Air Fryer French Fries are a delicious way to enjoy hot and fresh fries at home. Fast and easy with little to no oil!
Are you looking to reduce fat but still enjoy the delicious and crispy flavor of deep-fried foods? Then you may want to invest in an air-fryer. This counter-top appliance uses super heated air to “fry” food with almost no oil.
One of the easiest and most popular dishes to make in an air fryer is Air Fryer French Fries. these hot and crispy fries are nearly impossible to resist.
Ingredients to make Air Fryer Fries
- Russet Potatoes – these are the best potatoes to make french fries. They have a lot of starch and are low moisture so they stay tender in the center but crisp on the outside.
- Vegetable or Extra Virgin Olive Oil – either type of oil works well to make these fries.
- Salt – sea salt or regular table salt, it brings out all the delicious flavor of the hot fries.
We used extra virgin olive oil to make these fries for the healthy antioxidants and vitamins. We didn’t use much oil, but over time it adds up.
How to make Air Fryer French Fries
There’s a few easy steps to make perfect, hot and crispy homemade air fryer fries.
Use a mandolin or sharp knife to cut russet potatoes into “french fry size” strips. About 1/4 in across and 3 to 4 inches in length. I don’t even bother peeling the potatoes. The skins help hold the fries together as they cook.
Throw the cut potatoes into a bowl of cold water and allow them to soak for about 15 minutes. Drain the potatoes and dry on a kitchen towel. This will rinse out some of the starch and make crispier fries.
Drain the potatoes and dry on a kitchen towel. This will rinse out some of the starch and make crispier fries.
Put the fries onto a large plate, add oil (this is my favorite oil mister) and toss to coat the cut potatoes. A very thin coat is all you need.
Toss the potatoes in batches into your air fryer, depending on the size of the basket, and set for 10 minutes and 380 degrees F. (Your air fryer settings may vary). After 10 minutes, take out the basket and shake it well. Return the basket to the fryer and cook for about another 10 minutes until the potatoes are crispy.
Add salt to taste and serve the fries with ketchup or your favorite dipping sauce. At our house we love a fry sauce that is simply a 1/2 cup of mayonnaise mixed with 2 tablespoons of Thai Chili Sauce.
Tips for the Best Air Fryer Fries
Use a Mandolin to cut the fries. When fries are uniform in size they cook more evenly, so all the fries are perfectly crispy.
Soak in water for 15 minutes. When some of the starch is removed during the soaking, potatoes will cook up extra crisp. The water getting cloudy shows that the starch is coming off the potatoes.
Leave the peels on the potatoes. This helps hold the fries together and the skins taste amazing when crisped in the air fryer.
Shake at halfway point of cooking. This loosens any stuck fries and turns them for even cooking.
What Kind Of Air Fryer for French Fries
I recently upgraded to a larger air fryer. My first one was only 4.5-quarts and not big enough for our needs.
Upgrading to a 5.8 quart Cosori Air Fryer with it’s square basket has made a HUGE difference in the amount I can air fry at one time!
Mandolin Slicer – lightweight slicer that fold up for easy storage!
Oil Mister – great, no clog mister and super budget friendly.
Air Fryer French Fries
- 3 large russet potatoes cut into french fry size pieces (about 6 cups) (peeling is optional)
- 2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil or vegetable oil
- salt to taste
- Use a mandolin or sharp knife to cut russet potatoes into strips 1/4-in across and 3-inches long. Place cut potatoes into a bowl of cold water and allow them to soak for 15 minutes. Drain the potatoes and dry on paper towel.
- Place the fries onto a platter or bowl, add oil and toss to coat. Potatoes should be very thinly coated.
- Toss the potatoes in batches into the air fryer basket, depending on the capacity of the basket, and set the dial for 10 minutes and 380°F. (Your air fryer settings may vary).
- After 10 minutes, take out the basket and shake it well. Return the basket to the fryer and cook for another 8 -10 minutes until the potatoes are crisp and starting to brown. Drain on paper towel lined plate.
- Add salt to taste. Serve the fries with dipping sauce.
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