Frozen Fries in Air Fryer

published Feb 8, 2022
Frozen Fries in Air Fryer Recipe

PSA: Your air fryer is the absolute best way to cook frozen french fries at home.

Serves2 to 4

Prep2 minutes

Cook9 minutes to 40 minutes

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waffle fries, straight cut fries and crinkle cut fries on a serving platter with a small wooden ramekin of ketchup in the center.
Credit: Kelli Foster

PSA: Your air fryer is the absolute best way to cook frozen french fries at home (and yes, that includes tater tots, too). Try it once, and you’ll never go back to oven-baked. Trust me.

It doesn’t matter whether you’ve got a bag of crinkle-cut, waffle, shoestring, steak, or even curly fries: Frozen fries in the air fryer cook up with the most irresistible crispy edges and soft centers. The crisp-factor is higher than you’ll ever achieve from baking fries in the oven. And frozen fries in the air fryer are the closest you’ll get to crispy restaurant-style deep-fried fries, without the hassle of deep-frying. Here’s what you need to know. 

How Long Do You Put Frozen French Fries in the Air Fryer?

The cook time for air fryer frozen french fries will vary depending on the type of fries.

How to Make Frozen French Fries Extra Crispy

To make the absolute crispiest frozen fries in the air fryer, here are a few things to keep in mind. 

  1. Keep the temperature high. 400ºF is the sweet spot for frozen french fries. 
  2. Don’t overcrowd the basket. It’s important that the fries are in a single layer in the basket. It’s OK if some of them are touching, but they shouldn’t be overlapping. 
  3. Cook in batches, if you have to. If your air fryer has a large basket (say, like in most toaster oven-air fryer combos) you’ll likely be able to cook the fries in a single batch. Otherwise, cook the fries in batches; it’ll take more time, but the crispier fries will make it worth it.
Credit: Kelli Foster

What to Serve with Frozen French Fries

Ketchup will always be my top pick for frozen french fries, but all dipping sauces are fair game here. Here are a few of our other favorites to serve with fries.

Frozen Fries in Air Fryer Recipe

PSA: Your air fryer is the absolute best way to cook frozen french fries at home.

Prep time 2 minutes

Cook time 9 minutes to 40 minutes

Serves 2 to 4

Nutritional Info

Ingredients

  • 1 pound

    frozen french fries

  • 1/4 teaspoon

    kosher salt (optional)

Instructions

  1. Heat an air fryer to 400°F.

  2. Working in batches if needed, place up to 1 pound frozen french fries in a single layer in the basket (they can be touching but shouldn’t overlap). Air fry, gently shaking the basket to toss the french fries halfway through, until golden-brown and crispy, 9 to 10 minutes for shoestring fries, 10 to 12 minutes for curly fries and steak fries, 12 to 14 minutes for waffle fries, and 18 to 20 minutes for straight-cut and crinkle fries.

  3. Transfer to a serving bowl. Sprinkle with 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt if desired, and toss to combine.

Recipe Notes

Storage: Leftovers can be refrigerated in an airtight container for up to 4 days. Reheat in an air fryer at 350ºF until heated through, 3 to 4 minutes.