Air-Fryer French Fries

These air-fryer French fries will satisfy your fries cravings with a fraction of the oil! I can’t wait for you to try them. Here’s what you need to know . . .

What kind of potatoes? We use russet potatoes. Other varieties will work but stick with large potatoes if you want long, thin fries. We prefer to leave the skin on but feel free to peel the potatoes if you like them a little less rustic.

How to we get them so golden and crispy? First, rinse the cut potatoes with cold water, and then soak them in a bowl of cold water for about 30 minutes, and then rinse and drain completely. This will remove the starch, which makes for crispier fries, and also reduces sticking while cooking. Second, after soaking the cut potatoes, dry them well with a dish towel. Excess water can cause the fries to steam (the opposite of crisp!). Third, don’t crowd the air-fryer basket. A little space between the fries allows all the edges to get plenty of heat.

What about seasoning? We use Kosher salt or our favorite seasoned salt and garnish with parsley, but you can add whatever other seasonings you like! Garlic and rosemary, truffle salt, smoked paprika or cayenne pepper all sound delicious. After cooking you can add shaved parmesan, chopped fresh herbs, or simply dip them in your favorite sauce and enjoy!

Air-fryer French fries are delicious as a side dish with burgers, marinated grilled chicken, ancho pork tenderloin or pan-seared steaks. If you have any favorite serving or seasoning ideas, let me know in the comments!

Air-Fryer French Fries


2 large russet potatoes

1-2 Tablespoons extra virgin olive oil

Salt or Seasoned Salt, to taste

For Serving: chopped parsley, ketchup


  1. Scrub and clean the potatoes. Cut the potatoes lengthwise into ¼-inch thick strips.
  2. Rinse potatoes a few times with cold water. Then submerge the potatoes in a large bowl of clean, cold water and let the potatoes sit for 30 minutes.
  3. Drain the water and rinse potatoes once more. Spread potatoes out in a single layer on a dish towel and pat dry. Wipe the bowl dry as well.
  4. Place the fries back into the bowl, drizzle with olive oil and toss. Sprinkle salt over the fries and toss again.
  5. Working in batches, place a handful of fries into the air-fryer basket in one layer. (Don’t overlap or crowd the fries.) Cook at 380 degrees F for 10 minutes. Open basket and give it a few shakes to toss the fries. Cook for an additional 6-10 minutes until the fries are golden and crispy. Repeat with remaining batches until all potatoes are cooked.
  6. Place all the fries back in the basket at one time (crowding and overlapping is okay here!) and cook for 1-2 minutes, until warm. Garnish with parsley if desired. Serve warm with your favorite dipping sauce.


Make-Ahead Tip: Potatoes can be cut four hours ahead and kept submerged in a bowl of cold water. When ready to cook, start with step 3 above.

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  1. Your French white kitchen is a distinct pleasure to watch. I love the way you use clean kitchen towels under your bowels etc. This is the I work in my Kitchen. Wishing you continued success and happiness.

    1. Hi Elizabeth! Thanks so much for watching and for taking time to leave a comment! I always love to hear from viewers 🙂 Thank you for the kind words about my kitchen and technique — sounds like we have a lot in common! Stay tuned for more new recipes this fall. Hugs, Marie

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