Frozen Smiley Fries in Air Fryer [McCain Smiles]

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2 servings 0 minutes 12 minutes 12 minutes

This is a funny and enjoyable snack. These are not only appealing to children, but they can also be prepared for adults, but in a healthier way. So don’t feel guilty and follow the air fryer frozen smiley fries recipe as well as the homemade smiley fries recipe below:


  • bag of frozen smiley fries
  • olive oil or cooking spray
  • salt

Extra ingredients:

  • chopped parsley
  • grated parmesan cheese

If you don’t have parsley and parmesan, serve with ketchup or a chili sauce, or sprinkle with red chili powder.


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1. Put the frozen smiley face fries directly into the air fryer basket/rack without defrosting. Spread out in one layer.

2. Fry at 200°C (392°F) for 12-14 minutes, flipping halfway through cooking. The outer layer will become crispy once they turn golden.

3. Optional step: You can add parmesan and parsley with 2 minutes left, then put them back into the air fryer.

4. Serve your air fryer frozen smiley fries, add salt and enjoy!

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How long to cook frozen smiley fries in the air fryer?

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Depending on the power of your appliance, cooking times may vary for air fryer frozen smiley fries. Assuming you set 360ºF (182ºC) it may take 13-17 minutes. However, at 200ºC (392ºF), it may take 12-14 minutes.

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Air fried smiley fries

Recipe: Homemade smiley fries


  • 4 russet potatoes
  • 1 tablespoon salt
  • box grater (stainless steel)
  • 1 tablesspoon vegetable oil or cooking spray
  • super fine mesh colander


  1. Wash and rinse the potatoes thoroughly, then peel them.
  2. Then, grate the potatoes using a box grater.
  3. Place the grated potatoes in a super fine strainer, then drain the water while mashing.
  4. Afterward, transfer the potatoes’ pastry into a large bowl, add salt and blend it thoroughly.
  5. Make balls, then flatten each ball into a round shape.
  6. Make smiley faces by using a spoon to make smiles and a straw for eyes.
  7. Put them in the air fryer basket/tray in a single layer and spray the basket with oil.
  8. Cook them at 360ºF (182ºC) for 12 minutes, flipping halfway through. Once they become golden, they are ready.
  9. Serve your and enjoy your fried smiley faces.

Frozen smiley fries in the oven

In case you don’t have an air fryer now, it will take you less than 20 minutes (a little longer than an air fryer).

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  1. Preheat the oven at 425ºF (218ºC) for a few minutes.
  2. In order to prevent them from sticking to the tray, spray them with non-stick cooking spray, butter or olive oil. Then, spread out the smiley fries over the tray.
  3. Bake them for 16 minutes.
  4. Flip them once to ensure even cooking.
  5. Serve your smiley fries and enjoy!

Frozen smiley fries in the microwave

For those who don’t have an air fryer or a conventional oven and want to cook these mashed potato shapes in another way. They may opt for microwave equipment, but the point is to not miss out on enjoying this tasty dish. The following are some simple steps:

  1. Arrange the smiley fries on a plate.
  2. Spread some olive oil over them.
  3. Select slim fry auto cook menu 1-18 (in Samsung microwave) and press the start button. Halfway through, flip them over.
  4. Serve and enjoy!

Storing & Reheating

Refrigerate any leftover smiley fries in an airtight container and use within 3 days.

Reheat the smiley fries in the air fryer for 3-4 minutes at 400ºF (204ºC), or until warmed through. You can also reheat them in the microwave for 1-2 minutes on high.

Toppings & dipping sauces

Make some adorable dishes for children or adults. I’m confident that everyone will enjoy smiley fries. Even more if you add a few extra ingredients to an already delicious dish. It will undoubtedly result in tasty smiley face potatoes.

Some sauces and ideas are included in the list below that you can use the next time you want to try frozen smiley fries.

