This Seasoned Air Fryer Frozen French Fries recipe transforms a bag of frozen fries into delicious zesty, crispy fries in about 15 minutes.
Got a hankering for seasoned fries, but all you have is a plain ol' bag of frozen French fries?
With very little effort, you can jazz up that bag of frozen fries with seasonings you might already have in your spice cabinet.
Throw everything in the air fryer and you'll have hot, crispy, golden brown seasoned fries in about 15 minutes!
The only hard part about air frying frozen seasoned fries is deciding what to dip them in!
Our favorite dipping sauce is Copycat Big Mac sauce.
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Perfectly seasoned, crispy French fries without a deep frying
Simple seasonings make frozen French fries taste better
Fast and easy side dish you can make in about 15 minutes
The BEST Way to Cook Frozen French Fries
If you're looking for a way to make the best frozen French fries without a deep fryer, air fryer fries is the way to go!
Crispy air fryer French fries are golden brown on the outside and perfectly tender on the inside. And they cook in less time than an oven and without all the excess oil of a deep fryer.
But how does the air fryer cooking process work? It really has nothing to do with frying at all.
The secret to creating a crispy hot fresh French fry in about ten minutes is rapid air circulation.
The fan blows the hot air from the heating element inside the basket of the air fryer. And because the fries are elevated on the cooking tray, that hot air circulates all around the fries and cooks them to golden brown deliciousness.
Frozen French fries. About 16 oz. of frozen French fries fits perfectly in the air fryer basket, which is half a bag of Ore-Ida golden fries -- their standard fries. Ore Ida shoestring fries are also great.
Olive oil. A little oil helps the seasoning blend stick to the fries.
Homemade Cajun seasoning. A simple combo of paprika, garlic powder, onion powder, Italian seasoning, salt, black pepper, and cayenne pepper adds the perfect amount of flavor without being too spicy or too salty. You can substitute one tablespoon of your favorite Cajun seasoning.
How to Make Frozen Seasoned Fries in an Air Fryer
Preheat the air fryer to 400 degrees.
Stir the Cajun seasoning ingredients together.
Toss the frozen French fries with olive oil in a large bowl. Add the Cajun seasoning and toss until the fries are completely coated in the seasoning mix.
Place the seasoned fries into the air fryer basket. Don't worry about placing them in a single layer.
Air fry for 5 minutes. Give the basket a good shake.
Air fry for 5-7 more minutes or until golden brown and crispy.
Cooking time will vary by air fryer model and the type of fries.
In my Instant Vortex Plus 6-quart Air Fryer, standard fries cooked in 12 minutes, and shoestring fries cooked in 10 minutes.
Serve air fried French fries warm with your favorite dipping sauces like BBQ sauce, ranch dressing, honey mustard, or ketchup.
For best results, air fry seasoned frozen French fries in 5-minute increments, shaking the basket in between. This helps to evenly brown all the fries and gives you a chance to check on them for doneness.
Customize the seasoning blend to your personal taste. Make it more or less salty or spicy by adjusting the quantities or add your favorite seasonings like chili powder, white pepper, or red pepper flakes.
Adjust the cooking time according to the type of fry. Thicker fries take longer to cook than thinner fries.
It takes frozen standard fries about 10-12 minutes to cook in the air fryer at 400 degrees.
Oil is not necessary if you are air frying plain fries. This recipe for frozen seasoned fries in the air fryer uses oil to coat the fries so the seasoning blend with stick to them.
How long to air fry Ore Ida French fries?
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Air Fryer Frozen Seasoned Fries
- 16 ounces frozen French fries
- 2 teaspoons olive oil
Homemade Cajun Seasoning
- ½ teaspoon paprika
- ½ teaspoon garlic powder
- ½ teaspoon onion powder
- ½ teaspoon Italian seasoning
- ½ teaspoon salt or to taste
- ¼ teaspoon black pepper
- ¼ teaspoon cayenne pepper or to taste
- Preheat the air fryer to 400 degrees.
- Stir the Cajun seasoning ingredients together.Toss the frozen French fries with olive oil in a large bowl. Add the Cajun seasoning and toss until the fries are completely coated in the seasoning mix.
- Place the seasoned fries in the air fryer basket. Air fry for 5 minutes. Shake the basket and air fry for 5-7 more minutes or until golden brown and crispy. In my Instant Vortex Plus 6-quart Air Fryer, standard fries cooked in 12 minutes, and shoestring fries cooked in 10 minutes.
- Serve hot seasoned fries fresh from the air fryer with your favorite dipping sauces.