How to cook frozen French fries in an air fryer

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You can have crispy golden French fries or chips in 20 minutes from frozen - and there's no need for any oil, preheating the oven or best of all, fuss. Perfect results every single time.

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5 June 2023

If there’s one staple food item I have in my freezer at all times, then it’s frozen French fries and frozen chips – whether they’re thicker steak fries, curly fries, waffle fries, straight-cut, or crinkle cut fries, I always have a bag to hand. Who doesn’t like French fries? They pretty much go with everything and cooking them from frozen means that they’re quick and easy to make, too, whenever you want them.

If you’re a fan of French fries, you’ll love the convenience of cooking them in an air fryer. Not only is it quick and easy, but it also results in perfectly crispy Fench fries without the need for extra oil. Follow my simple steps below to cook frozen French fries in an air fryer. Perfect for side dishes, or for eating them on their own alongside a bowl of ketchup, they’re a winner every time.

Cosori air fryer frozen french fries with tomato ketchup - Cook Simply

Why cook fries in an air fryer?

I won’t deny that deep fried French fries are really tasty and moreish, think of those you get from the fast food chains sprinkled in tons of salt. However, air fryer French fries really do taste just as good but are most definitely a healthier option. With less oil, simply a blast of hot air, as well as a reduced cook time, you’ll have amazing French fries every single time.

I own a Cosori air fryer – so if you follow my easy recipe below, the timings will suit this model. Don’t worry if you don’t have the same appliance, check your instruction booklet and experiment with the timings and heat settings. However, I think my recipe should be the ultimate guide. As you can see, I use the same method for different types of chips – skinny fries and crinkle cut fries below. 

Cosori air fryer frozen french fries - Cook Simply

Will these Cosori air fryer frozen French fries be crispy?

Most definitely, you just need to ensure you air fry your frozen fries for long enough. Should you use extra oil? I don’t. Frozen french fries or different types of fries are already pre-coated in oil. As an experiment, I have used cooking spray – both vegetable and olive oil, and I’ll be honest, I don’t think it yields better results. So to make these air fryer fries as healthy as possible, I leave out the oil – and I don’t even spray the basket beforehand. 

How to make these air fryer crispy French fries?

The first step to cooking frozen French fries in an air fryer is to preheat your appliance. This will ensure that your fries cook evenly and become crispy on the outside while remaining soft on the inside. Set your air fryer to 200°C (400°F) and let it preheat for 3-5 minutes. Once it’s heated up, you need to grab your bag of frozen French fries. 

Frozen French Fries in a single layer on air fryer basket - Cook Simply

Spread the frozen fries in a single layer in the air fryer basket

To ensure that your frozen French fries cook evenly and become crispy, it’s important to spread them out in a single layer in the air fryer basket. Avoid overcrowding the basket, as this can cause the fries to cook unevenly and become soggy. Depending on the size of your air fryer, you may need to cook your fries in batches to achieve the best results. Once your fries are spread out in a single layer, you’re ready to start cooking them. 

Cook the fries at a high temperature for 20 minutes

Set your air fryer to a high temperature – on my Cosori air fryer I choose to set the temperature to 185°C (365°F) and cook the frozen French fries for 20-25 minutes. Shake the basket every 5 minutes or so to ensure that the fries cook evenly on all sides and prevent them from sticking together. Simply remove the basket from the air fryer, give it a good shake, and then return it to the machine to finish cooking. Depending on the thickness of the fries, you may need to adjust the cooking time slightly. Once the fries are golden brown and crispy, remove them from the air fryer and serve immediately. 

crispy crinkle cut fries cooked in an air fryer - Cook Simply

Serve with your favourite dipping sauces

Once your frozen French fries are cooked to perfection in the air fryer, it’s time to serve and enjoy. Sprinkle them with your favorite seasonings, such as salt, pepper, garlic powder, onion powder, or paprika, for an extra burst of flavour. You can also dip them in your favorite sauces, such as ketchup, mayonnaise, or chilli sauce dressing. Whether you’re enjoying them as a snack or as a perfect side dish, these crispy fries will be a hit. And the best thing is that this is such a simple recipe. 

Air fried frozen French fries with tomato ketchup - Cook Simply

Can you make homemade fries in the air fryer too?

Absolutely, If I make homemade chips from scratch, then I peel and slice the potatoes, then parboil them in salted water for around 5-8 minutes. You want the fries to still hold their shape and not fall apart. After letting them cool slightly, spray oil over them and make sure they’re all coated. This is when you can add your seasoning, salt and pepper, or any spices you want. Combine them well and then add them to a lined basket – I use a sheet of baking paper. Much like the frozen method, lay your fries on a single layer – and cook in the same way, making sure to turn the fries so they cook evenly on both sides. 

Can you reheat air fryer French fries?

Yes, but they take less time. If you have any leftover fries that have been stored in the refrigerator, preheat the air fryer for 3-5 minutes then add the fries to the basket as above – in a single layer. Cook for around 5 minutes at 200°C (400°F).

Air fryer French fries and crinkle cut chips - Cook Simply

Tips for making air fryer French fries for the first time

  • ​You don’t need extra oil for your frozen French fries
  • You don’t need to defrost the French fries prior to cooking
  • Preheat your air fryer for 3-5 minutes before you begin cooking
  • ​Avoid overcrowding your French fries and try to cook them in a single layer. You know how big your basket is – so if it’s smaller, you may have to do it in a few batches
  • Make sure to shake the air fryer basket a few times during cooking to ensure even crispy French fries. It also helps to prevent them from sticking together.
  • Add your seasonings once the fries are cooked and crispy.

Here are some of my other air fryer recipes

Air fryer crispy chicken wings
Air fryer char siu BBQ pork
Air fryer sesame prawn toast
Cosori frozen French fries in the air fryer - Cook Simply

How to cook frozen French fries in an air fryer

4.80 from 10 votes
Get perfectly crispy tasty French fries at home with this easy air fryer recipe
Servings 4
Prep Time 3 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 23 minutes

Ingredients
 
 

  • 400 g frozen French fries of your choice
  • 1-2 tsps sea salt
  • Dipping sauces to serve

Instructions
 

  • Preheat your air fryer to 200°C (400°F) for around 3-5 minutes.
  • Set your air fryer to around 185°C (365°F) and then place your frozen fries into the air fryer basket. Make sure to spread them out evenly, and try to keep them in a single layer.
    Frozen French Fries in a single layer on air fryer basket - Cook Simply
  • Cook the frozen fries for around 20 minutes, making sure to shake the basket every five minutes. If you'd like them crispier, cook for a further 3-5 minutes.
  • Sprinkle with salt and toss then serve immediately with your favourite dipping sauces

Notes

Notes:  Cooking times will vary for different types of fries - from steak-cut chips to potato wedges. Make sure you keep shaking the basket and keeping an eye on them - you can gauge the crispiness and colour of the fries and adjust to your preference.

Nutrition

Calories: 298kcalCarbohydrates: 36g
Author: cooksimply
Calories: 298kcal
Course: Dinner, Lunch, Main Course, Side Dish
Cuisine: American, British

Did you make these French fries?

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