Airfryer French Fries Recipe | How to Make Homemade French Fries

by Rachna
french fries recipe

French fries are a sinful treat and loved by both adults and children alike. We often wonder how the French fries stay so crispy when we get them outside but not when made at home. That is actually not true. If you use these tricks you can make the perfectly cooked and crunchy French fries at home.

french fries recipe

My favourite and non-guilty way of making French fries is in airfryer. The fries come out looking perfectly fried and crispy. You will not be able to tell that they are not deep fried. Sometimes I use only salt and cayenne as seasoning. At other times chaat masala or even peri peri powder. Even pepper and chaat masala is good.

Here’s how to make French fries or potato wedges at home:

Prep Time 10 minutes 

Cook Time 20 minutes 

Soaking time 15 minutes 

Servings4 people 

Calories 188 kcal 

Ingredients

  • 4 potatoes cut into fries
  • 1 tsp cayenne
  • salt to taste
  • 2 tsp. oil
  • Cold water

Instructions

  1. Soak cut fries for about 15 minutes in cold water. This helps remove starch from the fries which helps in keeping the fries separate and crispy.
  2. Now strain the water and pat dry the fries with a dry cloth. Your potato fries are now ready to be cooked.

Making French fries in an Airfryer:

  1. Take salt and cayenne along with oil and sprinkle all over the fries so that all the fries are coated with oil and spice.
  2. Pre-heat at 180 C or 360 F for 6 minutes.
  3. Brush the airfryer basket with some oil as well. Now pile up the fries in the airfryer basket.
  4. Put the airfryer basket inside and cook for 10 minutes at 180 C or 360 F. This helps the fries to cook. Now hike the temperature to 200 C or 390 F and further cook the fries for about 6-8 minutes.
  5. Make sure that you shake the fries once every 5 minutes in each cycle. This helps them to cook evenly. This cooking at higher temperature makes the fries super crispy.
  6. Take them out. Your Airfried French fries are ready to serve. I can bet that you won’t be able to tell that they are not deep-fried.

Deep Frying French fries:

  1. Heat enough oil in a pan to deep fry fries. Heat the oil and bring it to medium heat. Now put in the soaked and dried fries and fry on a medium till they are half fried. The fries will not be golden brown but will look slightly done. Take them out and drain on a kitchen towel.
  2. Now increase the heat of the oil and once again fry the half-fried fries. They should have cooled down by now. Just like the airfryer, this second frying at higher temperature is to give a crispy golden-brown shell to the French fries. Drain on an absorbent paper tower and sprinkle with peri peri seasoning. Serve immediately.

Recipe Notes

  1. Cut the fries in even shapes so that they cook uniformly.
  2. You can also cut them thicker as wedges and cook. Make sure to adjust the cooking time as the wedges are thicker than fries.
  3. Doing the process of soaking in water and drying fries before airfrying or deep frying really lets you have crunchy fries that do not stick.
  4. You can also use other seasoning like oregano, chaat masala, chilli flakes and salt.

How to Make French Fries | French Fries Recipe

Rachna Parmar
This is an exhaustive post which details Airfryer french fries recipe in Air fryer or deep fried that gives you restaurant-style french fries at home. Use my tips to get perfect fries every time.
5 from 7 votes
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 20 mins
Soaking time 30 mins
Total Time 30 mins
Course Accompaniment | Appetizer, Snack
Cuisine American
Servings 4 people
Calories 26 kcal
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Equipment

Ingredients
  

  • 4 potatoes cut into fries
  • 1 tsp. cayenne or red chilli powder
  • 2 tsp. oil
  • salt to taste
  • Cold water

Instructions
 

  • Soak cut fries for about 30 minutes in cold water. This helps to remove the starch from the fries which helps in keeping the fries separate.
  • Now strain the water and pat dry the fries with a dry cloth. Your potato fries are now ready to be cooked.

