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How to Cook Frozen Fries

Golden crispy french fries with a perfect crust belong in your home too! We don’t have to depend on the restaurant any more! I’ll show you how to cook frozen fries (so that they taste good!).

Crunchy, crispy and with a golden tasty edge and soft pillowy center. Isn’t that how you LOVE your fries? Me too! Today we will cover all the ways to get that perfect fry and I’ll show you in the video my own favorite way to prepare fries!

Crispy golden fries on a white plate for how to cook frozen fries

How to Cook Frozen Fries

WHY THIS RECIPE WORKS

  • It uses only a little oil
  • Adds the perfect seasoning to the fries
  • Puts a prefect crunch on the edge of the fries!

Air Fryer to Oven: The Best Ways to Cook Frozen Fries

The Many Ways To Cook a French Fry…

I fully recommend cooking french fries…

  • In the oven
  • Using a frying pan on the stove top
  • In an air fryer

But I do not recommend trying to cook frozen fries in the microwave. They turn out mushy every single time (unless you have the ones that come in a special package and are specifically formulated for cooking in the microwave.

TO COOK FROZEN FRIES IN A SKILLET

  • First heat oil at a depth of ¼ inch in the bottom of your skillet over medium high heat.
  • When the oil is glistening hot and when a drop of water spatters loudly
  • Add a large handful of frozen fries to the oil
  • Cook until the amount of crispiness that you prefer
  • Dip from the oil with a slotted spoon or spatula and drain on a paper towel
  • Apply salt and pepper while draining.
  • If you prefer less oil, you may wish to follow the instructions in the recipe card below.

TO COOK FROZEN FRIES IN AN AIR FRYER

Air Fryer recipes: 

  • Spray the basket of the air fryer with cooking spray
  • Put in the fryer frozen french fries in the amount that your fryer basket will allow (handful) in a single layer
  • Cook the Fries at 400 degrees for 18-20 minutes. 15 minutes should be about perfect!
  • Shake the basket well during cooking at least once.
  • Cooked Fries turn out golden and delicious!
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Golden crinkley fries on a white plate with blue napkin

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

CAN I COOK MY FRENCH FRIES ON ALUMINUM FOIL

Yes, I recommend lining your baking sheet with aluminum foil (shiny side up) to help with browning and for easy clean up!

CAN I COOK MY FRENCH FRIES WITHOUT ANY OIL AT ALL?

  • Yes, actually you CAN cook your french fries without any oil at all, however, the crunchy exterior will not be as pleasing to your taste buds.
  • You can give your fries a burst of flavor by spraying them with cooking spray.
  • If oil is not your thing, you might try an airfryer!

DO FROZEN FRENCH FRIES EXPIRE?

Yes, they do. Check the label on your package to find the expiration date for your french fries.

HOW LONG ARE MY FRIES GOOD FOR?

Once you cook a frozen fry, it will be good for about 5 days if you cover and put in the fridge. That said, it will only taste good for a few hours. Follow the steps for reheating.

HOW TO REHEAT FRIES

To reheat the fries, use 2 Tbs vegetable oil. Toss the fries to coat in oil. Bake in the oven at 400 for about 5-8 minutes till heated through.

WHAT CAN I SERVE WITH MY FRIES?

Frozen Tater Tots

Frozen Onion Rings

Bacon wrapped Hot Dogs

Easy Chicken Pie

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Perfect Fried Chicken

LETS SEE HOW THIS IS DONE…

Place frozen fries on a baking sheet covered in aluminum foil, pour on oil and seasoning salt, toss with your hands so that all of the fries are covered with oil and seasonings and then arrange so that the fries have plenty of space on the pan.

a aluminum foil wrapped baking sheet with frozen fries, oil and seasoning on it

Bake for about 20 minutes at 400 degrees (refer to your package of fries for proper cooking time and temp). 

golden cooked fries being scooped off of baking sheet onto a blue plate

Serve hot!

 

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HOW TO COOK FROZEN FRIES

Golden crunchy perfect restaurant quality fries made right at home in the oven using less oil and more flavor!  You can't go wrong!
4.65 from 14 votes
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Course: Side
Cuisine: American
Keyword: air fryer fries, how to cook frozen fries, frozen french fries
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 25 minutes
Servings: 2 servings
Calories: 824kcal
Author: Wendi Spraker

Ingredients

  • 1 lb frozen french fries
  • 1/4 cup vegetable oil
  • 1 Tbs Season All salt
  • salt and pepper to taste

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 400 degrees
  • Cover baking sheet with aluminum foil (Optional step but it does make clean up easier)
  • Spread the fries out across the baking sheet
  • pour oil and season all salt onto the baking sheet with the fries
  • Using your hands, mix the oil, seasoning and salt well.  Spread the french fries out so that they are not touching as much as possible. 
  • Sprinkle with a small bit of additional salt and pepper according to taste.
  • Bake at 400 for about 20 minutes (refer to the package instructions for time and temp for your particular french fries)
  • Remove from the oven and serve hot

Notes

  • Make sure to refer to your own package of french fries for time and temp baking settings, as this will differ with different brands.
  • If you like your fries more crispy, allow to bake longer.
  • It's important to mix by hand so that the oil is evenly distributed.  Keep a towel close by to wipe your hands on afterward! 
  • Change up the season all salt with garlic or onion powder and cayenne pepper for a slight change. 
PRO TIP: Fries taste good and have an excellent crunch for about 10 minutes.  After that time, they start to become limp.  Plan ahead so that the fries are the last thing you are preparing and can serve them hot from the oven.

