There’s seriously no better way to cook frozen french fries than in the air fryer! They turn out crispy and delicious every single time without ever having to turn on your oven!

I’m showing you how to make 5 different kinds of air fryer french fries: Curly, Waffle, Sweet Potato, Regular, and Steak fries! ALL delicious :)

large tray of various kinds of french fries with 4 different flavors and colors of dips in small ramekins

A couple of weeks ago, I told you how silly I felt posting a “recipe” for how to cook tater tots in the air fryer. Welp, today’s post falls into that same category :) I’m not at all sorry for it.

I was originally planning to make a post for Air Fryer Frozen French Fries but as I was standing in the freezer aisle at the store, I realized that there are SO MANY different options and I knew that they’s all cook a little different. SO, I bought 5 different types and got to experimenting.

It was very tough work but I did it, all for you :D

black basket of an air fryer with cooked frozen french fries in it

Here are the types of frozen fries that we’re going to air fry:

  • Sweet Potato fries
  • Seasoned Curly fries
  • Waffles fries
  • Steak fries
  • Regular fries

For all of these, all you need is a bag of fries and an air fryer. THAT’S IT! If you want a little extra crisp to your fries, you can spray them with a little cooking spray before air frying them but that is totally optional. I usually skip it.

plate full of waffle fries

What I found is that every single frozen fry cooks a little different, so let’s quickly go over the different temperatures and cook times. Of course, this will vary a little by brand, thickness of fries, as well as model of air fryer, but here’s a great starting point.

Here’s how to make french fries in the air fryer-

side by side images: left image frozen sweet potato fries in an air fryer basket. Right image: sweet potato fries on a plate

Sweet Potato Fries:

  • 350 degrees F.
  • 12-15 minutes, tossing halfway

Please note that sweet potato fries cook a little quicker than the other fries that I tested. I also found that they work best at a lower temperature (350 instead of 400).

side by side images: left image frozen waffle fries in an air fryer basket. Right image: waffle fries on a plate

Waffle Fries:

  • 400 degrees F.
  • 18-22 minutes, tossing halfway
side by side images: left image frozen steak fries in an air fryer basket. Right image: steak fries on a plate

Steak Fries:

  • 400 degrees F.
  • 15-20 minutes, tossing halfway
side by side images: left image frozen seasoned curly fries in an air fryer basket. Right image: seasoned curly fries on a plate

Seasoned Curly Fries:

  • 400 degrees F.
  • 12-15 minutes, tossing halfway

I tried several different brands of curly fries because I was surprised how quickly the first batch cooked. But as it turns out, this type of frozen fry just doesn’t need s long to get nice a crispy.

side by side images: left image frozen fries in an air fryer basket. Right image: fries on a plate

Plain frozen fries:

  • 400 degrees F.
  • 18-22 minutes, tossing halfway

And of course, I figured cooking all of these french fries in the air fryer was the perfect opportunity to make a french fry charcuterie? lol. I had fun with it :)

large tray of various kinds of french fries with 4 different flavors and colors of dips in small ramekins

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black basket of an air fryer with cooked frozen french fries in it

Air Fryer Frozen French Fries


  • Author: Brita Britnell
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 20 minutes
  • Total Time: 25 minutes
  • Yield: 2 servings 1x
  • Diet: Vegetarian

Description

See how EASY it is to make perfectly crispy frozen french fries in your air fryer!


Ingredients

Scale
  • 16 ounces of frozen fries (that is about how much fits neatly into my air fryer but this will vary by model)
  • Optional cooking spray

Instructions

Plain fries:

  1. Pre-heat the air fryer to 400 degrees F.
  2. Place fries in the air fryer with option to spray them with a little cooking oil (I’ve found that this gets the fries a little crispier but they still turn out great without it!).
  3. Cook for 18-22 minutes, tossing halfway. ENJOY!

Sweet Potato Fries:

  1. Pre-heat the air fryer to 350 degrees F. I found that these turn out better cooked a little lower (350 instead of 400).
  2. Place fries in the air fryer with option to spray them with a little cooking oil (I’ve found that this gets the fries a little crispier but they still turn out great without it!).
  3. Cook for 12-15 minutes, tossing halfway. ENJOY!

Seasoned Curly Fries:

  1. Pre-heat the air fryer to 400 degrees F.
  2. Place fries in the air fryer with option to spray them with a little cooking oil (I’ve found that this gets the fries a little crispier but they still turn out great without it!).
  3. Cook for 12-15 minutes, tossing halfway. ENJOY!

Waffles fries:

  1. Pre-heat the air fryer to 400 degrees F.
  2. Place fries in the air fryer with option to spray them with a little cooking oil (I’ve found that this gets the fries a little crispier but they still turn out great without it!).
  3. Cook for 18-22 minutes, tossing halfway. ENJOY!

Thick/ steak fries:

  1. Pre-heat the air fryer to 400 degrees F.
  2. Place fries in the air fryer with option to spray them with a little cooking oil (I’ve found that this gets the fries a little crispier but they still turn out great without it!).
  3. Cook for 15-20 minutes, tossing halfway. ENJOY!

Notes

For all of the recipes: it’s okay if the fries are slightly overlapped but you don’t want to over crowd the basket by having multiple layers of fries. I aim for one layer that a bit packed

  • Category: side dish
  • Method: air fryer
  • Cuisine: american

Keywords: air fryer frozen fries, air fryer french fries, air fryer potatoes