How to make perfect chips in the airfryer – my airfryer fries recipe

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My husband and I are always working on wasting less money these days. We have a big mission to buy a house in the next 18 months and want to put down a 50% deposit. This is no small amount as we live in the South East.

We have been working to save money on takeaways and one of the ways we’ve been doing so is by eating fewer takeaways. I decided to make airfryer chips recently, to accompany a slow cooker kebab recipe that I’ll be writing about soon.

We’ve had these a few times now and I’ve really perfected the recipe. If you want to know how to cook chips/fries in an air fryer then I’ve got you covered with this post!

Cooking chips or fries in an air fryer is really easy and takes just minutes to get prepared and these are great with air fryer sausages!

Airfryer chips

Ingredients for airfryer chips / airfryer home made chips / fries :

600g potatoes

1 tsp salt & pepper

Spray oil (optional but will be drier without Frylight.

1 tbsp plain flour (optional)

How to cook chips in air fryer? How long to cook chips in air fryer? How to make chips in an air fryer? My method for airfryer chips:

Peel your potatoes. Use a potato chipper and if you slice the potatoes in half they’re super quick to chip.

Rinse the chips in cold water.

Pat them dry on a clean towel or using kitchen towel. No need to pre-soak the potatoes. 

Dust the chips with flour (optional) and salt & pepper. You can use other seasonings too if you like. Omit the flour if you want a healthier recipe. 

I like to add Chinese Five Spice to boost the flavour of the airfryer chips with next to no effort.

Cook for 12 minutes at 160C in your airfryer.

Turn up to 200C for another 10 minutes. Check after 5 minutes as depending on size they can cook quickly.

If your chips look raw then exercise some common sense and give them a few more minutes to cook. Cooking times can vary depending on chip size, potato type and even the type of air fryer being used. 

I find this the best way to get crispy airfryer chips that are crisp on the outside and fluffy inside. See below for more cooking tips or suggestions.

If your find your air fryer chips not crispy then spray them with a little spray oil and cook on a higher heat for a few minutes.

Airfryer chips once cooked
5 from 6 votes

Airfryer chips

How to make perfect chips in the air fryer

Course Side Dish
Cuisine American, British
Keyword potato
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 22 minutes
Total Time 27 minutes
Servings 3 servings
Calories 200 kcal


  • 600 grams Potatoes more if you have a generous appetite
  • 1 tsp Salt & pepper
  • 1 tbsp Plain flour (optional)


  1. Peel your potatoes. Use a potato chipper and by slicing the potatoes in half first they take just seconds to chip.

  2. Rinse the chips in cold water. Pat them dry on a clean towel or using kitchen towel. 

  3. Dust the chips with flour and salt & pepper. You may not need the quantities I have mentioned, these are just for guidance. 

  4. You can I add herbs or a chopped chilli if you want a kick. Chinese Five Spice is a wonderful way to boost the flavour of these airfryer chips with minimal effort. 

  5. Cook the airfryer chips for 12 minutes at 160C. 

  6. Then turn the airfryer up to 200C for a further 10 minutes. Keep an eye on them, at least twice, during this time as depending on the size of your chips they may need as little as 5 minutes. This is the ideal method to make airfryer chips that are crisp on the outside but fluffy inside. 

  7. If you want airfryer chips that are even crisper then add a little spray oil to the fries when you turn up the temperature. I transfer them to a bowl to do this, to shake them and ensure even coverage.

Do you parboil chips before air frying?

As you can see from the above recipe I personally don’t bother. You can do if you want them to be even fluffier inside.

I would suggest parboiling for about 6-8 minutes in boiling, lightly salted water. Then get them drained, shaken up just a little and into the pre-heated airfryer.

What are the best potatoes for airfryer chips? What chips to use in air fryer?

I tend to just use whatever I have at home but I find King Edwards or Rooster particularly nice! A floury type of potato is going to make the best airfryer chips.

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Can you make airfryer chips without oil?

Yes! I would suggest using spray oil if you want them to crisp up better. You only need a few sprays and then you can toss the chips to make sure they’re properly covered. Repeat this again during the cooking process to get the best finish.

Cooked air fryer chicken wings in the air fryer basket

Can you cook frozen chips in an airfryer?

Yes! Basically set your airfryer to the temperature advised on the packaging and then keep an eye on them. Check about 1/3 into the time and then again 2/3 into the time.

A lot of frozen chips are already coated with oil, seasonings and even flour on occasion. The airfryer will help the frozen chips crisp up lovely and taste great! Cooking frozen chips in airfryer is so simple!

How do I cook frozen fries in my air fryer?

I’ve found that the cooking time is often reduced by about 1/3. Just cook them at the temperature recommneded by the cooking instructions on the packet and then keep an eye.

Shake regularly to avoid them sticking together or to the air fryer basket.

How to cook chips in a tower air fryer?

All air fryers are much the same. Prepare your air fryer chips or air fryer fries and then turn on the air fryer.

Shake and check regularly to make sure the potatoes aren’t sticking to the basket.

How long to cook frozen chips in air fryer? How long does an air fryer take to cook chips?

Reduce the suggested cooking time by around 1/3 – 1/4 and you should have perfect crisp yet fluffy chips.

How to make airfryer chips and cheese?

Cook your chips up and 2 minutes from the end pop some grated cheese on! You can pop back in the air fryer OR you can grill for a couple of minutes instead.

Are your airfryer chips burning?

Drop the heat down a little! Make sure you have a splash of oil on the chips and shake at regular intervals.

What about making an air fryer wrap with chips?

I’ve got a great tortilla recipe that is super simple (and cheap!). Make this, or get a pre-made wrap, cook your chips up, pour on into the wrap, roll up and enjoy!

Are your air fryer chips too dry?

