Air Fryer Frozen French Fries is one of the things that the air fryer makes fantastic. Everyone loves them and they make a great side dish or a snack both for kids and adults. Today I am going to show you how to make them come out perfect.
Frozen Fries in Air Fryer
Crispy french fries are not the only reason I love my air fryer. There is many reasons why I just love it. It makes great things and more importantly it makes them faster and the end result is crispy delicious more healthy food not fried in oil.
I always make sure that I have a bag of frozen french fries in the freezer. There is not any certain brand or type. You can buy crinkle cut fries, shoestring fries, sweet potato fries or steak fries. The majority of them you just throw into the basket and within 15 minutes these air fried frozen fries are ready to eat.
How to Cook Frozen French Fries in an Air Fryer?
Cooking french fries in an air fryer is an easy process. I do it a little bit differently in the way that when I cook them I do not spray the fries with extra oil.
I also do not spray the basket. These are frozen fries and they do not need any additional oil. Trust me on this. They come out great.
They come out like french fries that have been double fried. The outside of the french fries stays crispy while the inside is a soft texture and delicious. I like fries crispy with a softer center.
How Long to Cook Frozen French Fries in Air Fryer?
The cooking time for frozen french fries in the air fryer can vary depending on the level of doneness that you like your french fries. I set the timer for 15 minutes and set the temperature to 400 degrees.
If you like the fries more well done add a few more minutes. Cook times vary from air fryer to air fryer depending on the wattage of the air fryer.
Step 1 – Preheat air fryer to 400 degrees and add Frozen French Fries to Basket.
It doesn’t matter what kind of fries you use. They can be straight fries curly fries crinkle fries they all work.
Add some fries to the air fryer basket. One tip I recommend is to not overfill the basket. Keep fries in a single layer.
Step 2 – Set Timer to 15 Minutes and Cook French Fries.
I cook the french fries for about 15 minutes. I find for me this is just perfect. This cook time will produce the results that you see below. These fries below had a crunchy exterior and soft center.
Step 3- Shake and Toss the French Fries
About halfway through the cooking time remove the basket. Mix up the fries by shaking the basket to toss the fries. This is an important step to keep even cooking. Return basket to air fryer to finish the cooking process.
Tips for making Air Fryer French Fries
Air Fryer Power and Wattage: Depending on the wattage power of your air fryer start checking the french fries for doneness after about 10 minutes. If you are using shoestring fries they do not take as much time to cook. If you are using steak fries they take a few minutes longer.
Should I Use Oil or Cooking Spray? I never use oil or cooking spray when making frozen french fries. Frozen french fries already have some oil in them.
If you are concerned about the fries sticking to the air fryer basket you can spray the basket. Most air fryer basket are non stick. I have never had a problem with the fries sticking together or to the basket of the air fryer.
Don’t Overcrowd the Air Fryer: Overcrowding the air fryer with too many fries will make your fries take longer to cook and they won’t be as crispy. This is because air fryers work on air circulation.
Fill the air fryer so there is a single layer of french fries spread across the basket. A bit of overlapping is fine. If you are looking to cook a lot of french fries cook them in batches.
Shake the Basket: About halfway through the cooking time and you were going to want to give the basket a good shake to distribute the fries evenly and move them around a bit to ensure even cooking.
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Kitchen Essentials and Items Used in this Recipe
Air Fryer Frozen French Fries
- 1/2 bag Frozen French Fries
- 1/2 tsp Olive Oil for Basket (if not non stick)
- Preheat Air Fryer to 400 Degrees
- Add about 1/2 bag of french fries to basket of air fryer. Spreaf in single layer. A bit of overlap is ok.
- Do not spray fries with oil or cooking spray (It is not necessary.)
- Air Fry French Fries 15 Minutes. Halfway through cook shake basket to toss fries and continue cooking.
- Check fries after 10 minutes. Cook to desired crispness