Air Fryer frozen crinkle fries are so quick and easy to cook. You’ll love the crispy edges and soft centers of the crinkle cut fries.

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How to Cook Air Fried Crinkle Cut Fries in the Air Fryer

  • You can air fry frozen crinkle cut fries without any extra oil! Just go straight from the freezer to the air fryer and cook. No oil spray needed.
  • It’s that easy and just remember that there’s many different sizes and thicknesses of crinkle cut fries. So after making your first batch, you’ll know how long you want to cook for your perfect personal batch. We tested so many different brands and they all turn out good. Some brands have their frozen crinkle cut fries seasoned already, so those will cook a little darker.  All the cooking times seem to be the same. Only factor that changes cooking time is how thick they are.
  • Cook in an even layer and don’t over fill the air fryer basket/tray. They will cook more evenly if they aren’t piled too thick on top of each other. It is better to air fry in a couple batches if you want a lot of fries.
  • More details the recipe box below.
  • You might enjoy these waffle cut fries from frozen. or Trader Joe’s frozen fries.
  • Pro-Tip: here’s our favorite tools to help make air frying easier:
Evo Oil Sprayer
Evo Oil Sprayer

We LOVE Evo Oil Sprayers. Not the prettiest, but they’re functional and spritz oil great! They don’t clog up like many others we’ve bought. There’s different styles, but all seem to have the same great spray head. Works great for grilling!

8.5" Square Blue Silicone Mat
Perforated Silicone Mat

There are Square Mats & Round Mats. These perforated non-stick silicone mats are used to cook food in your air fryer or steamer to minimize sticking. Holes allow hot circulating air to cook the food & keeps the food from sticking.

Perforated Parchment Paper
Perforated Parchment Paper

Parchment sheets are great for your air fryer or bamboo steamer (food tends to stick most on wire basket or tray). Choose from different sizes, shapes, white and brown (unbleached). Holes allow air to cook food evenly.

Cooked Crinkle Cut Fries in Air Fryer basket

Video making Frozen Crinkle Cut Fries in the Air Fryer

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Best Frozen Crinkle Cut Fries for Air Frying

There’s so many different brands of frozen crinkle fries. Some will vary in size and thickness, so you’ll have to adjust the timing to get the fries to your preferred crispness. We cooked this brand in the photo: Wal-Mart Great Value Brand of Crinkle Cut Fries. They tried out great. Hope you enjoy our recipe for air fryer frozen crinkle cut fries!

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Air Fryer Frozen Crinkle Cut Fries in Air Fryer |

Air Fryer Frozen Crinkle Cut Fries

Lots of factors influence outcome of how the fries cook. They all vary in size and thickness, so you’ll have to adjust timing. For smaller air fryers (less than 5qt.) 1 pound is about the max without overcrowding the air fryer. The more you fill the basket the more frequently you’ll want to shake the basket to help them cook evenly. If you have a larger air fryer, you can cook more so long as the basket isn’t filled more than 1/2 full. 

All air fryers are different sizes and some cook much hotter than others. Once you cook your first batch of fries, you’ll know more of what works for your model of air fryer and size of food. These were tested on basket style air fryers. Read more recipe notes below the recipe.
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  • 1 lb. (454 g) Frozen crinkle cut fries
  • salt , to taste
  • black pepper , to taste



  • Place the frozen crinkle fries in the air fryer basket and spread out evenly. No oil spray is needed for the fries. It's already been deep fried in oil, so that's enough to air fry.
  • Air Fry at 400°F/205°C for 10-14 minutes. Shake and gently stir about halfway through cooking. If cooking larger batches, or if your fries don't cook evenly, try turning them multiple times on following batches.
  • Want the fries crisper? If needed air fry for an additional 1-3 minutes or until crisped to your liking. Season with salt & pepper, if desired.


Air Frying Tips and Notes:
  1. No Oil Necessary. Cook Frozen – Do not thaw first.
  2. Shake or turn if needed. Don’t overcrowd the air fryer basket.
  3. Recipe timing is based on a non-preheated air fryer. If cooking in multiple batches of fries back to back, the following batches may cook a little quicker. 
  4. Recipes were tested in 3.7 to 6 qt. air fryers. If using a larger air fryer, the fries might cook quicker so adjust cooking time.
  5. Remember to set a timer to shake/flip/toss as directed in recipe.

If your air fryer is preheated or if you are cooking multiple batches, you may need to reduce timing by a few minutes (unless preheating is called for in the recipe).


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Nutrition Information per Serving

Calories: 295kcal, Carbohydrates: 34g, Protein: 3g, Fat: 17g, Saturated Fat: 5g, Sodium: 556mg, Potassium: 488mg, Fiber: 5g, Vitamin C: 7mg, Calcium: 10mg, Iron: 1mg

What Dips for Air Fryer Crinkle Cut Fries?

Take these humble fries to another level! You can add cheese on top, some pulled pork, ground beef and so many other toppings. But the most simple way to take your fries to the next level is choosing your dips. Here’s some different and delicious dipping ideas:

  • marinara sauce or pasta sauce: these are so much more flavorful than plain tomato sauce. Don’t use the cans of tomato sauce. Buy the seasoned pasta sauces.
  • ketchup : can’t go wrong with this classic
  • bbq sauce : we love the flavors of the smoky bbq sauces
  • hot sauce: the spicy dips are an awesome balance against the air fryer crinkle cut fries! Use sriracha or even chili garlic crunch (chili crisp) for these air fried crinkle fries.
  • ranch : this creamy dip is always a favorite
  • blue cheese dip: the tangy, rich flavors of blue cheese are great.
  • honey mustard sauce : sweet, tangy and always delicious
  • tarter sauce isn’t just for seafood. Try it with these crinkle fries from the air fryer
  • thousand island dressing isn’t just for burgers!

History of Fries and Crinkle Cut

We love food history, especially when it comes to french fries. With so many different cuts of french fries, there’s so much interesting back story on how each style of cut was originated. Learn more about what fries you’re eating on this great article about history of french fries.

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