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 fryers are the perfect way to cook potatoes. 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!

Ingredients

  • 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. 

Tips

  • 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.