Bake Frozen French Fries in an Air Fryer

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The best frozen French fries can be made in an Air Fryer with just 2 minutes of prep time and 14 minutes in the fryer. * Crispy and ready for your favorite dipping sauce with or without a touch of olive oil.

french fries on a plate with two dipping sauces. Jump to:
  • Frozen french fries can be cooked perfectly in this method.
  • The crispiness is much greater than with baking.
  • Much less oil and more health benefits than traditional French fries.
  • Fast than baking in the oven
  • Toss the air fryer in the dishwasher after use. * placed in the dishwasher's basket
  • This is a two-minute-prep, 16-minute-cook meal that is ridiculously simple.

How to assemble the components

ingredients for making frozen french fries in air fryer.
  • I used thin cut potato French fries, but you could just as easily use curly fries, waffle fries, crinkle cut fries, shoestring fries, steak fries, or sweet potato fries. How long they need to be cooked depends on their thickness.
  • Vegetable oils, including olive oil, are interchangeable; so are a few sprays of cooking spray. Fries won't turn out as crispy or colorful without oil, but you can always leave it out if you want to.
  • Check the bag to see if the fries already have salt added before you sprinkle any on top.
  • Steak seasoning, Elote seasoning, and ranch seasoning are three of my personal favorites that can be added to the mix.

DIY Instructions

collage showing how to cook frozen french fries in air fryer.
  1. Throw frozen fries into a bowl or onto a plate.
  2. Douse with olive oil.
  3. Toss in the salt and the oil, making sure it is distributed as evenly as possible across the fries.
  4. Put them in an air fryer that has been preheated. * basket
  5. Shake the basket after 7 minutes at 400°F (200°C) in the air fryer.
  6. Continue air-frying at 400°F (200°C) for 7 minutes, then serve immediately.
french fries on a plate with two dipping sauces.
  • Start preheating your air fryer. * for the most efficient and uniform cooking
  • Fries can be cooked directly from frozen; there's no need to defrost them first.
  • Fries are better when salted before cooking, when the oil aids salt adhesion.
  • Fries cooked in a single layer become crispier, so do this if at all possible.
  • The fries will not be as crispy if you layer them, and the cooking time will increase accordingly. Never put more than half of your eggs in the basket.
  • Get the best results by shaking them for two thirds of the way.
  • Dipping sauces are highly recommended, and I recommend ketchup, chipotle ranch dressing, honey mustard, and barbecue sauce.
  • Refrigerate leftovers in an airtight container for up to four days; however, they are best eaten soon after cooking.
  • Air fry potatoes again for 5 minutes at 300F (150C) to reheat.

Get more information about your air fryer here. * concerns? Have a look at my Air Fryer Frequently Asked Questions!

Can frozen French fries be prepared in an air fryer?

That's the best way to cook them, without a doubt

When using an air fryer, how long do you cook frozen French fries?

12- 14 minutes at 400 degrees Fahrenheit (200 degrees Celsius) in the oven or air fryer. Time to cook will vary according to air fryer and fry thickness. Cook in 5 minute intervals if you have any doubts.

Which begs the question: should I thaw my frozen french fries before popping them into my air fryer?

Yes, always preheat your air fryer for the quickest, most even cook.

In what ways can frozen french fries be seasoned?

Frozen French fries can be seasoned in a variety of ways. Salt is my go-to, but a variety of spices and spice blends, such as elote seasoning, steak seasoning, and ranch seasoning, are also delicious additions. Or sprinkle some nutritional yeast on top once they're done cooking.

a french fry being dipped in ketchup.

Looking for additional quick and easy air fryer sides like these? * Potato chips

Don't forget to check out my comprehensive article on using an air fryer to prepare frozen foods.

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Recipe

close up of french fries on a plate.
  • For 5 minutes, preheat your air fryer at 400 degrees Fahrenheit (200 degrees Celsius).
  • Put the frozen fries in a bowl or on a plate, and sprinkle with salt and olive oil. To ensure that the oil and salt are distributed evenly throughout the fries, mix well.
    1 cup of frozen ketchup, Olive oil, 1 teaspoon a pinch of kosher salt
  • Air fry the fries at 400 degrees Fahrenheit (200 degrees Celsius) for 12-14 minutes, shaking the basket once halfway through cooking.
  • Serve right away as an appetizer, a side dish, or dipped in a sauce of your choosing.
 
  • I used thin cut potato French fries, but you could also use curly fries, waffle fries, crinkle cut fries, or sweet potato fries.
  • You can use another type of vegetable oil or even some cooking spray in place of the olive oil if you prefer. Oil is optional, but it improves the fries' crispiness and color.
  • Depending on the seasoning level already present in the bag of fries, you may not need to add any salt.
  • Steak seasoning, Elote seasoning, and ranch seasoning are some of my other go-tos, but feel free to experiment with your own flavors!
 
  • Turn on the air fryer. * if you want to get dinner on the table quickly and reliably,
  • French fries can be cooked directly from frozen; there is no need to defrost them first.
  • Fries should be salted before they go in the oven so that the salt can adhere to the oil.
  • Make sure to cook your fries in a single layer for the crispiest results.
  • Fries can be layered if necessary, but this will reduce their crispiness and increase the cooking time. Never put more than half of the contents in the basket.
  • Give them a good, thorough shaking.
  • Keep leftovers in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 4 days, but eat them within 2 hours of frying for the best flavor.
  • Reheat french fries in an air fryer. * at 300 degrees Fahrenheit (150 degrees Celsius) for 5 minutes
Calories: 408 kcal | Carbohydrates: 45 g | Protein: 4 g | Fat: 24 g | Trans Fats: 7 g | Sodium: 1026 mg | Potassium: 645 mg | Fiber: 7 g | Vitamin C: 9 mg | Calcium: 14 mg | Iron: 2 mg

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