It’s really simple to cook frozen waffle cut fries in the air fryer. In about 10 minutes you can have waffle fries straight from the freezer and hot and tasty on your plate. Best of all, the results are crispy, crunchy and amazing!

Waffle fries in air fryer basket

How Do You Cook Air Fried Frozen Waffle Fries?

  • You really don’t need to any extra oil so that eliminates all the extra calories. But if you want then slightly crisper, you can add a light spray of oil on top before air frying.
  • The amazing part of air frying waffle cut fries from frozen straight from the freezer is that it’s quick! It’s way quicker than having to pre-heat the big conventional oven. You just add the waffle fries to the air fryer and within minutes the results are incredibly crunchy and wonderful waffle fries.
  • Just add your favorite dip and you’re ready enjoy these air fryer waffle fries!
  • See recipe box below for the air fried waffle fry details.
  • Enjoy some frozen onion rings and try a batch of homemade French 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.

step by step cooking waffle fries in the air fryer

Do you need to oil spray the frozen fries?

You really don’t need to add more oil to the already deep fried waffle fries. After air frying, you’ll see that the existing oil will release from the fries. But if you want more of the crispy “oil taste”, sure go ahead. We don’t do it cause we don’t think you need it. Other websites suggest spraying with oil before air frying, but maybe they like eating more greasy oil. 🙂

We tested the recipe with the Alexia Waffle Cut Fries and Wal-Mart Great Value Waffle Fries.

Video Making Frozen Waffle Fries in the Air Fryer:

What brands of frozen waffle fries for air frying?

There’s many different brands out there. Most of them are consistently about the same size and thickness, so timing should be pretty consistent. We used the Alexia brand of waffle cut fries and the Great Value brand found at Wal Mart. Both were easy to air fry and really delicious! timing was the same for both as long as you keep them in a single layer.

Alexia brand fries
Bag of Great Value brand fries
Air Fried Frozen Waffle Fries Recipe in Air Fryer |

Air Fryer Frozen Waffle Cut Fries

Lots of factors influence outcome of how the waffle fries cook. They all vary in size, thickness, and sometimes the coating 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 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 waffle cut fries
  • salt , to taste
  • black pepper , to taste



  • Place the frozen waffle fries in the air fryer basket and spread out evenly. No oil spray is needed. We discuss this in the recipe write up on the website.
  • Air Fry at 400°F/205°C for 10 minutes. Shake and gently stir about halfway through cooking. If cooking larger batches, or if your waffle fries don't cook evenly, try turning them multiple times on following batches.
  • If needed air fry at 400°F/205°C 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 waffle 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 to Serve with Air Fryer Waffle Fries?

  • ketchup : can’t go wrong with this classic
  • 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.
  • bbq sauce : we love the flavors of the smoky bbq sauces
  • hot sauce: the spicy dips are an awesome balance against the air fryer waffle fries! Use sriracha or even chili garlic crunch (chili crisp) for these air fried mozzarella sticks
  • 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 frozen waffle fries from the air fryer
  • thousand island dressing isn’t just for burgers! Love the tangy and creamy flavors for these fries

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