medium portion of French Fries (110g) at Mc Donald’s has 350kcal!
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