How to Make Crispy Air Fryer French Fries

If you want to soak these in the morning and air fry them for dinner, you can refrigerate the potatoes in the interim once they’ve been soaked in cold water. Or soak them in the fridge all day in cold water.

  • Prep time: 1 hour, 10 minutes
  • Cook time: 20 minutes
  • Yield: 2 to 4 servings


  • 1 1/2 pounds russet potatoes (peeled if you want)
  • 2 teaspoons canola oil or other vegetable oil
  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh rosemary or 1 teaspoon dried rosemary
  • 1/2 teaspoon fine sea salt (or regular salt)
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly cracked black pepper

Special equipment:

  • Air fryer


1 Soak the potatoes. Scrub the potatoes clean and slice them long ways, 1/4 to 1/2-inch thick. Soak them in a bowl of ice water for at least an hour, or up to 24 hours (in the fridge) if need be.

Air Fried French Fries Recipe slice the potatoes

2 Preheat the air fryer: Preheat the air fryer to 390°F for about 15 minutes.

3 Dry and season potatoes: Remove the potatoes from the bowl and lay them out on a paper towel or clean kitchen towel. Dry them thoroughly, and then transfer them to a medium bowl and toss them with the oil, rosemary, salt, and pepper.

French Fries Recipe in Air Fryer toss potatoes with herbs

4 Air fry the potatoes: Remove the air fryer basket and add the potatoes, positioning them as evenly as you can. Set the timer for 10 minutes and fry the potatoes.

Slide the basket out, toss the potatoes to redistribute them—you may notice some spots look more air fried than others.

Fry for another 10 to 12 minutes, until they start to look dry and crispy. (If any pieces seem excessively brown, remove them before you turn the fryer back on.)

Air Fried French Fries Recipe air fry the potatoes

5 Serve: Remove from the fryer and place in a serving bowl. Let them cool for a few minutes (I know it’s hard, they’re French fries!) and taste. They should crisp up a little bit as they cool. Toss with additional rosemary, salt, and/or pepper if desired.

If for some reason you find yourself in a situation with leftovers, you can refrigerate them, covered for a few days. Simply reheat them in a little oil in a hot cast iron pan or skillet and they’ll perk right back up.

Air Fried French Fries Recipe serve the fries

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  • Vicki

    Loved them, especially my husband LOVED them!


  • Kris

    I followed the instructions step by step, including the soaking, and the fries still came out soggy. Help.


    • Carrie Havranek

      Oh no! I am so sorry to hear that, Kris. I’ve not had that experience. Did you pat them dry really well before you finished the rest of the prep steps? I wonder if maybe your air fryer just needed a little more time to get them crispy. These devices can vary a bit, we’ve learned.

  • J emmons

    Love my air fryer.. use it all the time .. chicken, sausage , bacon… lots of uses

  • Don Buchanan

    Why is it necessary to preheat the air Fryer? I cook everything as soon iI turn it on, and have not had any problems with food not coking.

    • Carrie Havranek

      Your make and model may be different from mine–I’m not sure, Don. This is just what the manufacturer recommended, and I found it to be helpful.

  • Jon

    Soooo good

  • Coco Morante

    I had an extra potato lying around when this recipe popped up and now the wedges are soaking! Can’t wait to try it out.

  • Laura

    Would this work just using convection bake or convection roast setting on my oven?

    • Carrie Havranek

      Hi Laura, Carrie from Simply Recipes here, Associate Editor. It would work insofar as you could prep the potatoes and use that convection setting in your oven, but the temperature, cook time and results won’t be the same. The air fryer has a compact cooking space so the air circulates much faster rate and therefore the food cooks faster. Good luck!