  • loaded bacon and cheese fries
  • chili cheese fries
  • garlic cheese sauce & bacon
  • buffalo sauce
  • gooey melted mozzarella
  • sour cream and green onions
  • feta, olives, red onion, and herbs
  • barbecue sauce
  • cheese sauce
  • ketchup
  • ranch dressing
  • Thousand Island dressing
  • honey mustard
  • gravy

BBQ cheesy smile

This is how McCain smiles can be plated with American cheese (cut into quarters) and barbecue sauce. Only two additional ingredients are required to add flavor. I’ll show you the next steps:

  1. Bake the Smiles potatoes according to the package directions.
  2. Remove from oven, brush with barbecue sauce, and top each smile with a cheese quarter.
  3. Return to the oven and bake until the cheese is melted.
  4. Place on a large platter.
BBQ cheesy smiles

Smiley cheese pizza

Aside from the previously mentioned options, there is one more. Even though this implies more ingredients, they are still easily accessible at your local grocery store. Cook a smiley cheese pizza with three extra ingredients and enjoy a relaxing weekend at home. Here’s how to make it:


  • 16 pieces McCain smiles
  • 1 12-inch frozen cheese pizza
  • 4 ounces mozzarella cheese
  • 1/2 cup cup chopped and sautéed red and green pepper


  1. Arrange frozen smiles on the pizza so that there will be two smiles on each slice when the pizza is divided into 8 pieces.
  2. Sprinkle the mozzarella and red and green pepper evenly over the pizza and smiles.
  3. Bake pizza according to package directions.
  4. Remove pizza from oven, allow to stand for 5 minutes, and then cut into 8 slices.
Smiley cheese pizza

McCain smiley fries

Here are some characteristics of these smile-face potatoes. You’ll find some nutritional information, ingredients, and recommendations.

McCain frozen Smiley fries

Where to buy frozen smiley fries?

For those who don’t want to waste time making homemade frozen smiley fries in air fryer, there is always the option of buying them frozen at the supermarket, such as Walmart, Safeway, Burpy, Kroger, Hy-Vee,, Pick ‘n save, Tesco. This is an example of a brand you can buy.

  • McCain Smiles, mashed potato shapes.
  • Bob Evans
  • Michelina’s, Pop’n chicken

Frozen McCain smiley fries Nutrition Facts

Amount per serving (5 pieces=84 g):

  • Calories: 160
  • Fat: 8 g
  • Cholesterol: 0 mg
  • Sodium: 170 mg
  • Carbohydrate: 22 g
  • Protein: 2 g
  • Calcium: 10 mg
  • Iron: 0.3 mg
  • Potassium: 310 mg

McCain smiley fries ingredients

Potatoes, dehydrated potatoes, vegetable oils (contains one or more of the following oils: canola, soybean, cottonseed, sunflower, corn), potato starch, sea salt, sodium acid pyrophosphate added to maintain natural color.


What to serve with smiley fries?

Smiley fries complement hamburgers, grilled vegetables, mozzarella sticks, enchiladas, steak, fish fillets, chicken breast, fried chicken, and breaded shrimp.

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Are smiley fries vegan?

Yes, these frozen potatoes in the shape of a smiley face are healthier since they are air-fried and a good choice for vegan diets. So don’t worry, just enjoy this funny and cute appetizer.

Are smiley fries gluten-free?

McCain smiley fries are gluten-free, and they also have other gluten-free products.

Air Fryer Frozen Smiley Fries [McCain]

Air fryer frozen smiley fries are easy and quick to prepare any time of the day. Enjoy this adorable and tasty appetizer at dinner, lunch or breakfast.
Prep Time0 mins
Cook Time12 mins
Total Time12 mins
Course: Appetizer, Snack
Cuisine: American
Keyword: air fried, air fryer, frozen food, potatoes
Servings: 2
Calories: 160kcal


  • Air fryer


  • 1 bag frozen smiley fries
  • cooking spray or olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon salt


  • 2 tablespoons chopped parsley
  • 3 tablespoons grated parmesan cheese


  • Put the frozen smiley face fries directly into the air fryer basket/rack without defrosting. Spread out in one layer.
  • Fry at 200°C (392°F) for 12-14 minutes, flipping halfway through cooking. The outer layer will become crispy once they turn golden.
  • Optional step: You can add parmesan and parsley with 2 minutes left, then put them back into the air fryer.
  • Serve your fries and enjoy!


Calories were estimated using an online nutrition calculator. As a rough guide, it is not intended to replace the advice of a professional dietitian. The exact values can vary depending on the exact ingredients used.

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