French fries are a beloved comfort food, but they often come with a side of guilt due to their high oil content and calorie count. Enter the air fryer—an innovative kitchen gadget that promises the crispy texture of deep-fried foods with a fraction of the oil. This recipe for air fryer French fries will satisfy your cravings without compromising on taste or health.

1. Air Fryer French Fries


  • 4 large russet potatoes
  • 1-2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder (optional)
  • 1/2 teaspoon paprika (optional)


Step 1. Prepare the Potatoes

Wash and Peel: Thoroughly wash the russet potatoes. You can peel them if you prefer, but leaving the skin on adds extra texture and nutrients.

Cut into Strips: Slice the potatoes into evenly sized strips, about 1/4 inch thick. This ensures they cook evenly.

Step 2: Soak the Potatoes

Soak in Water: Place the potato strips in a large bowl of cold water. Soak for at least 30 minutes to remove excess starch, which helps achieve a crispier texture.

Dry Thoroughly: Drain the potatoes and pat them dry with paper towels. Removing as much moisture as possible is key to getting crispy fries.

Step 3: Season the Potatoes

Toss with Oil: In a large bowl, toss the dried potato strips with olive oil until evenly coated.

Add Seasonings: Sprinkle the salt, black pepper, garlic powder, and paprika over the potatoes. Toss again to ensure even distribution.

Step 4: Cook in the Air Fryer

Preheat your air fryer to 375°F (190°C) for about 3-5 minutes.

Place the seasoned potato strips in the air fryer basket in a single layer. Avoid overcrowding to ensure even cooking. You may need to cook in batches depending on the size of your air fryer.

Air fry for 15-20 minutes, shaking the basket halfway through the cooking time to ensure even browning. The fries should be golden brown and crispy.

Step 5: Serve

Once cooked, taste and adjust the seasoning if necessary. Serve them with spicy mayo dipping sauce for the best texture. ( You can to make the spicy mayo dipping sauce by mixing the mayonnaise, ketchup, and sriracha together in a bowl )

Air fryer French fries are a game-changer for anyone who loves the taste of crispy, golden fries but wants to avoid the excess oil and calories of traditional frying. With this simple and easy recipe, you can enjoy a healthier version of your favorite comfort food right at home.

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