Crispy on the outside, soft and pillowy on the inside, these delicious Air Fryer French Fries are so easy to prepare using a fraction of the oil. A healthier alternative to traditional deep frying!
These fries cook in less than 20 minutes per batch and cleanup is a BREEZE. They’re one of my very favorite side dishes made easy (and healthier)… YES! Another bonus is that the air fryer method is more budget-friendly than traditional frying, because you barely use any oil.
Your Simple Ingredients
- Russet potatoes
- Olive oil
- Salt and black pepper
How to Air Fry French Fries
Following is a brief overview – please see the recipe card for full detailed instructions.
- Cut the potatoes into ½ inch sticks. I choose not to peel my potatoes, but feel free to peel them if that’s your preference.
- Soak the cut potatoes in a bowl of ice water for at least 30 minutes.
- Drain the potatoes in a colander and rinse again with water.
- Pat dry using paper towels or a clean dish towel. Preheat your air fryer to 390 degrees F.
- Place cut potatoes in a large bowl. Drizzle oil over the potatoes and sprinkle with salt and pepper. Toss to coat as evenly as possible.
- Arrange fries in a single layer in your air fryer basket.
- Air fry for 8 minutes, then flip the potatoes. Cook for an additional 5 to 8 minutes, or until golden brown and crispy.
Frequently Asked Questions
My fries take about 14 minutes total. Since different brands of air fryers vary, yours may take a little less or a little longer. The time will also depend on how thick or thin your fries are.
I cook my fries at 390 degrees F and they turn out perfectly crispy and delicious every time!
Yes. Soaking your potatoes in water is very important, as it draws out starch on the outside of the potatoes, giving the fries a more crispy texture.
The sky is the limit when it comes to seasonings! Here are a few suggestions (other than salt and pepper) if you want to get creative:
- Seasoned salt
- Garlic powder
- Old Bay Seasoning
- Smoked paprika
- Italian seasoning
- Cajun seasoning
- Onion powder
- Cayenne pepper (if you really love HEAT!)
More Potato Deliciousness
Air Fryer French Fries
- 3 russet potatoes, rinsed and scrubbed clean about 1 ¼ pounds
- 2 teaspoons olive oil
- ½ teaspoon salt
- ½ teaspoon black pepper
- Cut potatoes lengthwise into ½ inch sticks.
- Place cut potatoes in a large bowl of ice water and soak for at least 30 minutes.
- Drain in a colander and rinse with water.
- Pat dry using paper towels or a clean dish towel.
- Preheat your air fryer to 390 degrees F.
- Place cut potatoes in a large bowl (I rinse and dry the bowl I used for soaking) and drizzle with olive oil. Sprinkle with salt and pepper. Toss to coat as evenly as possible.
- Arrange cut potatoes in a single layer in your air fryer basket (all the potatoes will not fit in a single layer, you'll be cooking in batches). Cook for 8 minutes, then flip potatoes. Cook an additional 5 to 8 minutes, or until golden brown and crispy (check at 5 minutes).
- When all the batches are done, place all the fries in air fryer basket and heat for 1 to 2 minutes.
If provided, nutritional info is a courtesy, is not guaranteed and should only be considered as a guideline.