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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.

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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.

Air fryer tortilla chips in an air fryer basket

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.

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!

Airfryer chips once cooked
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Airfryer chips

Course Side Dish
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 22 minutes
Total Time 27 minutes
Servings 3 servings


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


  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.

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:


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Chris Holmes

Thursday 22nd of October 2020

The best way i have ever had air chips


Thursday 22nd of October 2020

That's so kind of you, thank you!

angela cassidy

Thursday 10th of September 2020

You answered all my questions and some I had not got round to asking! thank you


Saturday 12th of September 2020

Thank you! That's so kind of you to say x


Tuesday 23rd of June 2020

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


Tuesday 23rd of June 2020

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!

Wednesday 3rd of June 2020

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


Wednesday 3rd of June 2020

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!


Friday 3rd of April 2020

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.


Saturday 4th of April 2020

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