These air fryer potato wedges or thick cut french fries are a great starter recipe if you’re new to air frying. Hot and less greasy fries are ready in minutes. 

Plate of air fried French fries with side ketchup for dipping

Air fryer Potato Wedges or Thick Cut French Fries

It doesn’t take much to make us happy, especially when it comes to warm homemade French fries or potato wedges in the air fryer. We’re still surprised at how amazing the air fryer is when it comes to cooking so many types of foods. It’s not solely built to reheat frozen foods. And when you make your first batch of fresh homemade French fries or wedges, you’ll be a convert like we are. Add a great ketchup or your favorite dip and it’s snack time! Or if you are like us, ketchup with some malt vinegar mixed in. Yummy!

Video: Watch how to air fry French fries

Air Fryer French Fries in Basket

Air Fryer Potato Wedges with Less oil and healthier fries 

Ok, we all know fried French fries aren’t healthy but when cooked in the air fryer you can easily reduce the fat and calorie content. You can’t eat a ton but in moderation, air fried French fries can certainly be “healthier” than oil fried versions. If you’re looking to treat yourself to french fries without all the greasy oil calories, then air frying them is definitely the way to go. 

Are air fried French fries crispy? 

It doesn’t take much to oil to get a nice crispy batch of air fried French fries or potato wedges. The outside texture is definitely like a roasted “crisp” but not like a deep fried crunch. You might be missing the crunch factor but think of all the calories you’re  not consuming if you air fried the potatoes. The air fried version is satisfying. And with your favorite ketchup, mustard or dipping sauce you can enjoy more fries without the guilt! 

Step by Step pictures for how to make air fried potato wedge fries by

Best Potatoes for This Recipe

We’re fans of russet potatoes and gold potatoes. The creamy texture of russets and golds are fantastic. But you can certainly use white potatoes. For red potatoes, they’re too waxy and don’t give the crispy texture that we like. Red potatoes are our least favorite potato to air fry.

Our Favorite Air Fryer Tools

Evo Oil Sprayers
Evo Oil Sprayers

We LOVE the Evo Oil Sprayers. Great for grilling, air frying, and everyday cooking. 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!

Perforated Silicone Mat
Perforated Silicone Mat

Square Mats or Round Mats depending on your needs. Perforated non-stick silicone mats minimize food sticking in your air fryer or steamer. Holes allow the hot air to circulate, cooking quick & even.

Perforated Parchment Sheets
Perforated Parchment

Parchment sheets make clean up easy and minimize sticking food in your air fryer or bamboo steamer. Choose from different sizes, shapes, white and brown (unbleached). Holes allow air to cook food evenly.

Plate of air fried French fries with side ketchup for dipping

Air Fryer Homemade Wedge Fries

Here's an easy homemade air fryer fries recipe.
If you want to dip the fries straight into a delicious Sriracha sauce,  our personal favorite is the one we make at home. Here's a link to our Sriracha sauce recipe.
5 from 4 votes


  • 1 pound (454 g) Russet or Gold potatoes (or any high starch potato)
  • oil spray or olive oil, to coat fries
  • kosher salt , to taste
  • fresh cracked black pepper , to taste



  • Wash and peel potatoes. Cut potatoes into wedges about 1/2 thick at the base. (Try to keep them as evenly sized as possible for even cooking.)
  • Add potatoes to bowl. Spray or drizzle with oil to evenly coat the wedges. Season with salt & pepper. Toss to evenly coat the wedges. Place the wedges in air fryer basket and spread them evenly over the basket.
  • Air Fry at 380°F for about 20-30 minutes, depending on how thick you cut the wedges and on your particular air fryer model. A couple times while cooking, gently shake and turn the potatoes. Try not to break them. For crisper potatoes, shake and cook for an additional 2-4 minutes.
  • Remove from the air fryer basket and season with additional salt & pepper if desired. Serve hot. 


Recipes were cooked in 3-4 qt air fryers. If using a larger air fryer, the recipe might cook quicker so adjust cooking time. 
If cooking in multiple batches, the first batch will take longer to cook if Air Fryer is not already pre-heated.
Remember to set a timer to shake/flip/toss the food as directed in recipe.


Nutrition Information per Serving

Calories: 99kcal, Carbohydrates: 21g, Protein: 2g, Fat: 1g, Saturated Fat: 1g, Sodium: 6mg, Potassium: 473mg, Fiber: 1g, Sugar: 1g, Vitamin C: 6mg, Calcium: 15mg, Iron: 1mg

What is the Best Air Fryer?

We have 15 different air fryers, all different brands and we definitely have our favorites.

Here’s our extensive write up on Air Fryer World’s Best Air Fryer Guide. There’s so many on the market now. You just need to research and find the ones that fits your needs, capacity and style. We group the basket style air fryers into 2 main size groups: 3-4 qt. range & the 5-6 qt. range.  There’s oven style and basket style. With so many to choose from, we highlight the ones that are most popular for small to medium sized families. Here’s our favorites:

Good Mid-Sized Air Fryers

The non-stick basket style (non-wire base) & smoothness of the basket tray is great for clean up. Easily cooks 2-3 servings of fish & meat.

Great ceramic coated basket for easy clean-up. Super powerful fan that often cooks food hotter & faster than other air fryers.

Good Larger Air Fryers

One of our favorite larger basket style air fryers. Great basket size for about 4 servings. Clean up is great. It has become one of our kitchen favorites.

Instant Pot Brand makes air fryers. The Vortex plus 9-in-1 is beyond the conventional air fryer. Broil, Bake, Dehydrate, Rotisserie, Roast and Re-heat.

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