How Long to Cook Frozen Fries in Air Fryer

by Daisy Dao

If you love French fries, it is evident that you are already familiar that having frozen French fries in your home is the best feeling ever. You open the package and within 20 minutes, you can have your beloved side dish.

Moreover, if the frozen French fries are healthy, delicious, and also have beautiful textures, everyone in your family will love them for sure. The way you can achieve this is by using an air fryer and a good grip on different fries recipes. 

Air fryer French fries require less cooking time and also helps you in maintaining your diet.

From the following article, you will find all about the air fryer frozen French fries, and the time it will take for you to cook it properly. Plus, there is other information like its recipes, etc, that will definitely benefit you in the long run. Read on to find out more about cooking frozen French fries.    

How Long to Cook Frozen Fries in Air Fryer
How Long to Cook Frozen Fries in Air Fryer

Air fryer frozen French fries: The cooking process

Air fryer frozen French fries: The cooking process
Air fryer frozen French fries: The cooking process

To cook the best-quality air fryer frozen French fries, read through this

Things you will need

  •      Power air fryer
  •      Frozen French fries
  •      Cooking spray
  •      Salt

Step-by-step process

Let’s get started with the step-by-step process.

Step 1: Take necessary precautions

Before you dive into cooking the air fryer French fries, you should take necessary precautions in advance. Wear kitchen gloves and also clean your work station.  

Step-by-step process
Step-by-step process
Step 2: Preheat the air fryer

Start the task by preheating the air fryer to 400 degrees Fahrenheit. Though it is not mandatory, it is still one of the best approaches because you will be able to cook frozen French fries evenly every time.

So, preheat the air fryer for around 2 to 3 minutes before you proceed to the next step. Plus, open the packaging of the frozen fries very carefully.

Step 3: Add the French fries

Add the frozen French fries to the fryer basket, and then put the basket into the air fryer. You can add around 10 ounces of fries into the basket as an experiment.

After that, please set the timer of the air fryer. Keep in mind that different fries come with their own cooking time.

For regular frozen French fries, you have to set air fryer timer to 10 minutes, and for crinkle-cut fries, you have to adjust it to 14 minutes. If you want to make the popular and unique waffle fries, you should set the time to 10 minutes.

Step 4: Toss all the fries

When you have reached halfway through the cooking, gently remove the basket from the air fryer and start tossing all the fries. This step will help all the bottom fries to come to the top of the basket.

Plus, this is the perfect time for you to add salt. Besides, take a cooking oil spray and use it on the fries, so that all the salt efficiently sticks with this mouthwatering food.

Sprinkle on the salt and insert the air fryer basket once again to proceed with the cooking. Don’t add too much salt or oil.

When you notice the crispy texture and the timer is up, you should take the basket out from the air fryer and put it into a plate. Congrats! You are done cooking the air fryer French fries.

Now, you can enjoy the air fried cut fries. Share this course side dish with your friends and family members. 

How long will you have to cook the air fryer frozen French fries?

To get this answer, we have done some research about the air fryer frozen French fries and their recipes.

The popular air fried fries types are regular, crinkle cut, and waffle. Since these frozen French fries have different shapes, the cooking time will also vary among them.

If you want to know the time it will take to cook frozen fries, read the details below.

Regular fries

Regular fries
Regular fries

You should cook frozen French fries in the air fryer for 10 minutes (maximum). Keep the temperature at 400 degrees Fahrenheit, and you are good to go.

As already mentioned above, toss the fries in the air for a couple of seconds when you are halfway through the task. Moreover, if you prefer it to be extra crispy, increase the air fryer time to 15 minutes. When it is ready, you will be able to enjoy the crispy French fries. 

Crinkle cut fries

Crinkle cut fries
Crinkle cut fries

When you will get to see these frozen French fries, you will definitely be surprised with its outlook because it is a bit thick and the overall outlook is different than the regular frozen French fries.

Due to that, you have to cook the air fryer for a longer time within the same temperature as the previous one. Cook it for around 14 minutes, and don’t forget to toss the French fries in the air after that.

This technique will give you crispy cut fries.

Waffle fries

Waffle fries
Waffle fries

This one is currently in high demand because of its outlook and taste. Though these frozen French fries come with a big hole, you won’t have a problem cooking the frozen French fries in the air fryer.

