Air Fryer French Fries


  • 1 pound russet potatoes, peeled
  • 2 teaspoons vegetable oil
  • 1 pinch cayenne pepper
  • ½ teaspoon kosher salt
  • Directions

  • Step 1

    Cut each potato lengthwise into 3/8-inch-thick slices. Slice sections into sticks also about 3/8 inch-wide.


  • Step 2

    Cover potatoes with water and let soak for 5 minutes to release excess starches. Drain and cover with boiling water by a few inches (or place in a bowl of boiling water). Let sit for 10 minutes.

  • Step 3

    Drain potatoes and transfer onto some paper towels. Blot off the excess water and let cool completely, at least 10 minutes. Transfer into a mixing bowl; drizzle with oil, season with cayenne, and toss to coat.

  • Step 4

    Preheat the air fryer to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C). Stack potatoes in a double layer in the fryer basket. Cook for 15 minutes. Slide basket out and toss fries; continue frying until golden brown, about 10 minutes more. Toss fries with salt in a mixing bowl. Serve immediately.

  • Chef's Notes:

    Go with russet potatoes for best results. Yellow/gold potatoes might barely work, and red potatoes not at all.

    Season these however you like, but I like to wait till the end to add salt.

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