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These fast food style french fries are made in the air fryer for perfectly crispy but tender french fries! Salty and addictive, they’re made with just a small amount of oil, so the whole family can have healthy fries anytime.

Close-up of air fryer french fries with a side of ketchup

What Makes This Recipe So Good

  • My son ate these and said, “You went to McDonald’s?!” (Thanks, Grandma, for introducing my kids to fast food!) But, seriously, they are just as good as your favorite fast food french fries, but without all the heavy grease and suspect ingredients.
  • These fries are insanely delicious with a few simple seasonings. Just a little oil gives the fries flavor, but doesn’t weigh them down with grease. Salt, pepper, and a little cayenne make these fries super delicious!
  • This recipe is naturally vegan and Whole30-compliant! Load them up with some Whole30 ketchup, and you are in snacking heaven.

How To Make It

The full recipe & ingredients list are below, but here you’ll find a quick overview for making this recipe perfectly, along with useful tips and info!

Cut the potato lengthwise into slices about 3/8 inch thick. Think the size of fast food fries! (See the top tips for tricks on how to cut them!) Put the slices into a large bowl.

Cover the potato slices with water and let them soak for a few minutes. (This helps them release extra starches.)

Drain the potatoes and cover them with boiling water, then let them sit.

After draining the potatoes, transfer the slices onto some paper towels and blot off the excess water. Let them cool, then add them to a bowl and drizzle with oil. Toss the sticks to get them fully coated.

Add the potatoes to a preheated air fryer basket in a single layer. Cook until the tips of the potato slices are a light golden brown, shaking the basket halfway through the cook time. You’ll want to check on them and shake some more every couple of minutes so they get nice and crispy!

After cooking, add the fries to a large bowl. Sprinkle with the salt, a pinch of cayenne, and black pepper. Toss them to coat and serve with lots of ketchup!

Instructions for air fryer french fries

Chef’s Tips

  • I like to use a mandolin for cutting my potatoes. It makes the whole process very quick and easy, and the fries are perfectly uniform. I like this one that comes with cut-resistant gloves!
  • This recipe makes about 2 batches of fries. I like to heat my conventional oven to about 250º and place the cooked fries on a baking sheet to keep them warm while I cook each batch, especially if I’m doubling or tripling the recipe.

Want an air fryer but not sure which one to get? I use the Chefman 6.3 Quart Air Fryer, but here are some other great options for air fryers in a variety of sizes.

A child's hand dipping a french fry in ketchup

More Air Fryer Recipes

Recipe By: Cheryl Malik
4.50 from 2 votes

Air Fryer French Fries


Prep 25 minutes
Cook 16 minutes
Total 41 minutes
These fast food style french fries are made in the air fryer for perfectly crispy but tender french fries! Salty and addictive, they're made with just a small amount of oil, so the whole family can have healthy fries anytime.
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Equipment

  • air fryer

Ingredients

  • 1 pound russet potatoes peeled
  • 3 teaspoons vegetable oil
  • ½ teaspoon kosher salt
  • cayenne pinch
  • black pepper to taste

Instructions

  • Cut potatoes lengthwise into slices about ⅜" thick. Slice each section into sticks of the same thickness. Place sticks in large bowl.
  • Cover potato sticks with water. Let soak 5 minutes.
  • Drain and cover potatoes with boiling water, a few inches above potatoes. Let sit 10 minutes. Drain potatoes and transfer to paper towels. Blot off excess water and let cool, at least 10 minutes. Transfer to bowl and drizzle with oil. Toss to coat.
  • Preheat air fryer 380º F. Add potato sticks to air fryer basket in single layer. Cook until tips are light golden brown, between 12-16 minutes. Shake basket midway through cook time, then check and shake every 2-3 minutes until fries are done.
  • Add fries to large bowl. Sprinkle with salt, cayenne, and pepper to taste. Cook rest of fries in batches.
Recipe yields approximately 4 servings. Nutritional values shown are general guidelines, and reflect information for one serving. Macros may vary slightly depending on specific types and brands of ingredients used.
To determine the weight of one serving, prepare the recipe as instructed. Weigh the finished recipe, then divide the weight of the finished recipe (not including the weight of the container the food is in) by 4. Result will be the weight of one serving.

Approximate Information for One Serving

Serving Size: 1servingCalories: 115calProtein: 2gFat: 3gSaturated Fat: 2gSodium: 296mgPotassium: 473mgTotal Carbs: 20gFiber: 1gSugar: 1gNet Carbs: 19gVitamin C: 6mgCalcium: 15mgIron: 1mg
Nutrition Disclaimers
Number of total servings shown is approximate. Actual number of servings will depend on your preferred portion sizes.
Nutritional values shown are general guidelines and reflect information for 1 serving using the ingredients listed, not including any optional ingredients. Actual macros may vary slightly depending on specific brands and types of ingredients used.
To determine the weight of one serving, prepare the recipe as instructed. Weigh the finished recipe, then divide the weight of the finished recipe (not including the weight of the container the food is in) by the desired number of servings. Result will be the weight of one serving.

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3 Comments

  1. Avatar SL Vaughan says:

    Recipe & preparation was very helpful!4 stars

    1. Grace | 40 Aprons Team Grace | 40 Aprons Team says:

      ♥ Happy to hear that. Thanks so much for sharing!

  2. Avatar Michelle R Schuerman says:

    I love them . Almost as good as the ones my mom & grandparents. Homemade awesome.5 stars

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