Air Fryer French Fries give you the crisp texture of deep fried french fries with a fraction of the oil. The perfect quick and easy side dish or appetizer!
When it comes to side dishes, potatoes steal the show, but especially French fries. They pair so well with burgers, sandwiches, chicken, and fish. Whatever you do, don’t forget the dipping sauces! Our favorite is what is locally called fry sauce. Clever name, right? It does describe it’s one and only purpose which is to enhance the deliciousness of a French fry.
Crispy Air Fryer French Fries
Sure, you can make French Fries in the oven or in a deep fryer, but have you tried French Fries in an Air Fryer? If not, you are missing out! With an Air Fryer, you get the best of both worlds – the crispiness of a deep fryer, and the health benefits of using an oven. Tasting is believing. With very little oil, the French fries are completely and evenly crispy on all sides. If you want another air fryer recipe to try, we also highly recommend our Air Fryer Chicken Wings!
Tips for the Perfect French Fries
To get the perfect French fries every time, make sure you follow these tried and true tips:
- Perfect French fries start with the perfect potato. The best potato for fries is the Russet potato. Russets are white (on the inside) with a firm texture. They are low in moisture and have a neutral flavor that lends to a variety of seasonings.
- Cut the fries uniformly. We prefer a thicker cut fry, some call this homestyle fries or a potato wedges. Some prefer thinner, crispier fries. Whichever you prefer, make sure all your fries are cut evenly so they will cook evenly.
- Soak the fries in water before air frying, then drain off the water and rinse the potatoes before adding them to the air fryer. Russet potatoes are high in starch. Soaking helps remove the starch from the potatoes and prevents the fries from sticking together. It will also make the fries more crispy.
- Season, season, season. Even if it’s just with salt, fries taste much better with seasoning. With this recipe, we used some paprika for color in addition to salt, but you don’t have to stop there. Garlic salt, onion salt, seasoned salt, Cajun seasoning, Parmesan cheese, and chili powder all taste amazing on French fries. Many popular food brands carry seasonings just for fries as well.
- For an extra bonus, try some toppings on your fries! After the fries have finished cooking in the air fryer, throw on some bacon bits and cheese, or blue cheese crumbles, and air fry for another minute or two.
Dipping Sauces for French Fries
Have you seen the t-shirts that say “French Fries are just a utensil I use to get ketchup in my mouth” or “You’re the ketchup to my fries?” While it’s true that ketchup is probably the most popular dipping sauce for French fries, it’s not the only sauce. If you are feeling adventurous, introduce your French Fries to something new. Here are some suggestions:
- Fry Sauce (with variations for In-n-Out Fry Sauce, Red Robin Campfire Sauce, and Outback Steakhouse Bloomin’ Onion Sauce)
- Ranch Dressing
- Creamy Cajun Sauce
How to Make Crispy Air Fryer French Fries
Peel and wash the potatoes.
Cut the potatoes into French fries by cutting long thick strips.
Soak the fries in cold water for 30 minutes to remove the starch (this will help them crisp up better).
Preheat the air fryer by cooking empty for 2 minutes at 400 degrees. Remove fries from water and pat dry with a paper towel.
Toss fries in a large ziploc bag with oil and paprika.
Add fries to air fryer, leave a little space beween each fry and alternate driection of fries for each layer to allow maximum air flow.
Cook at 400 degrees for 20 minutes. Shake the basket at 10 and 15 minutes into the cooking process. Be sure to shake it hard enough that any fries sticking come loose. Salt to taste when cooking is complete.