Keep the same temperature, and for the cooking time, continue it up to 10 minutes. Take a pause when you are halfway done and then, toss the fries in the air.

If you want it to be crispy, maintain the given time of the air fryer, or else, you can decrease the time to 8 minutes to make it less crispy.

Tips for making the best quality air fryer frozen French fries

If you go through these tips and follow them properly, you won’t have any issue cooking the best quality air fryer French fries.

Tip 1: Always preheat your air fryer

If you want the air fryer frozen French fries to taste good, you should follow this tip without thinking twice. With this technique, you will be able to cook frozen French fries in all situations.

It is true that it is not a mandatory process but it will be good for your frozen fries and your health as well.

Tip 2: Spray canola oil or olive oil

You should spray the frozen French fries and the air fryer basket with canola oil. It should be light so that you get the crispy texture that you were looking for in the first place.  Don’t spray too much oil or else it will get soft and mushy.

Tip 3: Toss the French fries in the air when you are halfway through

Toss the fries when the air fryer timer is halfway from its starting time. This will make sure that the fries are cooked evenly on all sides.

Tip 4: Experiment with the cooking time

If you love to have crispy French fries, you can increase the air fryer time a little bit. Besides, the thickness also matters a lot in this situation.

Tip 5: Change the flavor according to your taste

Fortunately, there are various toppings available in the market. Not all of them will go well with the air fryer frozen fries.

If you include it in your recipe, you will be able to change the flavor to a minimum extent. Unfortunately, if you add too much, the flavor will get ruined.

The recommended ones are sea salt, chipotle powder, or even onion powder.

Tip 6: Make cheesy fries

To make cheesy fries, you should moderate the air fryer time carefully. When it is two minutes away to get finished, you can add cheese (grated) to the frozen fries.

After that, you should start the process again for the remaining time. So, this is the way you can turn the frozen fries into delicious crispy cheesy fries.

Tip 7: Buy the rotating air fryer (optional)

There are some air fryer models where you can rotate the equipment. Because of this feature, you don’t need to toss the frozen French fries.

Don’t worry; you will get the same result because rotating the air fryer allows the bottom fries to change their position as well.

Tip 8: Take notes from the fries recipe

Fortunately, there are tons of new air fryer recipes for fries on the website. You should go through the proper ways to cook frozen French fries.

It will take a couple of seconds for you to find out which air fryer frozen French fries is suitable for you to prepare. In this way, you won’t have a problem working with different new recipes like steak fries, and many more.  

Make sure you take all the notes from the recipes that will help you to make fries that are tender on the inside and crispy on the outside.

Tip 9: Place a tissue paper on the serving plate (optional)

Though the fries won’t have any oil after it is properly cooked, you can still use a tissue paper on the serving plate before you put the fries. Luckily, the paper will absorb the oil (leftover).

Tip 10: Research different air fryers

To be on the safer side, you should research various air fryers and pick the one that fits your needs.

After you purchase the ideal one, you won’t have any issue cooking the air fryer frozen fries.


As you can see, cooking air fryer frozen French fries is not a challenging task if you have all the proper knowledge of the air fryer recipes and other air frying techniques.

If you are still confused with some recipes, read a recipe book or consult with a professional. They will clear out all your queries and might give you some advice about the nutrition calories, serving size, etc.

Don’t forget to experiment with the fries recipe. Bring smiles on everyone’s face by serving them with this healthy (4.7 mg vitamin C) air-fried side dish with zero oil.

Remember to always keep yourself clean when you will cook the air fryer frozen French fries.

Enjoy using the air fryer. Best of luck!

About Daisy Dao

Daisy grew up on the beautiful Honolulu island where she often found herself spending most of her day enjoying the ocean scent in sea waves. As such, Daisy came to appreciate the art of cooking seafood. She has experimented with baking, roasting, broiling, poaching, grilling (and every other cooking technique you can think of); and with all kinds of spices too. Now she is ready to present her experience: the art of cooking healthy food without any pre-packaged ingredients; food product recommendations for people who need a bit more guidance on what goes into their bodies; how to maintain an active lifestyle without having to give up your favorite foods!

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