Crispy Air Fryer French Fries

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Air Fryer French Fries are so crispy, you would never know they weren’t deep fried in lots of oil! This easy air fryer recipe offers a healthy alternative to your favorite hamburger side.

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Air Fryer French Fries

I am becoming more and more obsessed with my air fryer! I love it for a multitude of reasons:

  • Very little clean up
  • Doesn’t smoke
  • Easy to use
  • Cooks food quickly
  • Easy to store
  • Cook time is usually less than 30 minutes

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When I first got my air fryer, I was SO excited, as I am for any new kitchen gadget. And like any new kitchen appliance, you need to learn how to use it. I put that off for about a year…oops!

Now I love my air fryer and I want to make everything in it. Stay tuned for lots of air fryer recipes coming your way! You can check out my other air fryer recipes in the meantime.

How to make french fries

Deep fried french fries are the most common in restaurants. This is how they are typically made when you ask for a french fries with your burger. As much as I love a deep fried french fry for its ultimate crispiness, sometimes I enjoy the healthier alternative.

french fries spilling out of a basket with ketchup

As a kid I thought McDonald’s had the best french fries, but the calories in those fries are way too high for me now! Did you have a favorite place to get french fries as a kid?

As a healthier alternative, you can also bake french fries in the oven or cook them in the air fryer like I did in this recipe.

How to make french fries in the air fryer

Air fryer french fries are similar to oven baked french fries. Both ways are healthier alternatives to the traditional deep frying method.

potato fries in an air fryer basket

This recipe only uses 4 ingredients:

  • Russet potatoes
  • Garlic salt
  • Onion powder
  • Cooking spray

All you have to do is peel (or don’t if you’re feeling lazy) and slice the potatoes. Then soak them in a large bowl of cold water for an hour to remove the starch—this helps them get nice and crispy while they’re cooking!

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Next, drain the water from the bowl and toss the potatoes with garlic salt or garlic powder and onion powder and place them in the air fryer basket in a single layer. Spray them with a little bit of olive oil and cook the fries at 400 F for 10 minutes on each side.

In about 20 minutes, you’ll have the most crispy french fries ever!

If you don’t want to hand cut the potatoes, you can use a french fry cutter or a mandolin for accurately sliced potato fries.

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I like to dip my french fries in Sir Kensington’s Special Sauce or ketchup. I say this in many of my posts, but I am obsessed with the Sir Kensington products! Seriously good quality in each one.

What do you like to dip your fries in?

ketchup and mustard in 3 small bowls with silver spoons

Homemade french fries

Before my air fryer, I used to make homemade baked french fries in the oven. Now I can free up my oven space and save time by making french fries in the air fryer! Regardless of how you make them, homemade french fries are the best.

french fry dipped in ketchup and fries in a basket

National French Fry day is July 13th, conveniently the day after my birthday! So I will definitely be making this air fryer french fry recipe to celebrate National French Fry Day and my birthday!!

Are french fries gluten free?

French fries served in a restaurant usually aren’t gluten free because they are fried in a fryer that’s also used to cook wheat-coated items like battered chicken nuggets.

A basic french fry recipe is pretty much just potatoes, cooking oil, salt and pepper. Most cooking oils are gluten free, as are the other ingredients. Therefore, french fries are gluten free as long as they aren’t cross contaminated with wheat ingredients.

This Air Fryer French Fries recipe is gluten free as long as the air fryer basket is clean from any wheat ingredients.

air fryer french fries spilling out of a basket with ketchup

Air fryer recipes

I am all about easy air fryer recipes these days! You can do so much with this appliance, it’s really such a great investment. I especially love air frying because of how quickly everything cooks. I could make 3 batches of my air fryer salmon in the time it takes to make it in the oven.

Other recipes you can make in an air fryer:

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Types of air fryers

There are so many different brands of air fryers out there, I have the GoWise Air Fryer but here are a few more reputable brands to check out:

If you get an air fryer, you’ll want to make sure you have all the air fryer accessories so you can make all the air fryer recipes your heart desires!

I like to serve my french fries in mini fryer baskets lined with white parchment paper because they are sooo adorable! You can find many of them on Amazon for under $10.

What to serve with Air Fryer French Fries

What doesn’t go with french fries?! Personally, I think everything plays well with french fries, but here are a few of my favorite dishes:

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Air Fryer French Fries

Air Fryer French Fries are so crispy, you would never know they weren't deep fried in lots of oil! This easy air fryer recipe offers a healthy alternative to your favorite hamburger side.
Course Appetizer, Side Dish
Cuisine American
Keyword Air fryer, air fryer french fries, French fries
Prep Time 1 hour
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 20 minutes
Servings 1 potato
Calories 170kcal

Ingredients

  • 1 russet potato
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon onion powder
  • cooking oil spray

Instructions

  • Preheat your air fryer to 380 F.
  • Peel and slice the potato into 1/4 inch slices, then cut each slice into 1/4 inch french fries. A mandolin or a french fry cutter is helpful for this. (link)
  • In a medium mixing bowl, soak the potatoes in water for one hour. This removes a lot of the starch from the potatoes, making them even crispier! Next, drain the water from the bowl and toss the potatoes with garlic salt and onion powder.
  • Place the fries in the air fryer basket in an even layer without overlapping or crowding the basket. Spray them with a little bit of olive oil. Then cook the potatoes for 20 minutes, turning halfway through.
Nutrition Facts
Air Fryer French Fries
Amount Per Serving
Calories 170 Calories from Fat 9
% Daily Value*
Fat 1g2%
Saturated Fat 1g6%
Sodium 7mg0%
Potassium 888mg25%
Carbohydrates 31g10%
Fiber 3g13%
Sugar 1g1%
Protein 5g10%
Vitamin C 12.1mg15%
Calcium 28mg3%
Iron 1.8mg10%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

Author: JZ Eats

Eating is my hobby, cooking is my passion. Sharing easy to follow recipes from my kitchen.

10 thoughts

  1. My boys are obsessed with fries and this will lessen the Mom guilt since it’s a healthier way to make them. Thanks!

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