Since I missed the whole Instant Pot® train, I had to make at least one air fryer recipe while they're still hot. And it doesn't get more classic than French fries; the generally accepted technique is pretty, dare I say, airtight, at this point, but I do have one extra trick in store! Finally, dip them in honey mustard, spicy ketchup, garlic aioli, or all 3 mixed together, like I did.

Recipe Summary

10 mins
25 mins
25 mins
1 hr
4 servings


Original recipe yields 4 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Instructions Checklist
  • Cut each potato lengthwise into 3/8-inch-thick slices. Slice sections into sticks also about 3/8 inch-wide.

  • Cover potatoes with water and let soak for 5 minutes to release excess starches. Drain and cover with boiling water by a few inches (or place in a bowl of boiling water). Let sit for 10 minutes.

  • Drain potatoes and transfer onto some paper towels. Blot off the excess water and let cool completely, at least 10 minutes. Transfer into a mixing bowl; drizzle with oil, season with cayenne, and toss to coat.

  • Preheat the air fryer to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C). Stack potatoes in a double layer in the fryer basket. Cook for 15 minutes. Slide basket out and toss fries; continue frying until golden brown, about 10 minutes more. Toss fries with salt in a mixing bowl. Serve immediately.

Chef's Notes:

Go with russet potatoes for best results. Yellow/gold potatoes might barely work, and red potatoes not at all.

Season these however you like, but I like to wait till the end to add salt.

Nutrition Facts

108 calories; protein 2.3g; carbohydrates 19.9g; fat 2.4g; sodium 246.8mg. Full Nutrition

Reviews (21)

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27 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 21
  • 4 star values: 5
  • 3 star values: 1
  • 2 star values: 0
  • 1 star values: 0
Rating: 5 stars
Amazing fries! These were so good, and just the perfect balance of crispy on the outside and soft on the inside. I made them just as the recipe directed, and we loved them! Read More
Rating: 5 stars
Great recipe, i've been making them this way for quite a while. i like to add salt and garlic powder to mine. These work amazingly well for chili fries, or cheesey fries also. sprinkle shredded cheese on them before tossing with the season so it melts best. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
Followed the recipe exactly and dumped 1# into my 5 quart fryer. Worked great. I am not sure the boiling water step is required but I’ll experiment some more. Read More
Rating: 3 stars
Made French fries per recipe and they were fine, but to me, they didn’t turn out any differently than just slicing up the potatoes, tossing them with oil, and air frying them. The soaking and boiling and cooling and drying were more work and time for no gain I could perceive. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
Easy and delicious! I cut into steak fries because that’s what hubs prefers. Also use regular salt and no cayenne. Definitely worth the extra steps for perfect fries. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
Followed recipe except I added some turmeric for color and bit of smoked paprika. I added sea salt right before serving. They looked and tasted delicious and all gone! Read More
Rating: 5 stars
I made this last night with delicious burgers! I also made my homemade fry sauce to go with the fries it was delicious! Easy an the kids loved it! Read More
Rating: 5 stars
Loved it! Read More
Rating: 5 stars
Dusted off the air fryer I got for Christmas 2 years ago! This recipe made great fries. I soaked the peeled fries in hot tap water 15 minutes, 3 times to remove starch, followed recipe exactly otherwise. They were crispy and delicious! Thanks, Chef John! Read More