Say goodbye to fast food! You don’t need to go to the drive-thru to get greasy, unhealthy fast food. With a bag of frozen French fries and an air fryer, you can easily prepare healthy homemade fries, and they are genuinely crispy and delicious.  


The air fryer makes everything faster, healthier, and so much better. With this, you can get all the goodness of texture and flavors of French fries without extra oil and fat. It even works faster than the oven, so it’s a total winner in my book.   

Check out Fryer Toast,  Garlic Bread In The Air Fryer, and Air Fryer Baked Sweet Potatoes.

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Is Cooking with an Air Fryer Healthy?


Cooking in an air fryer is very simple; you only have to put in your food with a light coat of oil and turn it on. The temperature will get up to 400 F all around the food and fry it without needing extra oil for cooking. Air-fried foods are usually healthier than any casual fried food in oil. 


Because any air-fried foods exclude the 70% to 80% calories of any everyday fried foods. The cooking method of an air fryer is also safe, as you do not have to deal with any harmful effects of oil while frying. 


A reaction of any fried starchy foods creates the acrylamide chemical. A recent study showed that an air fryer decreases the total amount of acrylamide in fried potatoes by about 90%. That acrylamide chemical is very dangerous as it can increase the chances of getting cancer. 

French Fries Nutritional Benefits


French fries are an extremely popular dish that is used as a side dish in many burger joints, fast-food restaurants, and also in homes all over the world. This salty snack can be made easily from scratch with fresh potatoes and any oil and seasoning of your choice. There are also frozen French fries, which contain rice flour, corn starch, and artificial flavors.


Being a tasty snack, French fries also have a couple of nutritional benefits. Those benefits are mostly from the nutrients of the potatoes used to make French fries. Here are some of the health benefits of French fries that you should know,


Helps with Weight Management


Fiber and resistant starch of potatoes can help us with weight management. Many researchers found that French fries have higher amounts of resistant starch than boiled potatoes. Additionally, potatoes have healthy carbs, which are protective against weight gain.


Supports Immune Function


Potatoes have vitamin C, and they are very beneficial for our bodies. This vitamin is a water-soluble vitamin that is mandatory for a healthy immune system. It also helps to create strong connective tissue and repair our wounds. 


Improves Early Brain Development


Vitamin B6 of potatoes can improve the early development of the brain during infancy and pregnancy. Doctors often suggest pregnant women and breastfeeding women intake more vitamin B6 than adult men and women who are not pregnant or breastfeeding.  


Decreases Oxidative Stress


Potatoes have important antioxidants, including anthocyanins, carotenoids, chlorogenic, and caffeic acids. Antioxidants are known to repair any damaged cells, and they can also decrease oxidative stress. Oxidative stress is one of the reasons why we face a couple of chronic diseases. 


Tips and Tricks to Prepare Air Fryer Frozen Fries


  • To make sure the French fries are crispy and cooked evenly, toss them gently halfway through cooking. You will need to rotate the bottom to top and move them around. You can shake the fries more than once. Some air fryers can rotate, but you still need to check to see how they are doing. 
  • You will need to fill up the air fryer more than half to ¾ full for the frozen fries. You do not need to keep them in a single layer but don’t overcrowd the basket, or you will get undercooked fries. 
  • Depending on the length and thickness of the fry you use, you may need to increase or decrease the cooking time. The longer you cook the fries, the crispier the fries will turn. 
  • Do not spray too much oil on your fries, or they will get mushy. 


Different types of Fries


There are several types of fries available, and their cooking time is not the same. Here are some good suggestions for the timing of their cooking, 


  • Shoestring Fries: 8-10 minute
  • Crinkle-Cut or Waffle Fries: 10-11 minute
  • Lattice Cut Fries:  10-11 minute
  • Sweet Potato Fries: 16 minute
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How to Air Fryer Frozen French Fries?


  • Place frozen french fries in a single layer on the tray or basket of the air fryer
  • Cook french fries at 350 degrees for 10 minutes. 
  • Depending on the size of your French fries, if they aren’t fully cooked, shake the basket or turn the fries over and cook for another 5-10 minutes.


Serving Ideas for Air Fryer Frozen French Fries


These French fries are very delicious and tempting that you may need to serve them with sauces or dressings. Ketchup is the main sauce that is originally created for French fries, but there are a lot of other variations of sauces. 


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Seasoning Ideas


Frozen French fries already come well seasoned, coated in oil, and partially cooked, so you do not need to season them. If you want to add some extra flavors after cooking, then here are a few ideas, 


  • Himalayan pink salt, sea salt, normal salt, or other seasoned salts will do well. The finer the salt, the better they stick with the fries after cooking. 
  • Add a touch of black or white pepper to your fries. 
  • Cayenne pepper or Chipotle powder works great if you enjoy spicy fries. 
  • Garlic or onion powder will add additional flavor to your fries. 
  • Cajun seasoning has a savory flavor with a little spicy texture. 

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(Per serving)
  • Energy: 133 kcal / 556 kJ
  • Fat: 5.2 g
  • Protein: 2.6 g
  • Carbs: 27.5 g

Cook Time

  • Preparation: 5 min
  • Cooking: 10 min
  • Ready in: 15 min
  • For: 2 Servings


  1. Place frozen french fries in a single layer on the tray or basket of the air fryer
  2. Cook french fries at 400 degrees for 10 minutes. 
  3. .  Depending on the size of your French fries, if they aren’t fully cooked, shake the basket or turn the fries over and cook for another 5-10 minutes.
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Michelle Blackwood, RN

Hi, I’m Michelle, I’m the voice, content creator and photographer behind Healthier Steps. I share vegan and gluten-free recipes because of past health issues. My goal is to help you make healthier choices and show you how healthy eating is easy and delicious.