Air Fryer Potatoes

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These air fryer potatoes are so golden, crispy and delicious! They are a much healthier alterantive to classic French fries. The air fryer makes them extra crunchy and flavorful. Serve as an appetizer or side dish with chicken, burgers, hot dogs, sandwiches, and steak!
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These air fryer potatoes have a golden crispy exterior and soft fluffy inside!  They are the perfect side dish or appetizer.  This is the quickest and easiest way to make roasted potatoes.  They are a much healthier alternative to deep-fried French fries.  Kids love these potatoes.  They are great for family dinners, holidays, and busy weeknights. Serve with these Air Fryer Chicken Breasts or Air Fryer Chicken Thighs!

Air fryer potatoes.

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Why You’ll Love This Recipe

  • These air fryer potatoes are quick and easy to make.
  • This recipe comes together in only 25 minutes.
  • They are a great side dish or appetizer.
  • In addition, make these potatoes in the air fryer for meal prep and leftovers.
  • People of all ages love this recipe.
  • The potatoes become tender and soft inside, just like these Air Fryer Potato Wedges.
  • This easy side dish is great for getting dinner on the table.
  • They get nice and crispy on the outside.
  • These potatoes taste like they have been roasting in the oven!
  • This recipe is naturally gluten-free, dairy-free, nut-free, Paleo, sugar-free, and vegan.
  • Serve with chicken, pork, steak, burgers, hot dogs, and more.
  • Check out these Smashed Potaotes or these Scalloped Potatoes for another great side dish recipe!

Ingredients & Substitutes

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Use Yukon gold or Russet potatoes for the best texture.  These two types of potatoes hold their shape well but become tender inside.  These dense potatoes do not become mushy or soggy.  These starchy and waxy potatoes are perfect for making air fryer potatoes.

Olive oil helps crisp up the potatoes.  Feel free to use avocado oil.

Sea salt and pepper add flavor without being overwhelming.

A little minced garlic adds a delicious garlicky flavor.  Feel free to omit this if desired.

Ingredients for air fryer potatoes.

Taste & Texture

These air fryer potatoes are hearty, savory, and flavorful.  They taste like oven-roasted potatoes.  The insides are so soft that they almost taste buttery!

These potatoes become so crispy!  They remain soft and tender on the inside.  Adjust cooking time to reach the desired level of crispiness.

Cooking Methods

There are several different ways to cook potatoes.

Oven-roasted potatoes are common and easy.  This method involves cooking potatoes in the oven at a relatively high temperature.  The potatoes become crispy and tender!  This is a great alternative to air frying, although it takes longer.

Boiled potatoes come out very soft and tender.  They never become crispy.  To make them crispy, broil them or roast them at a high temperature after boiling.

Grilled potatoes contain a delicious smoky flavor!  This is a great option for the summertime grilling season.

Slow cooker potatoes also become super soft and tender.  They have the tendency to become mushy.

Lastly, air frying potatoes provide the best of both worlds.  They become crispy on the outside but remain soft inside.  Moreover, this method takes less than 30 minutes in total.

How to Make

Step 1

First, preheat the air fryer to 400 degrees Fahrenheit.

Step 2

Wash and pat dry potatoes.  Slice into 1-inch cubes.

Step 3

Add potatoes, oil, sea salt, pepper, and garlic to a large mixing bowl.  Toss until the potatoes are completely coated.

Potatoes with minced garlic.

Step 4

Arrange the potatoes in an even layer in the air fryer basket.

Sliced potatoes in basket.

Step 5

Air fry for 15 minutes.  Gently shake the air fryer basket.  Air fry for an additional 5 to 10 minutes.

Wedges in air fryer basket.

Step 6

Lastly, remove them from the air fryer.  Serve!

Fried potatoes on plate.

Advantages of the Air Fryer

An air fryer is great for making quick family dinners.  Here are several advantages of using an air fryer to make potatoes.

First, an air fryer takes less than 1 minute to preheat.  Some brands do not require preheating at all.

Air fryers produce a fried taste without the oil.  There is no need to submerge the food in oil.  Only a light coating of oil is needed.

An air fryer is easy to use and easy to clean.

This kitchen appliance is great for so many different foods!  You can even cook dessert in an air fryer.

Expert Tips for Success

For the best results, use Yukon gold or Russet potatoes.  Red potatoes can also be used. Check out these Roasted Red Potatoes.

Slice into evenly sized 1-inch cubes.  This ensures even cooking.  Different sized potatoes will lead to uneven cooking.

Toss the potatoes until fully covered in oil and seasonings.

Do not skimp on the seasonings.

Arrange in one even layer in the air fryer.  This allows them to all become crispy.

Shake the potatoes after 15 minutes of air frying time.  This allows the other sides to become crispy.

Continue air frying until potatoes have reached the desired level of crispiness.

Crispy potato wedge.

How to Serve & Store

Serve these air fryer potatoes hot and fresh!  They are delicious when eaten immediately.

Serve with sugar-free ketchup, mustard, sugar-free BBQ sauce, or desired condiment.

These potatoes go well with grilled chicken, pulled pork, hamburgers, sandwiches, air fryer sausages, and more.

Store leftovers in an airtight container for up to 4 days in the fridge.

To reheat, add them to the air fryer with a spritz of nonstick spray.  Air fry at 400 degrees Fahrenheit for a few minutes.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

What type of potatoes are best for the air fryer?

Russet and Yukon gold potatoes are the best for air frying.  These waxy and starchy potatoes hold their shape well.  In addition, they become crispy.  Sweet potatoes are also great for the air fryer.

Do you have to parboil potatoes before air frying?

No, there is no need to parboil potatoes before air frying.

How do you make them crispy?

Use enough oil to coat the potatoes.  This helps them become crispy.  Continue air frying until they are crispy.

Are air fryer potatoes healthy?

Air fryer potatoes are healthier than deep-fried potatoes.

What is the best air fryer to use?

For potatoes, use an air fryer with a basket.  I love my Ultenic air fryer.

Do I need to cut them into cubes?

No.  Feel free to cut them into classic fries, wedges, or round slices.

Can I make frozen French fries in the air fryer?

Yes, you can make frozen French fries. Be sure to coat them in enough oil.

Yellow starch on plate.

Equipment Needed

Air Fryer: This basket-style air fryer is great for roasting veggies and potatoes.

Knife Set: Use extra sharp knives to slice the potatoes.

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  1. 5 stars
    Is it just me? I love having these air fryer potatoes as a snack haha. They are crispy and incredibly savory just like French fries. Love dipping it in a hot sauce.

  2. I tried this recipe and it was AMAZING. I made my own garlic powder and added a little extra salt, but otherwise followed the instructions exactly.