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How to Cook French Fries in Instant Pot Air Fryer

The Instant Pot Air Fryer Lid allows you to convert your Instant Pot into an air fryer, making it convenient to cook French fries without the need for a separate appliance. Here’s how to do it:


To get the authentic test, cook French fries in an Instant Pot Air Fryer with the following ingredients:

  1. Potatoes (russet or your preferred variety)
  2. Cooking oil (preferably vegetable or canola oil)
  3. Salt (to taste)
  4. Optional seasonings: pepper, paprika, garlic powder, etc.


I’ve provided all the straightforward, step-by-step directions for making French Fries in an Instant Pot Air Fryer:

Step 1: Prepare the Potatoes:

Wash and peel the potatoes (optional). Cut them into even-sized fries to ensure uniform cooking. Aim for about 1/4 to 1/2 inch thick, and 3-4 inches long.

Step 2: Rinse and Dry:

Rinse the cut potatoes under cold water to remove excess starch. Pat them dry thoroughly with a paper towel to ensure crispy results.

Step 3: Season the Fries:

In a large bowl, toss the dry potato strips with a little cooking oil. Add salt and any optional seasonings you desire, and toss to coat the fries evenly.

Step 4: Preheat the Instant Pot with Air Fryer Lid:

Place the Air Fryer Lid on your Instant Pot. Turn on the Instant Pot and select the “Air Fry” function. Preheat the Air Fryer to 400°F (200°C) for about 5 minutes.

Step 5: Load the Instant Pot Air Fryer Basket:

Place the seasoned potato strips in the Instant Pot Air Fryer basket in a single layer, ensuring they are not overcrowded. If necessary, cook in batches.

Step 6: Air Fry:

Slide the loaded basket into the Instant Pot and put on the Air Fryer Lid. Set the timer to 15-20 minutes, depending on how crispy you prefer your fries. Remember to shake or toss the fries halfway through the cooking process for even crispness.

Step 7: Check for Doneness:

Once the timer is up, open the Instant Pot and check the fries for doneness. They should be golden brown and crispy on the outside. If needed, you can cook them for a few more minutes.

Step 8: Serve and Enjoy:

Carefully remove the cooked fries from the Air Fryer basket and transfer them to a serving dish. You can serve them with ketchup, mayonnaise, or any dipping sauce of your choice.


  1. To make healthier fries, you can use olive oil spray or try using an oil mister to apply a thin layer of oil on the potatoes.
  2. Keep an eye on the fries while they cook to avoid overcooking or burning.
  3. Feel free to experiment with different seasonings to create your favorite flavor combinations.
  4. Remember that cooking times may vary depending on the size of the fries and the specific model of your Instant Pot Air Fryer Lid. Always refer to the manufacturer’s guidelines for the best results. Happy cooking!

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