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Air Fryer Frozen French Fries

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Way better than fast food, super crispy, healthy, and delicious, once you try these air fryer frozen french fries, you’ll never go back to takeout again! If you’re wondering how to cook frozen French fries in the air fryer, then look no further because this simple recipe teaches you everything you need to know about making the best crispy fries! The whole family will love these air-fried frozen fries. We can always depend on the air fryer to get the best results every single time!

air fryer frozen french fries on a plate with ketchup

Way tastier and healthier than fries deep-fried in oil, this crispy air fryer Frozen French fries recipe is the perfect easy side dish to accompany family dinners, lunches, game day, and much more.

Whenever we’re craving comfort food at home, we like to try out different, lightened up air fryer recipes such as these homemade air fryer frozen tots and these fries (which are absolutely the best!). Air fryers are great to have around because they allow dinner to be ready within minutes without having to turn the oven on–simple enough, right?

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Fast-food restaurant fries are incredibly delicious, but we try to avoid fast-food restaurants and deep frying food as much as possible.

With this recipe, we can make our very own crispy french fries at home and control the amounts of salt and different seasonings on them. We make these fries pretty often because they’re just so versatile and fun and taste even better than fast-food!

The best part about this recipe is that you can use different types of fries including curly fries, sweet potato, steak cut, crinkle cut fries, shoestring fries, and waffle fries: amazing. The French fry world is filled with so many options!

Once you try these fries in the air fryer, you’ll never go back to baking them in the oven or frying them in vegetable oil again. Simple, but the ultimate example of comfort food–this air fryer frozen french fries recipe is one of those recipes you can enjoy again and again!

The kids will love these fries with ketchup and a variety of dipping sauces such as burger sauce, ranch dressing, barbecue sauce, or paprika dip. You can dip these air fryer Frozen French fries in whatever your type of favorite sauce is!

Homemade fries made in the air fryer yield better results than any fry cooked in a deep fryer. No mess is involved with this recipe, and the clean-up is incredibly simple! This crispy air fryer recipe produces great results every single time.

👩🏽‍🍳 Why This Recipe Works

  • Simple ingredients: With just a few simple ingredients, you’ll have crispy fries ready in no time! We love this recipe because the prep time is so low!
  • Versatile: Serve these fries as an early appetizer before dinner or with your favorite onion rings as a side dish. You can even dress the fries up to be your main entree!
  • Family-friendly: Kids always love French fries, right? Totally kid-friendly, these fries are the perfect healthy snack addition for children’s lunches and lunchboxes.
  • Healthy: Made with whole ingredients only, these simple air fryer French fries are nutritious, guilt-free, gluten-free and a great vegetarian side dish for lunch or dinner.
  • Quick: These air fryer frozen French fries are made in less than 30 minutes! The cooking process is so simple!

🥘 Ingredients

You don’t need much for this recipe! These simple ingredients may already be in your pantry or you can easily find them at the local grocery store!

ingredients for air fryer frozen french fries
  • French fries: All kinds of brands of fries will work for this recipe. You can find different kinds of fries in the freezer aisle the grocery store.
  • Salt: Just a pinch of salt is all you’ll need!
  • Oil: Just a little cooking spray oil to maximize the crispiness with these fries!
  • Rosemary: Fresh rosemary is preferred, but dried rosemary will work, too!

🍽 Equipment

All you need is a quart-sized or larger Air Fryer. We like the Cosori air fryer brand, too.

📖 Variations

  • Tater Tots: Instead of making these fries, make delicious tater tots instead! Both are extremely delicious!
  • Air Fryer Potato Wedges: Rather than cooking frozen French fries, you can make homemade fries out of potato wedges! Just slice your potatoes into wedges, toss in a little bit of oil, salt and pepper, and place in your air fryer for 15 minutes at 400 degrees F (shake the basket every 5 minutes until done)
  • Different Seasonings: Sprinkle all types of seasonings on these fries such as garlic powder, onion powder, chili powder, paprika, cajun seasoning, taco seasoning, or even curry powder!
  • Different Type of Fries: You can make all kinds of frozen french fries in an air fryer! For example, to make waffle fries in the air fryer, cook for about 11 minutes. For lattice cut, 10 minutes. Shoestring, 8 minutes, etc.
  • Sweet Potato Fries: Make these even healthier by using sweet potato fries instead. These will take about 16 minutes to cook.
  • Leftovers: If you manage to have some fries leftover, turn them into cheese fries, fries loaded with chili, or just enjoy them with guacamole, sour cream, honey mustard, or a bowl of ketchup.

🔪 Instructions

See the complete list of ingredients and detailed instructions in the recipe card below!

Preheat Air Fryer, Coat with Oil: For the best French fries, preheat the air fryer for five minutes at 390 degrees Fahrenheit or 200 degrees Celsius. Next, place the frozen fries in air fryer basket. Make sure they are in a single layer for best results. Lightly spray with oil, toss, and repeat. Sprinkle with salt.

frozen french fries in air fryer basket sprayed with cooking spray

Cook & Flip: Place the air fryer basket into the air fryer and set the temperature back to 390°F/200°C and timer for ten minutes. Press start. After ten minutes, gently toss the fries and cook for another ten minutes. Check the fries after five minutes and gently shake them to prevent them from sticking together. Depending on the size of your air fryer (and the size of the french fries), you may have to cook these in batches!

frozen fries in air fryer basket

Remove from Air Fryer: Finally, remove fries from the air fryer. Sprinkle the air fryer fries with fresh rosemary and serve immediately with your favorite dipping sauce.

air fry frozen fries on a plate

❓Recipe FAQs

What is the best way to cook frozen French fries?

