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Homemade Air Fryer French Fries

One of the reasons I love having an air fryer is using it to cook things quickly. For example, frozen French fries. In no time, you have fries that taste like you got them at the drive through but way better, healthier and, of course, cheaper. Even so, making homemade fries in your air fryer is also worth doing and equally delicious.

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Homemade Air Fryer French Fries

When you’re ready to make fries from scratch and cook them in your air fryer, there are a couple of things to keep in mind. One, you have to choose the right kind of potato to get the best result. I recommend starchy potatoes like Russet or Yukon Gold. Honestly, I prefer Yukon Gold because I just love their color.

Close-up of seasoned French fries served with bowls of red ketchup and white dipping sauce.
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And, two, make sure to cut the potatoes into evenly sized pieces for even cooking. If you’ve ever watched Food Network shows like “Worst Cooks in America,” then you know the importance of even knife cuts. I’ve learned so much from watching “Worst Cooks,” including making sure that I have evenly sized anything when I’m cooking or baking. This applies to air fryer cooking, too.

There’s not much else to say, except that you’ll need just four ingredients to make these delicious French fries. They’ve become my favorite side dish for everything. Plus, it’s a way to indulge without the drive through and the greasy oil. I’m confident they’ll become your favorite, too.

A plate of golden-brown French fries served on parchment paper with a small dish of ketchup on the side.
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Ingredients

As mentioned, there are just four ingredients for this recipe:

  • potatoes
  • avocado oil
  • salt
  • black pepper
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Step-by-Step Instructions

Here’s what you need to know when making these homemade French fries in your air fryer.

Preheat your air fryer to 360°F for about 5 minutes. Meanwhile, wash and peel the potatoes.

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Cut them into evenly sized fries, about 1/4 inch thick.

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Place the potato fries in a large bowl and cover them with cold water. Allow them to soak for 30 minutes to remove excess starch.

Sliced potatoes soaking in a clear bowl of water.
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After soaking, drain the fries in a strainer and pat them dry using a kitchen towel or paper towels.

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Place the dried fries back into the bowl and drizzle with avocado oil. Toss well to ensure all the fries are coated.

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Sprinkle salt over the oiled cut potatoes.

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Then, sprinkle pepper over them.

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Toss seasoned potatoes so you evenly distribute the salt and pepper.

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Carefully transfer the seasoned fries to the preheated air fryer basket. Make sure they are arranged in a single layer without overcrowding.

Sliced yellow potatoes seasoned with olive oil and black pepper are placed in an air fryer basket, ready for cooking.
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Cook the fries in the air fryer for 20-25 minutes, shaking the basket every 5 minutes to ensure even cooking. The fries should turn golden brown and crispy.

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Once cooked, remove the fries from the air fryer and let them cool for a few minutes before serving.

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Additional notes about homemade fries in the air fryer

  • If you’ve cut up more potatoes than can fit in a single layer in your air fryer, you may need to cook them in batches.
  • Don’t forget to stand watch as the fries cook. You’ll need to pull out and shake the basket every five minutes or so to ensure they cook evenly.
  • Fries will shrink as they cook. So don’t be surprised if, at the end, you end up with fewer fries or a smaller batch than you’d expected. That’s why it’s a good idea to cut more and bake them in batches. This way you’ll have enough.
  • Cooking times may vary depending on the model of your air fryer. Adjust accordingly.
  • Serve the homemade air fryer fries hot with your favorite dipping sauce or as a side dish to your main meal.
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Close-up of seasoned French fries served with bowls of red ketchup and white dipping sauce.

Homemade Air Fryer French Fries

One of the reasons I love having an air fryer is using it to cook things quickly. For example, frozen French fries. In no time, you have fries that taste like you got them at the drive through but way better, healthier and, of course, cheaper. Even so, making homemade fries in your air fryer is also worth doing and equally delicious.
When you're ready to make fries from scratch and cook them in your air fryer, there are a couple of things to keep in mind. One, you have to choose the right kind of potato to get the best result. I recommend starchy potatoes like Russet or Yukon Gold. Honestly, I prefer Yukon Gold because I just love their color.
And, two, make sure to cut the potatoes into evenly sized pieces for even cooking. If you've ever watched Food Network shows like "Worst Cooks in America," then you know the importance of even knife cuts. I've learned so much from watching "Worst Cooks," including making sure that I have evenly sized anything when I'm cooking or baking. This applies to air fryer cooking, too.
There's not much else to say, except that you'll need just four ingredients to make these delicious French fries. They've become my favorite side dish for everything. Plus, it's a way to indulge without the drive through and the greasy oil. I'm confident they'll become your favorite, too.
Prep Time 40 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Course Side Dish
Cuisine American
Servings 4
Calories 193 kcal

Equipment

Ingredients
  

  • 4 Yukon gold potatoes
  • 2 tablespoons avocado oil
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper

Instructions
 

  • Preheat your air fryer to 360°F for about 5 minutes.
  • Wash and peel the potatoes.
  • Cut potatoes into evenly sized fries, about 1/4 inch thick.
  • Place the potato fries in a large bowl and cover them with cold water.
  • Allow them to soak for 30 minutes to remove excess starch.
  • After soaking, drain the fries and pat them dry using a kitchen towel or paper towels.
  • Place the dried fries back into the bowl and drizzle with avocado oil.
  • Toss well to ensure all the fries are coated.
  • Sprinkle salt over the oiled cut potatoes.
  • Then, sprinkle pepper over them.
  • Toss seasoned potatoes so you evenly distribute the salt and pepper.
  • Carefully transfer the seasoned fries to the preheated air fryer basket.
  • Arrange in a single layer without overcrowding.
  • Cook the fries in the air fryer for 20-25 minutes, shaking the basket every 5 minutes to ensure even cooking.
  • When golden brown and cooked, remove the fries from the air fryer and let them cool for a few minutes before serving.

Notes

  • If you’ve cut up more potatoes than can fit in a single layer in your air fryer, you may need to cook them in batches.
  • Don’t forget to stand watch as the fries cook. You’ll need to pull out and shake the basket every five minutes or so to ensure they cook evenly.
  • Fries will shrink as they cook. So don’t be surprised if, at the end, you end up with fewer fries or a smaller batch than you’d expected. That’s why it’s a good idea to cut more and bake them in batches. This way you’ll have enough.
  • Cooking times may vary depending on the model of your air fryer. Adjust accordingly.
  • Serve the homemade air fryer fries hot with your favorite dipping sauce or as a side dish to your main meal.

Nutrition

Calories: 193kcalCarbohydrates: 30gProtein: 3gFat: 7gSaturated Fat: 1gPolyunsaturated Fat: 1gMonounsaturated Fat: 5gSodium: 592mgPotassium: 719mgFiber: 4gSugar: 1gVitamin A: 5IUVitamin C: 33mgCalcium: 22mgIron: 1mg

Disclaimer

Please note that nutrient values, if included with the recipe, are estimates only. Variations can occur due to product availability/substitution and manner of food preparation. Nutrition may vary based on methods of origin, preparation, freshness of ingredients, and other factors.

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