Air fryer frozen fries are a game changer and don’t need any extra oil. These air fried french fires from frozen cook crispy and delicious without all the excess calories from grease. Our resource for frozen french fries is below.

Healthy Air Fryer Frozen French Fries Recipe in a basket

Crispy Air Fried French Fries in the Air Fryer

If you’re cooking frozen french fries, you must try making them in the air fryer! Geez, it’s so quick and easy without any oil. Seriously, air fried frozen french fries are so crispy and crazy easy when cooked in the air fryer. Within minutes, we had a big batch of crispy hot french fries out of the air fryer. Once you know how to cook frozen french fries in the air fryer, you’ll never look back. The results are aways quick and crispy. Add a bowl of ketchup or your favorite sauce to dip the air fried french fries in and you’ll be a happy camper!

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How to Cook Frozen French Fries in Air fryer?

  • Start with your favorite cut of frozen french fries. Different thicknesses will cook a little differently, so adjust timing accordingly. This recipe is for thinner cut french fries like you see in our sample photos.
  • Add frozen fries to air fryer basket. You really don’t need to add extra oil spray. The frozen fries are already pre-cooked in oil that will release when you air fry.
  • Air fry at 400°F for about 10-15 minutes, depending on the thickness of the fries. Make sure to gently shake or toss the fries for even cooling. Amazing crispy french fries with less oil! 
  • All recipe details are in the recipe box below.

How long for Thick Cut Frozen Fries?

We recommend starting with our base time and temp and follow the technique that’s written in the recipe box below. Then check the fries and add additional 2-3 minutes if needed to your liking. Some frozen fries are already pre-cooked and some are more pre-cooked than others. That’s why we suggest starting with the base time and temp, then adjust accordingly to your personal preference.

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Do you need to thaw the frozen fries?

No you don’t need to thaw the frozen fries. Cook them straight from frozen. The hot circulating air will crisp and cook the fries all the way through. As mentioned above, you don’t need to spray any extra oil on them.

Healthy Air Fryer Frozen French Fries Recipe in a basket with tong
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Air Fryer Frozen French Fries

We cooked the fries in a 4qt air fryer. 1 pound is about the max without overcrowding the air fryer, and the more you fill the basket the more frequently you’ll want to shake the basket to help them cook evenly. If you have  larger size, you can cook more so long as the basket isn’t filled more than 1/2 full. 
Adjust cooking time for thicker or thinner fries. Some brands of Air Fryers will cook slower or faster than others, adjust accordingly. After you make your first batch, you'll know what timing works best for your preferred texture.
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  • 1 pound (454 g) frozen french fries
  • Kosher salt or sea salt , to taste
  • ground black pepper , to taste optional



  • Place the frozen fries in air fryer basket and spread them evenly over the basket.
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  • Air fry potatoes at 400°F for about 15 minutes (about 10 minutes for thin cut fries). About halfway through cooking, shake the basket and gently turn the fries. Try not to break them. For crisper, evenly cooked fries, turn them multiples times while cooking.
    air fryer frozen fries crisped in basket
  • If needed, cook for additional 1-2 minutes to crisp up.
    air fryer frozen fries holding
  • For more fries timing (criss cut, waffle, thick cut fires), check out our sister site for all different types of fries:


  1. No Oil Necessary.
  2. Cook Fries Frozen – Do not thaw first.
  3. Shake several times for even cooking & Don’t overcrowd fryer basket.
  4. If cooking in multiple batches, the first batch will take longer to cook if Air Fryer is not already pre-heated.
  5. Recipes were cooked in 3-4 qt air fryers. If using a larger air fryer, the recipe might cook quicker so adjust cooking time. 
  6. Remember to set a timer to shake/flip/toss the food as directed in recipe.


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Nutrition Information per Serving

Calories: 294kcal, Carbohydrates: 34g, Protein: 3g, Fat: 16g, Saturated Fat: 5g, Sodium: 555mg, Potassium: 487mg, Fiber: 5g, Vitamin C: 7.2mg, Calcium: 10mg, Iron: 1.5mg

What If the Fries Burned or Too Dried Out?

  • It could be that your fries were too thin or your air fryer cooks hot. Test another batch with about 3-4 minutes less. Check on the fries then add additional minute or two.
  • Try your next batch with a light oil spray over the frozen fries. Then start the air frying. Some fries might have been dried out from just being in the freezer for too long. The light spray of oil will help crisp them up during the air frying process without drying them out.

What are the Best Air Fryers?

Here’s our extensive write up on Air Fryer World’s Best Air Fryer Guide. There’s so many on the market now. You just need to research and find the ones that fits your needs, capacity and style. We group the basket style air fryers into 2 main size groups: 3-4 qt. range & the 5-6 qt. range.  There’s oven style and basket style. With so many to choose from, we highlight the ones that are most popular for small to medium sized families. Here’s our favorites:

Good Mid-Sized Air Fryers

“That’s a stylish Air Fryer” was said as we unboxed the Cosori. Beyond being stylish, it has cooked great. The basket is not as tall and wider than most in its size group, which is perfect. You’ll have a lot better results in an air fryer with single layered, spread out foods, then with ones piled high and thick.
The non-stick basket style (non-wire base) & smoothness of the basket tray is also great for clean up.

Has a great ceramic coated basket, one of the longest lasting we’ve used. Super powerful fan that will often cook recipes even faster than other air fryers. We initially returned our first one because we thought we wouldn’t like the basket style. After reconsidering, we bought another and are super glad we did. We love it’s basket and just a platform insert. One less bulky thing to wash. This is a great air fryer.

Simple functional panel. Solid basket design that is less likely to come unscrewed or break like other designs frequently do after a few months of repeated use. Great price for the size. They have several color options for the design-minded user.  

Good Larger Air Fryers

This is quickly becoming one of our favorite larger basket style air fryers. Great basket size, good controls, cooks nice. Clean up is great. It has become one of our kitchen favorites.

Most of us are familiar with the Instant Pot Brand of pressure cookers. They now make air fryers and it has become a regular in our kitchen. The Vortex plus 9-in-1 is beyond the conventional air fryer. The “plus” boasts features beyond the hot circulating air: Broil, Bake, Dehydrate, Rotisserie, Roast and Re-heat. 

12 Cooking modes. Connects to your smartphone & has Alexa or Google Assistant integration for voice control. 32 quarts. Large enough it actually has a rotisserie too.