How Do I Cook Frozen French Fries in an Air Fryer?

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Frozen French fries are one of the most convenient snacks imaginable.

Cheap, filling, and remarkably tasty, what’s the problem?

Well, conventionally fries demand a great deal of cooking oil. Unfortunately, traditional cooking oil contains a whopping 120 calories per tablespoon. It’s not hard, then, to see how deep-fried treats like this can seriously impact your waistline.

This brings about another associated problem…

How can you enjoy these tasty snacks without going up a dress size?

The answer lies in thinking creatively and choosing a relatively new cooking method: an air fryer.


Air Fryer 101

Commercial air fryers started to appear around 2005. By 2010, Philips introduced their flagship Airfryer at the IFA consumer electronics show in Berlin. This model featured proprietary Rapid Air technology.

Early air fryers had a pod-like appearance. As more functions have been integrated, they now more closely resemble pressure cookers and toaster ovens.

Air fryers have a convection mechanism that works much like a scaled-down version of a regular convection oven. This hot air is pushed around the appliance by a powerful mechanical fan. As your food is cooked, a crispy layer is imparted thanks to the caramelization taking part and the Maillard reaction. The Maillard reaction is the formal name for browning.

For most recipes with air fryers you need no oil at all or only a small quantity of cooking oil. The crispiness is achieved as above without needing to resort to ladles of oil.

OK, with those basics sketched in, it’s time for the main event.


Cooking Frozen Fries in an Air Fryer with No Cooking Oil

Firstly, we’ll show you how you can rustle up fries using with no cooking oil whatsoever.

Got 15 minutes spare?

If so, it’s time to get cooking!

What You Need

  • Frozen French fries (1 pound)
  • Salt and pepper to taste

What To Do

  • Pour your fries into the basket of your air fryer
  • Make sure they are fully spread across the basket to ensure they cook evenly
  • Air fry the fries for 15 minutes at 400F
  • Halfway through cooking, shake the basket and toss the fries. This will make certain they’re cooking all the way through
  • Remove basket, serve fries
  • Add salt and pepper to taste if you didn’t buy pre-seasoned fries

Cooking Frozen Fries in an Air Fryer with Minimal Cooking Oil

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Now, we understand many of you enjoy cooking with an air fryer but using just a small quantity of oil. For this reason, we’ve got a bonus recipe for you showing how to use a light touch with oil while still getting the most from your air fryer.

What You Need

  • Frozen French fries (1 pound)
  • Cooking oil spray
  • Salt (optional)

What To Do

  • Turn your air fryer to 400F and preheat if required
  • Add the fries to a bowl and spray lightly with oil. Sprinkle with some sea salt (optional)
  • Cook for 15 minutes tossing the fries once at the midway point
  • Remove basket, serve fries

5 Top Tips for Air Fryer Frozen French Fries

As you can see, the recipe for racking up lip-smacking fries with no oil or little oil couldn’t be easier.

To round out with some bonus pointers, here are 6 effective ways to become even more proficient with your new appliance.

  1. Never use too much oil: You can see from the above recipes that you don’t need any oil at all to yield awesome air-fried French fries. If you prefer the option with a little oil, use a light touch. Add too much oil and your fries will be soft and mushy, the opposite of the crispy, golden taste sensations you want
  2. Use the times above as a guide and experiment: As with all cooking methods, you should experiment with timings until you find what works for you. It’s for this reason we pegged our cooking times at 15 minutes. Many recipes suggest 20 minutes and this might be the way you like your fries. The thing is, you can always leave your fries in the air fryer for a few more minutes but you can’t undo the results if you push it too far and burn them!
  3. Consider preheating: Most air fryers do not call for preheating. This will be clearly laid out in the instruction manual. Remember, though, if you cook your fries from cold, you’ll need slightly longer than if you were popping them into a preheated appliance
  4. Rotating or nonrotating: If your air fryer rotates while it’s cooking, you should need to do nothing more than monitor proceedings. If your cooker is non-rotating, follow the guidance in our recipes above and agitate the basket midway through the cooking cycle. This will guarantee your fries are cooked consistently throughout
  5. Vary the seasonings for added kick: Get creative with rubs, spices and seasonings. You can liven up fries with everything from chili mayonnaise to chipotle powder. Imagination is your only limitation

Final Thoughts

Well, if you arrived here today with absolutely no idea how to cook frozen French fries in an air fryer, that should now be clear.

Now, we typically advise embracing different foods in an air fryer rather than seeking to replicate your favorite deep-fried treats. In the case of French fries, though, there’s very little difference in the taste and texture so we wholeheartedly suggest you try the above recipes to see what you think.

If you have another way of cooking fries to perfection, why not let us know? We’re always looking for more ideas to further expand our repertoire.

Bookmark this page before you go and pop back any time you need the lowdown on making the most of your new air fryer. We’ll see you soon!

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