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Go from fridge to table in just 15 minutes when you make frozen air fryer fries! This quick and easy side is perfect for busy weeknights and oh so delicious.

plate of air fryer crinkle fries

Need a quick and easy side that the whole family will love? You should try making a batch of frozen fries in the air fryer!

I always have a bag of Ore Ida pre-cut chips hanging in the back of my fridge. Thanks to the air fryer, I can have them ready to serve in just 15 minutes.

It’s the perfect time to whip up everyone’s favorite sauces!

Here’s what I’ll teach you in this post:

  • How to make air fryer cut fries
  • Tips and tricks if you like extra crispy wavy cut fries
  • Some of the best sauces to serve with your potatoes
  • The easy way to reheat deep fryer cut fries so they’re as crispy as when you first made them

Who doesn’t love fries hot and crisp? When they’re crispy on the outside and pillowy soft on the inside, it’s hard to stop eating!

From casual meals like burgers or sandwiches to fancier dinners like fish or steak, they’re the perfect side for just about anything!

I made this recipe using Cosori 5.8 QT Air Fryer. Its square basket makes it the perfect size for our family of 4.

bag of frozen chips

How to Make Air Fryer Crinkle Cut Fries

A full printable version of this recipe with ingredient measurements is available at the bottom of this post.

FIRST STEP: Preheat air fryer to 400 degrees F.

STEP TWO: Place a single layer of frozen chips in the air fryer basket. Some overlap is okay.

frozen chips in the air fryer basket

THREE STEP: Cook for 6 minutes, then shake the basket so they cook evenly.

air fried crinkle fried cut in basket

STEP FOUR: Cook for at least another 6 minutes and up to another 10 minutes, depending on the desired level of doneness.

How long should frozen french fries cook in the air fryer?

The exact time will vary based on the size and brand of your air fryer, as well as the chips themselves.

When I make Ore Ida fries in my 5-8 quart air fryer, 12-16 minutes is the perfect amount of time.

I would recommend testing the fries around 12 minutes to see if they are done to your liking.

If they aren’t crispy enough, just let them continue to cook until they reach your ideal level of crispiness!

What temperature do you cook french fries in an air fryer?

Whenever I make thicker frozen fries like this recipe or cut fries, I find that 400 degrees F is the ideal temperature.

This gets the outside perfectly golden while the inside is heated all the way through.

You never want to cook them at too high a temperature, otherwise, you can burn the outside without getting the inside warm enough.

But if the temperature is too low, they won’t get that golden exterior. 400 degrees F is a great happy medium!

close up of fried air fryer

The Best Brands to Make Extra Fresh French Fries

I almost always make Ore Ida chips in the fryer, but there are many other brands you can use! Kroger or Walmart also make delicious frozen fries.

If you use Nathan’s cut fries or another brand of larger fries, keep in mind that they will take a little longer to cook.

I would start with about 15 minutes total, making sure to check on them until they are crispy on the outside and hot all the way through.

Tips for crispy cut fries in the air fryer

  • To make the fries crispier, cook for another 7-10 minutes after shaking the basket.
  • You can also spray the fries with cooking spray after shaking the basket to help them crisp up even more.
  • Some overlap in the basket is okay, but you want the fries to be in a single layer so they cook evenly. In my large 5-8 quart air fryer, one batch was about ½ of a 32 ounce bag.

What to serve with French fries

air fryer basket crinkles cut fries

Dipping sauces to try

Should I use oil when cooking frozen french fries?

No, no oil is needed! Frozen products like cut-up fries already have oil in the coating, which will prevent them from sticking.

However, if you want your fries extra crispy, you can give them a splash when you shake the basket halfway through.

How to reheat cut fries in an air fryer?

  1. Preheat air fryer to 400 degrees F.
  2. Place the remaining crinkle potatoes in the air fryer in a single layer.
  3. Cook for 5-7 minutes until heated through and crispy.

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Preparation Time
5 minutes

Cooking Time
12 minutes

Total time
17 minutes


  • 32 ounce bag of Ore Ida Crinkle Fries

  • Salt and pepper to taste

  • Optional dipping sauce


  1. Preheat your air fryer to 400 degrees.
  2. Place a single layer of chips in the basket, some overlapping will be fine.
  3. Cook for 6 minutes and then shake the basket so that they cook evenly. Cook another 6 minutes. To make them extra crispy, you may need 1-3 minutes more.
  4. Remove the fries from the fryer and enjoy!


How to reheat French fries:

1. Preheat your air fryer to 400 degrees.

2. Add the remaining chips to your air fryer.

3. Air fry for 5-7 minutes or until heated through.

Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:


Amount per service:
Calories: 290Total Fat: 14 gSaturated fat: 2 gTrans fats: 0 gUnsaturated fat: 10 gCholesterol: 0 mgSodium: 278 mgCarbohydrates: 39 gFiber: 4 gSugar: 1 gProtein: 3 g

This nutritional information is based on the exact products I used in this recipe. Brands and sizes of products can change the exact nutrition and should always be calculated independently.

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