Air Fryer Frozen Crinkle French Fries

For an easy foolproof method for cooking frozen crinkle-cut french fries in the air fryer, try this recipe. Frozen crinkle fries will be hot on the inside and crispy on the outside with just the right amount of time to cook in the air fryer. You will never want to bake french fries in the oven again since cooking them in the air fryer makes them more crispy.  This is healthier than when deep frying frozen crinkle french fries since it uses no oil when you air fry them. 

This recipe works for air frying any crinkle-cut french fry brand including Ore-Ida, McCain, Walmart, Grown in Idaho, or others. It is so quick and easy and minimal preheating when you air fry frozen french fries. They come out perfectly and you get to enjoy them your favorite way. Serve your air-fried french fries with a delicious dip or ketchup.  You can also sprinkle on a flavored seasoning powder to add so much more flavor to the best air fryer crinkle french fries. 

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Air Fryer Frozen Crinkle French Fries PN1 plated fries with ketchup

 

 

How to Air Fry Frozen Crinkle Cut French Fries

All you need for this french fry air fryer recipe is the frozen Golden Crinkles or another crinkle-cut french fry. Many other items may need a spray of avocado oil when air fryer but not frozen crinkle french fries.  So grab your bag of frozen fries, salt, and any dips you may want to enjoy with air-fried french fries.  They will be hot, crispy, and yummy after the air fryer.

Frozen french fries of any shape, size, and brand typically have other ingredients than just potato.  That other ingredient is usually some sort of vegetable oil, like in Ore-Ida Golden Crinkles.  Because of this, you DO NOT need any oil when cooking frozen fries in the air fryer.  This recipe is for cooking 2 servings, each about 3oz.  Wondering how many fries are in 3 ounces? Depending on size and brand, it is roughly about 13 fries. 

Air Fryer Frozen Crinkle French Fries ingredients frozen fries and salt pepper shaker

 

Add frozen crinkle french fries to your air fryer basket or tray.  Make sure they are in a single layer.  It is also best to not overcrowd the basket or tray when air frying.   If you can spread them out, that is my recommendation so that the hot air can circle all sides of the frozen french fries to cook evenly. This will give you the crispiest frozen fries with browning on all sides. 

Do you Need to Preheat an Air Fryer?

An air fryer does take some time to heat up before cooking. However, you do not need to wait to put your food until after it is preheated.  When you set your air fryer for the temperature and time needed, it will begin preheating immediately. Once it is at the right temperature it will begin counting down the minutes you have set for it.

I find it best to put the food in and then set it; therefore, the food can be inside while preheating. I worry that I won’t be right there when it beeps as the preheat stage ends.  This will then delay me getting the food in and the time will tick down without the food actually in the air fryer.  For cooking frozen french fries, there is no need to preheat or wait to get the food in. 

 

Air Fryer Frozen Crinkle French Fries frozen fries on the tray ready to cook in the air fryer

 

 

How Long to Cook French Fries in the Air Fryer

Once the frozen fries are in the air fryer, set it to cook.   Set it to air fry at 400°.  For how long to cook frozen fries in the air-fryer, I recommend 12-15 minutes.  I set the timer for 12 minutes and they come out hot on the inside and light brown and crunchy on the outside.  For extra crispy crinkle fries, set the air fryer timer for 15 minutes.  If you like them super crispy, cook the crinkle fries for up to 18 minutes in the air fryer. 

When I make a full tray, I like to shake the tray or move them around a bit with some tongs midway through cooking.  If I am making only 1-2 servings I usually do not need to shake them around as they really are spaced so far apart they don’t need any adjusting (like those seen above).  I have a large tray but if you have a small cooking surface, you may need to shake them around. 

How Do You Know When Air Fryer French Fries are Done 

The frozen french fries will be done when they are hot on the inside. They will also not be soft or soggy when you pick them up. They should be light to dark brown, depending on your preference.

