Air Fryer Smiley Fries (McCain Smiles) — Are you looking for a fun, easy way to make your kids smile at mealtime? If so, you’ll want to try this recipe for air fryer smiley fries! Made with McCain Smiles (a type of frozen potato product), these crispy fries will bring a smile to your child’s face. Best of all, they’re quick and easy to prepare in the air fryer. So why not give them a try tonight?

Air Fryer Smiley Fries (McCain Smiles)
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Move over, oven fries! These Air Fryer Smiley Fries (McCain Smiles) are crispy, golden, and oh-so-delicious. Plus, they couldn’t be easier to make. So preheat your air fryer, and let’s get cooking!

What Is An Air Fryer?

If you cook frequently, you’ve heard of an air fryer. But what is an air fryer? An air fryer is a kitchen appliance that cooks food by circulating hot air around it. This produces a crisp, fried effect without all the oil and fat of traditional frying methods. Air fryers can cook various foods, from meats and vegetables to desserts. So, if you’re looking for a healthier way to fry your food or want to try something new in the kitchen, read on to learn more about air fryers!

What Are Smiley Fries?

Smiley fries are potato fries cut into a smiley face shape. They are a popular choice for kids’ meals, but adults can also enjoy them. Smiley fries can be cooked in various ways, such as baked, fried, or air-fried. Whether you like your fries crispy or soft, you can make smiley fries that will suit your taste! So what are you waiting for? Get cooking!

Easy Air Fryer McCain Smiles

These mashed potato fries are one of our favorite frozen treats in the air fryer! They’re crispy on the outside and fluffy inside with just enough bite from fresh herbs.

These smileys and emojis are sure to impress. These mashed potato fries can be one of our favorite frozen food items that we make in the air fryer!

Are you looking for an easy, fun recipe to make in your air fryer? Look no further than McCain Smiles! These little bites of goodness are perfect for a quick snack or a party appetizer. Plus, they’re super easy to make. So fire up your air fryer, and let’s get cooking!

Air Fryer Smiley Fries (McCain Smiles)

Why We Love Smiley Face French Fries

It’s no secret that we love French fries at our house. I’d say they are one of our all-time favorite comfort foods. But what you may not know is that we have a special way of making them extra delicious – we add smiley faces to them!

These are so awesome, and my kids love them! And here is why you will love making them in your air fryer!

  • Easy: These make perfect snacks for when you need something quick and easy, whether after school or going with your meal.
  • Fun: The glee on the kids’ faces when they try something for the first time will warm your heart. I recommend giving these air-fried potatoes a go!
  • Fast: Without preheating, you can make these in minutes! You save so much time waiting for your oven to preheat. You can do this before your range is preheated and ready to bake them!

Where To Buy Smiley Fries

Mccain’s Smile Fries are so delicious you’ll want them near your location. A quick Google search ‘where can I find these near me?’ will list nearby grocery stores where these little gems are sold!

They are available in any local grocery store, Costco, or Walmart!

Air Fryer Smiley Fries (McCain Smiles)

Ingredients Needed

  • McCain Smiles
  • Air Fryer, both Air Fryer Oven and Air Fyrer Basket Styles

How Long Do YOu Cook McCain Smiles In The Air Fryer

Have you ever wanted to know how long it takes to cook McCain Smiles in the air fryer? Well, look no further! The length of time you cook McCain smiles in the air fryer is determined by a few factors. These include the size and brand of your appliance if it was preheated before starting cooking.

The average cook time or cooking time will take 8 to 10 minutes, starting from frozen.

Air Fryer Smiley Fries (McCain Smiles)

How To Cook Smiley Fries In Air Fryer

This is an effortless way to make them both in a Basket Air Fryer and Oven Style Air Fryer.

Making Them In A Basket Air Fryer

Heating up the air fryer is easy! Just place a smiley fries in there and wait for it to get hot. Set the temperature at 400°F / 200 °C, then cook for 8 minutes or until golden brown on both sides. Depending on your air fryer, you may need to flip them halfway during the cooking process.

You do not need any cooking oil, and you do not need to preheat your air fryer.

Making Smiley Fries In An Oven Style Air Fryer

You can also make these in any Air Fryer oven-style air fryer, place them in, set the temperature to 400°F / 200 °C, and cook for 7 to 10 minutes.

How To Store And Reheat

These are best eaten right after cooking them. But you can quickly reheat them in the air fryer. Let any leftover fries cool to room temperature, and then place them into an airtight container and place them into the refrigerator. They will last for about 2 to 3 days.

To reheat, place them back into the air fryer basket and cook for about 3 to 5 minutes at 400 degrees F, air fryer setting.

Pro Tips:

Preheated Air Fryer: The preheated and non-preheated air fryer times were very close. You don’t need to heat your appliance before using it!

Frozen: For best results, cook these from frozen. Otherwise, they tend to get watery.

Oil: No oil is needed for this recipe; just place them into the air fryer.

Crowding: For best results, do not crowd the air fryer basket; you want the hot air to circulate around the potatoes to get them crispy and fully cooked.

Flipping: I did not flip mine, and they came out crispy on both sides, but depending on what air fryer you own, you may need to flip them halfway.


Can You Deep Fry McCain Fries?

Are you looking for a delicious and easy way to fry your fries? Look no further than McCain Fries! You can deep fry them right at home with little effort! The package listed the directions as deep frying for about 2 to 4 minutes after heating up the oil in your deep fryer!

Are Emoji Fries Available in the United Kingdom?

Some of my readers tell me they can find them easily in the UK while others can not. So, if you are wondering, check out the McCain product finder to see if you can find them in both the United Kingdom and Australia!

Can You Cook Smiley Faces in An Air Fryer?

Oh yes, anything that you can cook in the oven can quickly be cooked in the air fryer! Usually in less time!

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Air Fryer Smiley Fries (McCain Smiles)
Air Fryer Smiley Fries (McCain Smiles)

Air Fryer Smiley Fries (McCain Smiles)

4 from 3 votes
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 15 minutes
Servings: 4 Servings


Who doesn't love fries? Even better, who doesn't love smiley fries? Imagine taking your favorite snack and making it even better. With an air fryer, you can make delicious, crispy fries in no time. Plus, you can customize them to your liking with whatever seasonings you prefer. So gather your ingredients and let's get started!


  • 1 package Frozen McCain Smiles
  • Dipping sauce, optional


  • Heating up the air fryer is easy! Just place a smiley fries in there and wait for it to get hot. Set the temperature at 400°F / 200 °C, then cook for 8 minutes or until they're golden brown on both sides. Depending on your air fryer, you may need to flip them halfway during the cooking process.
  • Plate, serve, and enjoy!


  • Air Fryer


Serving: 1ServingCalories: 166kcalCarbohydrates: 19gProtein: 2gFat: 10gSaturated Fat: 3gPolyunsaturated Fat: 1gMonounsaturated Fat: 6gSodium: 312mgPotassium: 274mgFiber: 3gVitamin C: 4mgCalcium: 6mgIron: 1mg

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