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Air fryer French fries on a black plate lined with parchment paper.

Air Fryer French Fries

Delicious crispy French fries are a breeze to prepare in your air fryer with easy cleanup!
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 16 minutes
Soak Time 30 minutes
Servings 4


  • 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.