French Fries made from scratch in Air Fryer

French fries gained popularity in the United States, especially after being introduced to American soldiers during World War I by French and Belgian troops. Soldiers returning home brought with them a taste for fries, contributing to their popularity in the U.S.

French Fries in Air Fryer

Course: Sides


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Create crispy, golden-brown French fries from fresh-cut or frozen potatoes with just a fraction of the oil used in deep frying.


  • Potatoes


  • Prepare the Potatoes: Start by peeling the potatoes (optional) or leaving the skin on for a more rustic texture. Cut the potatoes into evenly sized matchsticks or wedges.

  • Rinse and Soak: Rinse the cut potatoes under cold water to remove excess starch. Then, soak them in a bowl of cold water for about 30 minutes. This helps remove more starch and results in crispier fries.

  • Drain and Dry: Drain the soaked potatoes and pat them dry with paper towels. Ensure they are as dry as possible to promote crispiness.

  • Season the Fries: In a bowl, toss the dried potatoes with a couple of tablespoons of vegetable oil. Season with salt, pepper, and any other desired seasonings. Common choices include paprika, garlic powder, or cayenne for extra flavor.

  • Preheat the Air Fryer: Preheat your air fryer to 375°F (190°C) for about 5 minutes.

  • Air Fry the Fries: Place the seasoned potato sticks or wedges in the air fryer basket, ensuring they are in a single layer and not overcrowded. You may need to cook them in batches for even cooking.

  • Cook for 15-20 Minutes: Air fry the fries for 15-20 minutes, shaking the basket or stirring the fries halfway through the cooking time for even crispiness. The fries should become golden brown and crispy on the outside and tender on the inside.

  • Serve: Once the fries are cooked to your desired level of crispiness, remove them from the air fryer and let them cool for a minute. Serve them hot with your favorite dipping sauces or condiments.


  • Feel free to customize the seasonings to match your preferences, whether you prefer classic salt and pepper or more adventurous flavor combinations. Air-fried French fries are a versatile and beloved snack or side dish for any occasion.

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