Air Fryer Frozen Waffle Fries

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In just 10 minutes you can serve up perfectly cooked Air Fryer Frozen Waffle Fries with no thawing required. These fries turn out crispy yet fluffy inside and make a fantastic side dish or dipping snack.

Suitable for gluten free, vegan, and vegetarian diets. Post includes Weight Watchers points.

the cooked air fryer frozen waffles fries served in a bowl with a side of ketchup

These Air Fryer Frozen Waffle Fries are easy to make in just 10 minutes for a great side dish all year round. They can be served as a dippable snack or appetizer, with salads, porridge, soups, sandwiches, burgers, curries, stews, in bowls, and anything pretty much anything you can serve with a grain.

This post is your complete guide to Air Fry Waffle Fries and includes lots of hints and tips on how to get it perfect every single time. Serve them with my 5 Minute Copycat Chick Fil A Sauce or Homemade Tomato Ketchup.

close up view of the completed air fryer frozen waffles fried served with ketchup

Air Fryer Frozen Waffles Fries are a total weeknight dinner game-changer. Air Fryer Waffle Fries are easy, prep-free, fail-proof and need no thawing.

Best of all, they only need 1 essential ingredient and are ready in about 10 minutes. You end up with perfectly crispy fries every single time. Ps also check out these Air Fryer Frozen Tater Tots.

Get ready to unlock the secrets behind achieving the ultimate texture and taste that makes everyone love waffle fries. Cooking frozen waffles in the air fryer is a simple way to get those salty, golden, crispy bites at home with less oil.

Just as easy as you can make Air Fryer Frozen Onion Rings or these Air Fryer Frozen French Fries, you can make simple, kid-friendly waffle fries in just a few minutes using way less oil than your favorite restaurant.

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Why Make This Air Fryer Waffle Fries Recipe

  • Quick and easy – Frozen fries are simple to cook up in about 10 minutes.
  • Affordable – Grab a budget-friendly pack of frozen waffle fries. You’ll spend less on a whole bag than on a single order of takeout fries.
  • Crispy without excess oil – The air fryer’s technology ensures that every bite of your waffle fries comes out crispy on the outside while maintaining a tender interior. No extra oil needed.
  • Easy cleanup – No hot, splattering oil, and the mess is contained in the easy-to-clean air fryer.
  • If you like potatoes, then check out these awesome Air Fryer Potato Recipes. Sooooooo many good choices.

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Ingredient Notes

  • Waffle Fries – This recipe uses store-bought frozen waffle cut fries that have not been thawed and are cooked straight from frozen.

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How To Cook Frozen Waffles Fries in Air Fryer

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Get the complete ingredients list and instructions from the recipe card below.

  1. Preheat the Air Fryer to 400 degrees F / 200 degrees C.
  2. Place the frozen waffle fries into the air fryer basket in a single layer and spritz with oil, if desired.
  3. Air fry for 8-10 minutes, turning halfway through.
  4. If you want them crispier, you can air fry for a couple more minutes but keep an eye on these so they don’t burn.
image collage showing the steps for making frozen waffle fries in air fryer

Make This In The Instant Pot With The Air Fryer Lid

  1. Load the Instant Pot air fryer basket with waffle fries and place it into the Instant Pot (you will need to do this in batches).
  2. Lock the air fryer lid, select air fryer function and set to 400 degrees F / 200 degrees C for 15 minutes, and press start.
  3. Cook for 7 minutes and check for doneness. Cook for about 4-6 minutes more and then check again. If not done, cook for a few more minutes until warm and crispy.
top down view of frozen waffle fries inside the instant pot

Air Fryer Frozen Waffle Fries Pro Tips

  • Preheat the air fryer before cooking the waffle fries.
  • Make sure to separate any fries that may be stuck together before cooking.
  • Do not overcrowd the air fryer so the crinkle-cut fries cook evenly. If your air fryer is small you may need to cook this in batches.
  • If using an oven-style Air Fryer, use the middle tray for the best results.
  • While you can cook these without oil, lightly spraying the waffle fries with a bit of cooking oil can enhance their crispiness and prevent sticking. Use an oil sprayer for an even distribution.
  • Shake or flip the fries halfway through cooking.
  • Air fryer temperatures can vary depending on the make and model. I recommend starting with less cook time, checking for doneness, then adding more time as needed.
  • It’s possible there may be a bit of liquid inside the bottom of the air fryer basket from the melted ice. If so, use tongs to remove the cooked fries and then carefully pour out excess water.
  • The waffle fries will be really hot, so allow them to cool down before eating.

Delicious Variations of Air Fryer Waffle Fries

  • Vary the fries – Make this recipe with frozen sweet potato waffle fries (yum!) or pre-seasoned crinkle cut fries.
  • Add extra seasoning – Feel free to add extra seasoning after cooking. Add the dry seasonings of your choice, such as salt, black pepper, grated parmesan, oregano, stone house seasoning, Italian seasoning, and red pepper flakes.
  • Loaded Fries – Top the cooked waffle fries with cheese and bacon and serve with sour cream.
  • Breakfast Fries – Serve breakfast for dinner. Top your waffle fries with scrambled eggs, crispy bacon, and a sprinkle of shredded cheese for a delightful breakfast twist.

