Instant Pot French Fries without CrispLid

French fries with paprika, black pepper and salt inside a basket

So I know many people don't have the CrispLid, air fryer lid or Instant Pot duo crisp yet, and they still wanna make healthy pressure cooker french fries. That's why I created this recipe :]

French fries with paprika, black pepper and salt inside a basket

The potatoes in this dish are really tasty, however they are not as crisp as the original recipe or the regular fried french fries.

So in fact you make something like baked potato strips.

Instant Pot French Fries (original version)

Can I use sweet potatoes?

Yes, you can use sweet potatoes for this recipe and make yam fries.

How To Serve

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French fries with paprika, black pepper and salt inside a basket

Instant Pot French Fries without Crisplid

One of the easiest way to prepare perfectly spiced French fries at home… Surely you would love to make these fries again and again.
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Course: Side Dish, Snack
Cuisine: French, international
Keyword: French Fries, Potatoes
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 15 minutes
Servings: 4
Author: Corrie


  • 1 lb potatoes
  • 1 cup water for the Instant Pot
  • 3 tablespoon canola oil
  • 2 teaspoon paprika
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • any other spices you like to taste


  • Peel the potatoes and cut them into ¼-inch thick strips.
  • Pour water into your Instant Pot and place the trivet correctly.
  • On a bowl, mix the potatoes with the oil and the spices.
  • Place the potatoes on the trivet.
  • Close the lid and cook on high pressure for 10 minutes.
  • When cooking time is complete, wait for a natural release for 10 minutes and then the a quick release.
  • Open the lid, serve and enjoy. You an add more spices to taste 🙂


Calories: 181kcal Carbohydrates: 20g Protein: 2g Fat: 11g Saturated Fat: 1g Polyunsaturated Fat: 3g Monounsaturated Fat: 7g Trans Fat: 1g Sodium: 591mg Potassium: 483mg Fiber: 3g Sugar: 1g Vitamin A: 79IU Vitamin C: 25mg Calcium: 16mg Iron: 1mg


Optional: After cooking, put the fries under the broiler  for extra crispness.
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22 thoughts on “Instant Pot French Fries without CrispLid

  1. I just ordered the Instant Pot Duo Crisp, but read tonight that the IPDC is somewhat inferior as both an instant pot and air fryer - that it would be better to have a regular instant pot and stand alone air fryer. Elsewhere I read a convection oven works better to air fry. What are your thoughts? I've never used either, so new to all of it. I can see the Duo Crisp does not have all the pre-set settings. I assume that means I would just need to get recipes and follow.

  2. I just made these. As others said, they were not crispy. I found they were like baked potatoes. I left the skin on my potatoes. I love potatoes in pretty much every form, so I’m not upset by the outcome. I simply have ideas for the next time I make these.

    1. Right, these are not french fries. These are called soft mushy fries! Mix up w/mayo/celery/onion and have some potato salad!

    1. Glad they were tasty.
      It's hard to make them crispy without broiling them at the end. Without that step, the potatoes are more like boiled \ baked potatoes.

    2. It says at the bottom of the recipe to put them under a broiler for a few min to crisp them up. This recipe does not crisp them much.

    1. I'm using a simple knife since I'm an old fashioned guy :]
      On this recipe unfortunately, the fries are not that crisp as I mentioned above.

    2. Agree, same question. Me n tators dont mix well. My hunny can slice them small, was looking up instant pot instead of the deep fryer!

    1. Yes! I just used olive oil. Coated small baby russets (enough for 2 servings *I'm the only one eating and cooking and cleaning ha ha*). And I put season salt on - for more of a Arby's taste. I'm making a cheeseburger for supper (I used to get Hello Fresh weekly food boxes and tossed my meat in my freezer. And the fresh ingredients dont last long. (But rather than tossing 6 baby russets, bc everything else went bad, I washed them, and sliced them, tonight. All that's missing is some jalapeno cheese sauce, for dipping & mushrooms, for my burger ... but everything is tastefully awesome!

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