Air Fried Frozen French Fries

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Air fried frozen French fries come out crispy on the outside and tender on the inside. Make the recipe and enjoy comfort food without the fat!

Air fried frozen French fries in a bowl

I love French fries because there are so many different things that you can do with them.

Want something special to serve with your fries? Air Fryer Fried Chicken is it.

Of course, you can enjoy them as they are fresh out of the air fryer. But, you can also use them as the basis for so many delicious snacks.

Have you tried my Loaded Cheesy Taco Fries? They are piled high with seasoned beef, ooey-gooey cheese, lettuce, and tomatoes.

Or, you may want to try your air fryer frozen French fries with one of my dipping sauces.

Beer Cheese Dipping Sauce is always a popular choice as well. Food always tastes better when you can dip it.

air fryer frozen french fries ingredietns on a cutting board

Tips for Making Air Fried Frozen French Fries

If you follow these tips for making frozen fries in an air fryer, they will come out crispy on the outside and fluffy inside.

  • Always make sure that you preheat your air fryer before you begin. It’s vital for the proper temperature. 
  • Spray both the air fryer basket and the French fries with a light coating of oil. This helps to make them crispy.
  • Toss the French fries halfway through the cooking process to be sure that they cook evenly on both sides.
  • You can change the cooking time depending on how thick your fries are and how crispy you like them.
  • Add seasonings to your fries before you cook them to change up the flavor a little bit. Why not try chipotle powder, your favorite seasoned salt, or onion powder.
  • You can use this same method with seasoned French fries if you want to buy them already seasoned. Don’t forget the oil.

Suggested toppings

Of course, ketchup is a popular topping for these air fryer frozen fries. But, there are a lot of different things you can top your fries with. Why not try a few of these.

  • Vinegar
  • Fry sauce
  • Salt and pepper
  • Parsley
  • Chili
  • Cheese
  • Bacon Bits
  • Chives
frozen fries in air fryer

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Frequently asked questions

How long does it take to air fry frozen French fries?

This will all depend on how large your air fryer is and how many French fries you put in.

If you follow this recipe, you will need to preheat the air fryer for 3 minutes. Then, you will need to cook the fries for 10 to 15 minutes.

Make sure you check them for doneness so they don’t overcook.

air fryer frozen fries cooked

Do frozen fries need to be thawed before air frying?

No, you don’t need to thaw the French fries first. That’s one of the reasons I love air-fried frozen French fries so much.

You can make them from start to finish in just a few minutes. You don’t need to plan ahead to remember to thaw them. Just start with frozen French fries.

Are air fryer French fries healthy?

They are healthier than the deep-fried version. How healthy they are depends on what you add to them after they are cooked.

If you watch the salt and choose a low-fat option like vinegar or onion powder, there is no reason you can’t enjoy these as a healthy treat.

air fryer frozen french fries salted and sprinkled with parsley

How large of a batch of French fries can you air fry at one time?

This depends on how big your air fryer is. When you add the French fries, it’s important that they are in a single layer in the air fryer.

This way the air can circulate around the fries as they cook. This results in golden-brown, crispy French fries with a light and fluffy center.

If you add too many fries, they won’t cook properly. The outer layer will burn while the inner layer stays mushy.

Add what you can comfortably fit in your air fryer at one time. You can always make another batch if you need to.


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air fried frozen french fries

Air Fryer Frozen French Fries

Donna Elick
Air Fryer Frozen French Fries are crispy on the outside and fluffy on the inside. Enjoy this tasty side in minutes — faster than the oven!
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Prep Time 2 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 17 minutes
Course Side Dish
Cuisine American
Method Air Fryer
Servings 2 – 4


  • 1 bag frozen french fries
  • Neutral flavored cooking oil in a spray bottle, coconut oil, light tasting olive oil, etc
  • salt


  • Preheat Air Fryer to 370°F for 3 minutes.
  • Spray the Air Fryer basket with the cooking spray.
  • Layer the fries in a single layer in the basket of the air fryer, spray with oil.
  • Cook for 10-15 minutes depending on fry thickness, shaking basket half way through cook time
  • Remove and sprinkle with salt.
  • Serve immediately with your favorite toppings.

Donna’s Notes

Suggested toppings: Ketchup, Fry Sauce, Salt and pepper, parsley, chili, cheese, bacon bits, chives, etc


Serving: 1 | Calories: 1cal | Carbohydrates: 1g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 2mg | Fiber: 1g | Calcium: 1mg | Iron: 1mg

All nutritional information is based on third party calculations and is only an estimate. Each recipe’s nutritional value will vary depending on the ingredients used, measuring methods, and portion sizes.

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Originally published August 2020

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