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These crispy french fries are easy to make and seriously good! A healthy air fryer recipe that makes addictive fries in minutes!

Crispy french fries made in the air-fryer, with just a small amount of oil!
Air Fryer French Fries Recipe

Crispy french fries made in the air-fryer, with just a small amount of oil! Making them in the oven shaves fat and calories off, without sacrificing taste.

Crispy french fries made in the air-fryer, with just a small amount of oil!

I am a huge fan of air frying, so much so I wrote the Skinnytaste Air Fryer Cookbook AND partnered with Vremi to come out with the Skinnytaste by Vremi Air Fryer.

Since having the Skinnytaste by Vremi Air Fryer (you can pre-order now), I’ve been keeping it on my counter and making EVERYTHING in it! Of course, this is the ONLY way we make French fries now! The key is to turn them half way and don’t overcrowd the basket. A few more dishes you’ll love in the air fryer: Air Fryer Empanadas, Air Fryer Chicken Parmesan and Air Fryer Crispy Breaded Pork Chops.

How To Make Air Fryer French Fries

What is an air fryer?

An air fryer is a kitchen appliance that cooks by circulating hot air around food at high speed, which produces crispy food in a fraction of the time it would take in a conventional oven.

Is an Air Fryer better than the oven?

  • In my opinion there are pros and cons to having an air fryer. More pros than cons!
  • The pros: Air fryers are compact enough to fit on your kitchen counter and their small size means the heat inside is more concentrated.
  • They cook food faster than cooking in an oven and the food comes out crisp.
  • It doesn’t heat your whole kitchen!
  • It only takes 3 minutes to preheat.
  • The cons: the basket is smaller than a large oven, so if you’re cooking for a large, you have to cook in batches.

Is using an air fryer healthy?

  • Yes, it’s healthier that deep frying because you use less oil.
  • An air fryer is an excellent way to reduce a massive amount of fat and calories without sacrificing taste.
  • Since air fryers use air to cook food, it doesn’t require the extra calories that submerging food in oil would add.

More air fryer recipes recipes here!

Crispy french fries made in the air-fryer, with just a small amount of oil!

Crispy french fries made in the air-fryer, with just a small amount of oil!Crispy french fries made in the air-fryer, with just a small amount of oil!

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Crispy french fries made in the air-fryer, with just a small amount of oil!
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Air Fryer French Fries

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SP
176 Cals 4 Protein 31.5 Carbs 4.5 Fats
Prep Time: 5 mins
Cook Time: 15 mins
Total Time: 20 mins
Yield: 1 serving
COURSE: Side Dish, Snack
CUISINE: American
Crispy french fries made in the air-fryer, with just a small amount of oil!

Ingredients

  • nonstick spray
  • 1 medium potatoes, 6 oz, yukon gold or russet, washed and dried
  • 1 teaspoon olive oil
  • 1/8 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon garlic powder
  • fresh cracked black pepper, to taste
  • grated Parmesan cheese, optional

Instructions

  • Preheat the air fryer 380°F.
  • Cut the potato lengthwise into 1/4 inch thin slices; then cut each slice into 1/4 inch fries. (A mandolin is helpful here).
  • In a  medium bowl toss the potatoes and oil. Season with salt, garlic powder and black pepper to taste; toss to coat.
  • Place the potatoes in the basket in an even layer without overlapping or crowding, cook the potatoes 12 to 15 minutes, turning halfway until crisp.
  • Note: If you have a Cuisinart Toaster Style Fryer, cook 350F 12 minutes.

Nutrition

Serving: 1potato, Calories: 176kcal, Carbohydrates: 31.5g, Protein: 4g, Fat: 4.5g, Saturated Fat: 0.5g, Sodium: 6.5mg, Fiber: 2.5g, Sugar: 1g
Blue Smart Points: 5
Green Smart Points: 5
Purple Smart Points: 1
Points +: 5
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122 comments

  1. I love cooking my frozen fries in the air fryer!! These look awesome!

  2. I just purchased the KitchenAid countertop convection oven with air fryer. I don’t have space for separate appliances. This is my first recipe to make. 🤞 please remember us toaster oven air fryer cooks when you create your recipes. Thanks bunches!

    Live Skinnytaste. Can’t remember how long I’ve been a subscriber. Keep up the amazing work.

  3. These fries are so yummy. I will be making these again in the not too distant future. So good there was no need for ketchup or any other type of dipping sauce.

