Homemade air fryer French fries are a guilt-free and delicious alternative to the classic deep-fried version, offering a crispy exterior and tender interior with significantly less oil. To create these golden delights, begin by selecting high-quality potatoes and cutting them into uniform, thin strips. The air fryer comes into play to transform these raw potato slices into a satisfying and healthier version of the beloved French fry.

Coat the potato strips with a small amount of oil, ensuring even coverage for that perfect crunch. The air fryer’s rapid hot air circulation takes over, cooking the fries to a golden brown perfection without the need for excessive oil. This method not only reduces the overall fat content but also significantly shortens the cooking time compared to conventional deep frying.

The result is a batch of homemade air fryer French fries that boast a delightful balance of crispiness and tenderness. The exterior is beautifully golden and crunchy, while the inside remains soft and fluffy. Customize the seasoning to your liking, adding a sprinkle of salt, pepper, or any favorite herbs and spices.

These homemade air fryer French fries are not only a healthier option but also a convenient and quick way to satisfy those craving for the classic comfort food. Serve them as a snack, a side dish, or even as a tasty accompaniment to burgers and sandwiches. With the air fryer, you can enjoy the irresistible taste and texture of French fries without the guilt, making them a versatile and delightful addition to your culinary repertoire.

The magic of homemade air fryer French fries lies in their versatility and the ability to cater to individual preferences. With a variety of potato options, from russet to sweet potatoes, you can tailor the recipe to suit your taste and dietary preferences. Experiment with different cuts, ranging from shoestring to wedges, to discover your preferred level of crispiness and thickness.

The air fryer’s efficiency extends beyond just health benefits; it also ensures a hassle-free cooking process. Simply preheat the air fryer, arrange the seasoned potato strips in a single layer, and let the appliance work its magic. The result is a batch of perfectly cooked fries that require minimal effort and cleanup.

Homemade air fryer French fries are an excellent canvas for creativity. Elevate the flavor profile by experimenting with various dipping sauces, such as garlic aioli, spicy ketchup, or truffle-infused mayo. The versatility of these fries extends to their accompaniments – pair them with your favorite burger, sandwich, or enjoy them as a standalone treat.

These air fryer French fries are super crispy and delicious! Enjoy them plain, or dress them up with fresh herbs, spices, or your favorite dipping sauce.

CourseAppetizer, Side Dish, Snack

CuisineAmerican, French

KeywordAir fryer french fries, air fryer fries, air fryer frozen french fries, French Fries in Air Fryer, frozen fries in air fryer

Prep Time5minutes minutes

Cook Time30minutes minutes

Total Time35minutes minutes




  • Instant Pot Omni Plus Air Fryer (this model doubles as a toaster oven!)


  • 2 russet potatoes sliced into 1/4-inch sticks
  • extra-virgin olive oil for drizzling
  • sea salt
  • optional seasonings & dips:
  • herbs chili powder, or chipotle powder
  • ketchup, mustard, mayo, or chipotle sauce


  • Preheat the air fryer to 380°F.
  • Drizzle the potatoes with olive oil, sprinkle with salt, and toss to coat.
  • Place the potatoes in the air fryer basket in a single layer so that the potatoes are not touching each other. You will have to work in batches. Air fry for 12 to 15 minutes*, flipping halfway, or until crispy. If your fries are not crispy, air fry them a little longer.
  • Once all batches are finished, toss them all back into the air fryer (no need to place in a single layer this time) for 1 to 2 minutes to warm and re-crisp any that got cold from the first few batches.
  • Serve with desired seasonings and dips.


*Time can vary widely between air fryers. If your fries aren’t crispy at 15 minutes, continue baking them until they are. You can also make these fries in the oven. Roast them at 425 for 20 to 25 minutes, flipping halfway. They won’t be as crisp as the air fryer fries, so if you don’t have an air fryer, you might want to check out this roasted potatoes recipe instead.