Easy homemade Air Fryer Crispy French Fries

Making homemade crispy French fries in an air fryer is a fantastic way to get all the crunch and flavor of traditionally fried French fries, but with much less oil. Here’s an easy method to prepare them:


  • 2 large potatoes (Russet or Idaho potatoes are ideal for crispy fries)
  • 1-2 tablespoons olive oil
  • Salt, to taste
  • Optional seasonings: pepper, garlic powder, paprika, or your favorite herbs


  • Air fryer
  • Knife
  • Bowl
  • Paper towels


1. Prepare the Potatoes:

  • Peel the potatoes if you prefer them without skins. Otherwise, wash the skins thoroughly.
  • Cut the potatoes into strips about 1/4 inch wide. Try to keep them uniform for even cooking.

2. Soak the Potatoes:

  • Place the cut fries in a bowl of cold water. Let them soak for at least 30 minutes, or even better, up to an hour. This step removes excess starch, which helps in achieving maximum crispiness.

3. Dry the Potatoes:

  • After soaking, drain the water and lay the fries out on paper towels. Pat them thoroughly dry. Removing moisture is key to getting them crispy.

4. Season the Potatoes:

  • Once dry, transfer the fries back to the dry bowl. Toss them with olive oil and salt, and add any other seasonings you like. Ensure all the fries are evenly coated.

5. Preheat the Air Fryer:

  • Preheat your air fryer to 380°F (193°C). This ensures a hot environment that will start crisping the fries as soon as they hit the basket.

6. Cook the Fries:

  • Place the fries in the air fryer basket in a single layer. You might need to do this in batches depending on the size of your air fryer.
  • Cook for about 15-20 minutes. Shake the basket or toss the fries every 5 minutes to ensure even cooking. In the last few minutes, you can increase the temperature to 400°F (204°C) to add extra crispiness.

7. Season Again (Optional):

  • Once the fries are cooked and crispy, you can toss them with a bit more salt or seasoning if desired.

8. Serve:

  • Serve your crispy French fries hot, with your favorite dipping sauces like ketchup, mayo, or a custom aioli.

Tips for Perfect Air Fryer French Fries:

  • Do Not Overcrowd: Cooking in batches is important; overcrowding the basket will steam the fries, preventing them from crisping up.
  • Adjust Cooking Time: Depending on your air fryer model and the cut of your fries, cooking times may vary slightly. Adjust as necessary.
  • Experiment with Flavors: Don’t hesitate to try different seasoning mixes. French fries are versatile and can be customized to suit any flavor profile.

Enjoy your homemade air fryer French fries, a healthier option that doesn’t sacrifice any of the taste or texture of their deep-fried counterparts!

1 thought on “Easy homemade Air Fryer Crispy French Fries”

  1. Brilliant now this is what I call a beginners course for a nyone who is a real beginner and maybe a little anxious starting to use airfryer well done


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