Instant Pot French Fries

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French fries on a square white plate with a small bowl of ketchup on side

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.

On this recipe we are making homemade french fries from scratch, but you can use this guide to make Instant Pot frozen french fries as well. See full instructions below.

Instant Pot French Fries Recipe Video


ingredients needed to make french fries: potatoes, cornstarch, oil and spices

This recipe requires simple ingredients: potatoes, oil and spices.

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

Feel free to take out the cornstarch.

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

How to make French Fries

Peel the potatoes.

peeled potatoes on a wooden board
Cut them into ¼-inch thick fries.

In a bowl, mix the potatoes with olive oil, salt, pepper, paprika, cornstarch (optional) and any other spices you like.

french fries sticks mixed with paprika, salt and pepper in a glass bowl

Place the french fries in the air fryer basket. One layer is better but if you need to make a large batch you can place them as I did in the image below.

Cover with the Air Fryer Lid.

AIR FRY at 375 F° for 10 minutes.

Open the lid, flip the fries, and AIR FRY at 375 F° for another 10 minutes.

Open the lid and take out the french fries.

In case the fries are too soft, close the lid and AIR FRY for a few more minutes.

Serve and enjoy 🙂

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.

Need more ideas? Check out What To Serve With French Fries for 15 delicious recipes.

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.

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.

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 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.

Can I make this recipe in a countertop air fryer?

Yes. These are basically Air Fryer French Fries so you can use this recipe in a regular air fryer as well.

How to cook frozen french fries in the Instant Pot?

To make frozen french fries, just AIR FRY at 400 °F for 15 minutes. If you want, you can flip them after 13 minutes and Air Fry for 2 more minutes but it's not mandatory.

This cooking method is perfect for shoestring or waffle fries. If you are using frozen steak fries, AIR FRY at 400 °F for 17 minutes

Instant Pot French Fries

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

You can make delicious and crispy French fries in an Instant Pot by following this simple and easy recipe.
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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
Author: Corrie


  • 4 potatoes cut into ¼-inch sticks
  • 3 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • 1 tablespoon cornstarch optional


  • Peel the potatoes and cut them into ¼-inch thick fries.
  • In a bowl, mix the potatoes with olive oil, salt, pepper, paprika and cornstarch.
  • Place the air fryer basket inside the Instant Pot and place the potatoes inside.
  • Cover with the Air Fryer Lid.
  • Set the Instant Pot to AIR FRY at 375 F° for 10 minutes.
  • Open the lid, lip the fries and close the lid.
  • Set the Instant Pot to AIR FRY at 375 F° for another 10 minutes.
  • Open the lid, 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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65 thoughts on “Instant Pot French Fries

    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.

  1. 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

  2. What is the easiest way to turn foods in that little basket??
    Also, should I preheat the instant pot with the fryer lid?

  3. 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!

  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!

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