Nutrition

Nutrition Facts
HOW TO COOK FROZEN FRIES
Amount Per Serving
Calories 824 Calories from Fat 549
% Daily Value*
Fat 61g94%
Saturated Fat 32g160%
Sodium 4599mg192%
Potassium 975mg28%
Carbohydrates 68g23%
Fiber 10g40%
Protein 6g12%
Vitamin C 14.3mg17%
Calcium 20mg2%
Iron 3mg17%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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***This post first appeared on the pages of Loaves and Dishes in January 2019 and has been updated with new information, equipment, protips, updated recipe instructions and alt tags for images***

A VERSE TO SHARE

Have you ever gotten lost while driving to a new place and felt absolutely panicked? Boy, I have! It happens less and less now because of my trusty GPS, but I can recall that panicked feeling easily if I just think about it for a second.

Did you ever consider how many stories in the Bible there are about people who are “lost”? Think about that for a second.

Paul, Moses and Noah certainly felt lost.

Seriously, it is a major theme. 

When I put the two together, my feeling of panic when I’m lost with all the stories of those who are lost in the Bible I think God is trying to me something.

God is the answer for LOST PEOPLE! 

Thank goodness, He is after all, the Good Shepherd!

Luke 15: 3-7

Then Jesus told them this parable: “Suppose one of you has a hundred sheep and loses one of them. Doesn’t he leave the ninety-nine in the open country and go after the lost sheep until he finds it? And when he finds it, he joyfully puts it on his shoulders and goes home. Then he calls his friends and neighbors together and says, ‘Rejoice with me; I have found my lost sheep.’ I tell you that in the same way there will be more rejoicing in heaven over one sinner who repents than over ninety-nine righteous persons who do not need to repent

 

 

 

 

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Recipe Rating




Beverly Hopkins Everage

Sunday 14th of June 2020

So yummy & crunchy!!! I love how our frozen fries turned out! I use the Ninja Foodi (compact) Thank you for your directions!!!

Beverly Hopkins Everage

Wendi Spraker

Monday 15th of June 2020

Hi Beverly, I'm tickled that they turned out just like you want! Thank you so much for leaving a comment! Please come back and look for other recipes too. Have a great week!

Sandra

Thursday 14th of May 2020

Thank you for the simple, effective tips. I've tried everything and just couldn't get frozen fries to turn out right. The over method worked great and what I did wrong before was failing to toss. Delicious and crispy! Thank you.

Wendi Spraker

Friday 15th of May 2020

Hi Sandra, Yep, you got it! The tossing makes ALL the difference with the frozen fries! It makes for messy hands though. I've tried using tongs and spatulas, but those never work as well as just digging in with your hands. Take care! Thank you for leaving a comment!

Nicki Stephens

Saturday 25th of April 2020

I am a real beginner, 72 and just started cooking. Always had someone in the family to cook, but now it is just me. I should have paid attention. Thank you for your help. I will be following you from now on. You make it look and sound easy and delicious.

Wendi Spraker

Saturday 25th of April 2020

Hi Nicki! I'm glad you found me! Please don't hesitate to email me if you need a hand (wendi@loavesanddishes.net), I'll be happy to help! I've got LOTS of recipes for beginners - check out the canned food recipes and the section labeled for beginner cooks. If you are on a desktop computer, it will appear on the right hand side of the screen.

Breanna

Saturday 16th of November 2019

I could never get my frozen French fries perfect, and was tired of having to go out to eat just to satisfy my craving! Love this recipe so much, thank you for sharing!

Wendi Spraker

Sunday 17th of November 2019

Hi Breanna! Thanks so much for coming back and letting me know! It makes such a difference to cook them this way. I sure hope you'll look around the website, you might find other things you love! I'm grateful to have you as a reader! :)

Dawna

Wednesday 16th of October 2019

I could not have asked this question and got the very best advice I have ever gotten on how to cook frozen french fries this worked out so well for me I can’t thank you enough

Wendi Spraker

Wednesday 16th of October 2019

Hi Dawna! I'm so glad you came to find your answer here. Please come back and cruise around. I have a TON of recipes for new cooks and people looking to amp up their easy home favorites.

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