Prep And Storage

  • Prep Ahead – No need to prep ahead. Go straight from the freezer to the air fryer to the table. 
  • Store – Frozen waffle fries in air fryer are best enjoyed fresh, but leftovers can be stored in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 4 days.
  • Freeze – Refreezing waffle fries is not recommended.
  • Reheat – Reheat air fried waffle fries in the air fryer.
close up view of the frozen waffle fries in air fryer basket

Frozen Waffle Fries in the Air Fryer FAQs

How Long To Cook Waffle Fries In The Air Fryer

Cooking times depend on how full your basket is. Based on a 400 degrees F / 200 degrees C temperature I suggest cooking them for 8 – 12 minutes.

However if you have a fuller basket, you would need to cook them a bit longer and turn them a few more times so they cook evenly.

Can I Air Fry This With No Oil?

Yes, you can cook these without any oil. Do feel free to spray on a little bit of oil if you want them a bit crispier.

Why Are Air Fryer Fries Not Crispy?

If you are having trouble achieving cripsy waffle fries it could be due to overcrowding or cooking at too low of a temperature. Cook fries in a single layer and cook in smaller batches for the best results.

Do I Need to Thaw Frozen Waffle Fries Before Cooking?

No thawing is necessary! You can cook frozen waffle fries directly from the freezer. Thawing can actually lead to less crispy results.

How Do I Prevent Waffle Fries From Sticking Together or Sticking to the Basket?

Lightly spraying the waffle fries with cooking oil before air frying can help prevent sticking. Additionally, be sure to shake or flip the fries during cooking to ensure they don’t stick to the basket or to each other.

What’s The Best Way To Reheat Waffle Fries?

To reheat leftover waffle fries, simply place them back in the air fryer for about 1-2 minutes at a high temperature (375 degrees F/190 degrees C). This will help warm them and restore some of their crispiness.

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top down view of the cooked frozen waffle fries inside the air fryer basket

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Weight Watchers Points

If you replace the oil with a calorie-controlled cooking spray, there are 8 Blue Plan SmartPoints in one serving.

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the cooked air fryer frozen waffles fries served in a bowl with a side of ketchup
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Air Fryer Frozen Waffle Fries

It's easy to cook up delicious frozen waffle fries in the air fryer.
Prep Time1 minute
Cook Time10 minutes
Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: American, Western
Diet: Gluten Free, Vegan
Servings: 6
Calories: 246kcal
Author: Bintu Hardy

Ingredients

  • 20 ounces (566g) frozen waffle fries 1 bag
  • spritz oil or calorie-controlled cooking spray
  • dry seasonings optional, and to taste

Instructions

To Make in Air Fryer

  • Preheat air fryer to 400 degrees F / 200 degrees C.
  • Place frozen waffle fries in a single layer inside the air fryer basket.
  • Air fry for 8-10 minutes, turning halfway through.
  • If you want them crispier, you can air fry for a couple more minutes, but keep an eye on them so they don't burn.
  • Carefully remove from air fryer, season as desired, and serve.

To Make in Instant Pot with Air Fryer Lid

  • Put the Instant Pot Air Fryer Basket into the Instant Pot and add frozen waffle fries into the Air Fryer Basket (you will need to do this in batches).
  • Lock the Air Fryer Lid, Select air fryer function, set to 400 degrees F / 200 degrees C for 15 minutes, and press start.
  • Cook until about 7 minutes and check – this will give you and idea of how much more time is needed. Cook for about 4-6 minutes more and then check again. If not done then cook for a further few minutes.
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Notes

  • Preheat the air fryer before cooking the waffle fries.
  • Make sure to separate any fries that may be stuck together before cooking.
  • Do not overcrowd the air fryer so the crinkle-cut fries cook evenly. If your air fryer is small you may need to cook this in batches.
  • If using an oven-style Air Fryer, use the middle tray for the best results.
  • While you can cook these without oil, lightly spraying the waffle fries with a bit of cooking oil can enhance their crispiness and prevent sticking. Use an oil sprayer for an even distribution.
  • Shake or flip the fries halfway through cooking.
  • Air fryer temperatures can vary depending on the make and model. I recommend starting with less cook time, checking for doneness, then adding more time as needed.
  • It’s possible there may be a bit of liquid inside the bottom of the air fryer basket from the melted ice. If so, use tongs to remove the cooked fries and then carefully pour out excess water.
  • The waffle fries will be really hot, so allow them to cool down before eating.
  • If you replace the oil with a calorie-controlled cooking spray, there are 8 Blue Plan SmartPoints in one serving.
 

Nutrition

Calories: 246kcal | Carbohydrates: 28g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 14g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 8g | Sodium: 463mg | Potassium: 406mg | Fiber: 4g | Vitamin C: 6mg | Calcium: 9mg | Iron: 1mg

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