A Tasty Surprise: Can You Really Put Frozen Fries In An Air Fryer?

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Can you put frozen fries in air fryer?

Are you looking for a healthier way to enjoy your favorite French fries? If yes, then an air fryer is the answer! If you love the convenience of frozen fries but want to avoid the fat and cholesterol from deep frying, an air fryer is the perfect solution. Air fryer French fries are an easy side dish to make.

Sure, you can bake frozen fries in the oven, but that takes a long time. You have to wait 20-30 minutes to pre-heat the oven first, and then you’re looking at an additional 20-minute cook time. Why waste time when you can cook your frozen French fries in an air fryer in a fraction of the time?

Air Fryer Basics

An air fryer is a kitchen appliance that uses hot air to cook food. It uses convection to circulate the hot air around the food, resulting in a crispy and crunchy texture without the need for deep-frying. Air frying is a healthier alternative to traditional deep-frying because it uses less oil and fat. And unlike a conventional oven, the air fryer’s fan is constantly moving hot air around the food which makes the food crispy and speeds up the cooking time.

Air fryers are becoming increasingly popular due to their convenience, health benefits and easy cooking process. You can make fried foods without the extra oil you’d get from a deep fryer. They are easy to use and can be used to cook a variety of foods, from French fries to chicken wings, and you can get a good one for only about $35.

Can you Really Put Frozen Fries in an Air Fryer?

Cooking frozen fries in an air fryer is quick and easy. Different models of air fryers have different controls, but most operate the same way: you set the temperature and cooking time, and then hit a start button. Once the air fryer heats up and reaches the cooking temperature, place the frozen fried in the air fryer basket. Depending on the size of the fries, they should be done in about 10-15 minutes.

The instructions on the bag of frozen fries that I buy says to cook the fries at 360 degrees for ten to twelve minutes. They come out a perfect golden brown each time.

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I cook frozen shoestring fries for 12 minutes at 360F degrees.

Benefits of Using an Air Fryer for Frozen Fries

Using an air fryer to cook frozen fries has many benefits. First, it’s a much healthier option than deep-frying. Air fryers use less oil and fat, resulting in a healthier and lower-calorie meal. Also, air fryers are highly efficient and cook the fries quickly and evenly. Finally, air fryers are easy to use and require minimal cleanup and maintenance.

Tips for Getting the Perfect Crispy Fries in an Air Fryer

If you want to get perfectly crispy fries in an air fryer like your favorite fast food fries, there are a few simple tips to keep in mind. First, make sure to preheat the air fryer before adding the fries.

Second, spread the fries out in the basket. A single layer of fries gives the best results. This allows the hot air to circulate and reach every fry. Overloading the air fryer basket with a mound of fries prevents the hot air from reaching all the fries, resulting in crispy fries on the outside and soggy fries on the inside of the pile.  Shaking the basket every few minutes also helps the fries cook evenly.

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My air fryer tells me when to shake the basket midway through cooking.

Third, keep an eye on the fries and adjust the cooking time and temperature as needed depending on the type of fries you are cooking. Thinner fries will take less time to cook than thicker fries. Since shoestring fries are the thinnest, they cook the fastest. Crinkle cut fries, waffle fries and curly fries will take a few minutes longer to cook. Steak fries are usually the thickest cut of frozen fries, therefore they will take even longer. Sweet potato fries take a little longer, too.

Finally, it’s important to remember that each air fryer is different and some require more time or higher cooking temperatures than others. Also, there are a number of frozen French fry brands, and their fries differ slightly from each other. Experiment with different settings and cooking times until you get the perfect crispy fries.

TonyTested Hacks

One hack I use to make extra crispy fries is to spray the frozen fries with cooking spray or coat them in a little vegetable or olive oil in a bowl before putting them in the fryer basket. The oil coats the surface of the fries and helps to crisp up the outside.  Also, the oil helps dry seasonings like salt, garlic powder or onion powder stick to the fries. Lawry’s Seasoned Salt is one of my favorite seasonings on air fryer frozen French fries.

The best way to enjoy your fries are with your favorite dipping sauce. There are several different types of dipping sauces for French fries. Being from Pittsburgh, my favorite sauce is good ol’ Heinz ketchup. If it ain’t Heinz, it ain’t ketchup.

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The frozen fries turn a golden brown when done.

Try it!

Cooking frozen fries in an air fryer is a great way to enjoy a healthier version of your favorite French fries. It’s quick and easy, and the results are crispy and delicious. Plus, air fryers are highly efficient and require minimal cleanup. So the next time you want to enjoy some crispy fries, give an air fryer a try! (Hey, that rhymes!)

And make it extra healthy with a glass of red wine.

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