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Super easy, homemade, and absolutely delicious, these Air Fryer French Fries are going to be your new go-to side dish or snack. Potatoes are cut into fries, tossed in a little oil and spices and then air fried to perfection. Don’t forget the ketchup! Basically a great shortcut for when you don’t want to make real French Fries from scratch.
Air Fryer French Fries | A Fast Way to Make Fries!
I’ve been trying to get onto the air fryer band wagon, trying to cook all.the.things in my air fryer and while I don’t love it for everything, I do love love love making fries in the air fryer. It’s just as good as oven fries (…possibly even better because you can get them crunchy!) and ready in half the time. While I use certain seasonings that I happen to really like, the sky is the limit.
Main Ingredients Needed
Four ingredients and a little salt and pepper is all you need to make amazing Air Fryer French Fries. Here’s everything you’ll need:
- Idaho Potatoes – These are Russets, just grown in Idaho. Any russet potato is just fine to use, I’m just partial to those from Idaho.
- Olive Oil – this helps crisp up the exterior of the fries.
- Onion Powder + Garlic Powder – these seasonings go a long way!
- Salt + Pepper – and don’t forget to season before you fry these away.
Consider changing out the seasonings to customize these air fryer french fries to suit your liking! Here are a couple of ideas:
- Cajun Seasoning
- Italian Seasoning + Parmesan
- Roasted Garlic
A Note about Air Fryers
I’ve only used two air fryers and have gotten just about the same results with each one when it comes to this recipe. The air fryer pictured in my photos is this one (the cheapest one off Amazon). It’s great for a smaller family and if you’re wanting to dabble in the air fryer world, it’s pretty non-committal. I’ve also tried this Cuisinart larger air fryer and I think I prefer it better. It’s more of a convection oven feel since it uses a tray instead of a basket plus its basically a toaster oven with an air fryer option, but it still yields the same great results.
I will say that regardless of the air fryer you are using, the basket is a huge pain to clean. Some of them say their baskets are dishwasher safe, but honestly, you’ll get it a lot cleaner washing it by hand. I understand their appeal for sure, but just know that this part of air fryer ownership sucks.
How to Make French Fries In An Air Fryer
For full details on how to make french fries in an air fryer, see the recipe card down below!
Step 1: Prep the Potatoes
Peel potatoes, if desired, and cut into 1/2 inch fries. Add to a bowl and toss with olive oil and seasonings.
Step 2: Air Fry Away!
Add to air fryer basket and cook. I cook mine at 400 degrees for 15 minutes, tossing halfway through. Serve alone or with ketchup.
For extra crispy fries, consider tossing your potatoes in an extra tablespoon of olive oil and/or cooking for an extra 2-3 minutes longer to get them really dark. Yum!
What to Serve with Air Fryer French Fries?
If you are eating this as a snack I would recommend a simple dip like ketchup, fry sauce, BBQ sauce or even a homemade ranch would be yummy! Let me know what your favorite fry dip is in the comments 🙂
Or if you are eating air fryer french fries as a side dish I’d recommend my extremely popular Juicy Turkey Burger Recipe or Smothered Baked Pork Chops as main dishes.
More Potato Side Dishes to Try!
Check out all of my other potato dishes while you’re at it!
The printable recipe card is down below, enjoy!
Air Fryer French Fries
- 1 pound Idaho Potatoes cut into fries, about 2 medium potatoes
- 1 tablespoons olive oil
- 1/2 teaspoon onion powder
- 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
- salt & pepper to taste
- Peel potatoes if desired and cut into 1/2 inch fries. Add to a bowl and toss with olive oil and seasonings.
- Add to air fryer basket and cook at 400 degrees for 15 minutes. Toss half way through and finish cooking. Serve alone or with ketchup.
Haven’t tried recipe yet but plan to later today. Wanted to say that I have a bigger version of your first air fryer and I don’t find it difficult to clean at all. In fact, I don’t clean it each time, and only when it really needs it. I have taken a leaf from my Aunty Betty’s book — she was an excellent cook and you could eat off her floor, but when she got her air fryer she only cleaned it when it had a build up of grease in the bottom, and then by running it under hot water and then wiping with a paper towel. She did the same with the tray. No biggie!
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