Make crispy, crunchy air fryer French fries frozen to start, that taste as delicious as the ones from the restaurant!

Fluffy and tender on the inside and golden brown on the outside, frozen French fries are ready for snacking and dipping in minutes! Whether you use a Ninja, Nuwave, Vortex, or other brand of air fryer, this recipe takes all the guesswork out of how much time, what temp, and what power to use. When it comes to frozen French fries, nothing could be easier than cooking them the air fryer way.

Air Fryer Frozen French Fries with ketchup

Best Way to Make Crispy Fries!

  • Ordinary frozen French fries are completely leveled up when they’re cooked in the air fryer! NO messy deep frying in oil on the stovetop or extended bake times in the oven. And cleanup is a breeze!
  • It doesn’t take long to get hot and ready fries just in time for movie night, the big game, or even a quick after-school snack! Set out bowls of ketchup, ranch dressing, bbq sauce, honey mustard, or even nacho cheese sauce, and let the dipping begin!
  • Nearly every model of air fryer (Nuwave, Vortex, Ninja, etc) has a setting for the best power level, temp and time for cooking frozen French fries, but if you don’t have that guide, use this recipe and tweak as necessary.
  • Serve air fryer French fries with chicken burgers, sausage dogs, or wings. Add a crunchy and tangy Greek salad, and a stack of classic chocolate brownies for dessert!
Air Fryer Frozen French Fries in a bowl before cooking

Easy Ingredients

Frozen French Fries: This recipe starts with a half-pound of frozen French fries. Choose from shoestring, wedge, steak, curly, waffle, or crinkle cut. This recipe works for frozen carrot fries, and sweet potato fries, too! Create a colorful assortment of different fries and let everyone dig in!

Seasonings: French fries are perfect with just a little salt, but switch up your salt game and toss French fries in ranch dressing mix, a zesty taco, chile, or even a simple Italian garlic herb mix. Explore what’s in the spice cabinet and get creative!

Air Fryer Frozen French Fries in the fryer before cooking

How to Cook Frozen French Fries in Air Fryer

  1. Add fries to the air fryer basket, filling about half full (as per the recipe card below).
  2. Turn the air fryer on to 400° F and cook for 10 minutes.
  3. Shake and toss fries and cook for 7-10 more minutes, until they’re cooked to your liking.
Air Fryer Frozen French Fries on a plate with air fryer in the back

Tips for the Best French Fries

  • Always start with a preheated air fryer! That initial burst of hot air circulates around the fries and seals outside, keeping the interior fluffy!
  • This is a no-oil recipe, but if you’re concerned the fries might stick to the basket or tray, feel free to spray on a little pan release.
  • Keep an eye on the fries so they don’t overcook. Fewer fries take less time to fry to perfection!
  • If making fries for a crowd, keep cooked fries warm in the oven and then reheat them all in the air fryer just before serving or spread them out on a baking pan and pop them under the broiler.
dipping Air Fryer Frozen French Fries in ketchup

Leftover Air Fryer Frozen French Fries

Keep leftover French fries in a zippered bag in the refrigerator for up to 4 days and reheat them in the air fryer.

Air Fryer Frozen French Fries with ketchup
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Air Fryer Frozen French Fries

Air fryer french fries, frozen to start, finish up crispy and delicious with minimal effort and no extra oil!
Prep Time 1 minute
Cook Time 17 minutes
Total Time 18 minutes
Servings 4 servings
Author Candace



  • ½ pound frozen french fries
  • teaspoon salt or to taste


  • Add fries to the air fryer basket about half full.
  • Turn air fryer on to 400°F and cook for 10 minutes. Shake and toss fries, then cook for 7-10 more minutes*, or until done to your liking.
  • Season as desired and serve immediately.


*Check on the fries to make sure that they do not overcook. They will come out crispy. Less fries may take less time, so check on them often.
  • ½ pound of fries fits in a 4 quart air fryer. Only fill the basket half full. Cook in batches as needed.
  • Oil is not needed for this recipe. If you’re concerned they may stick to the basket, spray the air fryer basket with cooking spray.
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Nutrition Information

Calories: 147 | Carbohydrates: 17g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 8g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 5g | Sodium: 394mg | Potassium: 244mg | Fiber: 3g | Vitamin C: 4mg | Calcium: 5mg | Iron: 1mg

Nutrition information does not include optional ingredients or garnish and is an estimate. It may change based on actual ingredients and cooking methods used.

Course Side Dish
Cuisine American

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I am a wife, mother of two, and professional accountant. I love fantastic food, and it is so often the center of our lives, from everyday dinner, to family gatherings, and special evenings at fabulous restaurants. I have always loved cooking and baking, with my mom and grandma, and now, with my daughter and son. I love trying new recipes while enjoying my favorites too. I’m so happy to share them with you.
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