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- Why You’ll Love This Air Fryer Potatoes Recipe
- Ingredients & Substitutions
- How To Cook Potatoes In The Air Fryer
- Tips For The Best Air Fryer Potatoes
- Seasoning Variations
- More Ways To Make Air Fryer Potatoes
- Storage Tips
- What To Serve With Air Fryer Roasted Potatoes
- More Roasted Potato Recipes
- My Favorite Air Fryer For This Recipe
- Air fryer Potatoes (Crispy & Fluffy!)
When I need an easy side dish for my picky eaters, I turn to these air fryer potatoes! They’re one of my kids’ absolute favorites, and I love how quick and fuss-free they are to prepare. This recipe is a game-changer for busy evenings, because it’s done in only 20 minutes — I make it several times a month! And much like air fryer carrots, air fryer brussels sprouts, and air fryer cauliflower, roasting potatoes in the air fryer makes them perfect every time — crisp on the outside and fluffy on the inside.
Why You’ll Love This Air Fryer Potatoes Recipe
- Crispy on the outside, fluffy on the inside
- Buttery garlic flavors
- Just 5 simple ingredients
- Effortless prep
- Ready in 20 minutes
- Quicker than oven roasting potatoes
- Different seasoning options for variety
Ingredients & Substitutions
This section explains how to choose the best ingredients for crispy air fryer potatoes, what each one does in the recipe, and substitution options. For measurements, see the recipe card below.
- Potatoes – I used Yukon gold potatoes, but you can use russet potatoes, red potatoes, or any potatoes you prefer. Just make sure to wash, dry, and cut them into 1-inch cubes. You can peel them if you like, but I prefer to leave the skin on for extra nutrition and texture variety.
- Olive Oil – Oil gives the potatoes flavor and helps them brown. You could also use avocado oil or your oil of choice. If you choose not to use the butter (below), I recommend a little extra oil.
- Seasonings – I seasoned these potatoes simply with garlic powder, sea salt, and black pepper, but the seasoning options are endless (see below for more ideas).
- Butter – Although optional, I recommend adding a little grass-fed butter to the roasted air fryer potatoes at the end for a rich buttery flavor. The flavor is irresistible!
How To Cook Potatoes In The Air Fryer
This section shows how to make air fryer potatoes, with step-by-step photos and details about the technique, to help you visualize it. For full instructions, including amounts and temperatures, see the recipe card below.
- Prep and season. Place the diced potatoes in a large bowl. Drizzle with the olive oil and season with garlic powder, salt, and pepper. Toss to coat.
- Air fry. Place the potatoes in a single layer in a preheated air fryer basket. Cook, shaking the basket halfway through, until golden on the outside and fork-tender on the inside.
- Add butter. Transfer the potatoes to a large bowl and add the butter, while they are still hot. Stir to coat and melt the butter. I like to garnish with fresh parsley.
Tips For The Best Air Fryer Potatoes
Let’s make sure your air fryer potatoes are top-notch! Here are some simple tips to get them just right – crispy on the outside and fluffy on the inside:
- Preheat the air fryer. Cook time is based on a preheating the air fryer first, so don’t skip this step. You can season them while you preheat.
- Soak in cold water if you have time. To remove some of the starch and make the potatoes crispier, soak them in cold water after chopping for at least 30 minutes, or in the fridge overnight.
- Time will vary greatly depending on the size you cut the potatoes. Times listed are for 1-inch pieces. Even 1.5-inch pieces, just a little larger, take much longer (more like 14-18 minutes) and you may need to reduce heat once they brown.
- Lower the temp if needed. If the potatoes are browned but not soft enough, that means the pieces were a little too large. This is easy to fix! Reduce the temperature to 320 degrees F and continue air frying until they are soft.
- Test with a fork. If a fork pierces a piece of potato effortlessly, they’re ready to serve.
- You can double this air fryer recipe, but cook in batches. This makes a small batch (two 1-cup servings). You can double the recipe easily to make 4 servings, just cook in 2 batches so that they cook evenly. If you’re in a rush, cook in one batch and shake the basket several times during cooking — cook time will be longer, but still faster than a single double batch.
Now, let’s spice things up a bit! Here are some fun seasoning variations to add an extra kick of flavor to your air fryer baked potatoes:
- Cajun – For a bold twist, sprinkle 1 tablespoon of Cajun seasoning over the potatoes before air frying. My homemade Cajun seasoning contains salt, so you can omit the salt if you use it.
- Italian – Mix 1 teaspoon of Italian seasoning or fresh herbs with the original recipe’s garlic powder, salt, and pepper for a herb-infused batch of air fryer roasted potatoes.
