Instant Pot French Fries


Welcome to one of the most popular Instant Pot air fryer recipe on Corrie Cooks: Instant Pot french fries!

Healthy and easy side dish you can make again and again! Kids are loving them and they are great as a homemade snack.

These pressure cooker french fries are perfect for parties, weeknight dinners, appetizers and any time you have guests.

Which spices to use?

I like the natural taste, so I’m using only paprika, salt and pepper.

But feel free to change the suggesting spices and use whatever spices and seasoning you like the most!

Instant Pot French Fries Recipe Video

What do you put on top of french fries?

You have so many options: Ketchup, mayonnaise, gravy, Tabasco sauce, four-cheese sauce, barbecue sauce etc.

How many potatoes can I make at once?

I don’t recommend making more than 2 potatoes at once. If you need more, cook the fries in batches.

How can I keep french fries crispy after cooking?

If you are making many a few batches in advance, you can keep fried potatoes from getting soggy by placing them on a tray in a warm oven. That way they will remain crispy while serving.

Can I use sweet potatoes?

Yes you can. Check out this Instant Pot Sweet Potato fries for more info.

Do sweet potatoes and potatoes cook the same?

Russet potatoes (regular potatoes) need to be cooked a little longer than sweet potatoes. So for this recipe:

Potatoes: 10 minutes on each side.
Sweet potatoes: 9 minutes on each side.

Please note – In this recipe, I’m using CrispLid. It’s an accessory that fits on top of your pressure cooker and turn it into an air-fryer.

Can I make the french fries using Instant Pot Duo Crisp?

Yes you can! Same ingredients and same instructions.

Can I make the french fries using instant Pot Air Fryer Lid?

Yes you can! Same ingredients and same instructions.

Can I make this recipe without Air Fryer Lid, CrispLid or any other air fryer appliance?

Yes you can. Just use this recipe – Instant Pot French Fries Without CrispLid.

Can I make this recipe in the oven?

Yes you can make these french fries in the oven: Mix all the ingredients in a bowl and put it all in the oven in a single layer with a little olive oil. Set to 375°F and bake for 25 minutes.

Do I need to turn on my Instant Pot for this recipe?

If  you are using  CrispLid or Instant Pot Air Fryer Lid – The Instant Pot should stay unplugged.

If you are using Instant Pot Duo Crisp – you need to plug in and turn on the Instant Pot.

Can I cut the potatoes into different size?

Yes you can. Feel free to use other sizes and shapes than the classic ¼-inch strips.

Just remember that cooking time may change.

You can even keep the potatoes as is, and make Instant Pot Baked Potatoes.

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Instant Pot French Fries

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Course: party, picnic, Side Dish, Snack
Cuisine: French, international
Keyword: French Fries, ketchup, Potatoes
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 25 minutes
Servings: 4


  • 4 potatoes cut into 1/4-inch sticks
  • 3 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp black pepper
  • 1 tsp paprika
  • 1 tbsp cornstarch optional


  • Peel the potatoes and cut them into ¼-inch thick fries.
  • Put the potatoes and the remaining ingredients in a bowl, and mix well
  • Place the potatoes in the air fryer basket in one layer.
  • Set the Instant Pot to AIR FRY at 375 F° for 10 minutes
  • Flip the fries and close the lid.
  • Set the Instant Pot to AIR FRY at 375 F° for another 10 minutes.
  • Serve and enjoy 🙂


Calories: 266kcal Carbohydrates: 39g Protein: 4g Fat: 11g Saturated Fat: 2g Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g Monounsaturated Fat: 8g Sodium: 595mg Potassium: 906mg Fiber: 5g Sugar: 2g Vitamin A: 46IU Vitamin C: 44mg Calcium: 28mg Iron: 2mg


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47 thoughts on “Instant Pot French Fries

  1. I guess you have the ALL-IN-ONE Instant Pot, where the air fryer is already in the lid. If so, than you are right and since it’s only 1 appliance it need to be plugged in.

    I have the regular Instant Pot Duo and an external lid for air-frying.

    Hope it makes sense now :]

    1. I have the Instant Pot Duo Plus and just purchased the Air Fryer lid. Do I need to plug the Instant Pot in or just the Air Fryer lid?

  2. I just purchased the Duo Crisp and Air Fryer instant pot. Should I use the the Air Fryer option with your recipe o another function?

  3. Made these and it worked out perfectly. The only thing I’d change is not to use Canola oil, never use any type of seed oil. They are chemically processed and extremely bad for you. Cold pressed oils only. I used olive oil but avocado would work as well.

  4. Thank you for the recipe! First time I’ve used the Air Fryer lid for Instant Pot. Great results from your recipe. Thank you!

  5. Okay, these were so good. I just got my Instant Pot air fryer lid today. The first batch, I followed the exact recipe. The second batch, I subbed garlic powder for the paprika. Both were crispy and flavorful; Son 1 (12) and I preferred the paprika, and Son 2 (10) and my husband preferred the garlic. So, so good. Btw, I wasn’t sure if I could stack them somewhat (basically to get one potato in at a time), but I figured I’d try. They were still crispy on the outside and fluffy on the inside. Yay, thanks!

  6. Add my duo crisp Insta pot for sometime, busy with senior friends during this pandemic, just now getting to use it kind a lost my motivation but I’d like to do something different. Since I live by myself I am a little bit nervous To use it but I am dying for sweet potatoes fries. Arkansas sweet potatoes are the greatest ever. Trying to follow your recipe hope I’m doing it right maybe no explosions ha ha Ha. Wish me well

    1. Yes, Instant Pot duo crisp is one unit so it needs to be plugged.
      The unplugged is for people that using the separate unit like Instant Pot Air Fryer Lid or Mealthy Crisplid.

  7. Just got the Air Fryer lid for Christmas and anxious to try this recipe. Can I put two layers in at the same time, using the metal separator?

    1. I think that should work, as long as both layers have the potatoes in a single layer and there is sufficient space below and above each layer for proper air circulation.

  8. What do you mean “Place the trivet and the basket inside the inner steel pot”? Do you mean the basket base? I’ve just starting using this thing.

    1. The trivet refers to a small metal insert that comes with the Instant Pot. And the air fryer basket comes with the Crisp lid. You place the trivet in the pot first, and place the basket on top. Hope that helps 🙂

  9. Do you use the upper level layer of the basket? I did, but didn’t know how to turn the lower level of fries. Some of my fries were good but others were a bit soggy. It was my first time using the lid.

    1. You can use both layers or just one layer depending on how much you are making. To flip the fries on the lower level, you’d have to carefully move the top layer using oven mitts and then replace it after flipping. Hope that helps!

  10. Hi!
    I just got the instant vortex mini 2 quart air fryer.
    How would you reccommd to make this recipe with that? I’m not sure if it’s similar to what’s been mentioned. Super excited to try!

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