Air Fryer Frozen French Fries
Make perfectly crispy fries every time following our simple step-by-step instructions on how to make Air Fryer Frozen French Fries.
We have heard so much about how amazing the air fryer is for cooking frozen french fries that we had to give it a try ourselves. We tested 3 types of frozen french fries in the air fryer to determine the temperatures and times that give you the best results for perfectly crispy fries.
This simple way to make french fries means you can make easy recipes like our Loaded Steak Fries, or Loaded Cheeseburger Fries on game day or you can just serve them as a side for your Air Fryer Burger!
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What You’ll Need
- Frozen French Fries
- Air Fryer
That’s it! We wanted to give you all the information you need to make the BEST french fries in the air fryer so we tried out 3 different types, regular fries (Melinda’s favorite), crinkle cut fries, and waffle fries (my favorite).
We used a 3 quart Philips Air Fryer with a 1.8 lb capacity. If you use a larger fryer and use the same amount of fries listed here they will cook faster so you will need to adjust your time.
How Do You Cook Frozen Fries in an Air Fryer?
Preheat – Start by preheating your air fryer. It isn’t a requirement but we have found that you get the best, and most even cooking results if you preheat your air fryer for 2-3 minutes before yous tart cooking.
Add the Fries – We added 10 ounces of french fries to the fryer basket and then put the basket in the fryer and set the timer (see times for different types of fries below).
Toss the Fries – Halfway through the cooking time remove the basket and toss the fries so that the fries on the bottom come to the top. If you are adding salt to your fries this is a good time to do it. Spray the fries with a little cooking spray, this will help the salt stick to the fries, then sprinkle on the salt and reinsert the basket to continue cooking.
That’s it! When the fries finish cooking they are perfectly crisp and there isn’t all of the greasy oil you’d have with regular fries.
How Long Do You Cook Frozen Fries in an Air Fryer?
Regular Fries – Regular straight cut fries are cooked at 400 degrees F for 10 minutes. Halfway through the cooking time you should remove the basket and toss the fries well before continuing to cook. If you want these to be super crispy you can cook them for 15 minutes tossing halfway through.
Crinkle Cut Fries – These fries tend to be a bit thicker and we found that they needed just a little longer in the air fryer to get them nice and crisp. Cook them at 400 degrees F for 14 minutes, stopping halfway through to toss. This gives you perfectly cooked, crisp french fries.
Waffle Fries – These are my favorite! Even though it is a big fry the holes cut in it make the pieces of potato thin so they cook pretty quickly. We got the best results when we cooked them at 400 degrees F for 10 minutes, stopping halfway through to toss the fries. This gets the waffle fries very crisp. You can reduce the time to 8 minutes if you like them slightly less crispy.
No, you do not need to defrost them, in fact you should not defrost them. Frozen fries should go straight from the freezer to the air fryer. Defrosting them will cause them to get mushy.
I wouldn’t say fries themselves are very healthy but if you are going to eat them using an air fryer is the healthiest way to make them. By eliminating the oil and using an airy fryer instead of an oil fryer you get the same crispy results as you do with an oil fryer without all of that added fat.
Air Fryer French Fries
- 10 ounces Frozen french fries
- Cooking spray
- Salt to taste
- Preheat the air fryer to 400 degrees F for 2-3 minutes.
- Place the fries in the fryer basket and then put the basket in the fryer and set the timer: Regular fries – 10 minutes, Crinkle Cut fries – 14 minutes, Waffle fries – 10 minutes.
- Halfway through the cooking time remove the basket and toss the fries so that the fries on the bottom come to the top. If you are adding salt to your fries this is a good time to do it. Spray the fries with a little cooking spray, this will help the salt stick to the fries, then sprinkle on the salt and reinsert the basket to continue cooking.
- When the timer is up remove the fries and serve immediately.