Air Fryer Frozen French Fries

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Air Fryer Frozen French Fries. Learn how to effortlessly cook frozen French Fries in air fryer. These air fryer frozen French fries are perfectly crispy, yet much lower in calories than takeout.  

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Air Fryer Frozen French Fries

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Originally published in 2018. These air fryer frozen French fries are an updated post with more tips, a recipe video and much more. We hope you like the updated version.

Air Fryer Frozen French Fries

When I originally published this recipe showing you how to cook air fryer frozen French fries, I never expected the interest to be so huge for them.

From being the first to show you how to cook frozen French fries to the interest today, its nice to see that something as easy as frozen French fries, can become an air fryer trend.

I always remember back in the 90’s when you got fed for dinner frozen French fries. You either received them cooked in the oven, or they would be cooked in the deep fat fryer.

Have them from the deep fat fryer and you had the calories to worry about or cook them in the oven and they never had any crisp to them and were rather boring and soggy.

That is why I love the air fryer. You can have the delicious taste and texture of deep fried, but with the calories of oven baked fries.

A winner for any kid, or adult when you want to grab a bag of frozen French fries and cook them in the air fryer.

Can You Air Fry Frozen French Fries?

I know you are probably wondering; can you cook frozen French fries in an air fryer? Well the answer is a massive YES.

Air fryer frozen fries is one of the best things that you can cook in the air fryer. You can dump them in, there is no prep, they come out like crispy fries you have got from takeout and you wonder why something with little oil, can taste so good.   

Frozen French Fries In Air Fryer

I am using McCains Frozen French Fries as an example, but you could use any brand of frozen French Fries.

It is just that McCains is one of those brands that is known around the world and many of you will relate to it from childhood.

I remember McCains because at the end of the 90’s I worked in one their factories. I was 17 and had a gap of a couple of months between college placements.

It was the perfect time to earn some easy money. I worked on their baked potatoes and it was fascinating to see the process that goes into the frozen food.

How To Cook Frozen Fries In Air Fryer?

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Air fryer frozen French fries is so simple, I recommend it for air fryer beginners with brand new air fryers.

To make the frozen fries in the air fryer YOU:

  • Load the air fryer with frozen French fries until it is up to ¾ full.
  • No need to add oil and air fry your frozen French fries.
  • When the air fryer beeps, shake the fries.
  • Cook again at a higher temperature and then serve.

Air Fryer Frozen Fries Top Tips

So, you are probably wondering, if you have been using the air fryer since 2011, and teaching people how to cook frozen French fries for 2 years, that you must have some top tips.

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Well I do and these tips will make your air fryer fries even better:

  • Never cook frozen fries at 200c/400f for the duration. I get so many complaints from air fryer newbies telling me they followed a frozen fries recipe online and it called for 400f and their fries are terrible. This is way too hot for frozen fries and is only meant for finishing the food like a grill does and not for the whole cooking experience. Instead start at 160c/320f and increase the temperature just before the end to crisp them up.
  • Spray just before the end of cooking. Even though when you use frozen fries they already come will oil, you want that little bit of oil on the top to crisp them up.
  • Salt at the end. We found that with frozen fries brands wanting to go healthier. That a lot less salt is used. Then as they cook some of the salt also disappears. Add salt at the end before serving.
  • Thickness of the frozen fries matter. Thick steak fries will take the longest and quick cooking French fries will be the fastest. Start your cook time at 8 minutes if in doubt and then keep checking on your fries.
  • Cheesy Fries are fantastic. Two minutes before your frozen fries are done add grated cheese and then finish the cook time. You will have perfect air fryer cheesy fries.

How Long To Air Fry Frozen French Fries?

The air fryer frozen French fries time is JUST 12 minutes. This will produce perfectly cooked air fryer French fries and people will think you are a genius when you mention that no deep fat fryer was involved.

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Air Fryer Frozen French Fries
Air Fryer Frozen French Fries
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Air Fryer Frozen French Fries

Air Fryer Frozen French Fries. Learn how to effortlessly cook frozen McCains French Fries in the air fryer and if it is possible to cook McCains Quick Cook Crispy French Fries in just 12 minutes.
Prep Time0 mins
Cook Time12 mins
0 mins
Total Time12 mins
Course: Side Dish, Snack
Cuisine: Air Fryer
Servings: 4
Calories: 231kcal


Kitchen Gadgets:

Recipe Ingredients:

  • Pack McCains Quick Cook Crispy French Fries
  • Sea Salt


  • Preheat the air fryer at 180c/360f.
    Air Fryer Frozen French Fries
  • Place the frozen fries inside of the air fryer and cook for 12 minutes at 180c/360f.
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  • Serve with sea salt and your favourite sauce.
    Air Fryer Frozen French Fries



Cooking with frozen fries is easy. They have already been prepared for you so you don’t need to add oil or shake the fries during the cooking process.
The maximum that you can cook at once in the Philips XL is 750g of Frozen French Fries. Remember to adjust this depending on the size of your air fryer.
Though if using quick fries, all you need is 5 minutes at 180c/360f and they are DONE.
Thanks for reading our air fryer frozen French fries recipe on Recipe This. We have many more air fryer recipes for you to check out next. Though if you love air fryer frozen food, do check out our air fryer frozen onion rings.


Serving: 100g | Calories: 231kcal | Carbohydrates: 35g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 7g
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12 thoughts on “Air Fryer Frozen French Fries”

  1. 5 stars
    Made these last night and can’t believe how good they are considering how little oil is used. Thanks for the tips.

  2. 5 stars
    Why didn’t I think of this before?! It’s so much easier to cook fries in the air fryer! Plus they taste amazing.

  3. 5 stars
    Thank you so, so much for your air fryer fries recipe. I have tried so many, both in Google and in the books that come with the air fryer and they have been okay, but nothing special.

    This recipe nails it.

  4. 5 stars
    Amazing results! Just got our Philips Airfryer this week. Did your frozen wings last night and fries today. I added 3 minutes to the time and put in the wings to re-heat. It worked great.

    I already like this appliance more than I thought I would, your frozen veggies are next to try! I’m making your website a ‘favorite’!

  5. Our Phillips air fryer HD 9218 has a maximum temperature setting at 200 degrees. We bought the phillips book off the net which has minimum temp. requirements of 260 to 350 degrees.
    Can you recommend a suitable recipe book

    • Hi Sue,

      We have several recipe books here for the air fryer:

      Your air fryer should not have a maximum temp of 200f degrees. Over here in Portugal ours goes up to 200c which is 400f in the US. Can i ask where you are located and if the book was purchased in America?

      Many thanks



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