Use a little more oil! Shake on the regular too.

If your chips are soggy then make sure to dry them thoroughly before cooking and turn the heat up a little. Give them a couple more minutes on the cook time too.

Products I use to make airfryer chips:

I love these cute baskets for displaying my air fryer fries:


*Air Fryer Baskets

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28 Responses

  1. Rachel @ The Daisy Pages November 21, 2017 / 5:06 pm

    These sound lovely, Katy, I really need to get around to trying these. I love that you can use sweet potatoes as well 🙂

    • katykicker November 22, 2017 / 11:28 am

      I’m going to start trying more recipes in my air fryer for sure!

  2. Morgan March 31, 2018 / 6:07 am

    Do you have a link to the air fryer you use please? These look delicious!

    • katykicker April 2, 2018 / 7:18 am

      Hiya! I have a Phillips one: *

  3. katykicker May 26, 2018 / 5:28 pm

    Hi Sarah! I turn it up to 200C which is the highest setting – just to crisp them up lovely! x

  4. Natalka Antoniuk June 7, 2018 / 6:28 pm

    5 stars
    Home made chips are soooo much better than take away/oven chips! Can’t believe how easy they are yet how few people make them! Thank god for your blog showing everyone how easy it is

    • katykicker June 13, 2018 / 8:29 am

      Thanks so much! I love cooking things in my airfryer – so much healthier (and cheaper). Thanks for the rating (my first ever!) x

  5. katykicker June 28, 2018 / 11:11 am

    It’s fantastic. I’m going to buy my Mum one for her Birthday next week!

  6. Linda Bish July 4, 2018 / 1:15 pm

    Hi. I make chips in the oven after a quick blast in the microwave to save time. I just ordered an air fryer and for me the main advantages will (I hope) be using less electricity, faster cooking and not having to clean the big oven so often! I plan to do whatever it takes to make food taste ok in an air fryer. What with a microwave, slow cooker, toaster etc….. I might never need my big oven!

    • katykicker July 4, 2018 / 1:20 pm

      Hiya! I absolutely love my air fryer. I can make my daughter dinner in under 10 minutes – which is fantastic. Also, it is perfect on hot days like today!

  7. wildgran saunders April 14, 2019 / 9:51 am

    Do you need to put oil on frozen chips?

    • katykicker April 15, 2019 / 12:26 pm

      Hello! If you’re cooking frozen chips that were bought like that then they usually contain oil, among other things, on them, so no oil would be needed. If you’re making your own chips, that you’ve frozen, then I’d recommend a little spray oil.

  8. Anonymous April 15, 2019 / 12:50 pm

    5 stars
    Thank you for your help.

    • katykicker April 15, 2019 / 2:49 pm

      So welcome!

  9. carolle barrett June 14, 2019 / 6:27 pm

    5 stars
    katy just did chips for the first time in mine, but I par boiled them and then let them chill a bit, then sprayed frylight in a big mixing bowl, tossed them in that and put them in the air fryer after pre heating for 5 mins, disappointed they were too dark and underneath not at all. Im going to try your recipe without par boiling but did I use too much frylight maybe.

    • katykicker June 17, 2019 / 9:25 am

      Ahh no! Sorry to hear that. Did they go dark because they were chilled out of the water? This can make potatoes turn dark.

  10. Chris October 5, 2019 / 9:50 pm

    5 stars
    Thanks for this, my partner and I have only recently started using the air fryer, trying this recipe as I write this, 7 minutes left, plus approx 10 minutes on the higher heat and were good to go I hope, such a simple way of massively improving some good old home made fries 🙂
    Appreciate this very much.

    • katykicker October 6, 2019 / 8:19 am

      Oh yay! I hope you really enjoyed them. Thanks for using my recipe and leaving a comment too!

  11. Kim November 29, 2019 / 6:03 pm

    Do you need to shake or change the position of the chips during the cooking time please?

    • katykicker November 29, 2019 / 6:43 pm

      It won’t do them any harm to shake up a couple of times! Also, see step 7 – which is my favourite way to do them! I transfer to a bowl and coat with a little more spray oil!

  12. Anne April 1, 2020 / 6:51 pm

    Just tried cooking them for the first time – not par boiled
    Cooked on 180 degrees but they are too brown on the outside – are they on too high a heat or should I use less/ more oil
    I used approx 1tbsp per medium potatoe

    • katykicker April 4, 2020 / 9:01 am

      I expect they’re being cooked too high for too long. I use 120C for the first part, the 200C to crisp up near the end.

  13. Peter April 3, 2020 / 12:08 pm

    I can get really crispy chips from shop bought frozen ones in my airfryer but can’t get them any where as crisp using fresh potatoes is it the flour that makes a difference? Pete.

    • katykicker April 4, 2020 / 9:01 am

      Yes, either flour or LOTS of oil is usually on the frozen ones, so they’re unhealthier.

  14. Anonymous June 3, 2020 / 10:50 am

    I’ve just done exactly as your recipe said and the chips were raw after 25 minutes

    • katykicker June 3, 2020 / 10:56 am

      I’ll directly copy over part of the post for you:

      If your chips look raw then exercise some common sense and give them a few more minutes to cook. Cooking times can vary depending on chip size, potato type and even the type of air fryer being used.

      Hope that helps!

  15. brian June 23, 2020 / 4:54 pm

    Hi Katy , no more frozen chips for us , i washed , chipped them then rinsed the potatoes in hot water to get rid of the starch , then left them to dry on the side for an hour , no salt etc as i am a carer for my wife, salt is to be avoided . then followed your recipe exactly and the chips were delicious , thank you very much

    • katykicker June 23, 2020 / 7:53 pm

      That’s so lovely, well done Brian & thank you so much for sharing with me. I hope you & your wife are keeping well at this time!

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