Making French fries in an Airfryer:

  • Take salt and cayenne along with oil and sprinkle all over the fries so that all the fries are coated with oil and spice.
  • Pre-heat Air fryer at 180 C or 360 F for 6 minutes.
  • Brush the airfryer basket with some oil as well. Now pile up the fries in the airfryer basket.
  • Put the airfryer basket inside and cook for 10 minutes at 180 C or 360 F. This helps the fries to cook. Now hike the temperature to 200 C or 390 F and further cook the fries for about 8-10 minutes. Make sure that you shake the fries once every 5 minutes in each cycle. This helps them to cook evenly. This cooking at higher temperature makes the fries super crispy.
  • Your Airfryer French fries are ready to serve. I can bet that you won’t be able to tell that they are not deep-fried.

Deep Frying French fries:

  • Heat enough oil in a pan to deep fry fries. Heat the oil and bring it to medium heat. Now put in the soaked and dried fries and fry on a medium till they are half fried. The fries will not be golden brown but will look slightly done. Take them out and drain on a kitchen towel.
  • Now increase the heat of the oil and once again fry the half-fried fries. They should have cooled down by now. Just like the airfryer, this second frying at higher temperature is to give a crispy golden-brown shell to the French fries. Drain on an absorbent paper tower and sprinkle with peri peri seasoning. Serve immediately.

Notes

  1. Cut the fries in even shapes so that they cook uniformly.
  2. You can also cut them thicker as wedges and cook. Make sure to adjust the cooking time as the wedges are thicker than fries.
  3. Doing the process of soaking in water and drying fries before airfrying or deep frying really lets you have crunchy fries that do not stick.
  4. You can also use other seasoning like oregano, chaat masala, chilli flakes and salt.

Nutrition

Nutrition Facts
How to Make French Fries | French Fries Recipe
Amount Per Serving
Calories 26 Calories from Fat 27
% Daily Value*
Fat 3g5%
Saturated Fat 1g6%
Sodium 1mg0%
Potassium 25mg1%
Carbohydrates 1g0%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 1g1%
Protein 1g2%
Vitamin A 513IU10%
Vitamin C 1mg1%
Iron 1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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Airfried French fries is my favourite way of making restaurant-style French fries at home. You can try the Airfryer I use at home. I hope you liked the recipes and will try them out. As you can tell, kids absolutely love these french fries. You can use any other seasoning that you like as well.

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how to make french fries

Cut potatoes into even-sized french fries and soak in cold water for 30 minutes.

french fries recipe

Strain and pat dry with a dry cloth.

how to make french fries at home

Add 2 tsp. oil along with salt and cayenne and toss the French fries in it. Also brush some oil in the Airfryer basket. Pre-heat airfryer to 180 C or 360F for 6 minutes.

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Cook on 180 C or 360 F for 10 minutes.

french fries recipe

Now cook for 8-10 minutes at 200 C or 390 F. Your french fries made at home are ready.

homemade french fries

You can use any other seasoning of choice too. Your peri peri Airfryer french fries are ready to serve.

how to make french fries at home

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Sonia Chatterjee -

5 stars
I wish I could give it 100 stars. Both the kid and I love French fries. I usually wash the fries, pat dry and store it in the deep fridge for an hour before frying them in oil. The boy loves it with chat masala while u love peri peri fries.

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Reema Dsouza -

Fries with peri peri seasoning are my favourite! I have never tried making them. But with your recipe I’ll try it.

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Shalini R -

Wow, look at those perfectly cooked crunchy french fries. I want to grab them all and gobble it up 🙂

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Shilpa Garg -

5 stars
The french fries look so crispy and so perfect. Feel like having them now. I love peri-peri seasoning, it truly adds some zing to the fries.

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Vidya Sury -

French fries! Just the name has me drooling! I made this regularly at home when Vidur visits. Other times–usually with sweet potatoes. I’ve tried baking them and they turned out pretty well, too, Rachna. Must get an air fryer.

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