Homemade Air Fryer French Fries

This Air Fryer French Fries recipe has crisp edges, soft and tender insides for the best air fryer fries! Just 3 ingredients and 5 min of prep for guilt-free homemade French fries made with less oil and less calories than regular fries!

Air Fryer French Fries

Erik and I’ve been dabbling in using an air fryer for cooking on and off for a few years now. But the one thing we’ve been crazy about? Air Fryer French Fries!

We love the simplicity and ease of the ingredients for making air fryer fries: just potatoes, oil, and salt. With just a bit of scrubbing, chopping, and tossing, we’re on our way to delicious homemade French fries in our beloved air fryer!

The best part? These air fryer French fries are practically guilt-free. We’ll be using way less oil than with conventional French fries, and we won’t have to deal with hidden calories or mysterious ingredients!

Air fryer French fries ingredients on a table including russet potatoes, olive oil, and salt.

Ingredients for Homemade French Fries in Air Fryer

  • Potatoes: I like using russet potatoes for that crispy skin, but some folks prefer Yukon potatoes for their delicious golden texture.
  • Oil: extra virgin olive oil has a high smoke point and is less processed.
  • Salt: we’re using fine table salt here, but you can use freshly ground for coarser and less uniform (and sometimes deliciously large) bits of salt.
Close up of the browned, crunchy edges of this air fryer French fries recipe

How to Make Air Fryer French Fries

Prepare the potatoes: Wash and scrub potatoes. Then, slice into ¼-inch thick strips.

Washed and scrubbed potatoes on a cutting board with some sliced into ¼-inch thick slices to make air fryer fries.

Now, add potato strips to a mixing bowl. You’ll drizzle the potatoes with enough oil to evenly coat then.

Two photos showing How to Make Air Fryer French Fries – adding potatoes into a mixing bowl and drizzling with oil

Then, sprinkle potatoes with salt and toss to coat.

Two photos showing How to Make Homemade French Fries in Air Fryer – tossing potatoes to coat in olive oil and salt

Air Fry in batches: To make the best air fryer French fries, we’ll be working in batches.

Create a single layer with room in between each French fry for even cooking and crisping.

Cook for about 5 minutes, then flip and cook again until crispy.

Two photos showing How to Make this homemade side recipe – laying potatoes in a single layer in the basket and showing the potatoes after cooking with crisped, browned edges

Set air fryer French fries on a plate until all potatoes are cooked.

Once cooked, toss all the fries into the air fryer basket to re-crisp, about 2 minutes.

Add any additional seasoning and serve the best homemade French fries in an air fryer!

What to serve with Air Fryer Fries

Crisped, not fried potatoes in crinkled parchment served with ketchup and barbecue sauce


  • Season last: add any seasoning salt or garlic salt after air frying. Sometimes adding in herby spices can lead to burning in the air fryer and a harder clean up time.
  • Don’t air fry it all at once: you’ll want to work in batches, limiting each batch to a single, spaced-out layer of potatoes. That way, the air fryer fries will be crispier and cook more evenly.
  • Cut potatoes evenly: I like to keep my ruler-etched bench scraper nearby while cutting the potatoes to keep an eye on the size. You can also use an easy tool like this safe mandoline French fry cutter.

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Air fryer french fries with crisped, browned edges sprinkled with parsley and served with ketchup and barbecue sauce

Homemade Air Fryer French Fries

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This Air Fryer French Fries recipe has crisp edges, soft and tender insides for the best air fryer fries! Just 3 ingredients and 5 min of prep for guilt-free homemade French fries made with less oil and less calories than regular fries!




  • 1 lb russet potatoes (about 23 potatoes)
  • Extra virgin olive oil
  • ½ teaspoon salt, or to taste

Optional Toppings

  • Garlic salt, seasoning salt, or cajun seasoning
  • Ground black pepper
  • Parmesan
  • Fresh chives or parsley, chopped


  1. Prepare the potatoes: Wash and scrub potatoes until clean. Slice into ¼-inch thick strips.
  2. Add potato strips into a large mixing bowl. Drizzle evenly with olive oil, then sprinkle with salt. Toss to coat, ensuring potatoes are well coated.
  3. Air fry in batches: Preheat the air fryer to 380°F. Working in batches, arrange fries in a single layer with space in between each fry to allow crisping. Cook for 10-14 minutes, flipping halfway through, until crispy.
  4. Place fries on a plate and repeat for the rest of the potatoes.
  5. Once all the fries are cooked, transfer all of them back into the air fryer for about 2 minutes to re-crisp and re-heat.
  6. Immediately sprinkle with more salt to taste. Also try with garlic salt, cajun seasoning, and seasoning salt. Serve with garlic aioli, barbecue sauce, and ketchup.
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 12 minutes
  • Category: Side Dishes
  • Method: Air Fryer
  • Cuisine: American

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  1. I’ve always made french fries in the oven, but these air fryer fries are even better! So easy and perfectly crispy!

  2. Wow! These were soo easy to make and my kiddos just loved them. So much better than having to get a bunch of stinky oil out and deep frying them. And faster than the over! 🙌 Also, I was just wondering if you had any other air fryer recipes? Maybe something with fish or chicken? I really like your recipes and I’m always looking for more dinner ideas. Anyway, thank you and keep up the great work!

    1. Woohoo! I’m simply thrilled to hear how much you and the kiddos enjoyed the fries. ☺️ As it just so happens, I do have more air fryer recipes in the works! And, I am planning on releasing some chicken and fish recipes in the near future as well. If you have anything specific you’d like to see, please let me know. And thanks for taking the time to stop by!