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Crispy Air Fryer French Fries for Beginners

We’re air fryer aficionados, and air fryer French fries are our jam. Crispiness on the outside, soft on the inside—these fries never disappoint. We went through endless potatoes to find the best method. Seriously, we lost count.

Our process is straightforward. No fuss, no muss. We keep it simple: basic ingredients, easy steps, fantastic results. We aim for that golden crunch every time. Anything less is a letdown.

So, gear up for some spuddy goodness. We swear by this recipe. Ready to make the best fries of your life? Oh, you bet. Have a look and see for yourself.

Ingredients for Air Fryer French Fries

When it comes to air fryer French fries, less is definitely more. Here’s what you’ll need:

  • 2 pounds of Russet potatoes: Washed, peeled, and cut into 1/4 inch thick strips.
  • 1 tablespoon of olive oil: To help them get crispy.
  • Salt and pepper: For that classic seasoning.

And that’s it! We told you it was simple. Ready to start slicing?

Tips for Perfect Air Fryer French Fries

First things first, the potato slices should be roughly the same size. This ensures they cook evenly too. If some are thicker, they may not get crispy enough. We don’t want any soggy fries here.

It’s also important to soak the potatoes in cold water for at least 30 minutes before cooking. This removes excess starch and helps them crisp up better. If you have more time on your hands, you can soak them overnight.

Don’t crowd that basket! Just like with wings, give your fries some space to cook evenly and avoid becoming limp or greasy. Cook them in batches if necessary.

And lastly, toss those fries in seasoning as soon as they come out of the air fryer. This will help the salt and pepper stick to them better and give you perfectly seasoned fries.

air-fryer french fries

Air Fryer French Fries for Beginners

Don’t settle for soggy fries! These air fryer French fries are crispy on the outside and fluffy inside. Simple, classic seasoning makes them a perfect snack or side dish.
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Soak time 30 minutes
Total Time 1 hour
Course Side Dish, Snack
Cuisine American
Servings 4
Calories 210 kcal


  • 1 Air-fryer
  • 1 Large mixing bowl
  • 1 Tongs
  • Paper towels


  • 2 pounds Russet potatoes washed, peeled, and cut into 1/4 inch thick strips
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • Salt and pepper to taste


  • Soak the potato slices in cold water for at least 30 minutes. This helps remove excess starch.
  • Preheat your air fryer to around 375°F.
  • Drain and pat the potatoes dry with paper towels.
  • In a large mixing bowl, toss the potatoes with olive oil until evenly coated.
  • Place the potato slices in your air fryer basket in a single layer without overcrowding.
  • Cook for 10 minutes, then shake the basket and cook for an additional 10 minutes.
  • For extra crispy fries, turn up the heat to 400°F for the last 5 minutes.
  • Once done, immediately season with salt and pepper while they are still hot to help the seasoning stick.
  • Serve and enjoy these delicious air fryer French fries! Perfect as a side dish or snack.


Serving: 1gCalories: 210kcalCarbohydrates: 41gProtein: 5gFat: 4gSaturated Fat: 1gPolyunsaturated Fat: 0.5gMonounsaturated Fat: 3gSodium: 11mgPotassium: 946mgFiber: 3gSugar: 1gVitamin A: 2IUVitamin C: 13mgCalcium: 30mgIron: 2mg
Keyword air fryer, french fries
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5 from 1 vote
Recipe Rating

Andrew Gray

Monday 8th of July 2024

simple and easy to make recipe