- Ranch – Combine 1 tablespoon of ranch seasoning mix with the original garlic powder, salt, and pepper for a tangy, herby taste.
- Garlic Lemon Pepper – For a zesty citrus flavor, add 1 teaspoon of lemon pepper seasoning instead of the black pepper. You can also keep the seasonings as-is and just add a teaspoon of fresh lemon zest instead.
- Garlic Parmesan – Add 2-4 tablespoons of grated parmesan cheese.
- Other Spices – Add onion powder for extra flavor or chili powder for a kick.
More Ways To Make Air Fryer Potatoes
Looking for more ways to make a simple side dish using potatoes? Try these methods!
- Potato Wedges – Instead of cutting the potatoes into 1-inch cubes, cut them into similar sized wedges (like steak fries). Then, air fry for about 18-22 minutes.
- Baked – Want a whole baked potato in half the time? Try my air fryer baked potato instead.
- Fries – If you want a dippable side for your burger or a quick appetizer, make my air fryer French fries.
- Sliced – For sliced potatoes, cut them into even rounds and air fry for about 12-16 minutes, flipping them halfway through.
- Baby Potatoes – To air fry baby potatoes, halve them and cook for 15-20 minutes, shaking the basket halfway through.
- Sweet Potatoes – For a sweeter side, make air fryer sweet potatoes similar to making potato wedges.
- Store: Keep leftovers in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 4 days
- Meal prep: For crispier potatoes, chop ahead of time and soak them in cold water overnight before air frying.
- Reheat: Warm up roasted potatoes in the air fryer at 320 degrees F for 3-5 minutes, until they’re warm and crispy again. I prefer to keep the heat low for reheating, so they don’t brown more.
- Freeze: Cool completely, then spread in a single layer on a baking sheet and freeze for about 1-2 hours. Once frozen solid, transfer them to a freezer-safe bag or container and store in the freezer for up to 3 months.
What To Serve With Air Fryer Roasted Potatoes
Now that you’ve mastered roasting potatoes in the air fryer, let’s explore the perfect pairings. Here are some delicious ideas for what to serve alongside these crispy, flavorful potatoes to create a complete and satisfying meal:
- Chicken – You can’t go wrong with any chicken recipe! When I have friends or family coming for dinner, I’ll make a whole roasted chicken or spatchcock chicken, but for every day, my kids love Crock Pot chicken legs, crispy cast iron chicken thighs, and baked chicken legs.
- Beef – Everyone loves steak and potatoes, but these crispy sides also pair nicely with a juicy London broil or a classic rump roast. And, if you’re on a budget, I’ve mastered this sirloin tip steak recipe.
- Pork – Really any protein goes well with this side dish, but I like to serve them alongside my smothered pork chops. They soak up the sauce perfectly 😋
- Fish – Light and flavorful fish recipes pair well for a healthy meal. Try baked salmon, flaky baked cod, or even rainbow trout for something different.
- Veggies – No matter what protein I choose, I always (always!) serve these air fryer potatoes with a side of vegetables. Most often, I cover the potatoes and then make quick air fryer broccoli or air fryer asparagus. If you want to cook something at the same time while the potatoes are cooking, sauteed vegetables are quick and easy, or just make a simple cucumber tomato salad.
- Breakfast – For a hearty breakfast, serve with runny coddled eggs, scrambled eggs, or a customizable frittata with bacon or sausages for a satisfying start to your day.
More Roasted Potato Recipes
If you love roasted potatoes in the air fryer, try more roasted potato recipes I make in my kitchen:
My Favorite Air Fryer For This Recipe
My air fryer has a pretty large basket, so you can easily fit 1.5 pounds of potatoes in a single layer. That would make 3 servings!
Air fryer Potatoes (Crispy & Fluffy!)
This roasted air fryer potatoes recipe is irresistible — crispy on the outside, fluffy on the inside, and easy to make in just 20 minutes.
Tap on the times in the instructions below to start a kitchen timer while you cook.
Preheat the air fryer to 400 degrees F (204 degrees C).
Place the diced potatoes in a large bowl. Drizzle with olive oil, and season with garlic powder, salt, and pepper. Toss to coat.
Arrange the potatoes in the air fryer basket in a single layer. Air fry for 10-14 minutes (mine usually take 12 minutes), shaking the basket halfway through, until golden brown on the inside and soft on the inside. (Poke them with a fork to check – they are done when it goes in with very little resistance.) If the potatoes are browned but not soft enough, that means the pieces were a little too large; just reduce the temperature to 320 degrees F (160 degrees C) and continue air frying until they are soft.
Transfer the potatoes to a large bowl and add the butter, while they are still hot. Stir to coat and melt the butter.
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Serving size: 1 cup
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