  4. When using the air fryer in a toaster oven, how do I keep the bottom coils clean?

  5. I love this recipe and can’t believe I can actually eat French fries on weight watchers, stay within my daily points budget, and still lose weight. The air fryer made them crispy just the way I like them. No more temptation to go to fast food restaurants when I have a quick and simple 5 point (green plan) solution that is very satisfying!

  6. What do you consider to be 1 serving size? 

  7. HI! I love all of your recipes and this is my go to site for daily recipes. I made these air fryer french fries today, They were crispy and tasted great. However, they stuck to the basket. Has anyone had this issue? I sprayed the basked with spray as well as the potatoes. Any advice would be greatly appreciated. Thanks in advance.

  8. Do you soak the cut potatoes in ice water to rinse the starch out? I’ve seen different recipes that call for this.  If not, why not? I’m just trying to figure out if this would or would not be a necessary step. Thanks! 

  9. I do not have an air fryer. Can these be baked in the oven? Would it be the same temp?

    • You can use this recipe as a guide for cooking times https://www.skinnytaste.com/skinny-garlic-parmesan-fries/

  10. I made these last night and they were fabulous on their own but I am a California girl and In-n-Out is my kryptonite.. so I made the fries threw on a slice of Horizon American Cheese, put it in the oven on broil, and added some grilled onions. It was just as good as In-n-Out if not better! Thank you for helping me get my In-n-Out fix for a fraction of the calories

  11. Love this recipe. Question, my kids love Cajun fries…could I just put Cajun seasoning on these. If so, how much.  Thanks!

  12. Just made your Air Fryer french fries with Yukon Gold potatoes.  I’m in heaven!  On WW purple, I’m counting 1 point.  I only did one potato, and instead of measuring a tsp of olive oil, I just sprayed it on lightly.  Heaven!

  13. And air fried french fries reheat well because they’re not greasy!

  14. Do you find cuisinart air fryer runs hot? 

  15. I just purchased an instant fryer to go with my instant pot pressure cooker. I’m really looking forward to using the air fryer.

  16. I just received my Skinnytaste by Vremi Air Fryer. Can I use frozen fries vice cutting up a potato?

  17. I had only used frozen French fries in the past. I was not impressed just decided to try a Toulon gold potato followed the recipe exactly. They were delicious crispy done inside No more frozen fries. 

  18. These are incredible!!!! My teen daughter and I had these with the inside out turkey cheeseburgers, minus the bun.  Thank you for all the healthy recipes !

  19. Just a suggestion, I also sprinkle Cajun Seasoning along with the garlic powder. Mmmmmmm good.

  20. They said that the healthy air fryer recipe makes addictive. I didn’t believe till I made it myself, now I’m eating it at least 2 times a week.

  21. Not sure how you calculated the sodium. I come up with 24 mg just for the potato, and an additional 291 mg for the 1/8 tsp of salt.

    • I used russet potatoes,no oil,onion powder,salt,pepper only ,cooked for 15 minutes ,400 degrees,I used parchment paper under potatoes to prevent from sticking.yum,came out crispy and delicious 😋 

  22. I have a 3.7 quart GO WISE USA Air Fryer. I have done a lot of things in it since I joined Weight Watchers.
    I love to do the new crinkle cut ( extra crispy) fries in it. I cook about a pound of them in a lightly sprayed basket 400 degrees for 20 minutes., shaking well half way through. I’m figuring 4 smart points for 3 oz..
    They are wonderful done this way. Nice crispness. Plenty for 1-3 grown ups . I rate it a 5 star

  23. Hey Gina! I just got my first air fryer and, of course, am coming to your site for my first recipe (I do have One and Done though too!). My air fryer manual says to soak the potatoes first- I noticed you didn’t mention that. In your testing, did you try both ways and just find that the soaking was unnecessary?

    Thanks!

  24. What other oil would you recommend using? I try to avoid heating olive oil at hight temps.

    • Use avocado oil you can heat that up to 500 degrees 🙂  I added cumin, turmeric, chili powder, Himalayan pink salt, garlic powder, fresh black pepper, parsley and made masala fries. Also if you use red potatoes it cuts the carbs and the fries get pretty crispy. 

  25. DO YOU NEED TO PAR COOK THE POTATOES

  26. Do I need to par cook the potatoes?

  27. I just got my air fryer and can’t wait to try some of these recipes.

  28. You need your own app 

  29. Gina! I love your blog and use your recipes all the time. Was hoping you would come out with more Air Fried items.

  30. Can I use no oils? 

  31. I am contepating getting a small one. Been told Black and Decker makes a quiet, sort of, one. It is just me, 76 years old, and cannot stand long. Can you see, I am talking myself into purchasing one?
    Thank you for your recipes. I look forward to trying some.
    Georgine

  32. What does wattage have to do with cooking?

  33. Has anyone used both the air fryer and an airfryer “oven”– the air fryer oven has tons more room but not sure it would come out the same so wondering before I purchase one. Also love Gina’s recipes- usually cook a few of her recipes per week for my family! 

