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Frozen French Fries in Air Fryer

One of the simplest yet most recommended uses of an air fryer is to make frozen French fries. If you use it for nothing else, it’s still worth to buy this kitchen gadget. But how to make the best, crispiest frozen French fries in an air fryer?

In this recipe, I’m going to show you how to make frozen French fries in an air fryer. I guess the frozen version is what most of us refer to anyways when it comes to making French fries at home. And in most cases there is no need to prepare your fries from scratch. A lot of work, and it won’t be any better.

Using frozen pre-cooked fries is like killing two birds with one stone. It not only guarantees extremely crispy fries, but the potato already contains the necessary fat because it has been pre-fried in oil. Remember, you need some fat for perfect results even in an air fryer.

French fries in air fryer basket

The Only Trick You’ll Need

There is only one trick, and that is to shake your air fryer basket at least once, preferably more, during the cooking period.

Most air fryer models will beep or tell you somehow to shake the basket at midtime, definitely do that. But I find that if you shake your fries every 2-3 minutes in the second half of the baking period, the it won’t only produce more evenly crisped fries but you can even fry a larger batch.

Frozen French Fries Air Fryer Cooking Time And Temperature

Frozen French fries cooking time in air fryer depends largely on the thickness of the fries. But you should also consider the quantity, your oven and how crunchy you like your fries.

Use the following cooking times for crispy French fries:

  • Regular fries (3/8 inch): 20 minutes.
  • Thin fries: 16 minutes.
  • Fry for 2-3 minutes less if you prefer less crunchy fries.

I recommend you start with these cooking times. If your fries are thicker or your oven less powerful, you can always turn it back for a couple of minutes.

Recommended air frying temperature is 385 F for making frozen French fries.

A Few Thoughts About Quantity

How much frozen fries you can make in one batch will largely depend on the size of your air fryer.

Generally you can even pack your basket full with frozen fries, but make sure to shake it extensively every 2-minutes at the second half of cooking time. But if you want perfect, evenly crisp fries, you should make smaller batches at once.

Making 14-18 ounces or a pound of frozen fries in one batch will always result in a perfectly and evenly crispy result. But as stated above, with a bit of care you can easily double or triple this quantity. I urge you to go ahead and experiment with your air fryer.

Frozen French fries in air fryer

Frozen French Fries in Air Fryer

Make evenly crispy golden fries in your air fryer without additional oil
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Servings 4 people


  • 16 oz frozen French fries


  • To make perfect frozen French fries, first preheat your air fryer.
  • Put frozen fries in the basket and fry for 20 minutes at 385 F. Fry thin fries for 16 minutes.
  • Shake the basket at midtime. It's best to shake it every 2-3 minutes in the second half of cooking time.
    Making frozen French fries in air fryer 2
  • Once your fries are ready, salt them and enjoy.
    Frozen French fries in air fryer
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