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Air Fryer French Fries

If you're craving hot crispy thick cut homemade fries but don't want something that is greasy and deep fried, these flavorful Air Fryer French Fries are amazingly delicious! Just the right amount of olive oil and seasonings over freshly cut russet potatoes create the most delicious, melt-in-your-mouth, golden brown french fries.
Course Side Dish
Cuisine American
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 20 mins
soak time 30 mins
Total Time 1 hr
Servings 6 servings
Calories 244

Equipment

Ingredients

  • 3 pounds russet potatoes ((skin scrubbed to remove dirt but not peeled))
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon sea salt ((highly recommend Jacobsen Salt Co. Rosemary salt, can also use kosher salt as a substitution))
  • 1 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder

Instructions

Soak the potatoes:

  • Slice the potatoes into long strips that are ¼" to ½" thick.
    how to cut russet potatoes to make french fries
  • Place in large bowl of cold water for a minimum of 30 minutes, or as long as overnight if kept refrigerated.
    sliced potatoes soaking in water

Cook the fries:

  • Preheat air fryer to 385°F.
  • Drain and rinse the potatoes. Pat dry with a paper towel to remove any excess water. Transfer to a clean bowl and toss with remaining ingredients.
    sliced russet potatoes in bowl with oil and seasonings
  • Add potatoes to the air fryer basket and arrange so that they are in a single layer. Depending on the size of your air fryer, this will need to cook in multiple batches.
    seasoned potatoes on air fryer basket
  • Place basket in preheated air fryer and plan to cook for 20 minutes, shaking the basket well to shift them around after the first 10 minutes. Note: If you sliced the fries thin, they will cook faster, so keep an eye on them. When they are mostly golden brown, remove from air fryer and transfer to a clean bowl. Repeat with remaining batches.
  • Once all the fries are done, you can add all of them back to the air fryer basket and continue cooking for a couple of minutes so that they are all hot and crispy prior to serving.

Notes

Nutritional information based on a half pound of potatoes (uncooked weight) per person - a rather large serving.
  • Plan ahead: Since fries need to be cooked in a single layer and this recipe makes a lot, they will need to be cooked in batches. Since each batch takes 20 minutes, these will most likely take a minimum of 40 minutes to make (longer if you have a small air fryer).
  • Storage and reheating: Store any leftover fries in an air-tight container in the refrigerator and consume within 4-6 days. To reheat, just place in air fryer basket and cook at 400°F until heated through.
 

Nutrition

Calories: 244kcal | Carbohydrates: 42g | Protein: 5g | Fat: 7g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 5g | Sodium: 1175mg | Potassium: 960mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 166IU | Vitamin C: 13mg | Calcium: 31mg | Iron: 2mg