    • I love the Air Fryer Oven! I just got the Emiral 360 a few weeks ago, and have been playing with it, cooking up a storm.There’s definitely a learning curve, but even my failures have tasted good. This oven has a rotisserie which I haven’t tried yet. There is a slow cooker fiction but you need a small covered dish of some sort to use . I just use my Instant Pot for that. Inside oven dimensions are 12 w x 8 h x 10 deep. The lowest rack sits 2.5 inches above the bottom.

  34. I love air frying. I’ve been doing it for over two years.

    I note your comment about the size of the fryer baskets being small and a con. I felt so, too.

    Last year I happened to be told about the Breville combination toaster, convection oven, air fryer while I was sitting in on a cooking class at Williams-Sonoma. This is a larger (think mid-sized Microwave) oven. It is multi-purpose and can bake, convection bake, toast, broil, proof dough, slow cook, air fry, etc. Since it is sized like a small oven, the air fryer basket is wide and can accommodate a lot more food than the traditional-sized air fryers. I have not been disappointed. My original Philips air fryer was moved along to Goodwill to enhance someone else’s life.

  35. Made this as a first recipe to test out the new air fryer.  Simple and delicious side to your eggplant panini. 

  36. This is the first recipe I tried in my new air fryer!  Love it, as did my whole family!

  37. I have a cheap Bella air fryer i got at Macy’s for 34.99 with coupons cause I wasn’t sure about it, I was afraid and didn’t open it for 2 weeks, and wish I had because I LOVE IT. Best french fries, best grilled cheese, best way to warm up left over pizza, best grilled veggies, fish etc. You can do like anything frozen. Mozzarella sticks. Even made pizzas on a flour tortilla in it. So crispy.. If you don’t have one….get one

  38. You know there’s this wonderful thing called “roasting in an oven” that requires barely any oil as well. #don’twasteyourmoney

  39. Perfect! I eat a whole food plant based no oil diet. I eliminated the oil spray and the oil to toss; otherwise followed the directions exactly. The fried were perfect; they were crispy, and 100% oil free. Awesomeness!

  40. I’m wondering if you can do things like the zucchini meatballs in it. I love that recipe, but have yet to master getting enough water out to make them less mushy inside. I think I’m going to get one of these and play around. I don’t have enough counter space, but I can probably store it in a cabinet when not in use. Saving the pork chop recipe as well!

  41. Gina, I love your blog. Your recipes have become favorites.

    We just made the fries but we used sweet potatoes. They got a weird dark color – not burnt – but unappealing. They tasted really good. Do you have suggestions to stop the discoloring?

  42. Thank you for this. I’ve been searching on the internet, and only finding so/so reviews. My husband got me the NuWave Brio Fryer for Christmas not knowing it was a “thing” but knowing I like to cook. I was super excited to get it and have already tried a few things in it, but am excited to try your recipes you’ve listed here. I make Cal zones and am so excited to try them especially after you showing your enpanada recipe, I am very excited. The fries I made were so good, and the time management is great since I commute. I cook supper every night and this will cut on time for some really good recipes. Perfect for empty nesters!!

  43. Turned out great thanks for the recipe

  44. What size air fryer do you have? 3oz or 6oz?

  45. There are several facebook pages where people post experiences and recipes related to air frying. They also compare brands. Good information if interested. Air fryers aren’t really practical for a large family, but a new air fryer oven just came out which might solve some of the capacity problems.

  46. Gina,
    I have tried several of your recipes and have not found one I haven’t liked.  Thank you for allowing me to eat delicious food that is healthy and let’s me lose weight.  I am eager to try an air fryer since French fries are my downfall.  This sounds like a great alternative.  Looking forward to more recipes all the time from you.  You’re the best!

  47. Ohh can you try making tostones in an air fryer. If it turns out well, then I’m SOLD!

  48. OMG these are wonderful! thanks so much for turning us on to the air fryer and the wonderful recipes. We even did chicken legs in the air fryer using the same breading as the pork chops, with a little more seasoning. They were wonderful. What a great invention!

  49. Can’t wait for an updated Buffalo Chicken recipe using your air fryer!! 🙂

  50. Gina does using the air fryer change the Smart Points in your recipes? I have made the buttermilk oven fried chicken and want to try it in the air fryer but wonder about the points.

