Hot, golden french fries right out of the deep fryer might be our favorite food. Plus, they come in so many different varieties. (Curly! Waffle! Shoestring! Don’t make us choose!) Yep, fries are delightful, no matter how you cook ’em…except when you reheat them. Cold fries that are plopped onto a baking sheet and shoved into the oven on a wing and a prayer are pretty much guaranteed to fail—and fries deserve better.
Our advice? Invest in an air fryer (like this little counter staple available at Bed Bath & Beyond), and follow our steps below. In addition to heating up fries and other formerly crispy foods, air fryers are a fantastic way to cook without fat and tons of extra calories.
1. Preheat the Air Fryer (and Show Restraint)
First, preheat the fryer to 350°F. While you’re probably extremely excited to see how these bad boys turn out, grab only a handful at a time and spread them out in the basket of the air fryer. This guarantees they’ll reheat evenly.
2. Watch Them Closely
Air fryers work fast, so you’ll want to stay right where you are for the full cooking time: 3 to 4 minutes. (Make sure you pause the time and shake the basket halfway through cooking to make sure the fries aren’t sticking to each other.)
That’s it! In a matter of minutes, your fries will have gone from sad residents of your fridge to a reheated side that we bet you could pass off as freshly cooked. Indulge once more!