Air Fryer French Fries

Air Fryer French Fries
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These Air Fryer French Fries are very light with a crispy crunch. I was surprised at how well these turned out and maybe my go-to for French fries for a few reasons.

French Fries

Store Bought Fries

Store-bought fries are quick and easy. These have been prepped and deep-fried once already. So very little time goes into preparing these fries.

I mean just look at them fries! Wait till you bite into one. You may just switch to air frying your french fries too.

Air Fryer Fries
Air Fryer Fries

Homemade Fries

Homemade Fries can be made as well. Although these are processed a bit differently. First, the Vinegar has to be cut back by 1/2. The Air Fryer seems to retain the vinegar taste in the fries.

I have made the Homemade Fries in the Air Fryer with good results. But I am aiming to get even better results. This will take some time as I experiment a bit with this one.

Homemade Air Fried French Fries
Homemade Air Fried French Fries


One of the biggest things I like about the Air Fryer is that it does not require Gallons of Oil to go into the deep fryer and cook your foods. It only needs an adequate amount to assist in cooking and keep things moist.

This enables you to use less oil in the long run and be able to keep it fresher longer since you only use it when needed.

For Deep Frying you need gallons of it and once it is heated and has been cooked with, the shelf life dramatically decreases.

Fries or Potatoes in general always need some form of fat. And while we are not deep frying here, you still need oil for the Fries. It helps to transfer the heat and keep the fries moist while crisping the fries.

A Neutral Oil like Vegetable or Canola should be used. But even better is Beef Tallow/Beef Suet. AH! How Fries were made before the ’90s.

Beef Tallow

A long time ago Fries were deep-fried in Beef Tallow. This resulted in some of the best fries’ hands down.

To do this in a deep fryer, you would need a lot and so isn’t really feasible. But with an Air Fryer, it is. Since you don’t require as much fat to cook the fries.

This in my opinion is what makes air fryer french fries better than your standard Deep Frying. You can use a little bit of rendered fat, which adds a whole bunch of Flavor to your standard Fries.

Prepare the Fries

Place the Frozen French Fries into a bowl with 1/4 C of Fat and 1/2 tsp – 1 tsp of Sea Salt. Toss the fries around so that every fry gets coated in some oil. Allow to thaw for about 30 minutes before air frying. This brings down the temperature of the fries and allows them to soak up the fat. Which will really crisp the Fries up.

If using Beef Tallow use the same amount and melt it before pouring over the Fries.

If you can not source Beef Tallow, then the next best thing is lard. Which can include Bacon Fat for Bacon Flavored Fries.

Thawing the Fries
Thawing the Fries

Air Frying French Fries

Place the Fries into a bowl and add the oil or melted fat. Toss well and allow the Fries to thaw and absorb the fat. Toss again before placing them into the Air Fryer.

French Fries Cook at 400 F for about 30 minutes. Allow them to cook uninterrupted for 15 minutes until they firm up a bit, which makes it easier to toss them. If they look dry, add a bit more oil and toss again.

Then toss at 20 minutes and again at 25 minutes. The last 5 minutes toss every minute or so until crisp. It’s important to get some toss action in there so that every fry gets a chance to get hit with the heat.

This method produces light and crispy with very good color Air Fried French Fries.

Shoe String Fries

For Shoe String or Thin cut Fries, adjust the cooking time accordingly. These will cook up in less time. You will also need to use 1/2 lb of fries instead of the 1 lb of fries. Due to the smaller fries creating a tighter lattice that doesn’t allow air flow.

Allow the Fries to Air Fry until crisp enough that they can be tossed without breaking. Then continue to cook, tossing them once in a while. If they appear to be dry, add a bit more fat and toss again.

Air Fryer French Fries with JAH Meat Oil

Use 1/4 C of JAH Meat Oil in place of the Oil. Still add the salt. This offers a subtle flavor to the fries that is quite nice.

It’s a lightly flavored oil with out any salt typically used to brush meats with. It work really nice for Air Fryer french Fries too.

Air Fryer Fries with JAH Meat Oil
Air Fryer Fries with JAH Meat Oil
Air Fryer French Fries
Air Fryer French Fries

Air Fryer French Fries

Fries covered in Fat & Seasoned with Salt, then Air Fried until Light & Crispy.
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time30 mins
Thaw Time30 mins
Course: Ingredient, Side Dish
Cuisine: American, Canadian
Keyword: Air Fried French Fries, Air Fried Fries, Air Fryer French Fries, Air Fryer Fries, Beef Tallow Fries, French Fries in the Air Fryer, Fries with Bacon Fat, Fries with Bacon Grease, Fries with Beef Tallow, Fries with lard
Servings: 4 portions
Author: JAH


  • Air Fryer


  • 1 lb French Fries – Frozen Thick Cut
  • 1/4 C Neutral Oil or Beef Tallow/Suet – See Notes
  • 3/4 tsp Sea Salt – depending on taste, about 1/2 tsp – 1 tsp


  • Place frozen French Fries into a Bowl and add Oil or melted Beef Tallow or other form of fat with the Sea Salt. Toss well to ensure every fry gets coated. Let thaw 30 minutes.
  • Place the Fries into the Air Fryer and Air Fry at 400 F for 30 minutes.
  • At 15 minutes, toss the French Fries around. If they look dry add a bit more Fat. Toss them 2 more times at 5 minute intervals.
    The last 5 minutes, toss them around every minute or so. They should be crisp and have good color.


The Fat can be exchanged with Lard, Bacon Fat, or other Rendered Fats.
Different cuts of Fries will cook at different times. The general idea is to air fry until they can be handled without breaking apart. Then toss a few times until they are crisp, adding more fat if the fries seem a bit dry.