Air Fryer French Fries


There are certain childhood favorite dishes we never outgrow, and why should we? Macaroni and cheese, chicken tenders, cheeseburgers, grilled cheese–our hankerings for classic recipes that remind us of dinner dates with dad or summer camp mess halls seem to only get stronger with age. But of all the childhood recipes of meals past, we just might crave a crispy pile of French fries more than all of the rest.Instead of running to the closest drive-thru for a greasy to-go bag, why not whip of the family favorite side at home? With an Air Fryer, anyone who can cut potatoes can make restaurant-style French fries, but healthier. Our Air Fryer French Fries aren't greasy or too crunchy, like traditional deep-fried fries; instead they're just the right kind of crispy. Our Test Kitchen recommends soaking the potatoes to help remove some of the starch before getting started. This will prevent the potatoes from sticking to the Air Fryer and also helps crisp them up. Be sure to pat them dry for the best texture too.Whether you serve them alongside ketchup, mustard, or your own favorite swirled combination of sauces, these Air Fryer French Fries are sure to round out any plate. The best part? The kids will gobble them up, no dinnertime persuading required.

Air Fryer French Fries
Photo: Caitlin Bensel
Active Time:
15 mins
Total Time:
1 hrs 30 mins
Serves 4 (serving size: about 3/4 cup)


  • 1 pound russet potatoes, peeled and cut into 3/8-in.-thick sticks (about 4 cups)

  • 1 tablespoon canola oil

  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt

  • Cooking spray

  • Dipping sauce of choice


  1. Place potatoes in a large bowl of cold water. Let stand at room temperature 1 hour. Drain. Place potatoes on paper towels, and pat very dry. Toss together potatoes, oil, and salt in a large bowl.

  2. Preheat air fryer to 400°F for 2 minutes. Lightly coat fry basket with cooking spray. Add potatoes to basket, and cook 20 minutes, flipping potatoes halfway through cook time. Remove from air fryer. Serve fries with desired dipping sauce.

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