Air Fryer Potatoes

Looking for the best air fryer potatoes that are perfectly crispy and packed with flavor? This recipe is done in 20 minutes and creates amazing roasted potatoes for your dinner side dish. You can use russet or gold potatoes and serve them for breakfast or even include some onions as well. Grab that air fryer and let’s get cooking!

air fryer potatoes

Why I Love This Recipe

If you’ve been a reader of MKE for the past few months, you know how obsessed my whole family is with our air fryer. And, we’ve been kicking ourselves for waiting so long to finally jump on board. My inventory of amazing air fryer recipes just continues to grow and can’t wait to keep making more of them!

Especially now that my kids are becoming more responsible and do most of the cooking around here, the air fryer is their favorite cooking appliance. For obvious reasons, an air fryer is just a more kid-friendly cooking appliance. My teenager loved this air fryer potatoes recipe so much, he made them the next morning to go along with his favorite green smoothie.

Air Fryer Potatoes Ingredients & Tools

  • Yukon gold or russet potatoes
  • Extra virgin olive oil
  • Fresh garlic
  • Kosher salt
  • Black pepper
  • Large bowl
  • Air fryer
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How to Make Air Fryer Potatoes

If you have 20 minutes, you can create the best roasted potatoes you’ve ever made!

Time needed: 20 minutes

How to Make Air Fryer Potatoes

  1. Decide on the type of potato to use

    Honestly, any type of potato will roast nicely in an air fryer so just pick your favorite, or use what you already have on hand. Russet, red, or gold will be delicious.

  2. Prepare the potatoes

    You can slice them or cube them. The size doesn’t matter as much as being sure they are all about the same size and thickness so they cook evenly as they roast.

  3. Preheat the air fryer

    While many recipes don’t require you to preheat your air fryer, doing so in this air fryer potatoes recipe really makes a big difference in the quality of crispiness and browning of the potatoes.

  4. Roast the potatoes in the air fryer

    Use a high heat, usually 400 degrees, and be sure the potatoes are in a single layer in the bottom of your basket.

  5. Shake the basket halfway through cooking

    Doing this simple step help the potatoes to brown on all around and crisp up evenly.

  6. Finish roasting the potatoes

    Again, at a high temperature and the amount of time depends on the power level of your air fryer, as well as how brown you like your roasted potatoes to be.

basket of cut yukon golds

Recipe FAQs

Why are my air fried potatoes soggy?

Usually soggy air fryer potatoes are the result of not using a high enough temperature and overcrowding the basket with the potatoes. Use a very high heat, 400 degrees, and be sure that you only have a single layer of potatoes in the basket. An air fryer is a convection oven and that hot air needs to be able to move between each piece of potato to achieve the crispiness you are looking for.

Why soak potatoes in water before air frying?

While soaking the cut potatoes in ice water isn’t required for air frying potatoes, it can help create a more crispy roasted potato. A short 20-30 minute soak in ice water helps draw out some of the starch on the cut surface, allowing it to get more crispy. If you try this method, be sure to completely dry the potatoes after the soak, before you add oil and seasoning, or they will steam instead of roast when you cook them.

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Can I use Russet potatoes?

Honestly, use whatever type of potato you love or have on hand. Yukon gold potatoes are my favorite because they have a natural buttery flavor. That being said, russet potatoes, red potatoes, or even sweet potatoes would be perfect substitutions in this air fryer potatoes recipe.

Adjusting The Recipe For Different Power Levels

Since there are different air fryer power levels, it is important to know what yours is. There will be a sticker on the bottom or inside of yours that will tell you. This air fryer potatoes recipe was written using a 1500-watt machine. If you have a 1300-watt machine, you will need more cooking time. If you have a 1700-watt machine, less.

Which Air Fryer Do You Recommend?

If you are asking this question, it’s because you know there are way too many air fryers on the market. It is overwhelming to try to choose one! Here are my tips for picking a great one. First, what size air fryer will fit your needs best? For us, the larger the volume the better.

Next, look at the temperature range and power level of any air fryer in your consideration. They all get really hot but not all of them have a lower temperature range. You’ll want to flexibility of one that goes down to 250 so you can make all types of recipes, like these Air Fryer Hard Boiled Eggs. Also, look at the power level. I’ve found 1500 watts to be perfect. If you buy a 1300 or 1700 watt machine, you’ll have to adjust the cooking times for most recipes.

So which one do I recommend? For most cooks, the COSORI 5 qt air fryer is a great choice for both the beginner and the experienced. This machine will make the perfect air fryer potatoes!

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Air Fryer Potatoes Recipe Variations

Every recipe you try out at home has endless opportunities to experiment and personalize them to your tastes and preferences. Any of the following variations would be great takes on these air fryer potatoes so have fun!

  • Make them with onions – simply slice half of a small onion and place it in the bowl with the potatoes before adding the oil and seasonings.
  • Add spice – include a few shakes of red pepper flakes or a squeeze of your favorite hot sauce in with the seasonings.
  • Add cheese – a generous grating of fresh Parmesan cheese over the finished potatoes would be a delicious addition.

Looking for More Great Air Fryer Recipes?

If this roasted potato recipe was just what you were looking for, be sure to check out these other yummy dishes as well. Go grab them now or you’ll forget where you saw them 🙂

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Air Fryer Potatoes

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Ready in 20 minutes and the best roasted potatoes recipe you’ve ever had!

  • Total Time: 20 minutes
  • Yield: 4 servings 1x

Ingredients

Scale

1 pound cubed russet or gold potatoes

1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil

1 clove fresh garlic, finely minced

1/2 teaspoon kosher salt

1/4 teaspoon black pepper

Instructions

  1. Combine all the ingredients in a large bowl, tossing to be sure each potato is evenly coated.
  2. Preheat the basket of your air fryer to 400 degrees.
  3. Pour the potatoes into the hot basket and cook at 400 degrees for 9 minutes.
  4. Shake the basket well and cook at 400 degrees for another 9-12 minutes. The amount of time will depend on the power level of your air fryer as well as how brown you like your roasted potatoes.

Notes

This recipe was written using a 1500-watt machine. If you have a  1300-watt, you will need longer time to cook and less time if you have a 1700-watt.

If you want to make this recipe with onions, simply slice half a small onion and add it in with the potatoes before adding the oil and seasonings.

  • Author: Carole Jones
  • Prep Time: 2 minutes
  • Cook Time: 18 minutes
  • Category: Side Dish
  • Method: Air Fryer
  • Cuisine: American

Nutrition

  • Serving Size: 1/4
  • Calories: 137 kcal
  • Sugar: 1 g
  • Sodium: 240 mg
  • Fat: 8 g
  • Saturated Fat: 1 g
  • Unsaturated Fat: 7 g
  • Trans Fat: 0 g
  • Carbohydrates: 14 g
  • Fiber: 2 g
  • Protein: 2 g
  • Cholesterol: 0 mg

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Carole Jones

Carole Jones is an Arizona-based cookbook author & food blogger. She's authored The 30 Minute Cooking From Frozen Cookbook and the self-published Take 5: Chicken e-cookbook. For the past 15 years, Carole has shared her culinary adventures cooking and baking for her six brutally honest children here on My Kitchen Escapades. Hot, crusty bread is Carole's love language, but her two adorable grandchildren are a close second. Yes, second. Don't judge.

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