You can prepare frozen french fries in the regular oven, toaster oven, or even microwave — and while everyone prefers their fries cooked in different ways, we think the air fryer is the best hands down! This is because: 1) it takes less time, 2) the fries come out perfectly crispy every time 3) they taste deep fried with barely any oil!

How long to cook frozen French fries in the air fryer?

Different brands of air fryers will require different cooking times, but in general these fries should take about 10-20 minutes to cook completely at 390-400 degrees F.

Are air-fried French fries healthy?

Absolutely! If you choose a brand of frozen fries that is made with all natural ingredients, then these are way better for you than fries cooked in a deep fryer or at a restaurant. These fries have no extra unhealthy fats, are light and airy and lightly seasoned.

How to season air fryer French fries?

To season these fries, generously sprinkle salt over them or coat them with your other favorite types of seasonings!

Do I need to defrost these fries before cooking?

No you don’t – that’s the beautify of this recipe – there is almost no prep! Just put the frozen fries straight into the air fryer and begin cooking!

👨‍👩‍👧 How to Serve

You can serve these fries as a side dish or appetizer for any meal!

  • Serve these fries alongside sandwiches or burgers
  • With your favorite vegan tacos or burritos
  • As a snack or party food
  • Serve these fries with breakfast, brunch, or lunch
  • You can serve these yummy fries with air fryer broccoli or your other favorite veggies
  • With all kinds of dips including nacho cheese sauce, bbq sauce, ketchup, ranch dressing, and more!

💭 Expert Tips

  • Ensure fries are evenly coated in spray oil to make sure they don’t stick together and are golden brown when finished cooking. But don’t use too much oil or your fries may not stay crispy!
  • Cook these fries directly from the freezer. There is no need to thaw them.
  • Cooking time and air fryer settings will vary depending on the make, model, and size of the air fryer and if different air fryers brands are used.
  • Enjoy these air fryer frozen French fries warm for the best results.
  • Store leftovers in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to five days. To avoid soggy French fries, reheat fries in air fryer (at 350 degrees F for 5-8 minutes) until crispy.
  • Always use a preheated air fryer for crispier fries.
  • The exact cook times may vary with thin cut fries or the size of the fries.
frozen french fries made in the air fryer on a plate with ketchup and rosemary

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air fryer frozen french fries on a plate with ketchup
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5 from 6 votes

Air Fryer Frozen French Fries

If you're wondering how long to cook frozen French fries in the air fryer, then look no further because this simple recipe teaches you everything you need to know about the best crispy fries! The whole family will love these air-fried frozen fries. We can always depend on the air fryer to get the best results every single time!
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time20 mins
Total Time25 mins
Course: Appetizer, Main Course, Side Dish, Snack
Cuisine: American
Diet: Gluten Free, Vegan, Vegetarian
Servings: 4 servings
Calories: 332kcal
Author: Anjali Shah

Ingredients

  • 18 ounces French fries frozen; (500 grams)
  • pinch of salt
  • spray oil
  • fresh rosemary sprigs finely chopped

Instructions

  • Preheat the air fryer for five minutes at 390°F/200°C.
  • Place the French fries in the air fryer basket. Lightly spray with spray oil, toss, and repeat. Sprinkle with salt and toss.
  • Place the air fryer basket in the air fryer, set the temperature to 390°F/200°C and timer for ten minutes
  • After ten minutes, gently toss the French fries and cook for a further 10 minutes or until lightly golden. Check after five minutes and give the air fryer basket a gentle shake to ensure fries aren't sticking together.
  • Remove the basket from the air fryer, sprinkle with chopped fresh rosemary, and serve immediately with your favorite dipping sauce.

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Notes

  • Ensure fries are evenly coated in spray oil to make sure they don’t stick together and are golden brown when finished cooking. But don’t use too much oil or your fries may not stay crispy!
  • Cook these fries directly from the freezer. There is no need to thaw them.
  • Cooking time and air fryer settings will vary depending on the make, model, and size of the air fryer and if different air fryers brands are used.
  • Enjoy these air fryer frozen French fries warm for the best results.
  • Store leftovers in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to five days. To avoid soggy French fries, reheat fries in air fryer (at 350 degrees F for 5-8 minutes) until crispy.
  • Always use a preheated air fryer for crispier fries.
  • The exact cook times may vary with thin cut fries or the size of the fries.

Nutrition

Calories: 332kcal | Carbohydrates: 38g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 19g | Saturated Fat: 6g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 11g | Sodium: 625mg | Potassium: 549mg | Fiber: 6g

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10 responses to “Air Fryer Frozen French Fries”

  1. We love fries at home and they are even more better if made in an air fryer. This recipe will be easy for beginners who are still getting a hang of this appliance.5 stars

  2. I love how simple and easy this recipe is! What’s better than french fries?! I also have made sweet potato and carrot fries, they cook so well in the air fryer!5 stars

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