Air Fryer French Fries

Air Fryer French Fries

The Spruce Eats / Leah Maroney

  • Total: 70 mins
  • Prep: 40 mins
  • Cook: 30 mins
  • Yield: Serves 2-3

Air fryer French fries are crispy on the outside, tender on the inside, and perfect for dipping into your favorite sauce, whether that's plain ketchup or a fancy aioli. Because there’s no deep-frying and very little oil needed to create these crispy fries, you’ll have all of the delicious flavor and texture without all the extra calories. Enjoy a basket of these alongside a turkey or veggie burger for a guilt-free take on one of your favorite meals.

Serve them for a weekend barbecue or for a weeknight dinner. You can make them in batches and keep them warm in a 200 F oven until you are ready to serve. Whether you are looking to cut back on calories or just want an easy way to make French fries, you’ll love them!


  • 2 large russet potatoes
  • 1 tablespoon cornstarch
  • 1 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • Cooking spray

Steps to Make It

  1. Gather the ingredients.

    Gather the ingredients for Air Fryer French Fries
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  2. Cut the potatoes into 3/4-inch sticks. Leave the skins on for a more rustic look as well as saving time. If you don’t like the skins, you can peel them. 

    Cut the potatoes into sticks
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  3. Place the potatoes in a large bowl immediately after cutting. Cover them with cold water and soak them for at least 30 minutes or up to 12 hours. If you're soaking for a longer period, make sure to cover them with plastic wrap and place them in the refrigerator. 

    Soak the potatoes in water
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  4. Drain the potatoes and place them on a tray lined with paper towels. Pat them completely dry. Toss the cornstarch, paprika, salt, and black pepper in a small bowl.

    Dry the potatoes
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  5. Add the potatoes to a large bowl. Drizzle olive oil over the top and then toss them to completely coat. 

    Toss with olive oil
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  6. Sprinkle the cornstarch mixture over the top of the potatoes and toss them to coat. 

    Toss with cornstarch
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  7. Add the French fries to the basket of the air fryer. Fry at 360 F for 25 to 30 minutes, pausing the air fryer to toss the fries every 5 minutes.

    Add fries to air fryer
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  8. Increase the temperature to 425 F and cook for another 5 minutes until they are golden brown and crisp.

    Air Fryer French Fries
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  9. Serve the fries alongside ketchup or your favorite dipping sauce. Sprinkle on more salt if you wish or top with chopped parsley or chives. 


  • You can use a mandolin to cut the potatoes into the French fry sticks. Just make sure to use the handguard.
  • They reheat easily in the air fryer. Pop them in at 400 F for another five minutes to reheat and re-crisp.
  • Russet potatoes work best for this recipe. They have the right moisture content to create a tender inside and crispy outside. They’re also super easy to find since they’re a very common potato. Avoid using yellow or other waxy potatoes, which make much softer fries.