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How long to Cook French Fries in an Air Fryer

Fast foods aren’t the only places we’ve come to enjoy French fries. We’ve also learned to make the recipes at home, using kitchen-sized deep fryers, thus enjoying one of our favorite recipes daily. But with the introduction of air fryers, we’ve come across tons of enthusiasts preaching the healthiness of air fryer French fries compared to their deep-fried counterparts. And you may want to try but aren’t sure how long it should cook in this new appliance.

Don’t worry, though, as it’s easy to master cooking time for air fryer French fries. And once you do, you’ll never look back to the old methods anymore as this technique has many advantages.

How long to Cook French Fries in an Air Fryer

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How long to Cook French Fries in an Air Fryer

Why Cook French Fries in an Air Fryer?

If you’re used to the deep-fried technique for French fries, you may find this method unnecessary. But air fryers have become popular for certain reasons, and they lend these pros to French fries;

Fast Cooking: Air fryer French fries take less than 20 minutes to cook, meaning you can prep a quick serving in little time.

Less Mess: You won’t need the hefty oil expected from deep frying, but only a drizzle to cook the dish, making cleanup easier.

Healthier: Because it uses less oil, air fryers have become the go-to kitchen appliance for cooking dishes with less fat and cholesterol.

Flexible: The dry heat frying method of air fryers allows you to cook French fries the traditional way but also allows you to influence its flavor with whatever herbs and spices you prefer.

Air Fryer French Fries Steps

While it’s great to quickly know the cooking duration for air fryer French fries, it also helps keep a few simple pre-cooking steps in mind.

Picking the Potatoes

Russets are the best potatoes for French fries, so use these varieties for the air fryer recipe. When picking the potatoes, go for tubers with a firm texture and clean, spotless skin. Also, avoid potatoes with dead spots or mushy surfaces, which indicate spoilage.

Wash and Prep the Potatoes

Wash the potatoes under running water, using a soft sponge to remove any dirt or grit on the surface. Then, cut them into quarter-inch thick sticks, so they evenly cook. You can peel the potatoes or leave the skin on them before cutting them into fries.

Seasoned or Plain?

Most French fries recipes cook the potatoes plain since they’ll be served along with a condiment, sauce, or dip. But you can also infuse any collection of flavors you prefer by adding sprinkles of paprika, cayenne, chili, or black pepper. You can add fresh herbs like thyme, rosemary, or marjoram for an aromatic feel. And if you’re cooking onion rings, add these to the French fries just before cooking.

Whichever option you choose, you’ll need to drizzle oil on the potatoes and toss them before cooking. Olive oil is preferred for its healthy composition, but you can also use any neutral vegetable oil if desired as it has a smoking point similar to olive oil.

Prepare the Air Fryer

The potatoes will cook in a 350F air fryer, so you should set this temperature at the start of the recipe. And since you’ve tossed the fries in oil, you won’t have to grease the basket. Also, ensure that the air fryer is clean and void of oil and grease before using.


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Cooking Time

Once the potatoes are coated with oil and seasoned, arrange them in one layer in the basket and cook in the preheated air fryer for 12 to 15 minutes. At this duration, you should get crispy French fries with the desired tenderness, depending on your air fryer brand and speed. Note that the potatoes must be in one layer; otherwise, you’ll have to cook them in batches. Overloading the air fryer basket will restrict the flow of dry air responsible for cooking the potatoes. And your fries would come out with some sticks undone.

Also, toss the French fries in the basket when they’re cooked halfway (at about 6 to 8 minutes) so all the surfaces are exposed. And after the batches are finished, return them to the basket for reheating and cook for a minute or two before serving. This reheating moment will also return the crispiness lost in the previously-cooked batches during rest.

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How long to Cook French Fries in an Air Fryer (2)

Air Fryer French Fries (4 Servings)

  • Author: Bobby


  • Two russet potatoes, cut into quarter-inch sticks
  • Olive oil, extra virgin
  • Sea salt


  1. Program the air fryer to 350F and as it heats, drizzle the potatoes with oil and sprinkle salt. Toss, so the ingredients are evenly coated.
  2. Arrange the seasoned potato sticks in the air fryer basket, ensuring they sit in a single layer. If the potatoes are more than the basket size, do this in batches.
  3. Fry the potatoes for 12 to 15 minutes, tossing the basket halfway through the cooking time, so all surfaces are exposed. You’ll want the French fries crispy and if they’re not, cook them for a minute longer. Once the batch is finished, cook the other batches the same way.
  4. After finishing all batches, pour them all back into the basket (no need to cook in single layers this time). Then, cook for one to two minutes to re-crisp and warm.

Serve as desired with any garnish, topping, or side dips.

Also, watch this video for more tips.