How Do You Prepare Fries Using An Air Fryer?

Are you among those who love French fries? Do you know how to cook them?

If not, I am about to give you the secret of preparing fries. The best way to make tasty French fries is by using an air fryer. This is because you will require very little oil when preparing them.

Using an air fryer makes them delicious and gives them a nice texture unlike when you have used a deep fryer. They turn out to be hard on the outside and juicy on the inside. The best thing is that using an air fryer makes your fries healthy since they have no calories which come from oil. Remember when you are air frying you need very little oil.

How to use air fryer for fries

How to use air fryer for fries


This article will turn you to be an expert when it comes to preparing French fries using an air fryer.

  • Medium size potatoes
  • Sea salt
  • Measuring spoon
  • Mixing bowl
  • 4 tablespoons of vegetable or olive oil
  • Cutting board with groove
  • Silicone coated tongs

Use little oil– Unlike deep-frying where you require a bottle of oil, here you just need 4 tablespoons of oil. Air frying requires you to use small amounts of oil to prevent your potatoes from being soggy. You should not use too little oil since this can make the potatoes hard and may not be tasty.

Cut– When cutting the potatoes you should be very keen. Cut small pieces, which will be easy to cook. Big pieces may require more time to prepare.

Type of potatoes –When preparing French fries, the type of potatoes you use is very vital. You will find different types of potatoes in the supermarket. If you can get Yukon Gold, they are the best when preparing fries.

The ratio of oil– If you want to cook perfect fries, you should try to maintain the ratio of oil to that of midsize potatoes.

Dryness – Before placing your potatoes in the air fryer, you should first clean them. Ensure they are dry when putting them in the fryer. Water makes your fries soggy and tasteless.

Time – Air fryer takes more time to cook your fries as compared to a deep fryer. This is because it uses rapid air technology to prepare which may take longer.

  1. Peel all the potatoes.
  2. Cut them into equal pieces (8 mm thick).
  3. Soak them in water for about 30 minutes. This helps to remove extra starch from the potatoes.
  4. Drain the water and dry them. You can pat them thoroughly using paper towels.
  5. Pre- heat your fryer to 160°
  6. Add olive oil in the potatoes.
  7. Toss the mixture thoroughly to ensure oil gets into the mixture
  8. Transfer this mixture to the cooking basket in the air fryer. Place the basket back to the fryer and set the timer. It should take about 16 minutes to cook.
  9. When the time is up, remove the fries and shake them. Place the basket back to the fryer and set 12 minutes. This time you should ensure the temperatures reads 180°.
  10. Remove the basket after 6 minutes. Shake it and put it back to the fryer.
  11. Wait for the final timer
  12. After 12 minutes, your French fries will be ready.
  13. Remove them from the cooking basket and place them in a bowl. Add some salt.
  14. Now you can serve.

How to cook frozen French fries in airfryer xl?

If you want to enjoy healthier French fries, you should cook them using an air fryer. It’s easy and fast. First, you need to preheat the air fryer for up to 400 degrees F. Secondly, get the frozen French fries, and put them in the cooking basket of the air fryer. Make sure not to overcrowd the basket for perfect hot air circulation. Cook for 15 minutes, but remember to shake the basket several times while cooking to turn the fries for them to cook evenly. When done, sprinkle the fries with salt and serve immediately. Note: for crispier and tastier fries, use some cooking oil.


As we have seen, it is very easy to prepare French fries using a fryer. You just need to follow the above steps keenly. The best thing with air fryers is that whatever you prepare is usually healthy since you do not need to add oil. It is also very easy to use due to the user-friendly controls.

There you have it. If you have been wondering how you can prepare fries using an air fryer it is my hope that now you know.

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