Air Fryer Frozen French Fries

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Air Fryer Frozen French Fries come out crispy on the outside and tender on the inside — in just 15 minutes! With my frozen french fries air fryer recipe, you’ll never want to use the oven again!!

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Air Fryer Frozen French Fries

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

And when you air fry frozen fries, they come out hot and crisp in no time!

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.

cutting board with frozen fries, oil, and salt and pepper

Tips to Air Fry Frozen French Fries

  • Preheat your air fryer. If the basket is already hot, frozen fries will start to cook immediately.
  • Get crispy results! Spray both the air fryer basket and the fries with a light coating of oil before cooking.

    You’ll also want to toss frozen french fries in air fryer halfway (or give the basket a good shake) to be sure they cook evenly on all sides.
  • Adjust the cooking time. Depending on the thickness and how crispy you like then, it may take longer to air fry frozen French fries than the time listed.
  • Season twice. Whether you keep it simple with salt and pepper or want to try something different, toss with seasonings before placing frozen french fries in air fryer basket.

    Then, sprinkle on a bit more once they’re done! Chipotle powder, seasoned salt, or onion and garlic powders are an easy way to change up your flavor game.
  • Or grab a bag of seasoned fries instead! This method for air fryer frozen French fries works with any variety you can find at the store.

    Just don’t forget the oil before you air fry frozen fries and adjust the time as needed.
single layer of frozen fries in air fryer basket

Best French Fry Toppings

While everyone is focused on the dipping sauces, don’t forget that you can add toppings when you air fry frozen fries!

Seasonings can be added before cooking, but fresh herbs should be added during the last few minutes so they don’t burn.

Anything you’re using for loaded fries should be prepared separately and added after you remove the frozen French fries from the air fryer.

cooked fries in air fryer basket

Frozen French Fries in Air Fryer FAQ

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 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.

Do frozen fries need to be thawed before air frying?

No need to thaw — that’s one of the reasons I love to air fry frozen French fries!

Just like in the oven, you can cook them straight from the freezer. The difference is that they are ready in about half the time!

Are air fryer frozen 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 air fryer frozen French fries as a healthy treat.

How full can you fill an air fryer with French fries?

Regardless of air fryer size, it’s important that your fries are in a single layer. This way, the hot air can properly circulate around them as they cook.

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.

close up: plate of crispy fries with salt and parsley

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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, updated and republished November 2023

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