Crispy French Fries in air fryer

Preparation Time: 15 minutes
Cooking Time: 20-25 minutes
Total Time: 35-40 minutes
Recipe Intensity: Easy


  • 2 large russet potatoes
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder (optional)
  • 1/2 teaspoon paprika (optional)
  • Cooking spray (optional, for extra crispiness)


  1. Wash and peel the russet potatoes. Cut them into evenly sized French fry shapes, about 1/4 to 1/2 inch thick.
  2. Soak the cut potatoes in cold water for about 15-20 minutes. This helps remove excess starch and makes the fries crispier.
  3. After soaking, drain the potatoes and pat them dry with a clean kitchen towel or paper towels.
  4. In a mixing bowl, toss the dried potato strips with olive oil, salt, pepper, garlic powder (if using), and paprika (if using) until evenly coated.
  5. Preheat your air fryer to 400°F (200°C) for about 3-5 minutes.
  6. Lightly coat the air fryer basket with cooking spray or oil spray to prevent sticking.
  7. Arrange the seasoned potato strips in a single layer in the air fryer basket, making sure they are not overlapping or crowded. You may need to cook in batches depending on the size of your air fryer.
  8. Air fry the French fries at 400°F (200°C) for about 15-20 minutes, shaking the basket halfway through cooking to ensure even crispiness.
  9. Check the fries towards the end of cooking and adjust the time if needed to achieve your desired level of crispness.
  10. Once the French fries are golden brown and crispy, remove them from the air fryer and transfer them to a plate lined with paper towels to drain excess oil.
  11. Season the hot fries with additional salt and pepper if desired.
  12. Serve the crispy French fries immediately as a delicious snack or side dish, optionally with ketchup, aioli, or your favorite dipping sauce.

Note: Cooking times may vary depending on the thickness of your fries and the efficiency of your air fryer. Keep an eye on them towards the end of cooking to prevent over-browning.

Enjoy your homemade crispy French fries made in the air fryer!

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