Air Fryer Frozen French Fries

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air fryer frozen french fries

Air Fryer Frozen French Fries

I think french fries are the ultimate guilty pleasure. What’s better than biting into a hot, crispy, and salty french fry? Whether you eat them with a burger or as a standalone snack, they’re always delicious!

The advent of air frying has made restaurant-quality, mouth-watering french fries something we can have whenever we feel like it.

The Best Way to Make Fries in the Air Fryer

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Most grocery stores sell bags of pre-cooked, frozen french fries. Before air fryers, I used to bake the fries in the toaster oven, and they weren’t that good. The air fryer makes the fries crispy, like they’re fresh from the fryolator.

And preparing frozen french fries in an air fryer could not be easier. You pop them in there and give it 15-20 minutes at 375 degrees. There is no mess or pots and pans to clean after. And you can feel a little better about not eating globs of artery-clogging vegetable oil.

What Are Air Fryer Frozen French Fries?

how to make french fries in the air fryer

An air fryer is an electrical device that functions like a convection oven. A fan inside circulates the hot air and makes the outside of foods crispy.

As its name implies, air fryer frozen french fries are french fries that you cook in the air fryer. They are pre-cooked, so all you need to do is heat them and get them crispy.

People love cooking frozen french fries in the air fryer because it requires minimal skill. They taste delicious and are lower in calories than traditional frying. The fries come out golden-yellow with a crispy outside and soft middle. Move over, McDonald’s!

How to Cook Air Fryer Frozen French Fries

The directions on the packaging might vary from brand to brand. But you can follow these basic instructions for most air fryer frozen french fries.

how to cook frozen french fries in the air fryer

1. Set the air fryer to 375 degrees Fahrenheit or 190 degrees Celsius. I find that anywhere in the temperature range of 360 and 400 degrees works fine. Preheating the air fryer is unnecessary since it heats up quickly.

2. Give the inside basket a quick spritz of cooking spray. There’s nothing worse than stuck french fries that rip apart.

3. Place the frozen fries in the basket and space them out. Don’t overcrowd them because you’ll end up with some undercooked fries.

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4. Cook the fries for about 15 minutes. About halfway through, remove the basket and give it a good shake to ensure the fries aren’t sticking and are cooking evenly.

5. Remove the fries by gently scraping them with a silicone spatula safe for non-stick cookware.

6. Let them sit for a few minutes before eating. I know you’re anxious, but these fries will be red hot! Sprinkle a little sea salt or whatever seasoning you like on top, and voila: your restaurant-quality fries are ready.

frozen french fries in the air fryer

Frequently Asked Questions

Let’s take a look at some common questions regarding air fryer frozen french fries:

Do I need to thaw the french fries before cooking them in the air fryer?

Nope. You can and should cook the fries frozen. Cooking the fries from frozen makes them extra crispy. If the fries are thawed, you can still cook them in the air fryer, but you’ll want to decrease the cooking time by about five minutes.

What type of frozen french fries should I use?

You can cook any type of frozen french fry in the air fryer. In addition to traditionally-cut fries, try waffle fries, crinkle fries, lattice fries, sweet potato fries, or even tater tots. Note that the cooking times might vary based on the type of french fry.

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Should I spray the fries with a nonstick spray?

I like to spray all my air fryer foods with a little nonstick spray like Pam. Air fryers are all about the crispness, and I think the spray makes a difference. You certainly don’t need to spray them, however. You should spray the basket to make sure the fries don’t stick.

How do I make sure I don’t burn the fries?

In addition to removing the basket from the air fryer to shake the fries halfway through cooking, you should also take a peek at them five minutes before they’re done. If you notice they’re turning golden brown on the edges, they could be done. You can always take one fry out and test it!

What should I dip my air fryer french fries in?

air fried french fries in basket

You can’t go wrong with ketchup. If that is too boring for you, try spicing it up by mixing some Tabasco Sauce into it. You can also mix ketchup and mayonnaise or sriracha and mayonnaise (sriracha-mayo). Some cultures like to put malt vinegar on their french fries.

Are air fryer french fries healthier?

I think most people know french fries are not the healthiest option. But when you cook them in an air fryer, you can skip the vegetable oils we use for traditional french fries, reducing your consumed calories and fat.

air fryer frozen fries

air fryer frozen french fries

Air Fryer Frozen French Fries

The advent of air frying has made restaurant-quality, mouth-watering french fries something we can have whenever we feel like it.
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Prep Time: 3 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 23 minutes
Serves: 4
Adjust Servings: 4

Equipment

Ingredients

  • 1 bag frozen French fries

Instructions

  • Place the french fries in the air fryer basket.
  • Cook for 10-20 minutes at 375 °F-380 °F depending on thickness of the fries, and shake halfway.
  • Remove from the air fryer basket and enjoy!

Nutrition

Calories: 1kcal | Carbohydrates: 0.1g | Protein: 0.01g | Fat: 0.04g | Sodium: 1mg | Fiber: 0.01g

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Ingredients: French Fry
Meal Type: Appetizers and Snacks, Popular, Side Dish, #StayHome, Halloween, New Year's Eve, Summer, Super Bowl Party, Dairy Free, Egg Free, Meatless
Categories: Cook Frozen, Sandwiches and Burgers, Air Fryer

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