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These Air Fryer Frozen French Fries come out exactly like your favorite fast food fries! They are crispy, golden on the outside and perfectly soft on the inside. So much better than frying or baking!

Try these homemade, sweet potato and the baked fries in the air fryer. They are truly the best way to make potatoes!

Frozen French Fries cooked in the air fryer.

Air Fryer French Fries

Say goodbye to the guilt of indulging in french fries! When you are craving that salty, crispy hot fresh french fry, air frying is the only way to go. They taste just like they’ve been fried in oil, but they are not! They are so much healthier for you, and the taste is amazing. I used to bake my frozen french fries so I wouldn’t have to fry them and I’d feel better about serving them to my family. But the taste and texture always fell a little short. You have to try this air fryer recipe. It will change the way you eat your french fries forever.

Air Frying has changed the way I cook so many things. From steak, to chicken, to even pizza, the air fryer makes them faster, healthier and so much better. With this air fryer frozen fry recipe you get all the taste and texture of fried french fries but without all the oil and fat and so much faster than in the oven. It’s a total winner in my book.

Ingredients for Air Fryer Fries

As you can guess, there are not too many ingredients to this simple recipe. Pick your favorite brand and type of frozen french fries. These are so good, you’ll want to keep a few bags in the freezer so you always have them on hand.

  • Frozen French Fries:  16 oz bag is all you need. If you have a bigger bag you’ll need to cook them in batches.
  • Salt to Taste:  I really like to use season salt here.
  • Olive Oil Spray:  Just to help the salt stick to the fires.

What Size Air Fryer Do I Need to Make French Fries?

I use my 6-quart Beautiful by Drew Barrymore air fryer, but if you are making smaller batches for one or two people, you might want to consider a small air fryer like this 2-quart digital one that’s available on Amazon for around $60.

Let’s Make some French Fries!

These frozen fries become transformed by the air fryer! In a matter of minutes you have incredible fries ready to be devoured. It’s a total meal saver when you need a side dish to go with your ultimate tuna melt or toasted cheese. Or just when you need a salty good snack.

  • Place:  Place your frozen fries in the air fryer basket.
  • Season:  Spray with olive oil lightly and sprinkle with desired salt.
  • Bake: Air fry at 400 degrees for 10 minutes. Give the basket a good shake and cook for 5-8 minutes more or till done as you like them.

Up close picture of french fries in air fryer basket.

Tips for the Best Air Fryer Frozen Fries

  • Shake it up: To make sure your fires all get crispy and cooked evenly be sure to toss them gently half way through. You’ll want to rotate the bottom to the top and move them around. You can shake them up more than once, if you’d like. Some air fryers rotate, but you’ll still want to check and see how they’re doing half way through.
  • Don’t Overfill:  For frozen fries you don’t want to fill your air fryer more than half to 3/4 full. You do not have to put frozen fries in a single layer, but you for do not want to over crowd the basket. You may end up with undercooked fries.
  • Crispier:  Depending on the thickness and type of fry you use, you might need to increase or decrease the cooking time. The longer you cook the fries, the crispier they will become.

Different types of Fries

There are several types of fries and so they will cook a bit differently. These are good suggestions for starting times.

  • Crinkle-Cut/Waffle Fries: 10-11 minute
  • Sweet Potato Fries: 16 minute
  • Lattice Cut Fries:  10-11 minute
  • Shoestring Fries: 8-10 minute

How to Serve Air Fryer Frozen French Fries

These french fries are going to be so tempting you may not need to worry about serving them with sauces. They’ll be gone before you can get them out of the basket. But if you can keep the fingers out of the air fryer, there are many ways to serve these frozen french fries. Ketchup is the original sauce that was made for french fries, but there are other sauces to dunk these air fryer fries in.

  • Fry Sauce: This amazing sauce was solely invented to go with french fries. It’s a grown up version of ketchup and it is divine. In my home it has replaced ketchup and mayo on hamburgers even. It’s so good!
  • Yum Yum Sauce: This popular sauce is light, sweet and tangy! An excellent choice!
  • Cheese Sauce: Cover the golden fries in a rich thick cheesy sauce that’s going to knock your socks off.
  • Ranch Dressing:  As my kids would say, everything’s better with ranch dressing!
  • Make your Own Sauce: Mix your favorite spices with a bit of mayo and ketchup to create a unique sauce of your own. Add chipotle chili powder, garlic powder, and onion powder with mayo and ketchup for a spicy western sauce that’s awesome. There are lots of possibilities.

French fries on a plate with ketchup.

More Air Fryer Recipes to Try

I love using my air fryer for as much as possible these days. It makes the best main dishes, side dishes and even desserts. If you are new to the air fryer world here are some tried and true air fryer recipes to get you started. You are going to love these.

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Air Fryer Frozen French Fries

5 from 3 votes
By: Alyssa Rivers
These Air Fryer Frozen French Fries come out exactly like your favorite fast food fries! They are crispy, golden on the outside and perfectly soft on the inside. So much better than frying or baking!
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes
Servings: 4 People



  • Place the frozen fries in the basket of your air fryer. Sprinkle with salt and spray lightly with olive oil spray.
  • Cook for 400 degrees Fahrenheit for 10 minutes. Shake the fries and cook for an additional 5-10 minutes until crispy.



Calories: 295kcalCarbohydrates: 34gProtein: 3gFat: 17gSaturated Fat: 5gSodium: 556mgPotassium: 488mgFiber: 5gVitamin C: 7mgCalcium: 10mgIron: 1mg

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

Additional Info

Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: American
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About Alyssa Rivers

Alyssa Rivers is the author of 'The Tried and True Cookbook', a professional food photographer and experienced recipe-developer. Having a passion for cooking, her tried and true recipes have been featured on Good Morning America, Today Food, Buzzfeed and more.

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  1. I am using my Instant Vortex Plus Air Fryer Oven for the first time EVER! The recipe for french fries said to put in the basket. I hope it meant the rotisserie basket, not the cook pan because that is the only basket I have heard mentioned. I am Not a chef or anything Close to it. I actually think it is such a chore having to make dinner every night! (Lol) Anyway, say a little prayer for my husband who will be my taste tester. He knows I am NOT a great cook, but trying!!!
    “The Beginner AirFryer”

  2. I love cooking my frozen fries in the air fryer!! These look awesome! BTW, your post name in the tab says “cirspy air fryer…” instead of crispy 😉