How to Make French Fries With an Air Fryer (With Photo Guide)

Updated on December 17, 2019
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Crispy and delicious French fries
Crispy and delicious French fries

Ingredients

  • 3 potatoes, peeled and sliced into strips
  • 1-2 teaspoons salt
  • water (enough to soak the fries)
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil

Instructions

  1. Peel the potatoes and cut them in 3/8-inch-thick strips.
  2. Soak the cut fries in salted water for 30 minutes.
  3. Spray the fries with olive oil (I used a repurposed I Can't Believe It's Not Butter sprayer).
  4. Air-fry for a few minutes at 300 degrees; then crank up the temperature to 400 and continue cooking for 20 minutes.
  5. Continue cooking until you have achieved the desired color and crispiness.

Photo Guide

Start with three long potatoes.
Start with three long potatoes.
Salt
Salt
Air fryer
Air fryer
Add a teaspoon or so to the water. Soak the fries for 30 minutes.
Add a teaspoon or so to the water. Soak the fries for 30 minutes.
Cold water and salt
Cold water and salt
Peel the potatoes.
Peel the potatoes.
I used a peeler to do the peeling.
I used a peeler to do the peeling.
Peeled potatoes in salted water.
Peeled potatoes in salted water.
Slice downward through the potato.
Slice downward through the potato.
Turn the potato sideways.
Turn the potato sideways.
Cut down again.
Cut down again.
Now we have fries.
Now we have fries.
Place the cut fries in salt water and cut the remaining potatoes.
Place the cut fries in salt water and cut the remaining potatoes.
See how square each fry is.
See how square each fry is.
Let the fries soak in water for 30 minutes
Let the fries soak in water for 30 minutes
Soak
Soak
Timer
Timer
Drain the fries.
Drain the fries.
Coat the fries with olive oil.
Coat the fries with olive oil.
Place the fries in the air fryer.
Place the fries in the air fryer.
Reduce temperature to 300 degrees.
Reduce temperature to 300 degrees.
Cook for 7 minutes.
Cook for 7 minutes.
After the initial cooking, increase the temperature to 400 degrees and cook for 15 minutes.
After the initial cooking, increase the temperature to 400 degrees and cook for 15 minutes.
Shake the fries.
Shake the fries.
Shake some more.
Shake some more.
The temperature of the fries should be 190 degrees.
The temperature of the fries should be 190 degrees.
Brown and crispy.
Brown and crispy.
Delicious!
Delicious!

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    • firstcookbooklady profile imageAUTHOR

      Char Milbrett 

      7 months ago from Minnesota

      Lol, Liza, thank you... I'm so relieved!!!

    • lizmalay profile image

      Liza 

      7 months ago from USA

      Lol. Char, you can opt-out for the curry powder in the mixture. It will still taste delicious :)

    • firstcookbooklady profile imageAUTHOR

      Char Milbrett 

      7 months ago from Minnesota

      Liza, thank you for your comment. I think your chicken sounds amazing, except for the curry powder. I think my husband and I tried curry powder some 30 years ago, and I even think the jar of spice is still sitting around... smile...and it occurs to me that you probably know how to make chicken schwarma, which is my favorite...

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      Liza 

      7 months ago from USA

      Hi Char, I used some simple marinade to marinate the chicken before putting them in the air fryer. I love chicken with some herbs and spices to make the chicken taste yummy. I marinated the chicken with salt, pepper, olive oil, turmeric powder, curry powder, thyme, and garlic powder. By the way, I used chicken wings and chicken drumettes.

    • firstcookbooklady profile imageAUTHOR

      Char Milbrett 

      7 months ago from Minnesota

      Liza, thank you for your comment. The French fries were crispy and delicious! I will do them again sometime. Curious to learn what you did to prepare your chicken...

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      Liza 

      7 months ago from USA

      I have made french fries and fried chicken using the air fryer at home. What amazes me was the air fryer works great with just a few drops of oil. By the way, your french fries look crispy and delicious. Thanks for sharing the recipe.

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