Once the french fries are done air frying, carefully remove them from the oven with an oven mitt and plate. Sprinkle them with salt or any other desired seasoning while still hot.   Serve with ketchup or your favorite dip.  For tasty flavored seasoning powders and dip ideas, check out my recommendations below. 

 

Air Fryer Frozen Crinkle French Fries plated with ketchup in front of the air fryer

 

 

 

Dips & Seasonings to Serve with French Fries

Once these crinkle-cut french fries are cooked and hot out of the air fryer, they can be seasoned with more than just salt. Flavored seasoning powders are great on popcorn and french fries.   Try tasty flavored seasonings like cheesy jalapeno, dill pickle, ranch, buffalo, garlic parmesan, white cheddar, and more to flavor french fries. The dill pickle flavoring honestly is amazing. Add dill pickle seasoning to these fresh cooked french fries for a great kick of sour flavor – if you like salt & vinegar or pickle potato chips, you will love this! 

Besides ketchup, a good dip is important with french fries if you ask me.  My favorites are ketchup or homemade ranch dressing to dip my fries into. For the best dip recipes to serve with french fries, try one of these ideas.  

Dips for Sweet Potato Fries
The best dips for eating with sweet potato fries are these two quick and easy recipes. Here is not just one but two terrific dips to serve with your favorite french fries.  Each dipping sauce is a wonderful combination of 3 simple ingredients to make a yummy dip to serve with sweet potato fries. 
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Deep Fried Sweet Potato Fries featured overhead of plate of fries and dipping sauce
Hot Honey
This is the most amazing hot honey recipe for guaranteed sweet heat love. 
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Ranch Dressing without Mayonnaise
This ranch dressing is so delicious, no one will know it is made without mayo. It is cool, creamy and herby just like a true ranch dressing should be.
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Ranch Dressing without Mayonnaise

 

 

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Air Fryer Frozen Crinkle French Fries

Angela
For an easy foolproof method for cooking frozen crinkle-cut french fries in the air fryer, try this recipe. They will be hot, crispy, and yummy with just the right amount of time to cook in the air fryer. Plus delicious dips and seasonings to add for the best air fryer french fries.
Prep Time 1 min
Cook Time 12 mins
Total Time 13 mins
Course Appetizer, Side Dish
Cuisine American
Servings 2

Equipment

  • air fryer

Ingredients
  

  • 6 oz frozen crinkle-cut french fries
  • salt to taste
  • ketchup, dips, seasonings optional

Instructions
 

  • Add frozen crinkle french fries to your air fryer basket or tray. 
    Depending on the size of your air fryer basket or tray, add only as many as will fit without overcrowding.  Be sure to leave some space between the fries and that they are in a single layer.   
  • Once the frozen fries are in the air fryer, set to cook.   Set to air fryer at 400°.  Next set the timer for 12 minutes.  For extra crispy, set it for 15 minutes. 
  • Shake or rotate fries midway through cooking if needed. This is not necessary but the more you have piled in the more likely they may need to move around the cook on all sides.
  • When they are done cooking, carefully remove them from the oven and plate.  Sprinkle with salt or any other desired seasoning.   Serve with ketchup or your favorite dip. 
  • OPTIONAL - For seasoning powders and dip ideas see above

Notes

Nutrition will be based on the brand and amount of fries made. 
 
Nutrition Facts
Servings: 1
Amount per serving  
Calories 120
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 4.5g 6%
Saturated Fat 1g 5%
Cholesterol 0mg 0%
Sodium 290mg 13%
Total Carbohydrate 19g 7%
Dietary Fiber 2g 7%
Total Sugars 1g  
Protein 2g  
Vitamin D 0mcg 0%
Calcium 0mg 0%
Iron 0mg 0%
Potassium 380mg 8%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calorie a day is used for general nutrition advice.
Keyword air fry, appetizer, crispy, crunchy, dairy-free, dip, easy, gluten-free, grain-free, nut-free, potatoes, salty, seasoned, side dish, sides
 

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