How to make great home made fries in an air fryer

Air fried home made thick cut fries


  1. Peel two potatoes, rinse and slice into thick cut fries
  2. Add fries to a a deep bowl and cover in cold water
  3. Soak for thirty minutes
  4. Drain fries, pat down with kitchen town to soak excess water
  5. Add fries to container, pour over two tablespoons canola oil
  6. Season with salt, seal container, shake until evenly coated in oil
  7. Preheat air fryer
  8. When ready, set temperature to 400F
  9. Cook for 12 minutes, shake every 2-3 minutes to ensure even frying
  10. Cook for a further 2-4 minutes for extra crisp fries

This recipe is based of using the COSORI Air Fryer (5.8QT model, affiliate link).

This one is a little more involved than most of the recipes. To make perfect home made French fries in the air fryer needs just a little more prep and care than other recipes.

I should also note this recipe is also for thick cut style fries. Unless you have the gadgets to achieve a real thin cut at home, it’s tricky to hand cut thin fries. At any rate, I prefer these thick cut style fries (chips if you’re English like me!) as they tend to have a luxuriantly fluffy interior.

Perfect air fried French fry steps

First start with a starchy potatoes like a Russet/Idaho spud. These have less moisture; moisture is the enemy when air frying, it results in steaming rather than frying.

The next step is to rinse and soak the fries to remove excess surface starch. When you first add the fries to water you’ll see how the water is cloudy. After you’ve soaked and rinsed them, it should run clear.

Next up, make sure to pat them dry. Again, moisture is the devil. A dry fry is a crisp fry!

Lastly, evenly coating the fries in oil and not over crowding the fryer basket is important too. I like to shake every few minutes as they cook to ensure an even cooking throughout. I also like to keep a close eye on how the fries are looking. After all, when you’re cutting by hand, size and shape, and ultimate cooking time can vary a little.

Making fries from scratch takes just a little more effort than using precut oven fries or similar, but the cleaner taste is worth it. Following the above recipe should yield a fry with a beautifully fluffy interior and a crisp clean exterior.

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This guide is presented as a reference only. Many variables may influence your own cooking times. If in doubt contact your air fryer or product manufacturer. Please ensure your food is thoroughly cooked before consuming. See here for more info on using our reciopes.

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