Air fryer steak fries from scratch are the best steak fries! They are made from freshly cut potatoes, lightly seasoned, and air fried. These fries are crispy, delicious and the perfect side dish or snack.
Once you taste homemade fries, I am sure you will agree they are the best-tasting fries! And when they are made in an air fryer, they are easy to make, with less mess and less oil.
For a tasty twist on air fryer fries, try these avocado fries!
Why this recipe works
- Air fryer steak fries use less oil and are healthier than fried steak fries.
- It's an easy recipe to scale. One small potato per person.
- These fabulous steak fries are made with real (not frozen) potatoes with no additives.
Here's what you will need
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This is an overview of the ingredients and steps to make this recipe. Scroll down to see a printable recipe card with exact measurements and complete cooking instructions.
- Russet potatoes
- Olive oil
- Ranch seasoning blend (this is my recipe for homemade ranch) or a combination of garlic powder and sea salt
How to make crispy air fryer steak fries from scratch
Prepare: Rinse and dry the potatoes, measure the oil and season blend.
Step 1. Cut the potatoes
Use a sharp knife to each potato into 8 wedges and place them into a bowl.
Step 2. Soak the potatoes
Pour cold water over the potatoes making sure they are fully submerged. Soak for at least 30 minutes. Drain and rinse the potatoes.
Step 3. Dry the potatoes
Arrange the potato wedges in a single layer on top of paper towels. Flip them around to dry them off.
Step 4. Coat and season the potatoes
Place the dried potatoes into a mixing bowl and pour in the oil and the seasoning blend.
Step 4. Air Fry
Arrange the seasoned steak fries in a single layer in an air fryer tray or air fryer basket. Place them into a preheated (415 degrees f) air fryer.
Air fry for 12 minutes, flip the potato wedges over, and cook until golden brown and crispy - about 8 to 10 minutes longer.
Note: Actual cooking time can vary depending on your air fryer and the thickness of the fries. Test the fries before serving them to make sure that they are cooked the way you like them.
Ingredient Notes and Substitutions
The full list of ingredients to make this air fry steak fries recipe is above. Below are notes about some of the ingredients, along with ideas for substitutes.
Potatoes - The best potatoes to use for air frying or frying are russet or Yukon gold potatoes for their high starch content.
Oil - Extra virgin olive oil or avocado oil is my oil of choice for air frying. You can use any high-quality vegetable oil that you have on hand if you don't have either of these in your kitchen.
You can also spray the potato wedges with olive oil or avocado oil spray.
How to store leftovers
Homemade steak fries are best when eaten right away, but if you do have leftovers, you can store them in the refrigerator in an airtight container for up to two days.
Reheat the leftover fries in the air fryer at 375 for 5 to 10 minutes until they crisp up again or you can toss them in a skillet with a little bit of oil.
💡Try this! Heat a few teaspoons of olive or avocado oil in a skillet. Add chopped bell peppers and onions to the leftover potato wedges and toss in a skillet until the potatoes are crispy.
Serve these homemade fries with your favorite sauce for dipping such as barbecue sauce, ketchup, blue cheese dressing, or onion dip or sriracha dipping sauce.
Steak fries are the perfect side dish for grilled steak, pork, or chicken.
Make this recipe your own, and try these suggestions.
Steak fries with fresh herbs - just before serving toss in a handful of chopped fresh herbs such as parsley, dill, oregano or cilantro.
Cheesy air fryer steak fries - just before serving add a handful of shredded parmesan cheese, cheddar cheese or mozzarella cheese to the steak fries.
Spicy steak fries - sprinkle the cooked steak fries with red pepper flakes, chili powder, or chopped jalapeno peppers.
Gravy fries - pour brown gravy over the steak fries just before serving and add some cheese to make disco fries.
Season blend ideas - Potatoes are a blank slate for spices, try one of these: Taco seasoning, Jerk Season, BBQ seasoning, French Fry Seasoning or YEP, an all-purpose seasoning blend.
- Make sure there is enough space between each potato wedge so that the air can circulate around them for even cooking.
- If you are making the fries in batches, keep the cooked fries in a heated oven at 250 degrees.
Yes, you can make sweet potato fries. Follow the instructions in the recipe card. Sometimes sweet potatoes cook quicker so decrease cook time by 5 minutes and check to see if they are crispy enough. If not, continue to cook until they become crispy.
Soaking the potatoes in water will release some of the potatoes' starch, resulting in crispy fries.
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- 2 Potatoes Small Russet or Yukon Gold
- 2 teaspoons Olive oil
- 2 teaspoons ranch seasoning blend or garlic powder plus 1 teapoon salt
- Parsley or fresh herbs optional for garnish
- Rinse and dry the potatoes. Use a sharp knife to cut the potatoes into 8 wedges
- Place the wedges into a large mixing bowl and cover them with cold water and soak for at least 30 minutes.
- Drain the water from the potatoes, dry out the mixing bowl and arrange the potato wedges in a single layer on paper towels and flip them around to dry them off.
- Once the potatoes are dry, return them to the mixing bowl; add the oil and seasoning and mix well so that the potato wedges are covered in oil and seasoning.
- Arrange the potatoes in an air fryer basket or tray and place them into a preheated air fryer at 415 degrees. Air fry for 12 minutes, flip the wedges over and cook until they are golden brown and crispy, about 8 to 10 minutes longer.
Nutrition information provided is an estimate and can vary based on cooking methods and ingredients used
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