  51. I love my air fryer. French fries (frozen) COME OUT PERFECT. Please put more recipes using the Air Fryer. Love ALL your recipes.

  52. I too would love to see more recipes, I’m experimenting w/mine, the chicken is delicious. I use whole wheat breadcrumbs after I dip the chicken in buttermilk and I season to taste. Mmmmmmm good.

  53. Just a FYI–in step 2 of your directions you said cut the potato lengthwise into 1/4″ thin slices, then cut each slice into 1/4″ fries. Did you mean to say cut the potato lengthwise into fourths, then cut each section into 1/4: fries? Can’t wait to try this, as I have had good luck with frozen fries. I have the same exact Hot Air Fryer and so glad you are sending out recipes for it. It took me at least 3 months to even attempt to try out the fryer. Thanks again so much.

  54. I love doing these! I do two medium potatoes, same amount of oil – all at once. I cook mine in the Phillips, 390 degrees, but I toss with tongs every 5 mins, till golden brown.  We’ve used both russets and Yukons.

  55. I’m wondeirng what is the advantage of an air fryer vs “roasting” at high heat in the oven? These look good, but making one serving at a time seems to be pretty inefficient. I’ve made decent “fries” by par-cooking in water, then finishing in a hot over. A little work, but good results and you can cook a couple sheet pans at teh same time – fried for the whole family.

    I don’t have a lot of storage space, so have to consider gadgets carefully.

  56. Is a actifry the same as airfry

  57. I also would like to know what brand .

  58. I have an air fryer that I use a couple times a month. I love it! I would like to see more recipes using the air fryer, maybe a whole section for cooking with thr air fryer.

  59. Can sweet potatoes be used in the same way?

  60. I make these all the time but I soak mine in water for about a half hour to get some of the starch out and then I drain the water off them and pat dry and spray with non-stick cooking spray then season and cook in the air fryer and they come out crisp. Similar to your recipe. I’ve tried your recipe also but ii don’t like to use oil.

  61. I have the Nuwave Air Fryer, the large one. Last night I french fried a large rutabaga, spritzed them with olive oil and then seasoned them. It took about 25 minutes, with shaking the basket a few times, but wow, did they ever turn out crispy and good! Plenty for the two of us. Only 1 sp! Tonight I am trying spiralized carrots in my new air fryer. Loving that new piece of kitchen equipment (along with the instant pot)!

    • HI, I got an air fryer but am stumped.  We’ve been avoiding “fried foods” for so long that I am having a difficult time with how to use the new appliance  😉  Any ideas will be appreciated.

  62. Could you tell me how you use the air fryer for other recipes. 
    Wondering if it’s worth it to purchase one. 
    Thankyou

  63. Please tell us the brand of air fryer

  64. I have an air fryer with a paddle to mix the fries. I can cook four potatoes for 45 minutes using one tsp of oil. Works great with no need to stir.

  65. have you tried frozen FF? do they come out crispy?

    • Frozen fries, frozen onion rings & frozen jalapeño poppers all come out crispy in my air fryer. When I turn them halfway through cooking, I do spray lightly with oil again.

    • I have a Power Air Fryer XL and I do frozen fries all the time. It has an automatic setting. I’m on a low sodium diet so just toss them in with a little garlic powder and they come out crispy and very low smart point totals. You can also spray them with a little oil if you want your seasonings to stick.

  66. can you use frozen FF and do they come out crispy?

  67. GINA-hubs bought for me-would love more air Freyr recipes in the future. 

  68. Thank You for experimenting with the Air Fryer. Your recipes never disappoint!

  69. What brand/ size  of air fryer do you have?

    • Andre-Gordon Ramsey likes the Phillips, but I went on line to the A store (not sure if allowed to mention in post) and you will find many under $100 thst received great reviews. 

  70. Really this is soo interesting..my weakness. How much fat are you saving. Cant wait to see what else you try

  71. What air fryer do you have?

  72. So is one potato = one serving? I couldn’t tell on the recipe card…

  73. Gina, these look fantastic! I’ll definitely give it a go once I’m all set with an air fryer of my own =]

    (By the way, I was wondering if you liked your air fryer – do you wish you bought a larger size (like the 6 quart, to make bigger batches) or are you happy with the size you have? I’m in the market for one and am debating if I should go big or small for my small family. Just curious!)

    • I bought the larger size and returned it. It didn’t give me that much more room to cook. It was deeper, but that doesn’t work for me.