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Frozen Waffle Fries in Air Fryer

These frozen waffle fries from the air fryer give you a boatload of deliciousness without much effort. You can make them very basic or doctor them up for a whole new flavor sensation.

A great way to eat these is with a side of ketchup. The criss cross pattern of each of each of these waffle cut fries holds onto whatever you dip it into or pour over it.

The golden color of these crisp French fries adds to their appeal. So they’re perfect for serving friends and family for any occasion.

Air Fryer Recipes

golden, crispy waffle fries with ketchup and mustard

An air fryer is basically a convection oven that circulates hot air to cook the food evenly and make the outside of the food extra crispy. I cook a lot of things besides these air fryer frozen waffle fries.

I love having an air fryer because it’s so easy to pull something out of the freezer and cook it just right—all without drowning the food in vegetable oil or other fat. You can add extra flavor with your favorite seasonings and sauces.

Here are some of our favorite foods cooked in our air fryer:

Bacon Wrapped Jalapeños – Every single bite is like a party in the mouth. You can dip it or eat it as-is for a whole lot of deliciousness.

Air Fryer Carrots – Cooking baby carrots in an air fryer brings out the sweetness that I can’t get enough of.

Ranch Air Fryer Chickpeas – Here’s a crunchy snack that’s perfect to munch on while watching your favorite TV show or enjoying family game night.

Bacon Wrapped Chicken Tenders – Enjoy these as the main dish of a meal or as an appetizer. They’re a favorite treat around our house.

Frozen Waffle Fries Ingredients

You can purchase any brand of frozen waffle fries and come out with some of the most delicious crispy fries you’ve ever tasted. 

You might have already noticed that I’m a fan of generic and store brand products. That’s because I like to save money. For example, an entire bag of waffle fries costs less than a single order of prepared fries at most fast food restaurants.

Here are the ingredients you’ll need to get the best results:

  • Frozen waffle fries (any brand)
  • 1 tablespoon of olive oil (in a spritzer bottle)
  • Salt and black pepper to taste
bag of frozen waffle fries, olive oil spray, salt, and pepper

For exact measurements of each ingredient and full directions, go to the recipe card at the bottom of the page. You can even print out the card by using the “print” button.

You can actually get some great results with any type of French fries. In fact, I’ve used crinkle cut fries, shoestring fries, steak fries, regular fries, potato wedges, and even sweet potato fries.

How to Make Frozen Waffle Fries in an Air Fryer

I like to spray the air fryer basket with oil before I begin. That not only keeps the food from sticking, but it also gives you some extra crispy waffle fries.

spritzing air fryer basket with olive oil spray

Next, pour a half bag of waffle fries into the basket. Spread them out in a single layer for the most even cooking.

It’s okay if they overlap a little bit because you’ll be flipping them over halfway through the process.

frozen waffle fries in the air fryer basket

I like to spritz a little more olive oil spray on top of the fries before cooking them to create even crispier fries. 

Now air fry the waffles on 400 degrees F for 5 minutes and then flip them over. This cooking method enables the fries to get crispy on both sides.

Put the basket back in the air fryer and cook an additional 5 minutes. Remove the basket and check doneness. This is when I take the opportunity to taste test one. 

flipping waffle fries with tongs

Chances are, it’s perfect at this point. However, cooking time can vary, according to the model of air fryer you have. If it’s not quite crisp enough, cook them another minute or two.

Add salt and pepper if you like. However, there are various brands that are already seasoned, so check for that before adding your own.

bowl of waffle fries

Depending on how many people you’re serving, you can vary the amount of fries. For more than a couple of people, you’ll need a full bag of waffle fries. All you have to do is repeat all of the steps.

Add Your Own Toppings

Although these waffle fries are delicious with just a little salt, pepper, and a side of ketchup, there are so many other ways to enjoy them. You can sprinkle them with garlic powder, onion powder, or any other seasoning you like.

I enjoy eating them the same way I’d eat a loaded baked potato—with cheese, sour cream, and bacon bits. 

waffle fries with cheese, sour cream, and bacon bits

Another way I like them is with cheese, salsa, and jalapeño peppers.

That’s a great side dish for any Tex Mex meal. Add a spoonful of sour cream to balance the heat.

Don’t be afraid to test different sauces too. Pull your favorite sauce out of the fridge or pantry and dip one of the waffle fries. My husband likes his dipped in mustard. The best way to eat them is however you like them.

Can You Cook Waffle Fries in the Oven?

Yes, they are delicious baked in the oven. Place them in a single layer on top of a baking sheet and prepare them the same way you would in an air fryer. 

Bake them for 10 minutes on 400 degrees F. Remove them from the oven, flip them over, and bake for 5 more minutes. Taste them to make sure they’re done to your liking.

waffle fries served 3 ways - with ketchup, with salsa and jalapenos, and with sour cream, cheese, and bacon bits

What to Serve with Waffle Fries

We enjoy having waffle fries with a variety of dishes, including chicken, pork, beef, and seafood. Here are some of our favorite main dishes to serve them with:

Oven-Fried Chicken Strips – These crispy tenders are the perfect complement with any potato dish.

Chicken Salad Sandwich – My homemade chicken salad is easy to make and satisfies even the heartiest appetite.

Classic Meatloaf Without Breadcrumbs – Enjoy a serving of waffle fries with this delicious meatloaf made by Julie from Back to My Southern Roots.

Chili Con Carne – Serve waffle fries with chili con carne. Go ahead and give in to the temptation to dip your fries in the yummy chili. It’s absolutely delicious!

air fryer waffle fries with a side of ketchup

Frozen Waffle Fries in Air Fryer

Yield: 3 servings
Prep Time: 2 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 12 minutes

You'll love the golden crispy deliciousness of these waffle fries cooked in your air fryer.

Ingredients

  • 12 ounces of frozen waffle fries (1/2 of a 24-ounce bag)
  • 1 tablespoon of olive oil
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Instructions

  1. Spritz the basket of your air fryer with olive oil. Preheat the air fryer to 400˚ F.
  2. Place the waffle fries in the bottom of the basket. Do your best to keep a single layer, but a little bit of overlapping is okay.
  3. Spritz the top of the the fries with more olive oil. This helps to make them crispy.
  4. Air fry the waffle fries for 5 minutes. Remove the basket and flip them over. 
  5. Return the basket and air fry them another 5 minutes.
  6. Add salt and pepper to taste before serving.

Notes

Although these fries are delicious as-is, you can doctor them up with a variety of toppings. Try cheese, sour cream, bacon bits, salsa, jalapeños, sour cream, chili, or anything else that sounds good.

Nutrition Information
Yield 3 Serving Size 1
Amount Per Serving Calories 477Total Fat 22gSaturated Fat 4gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 16gCholesterol 29mgSodium 645mgCarbohydrates 61gFiber 3gSugar 3gProtein 9g

The nutrition information is a product of online calculators. I try to provide true and accurate information, but these numbers are estimates.

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