Air Fryer Red Potatoes

Discover the Deliciousness of Air Fryer Red Potatoes! Together we’ll explore the quick and easy way to prepare mouthwatering red potatoes using an air fryer. They are so simple that even your kids can make them! These crispy and flavorful potatoes are sure to become your new favorite side dish. Join us as we share our favorite recipe and tips for achieving perfectly golden and tender air fryer red potatoes every time.

Air Fryer Red Potatoes

Why I Love This Recipe

This is our second summer in Arizona and these desert temps are not to be messed around with! I won’t shock you with our summer electric bill amounts. Whatever number you are thinking, you aren’t even close. And we live in a newly built home with state-of-the-art energy-efficient technologies.

The reason I share this is that we NEVER use our oven and rarely our stove from July through September. Everything is grilled or air fried because those can be used outside on the patio. Last week, I created these air fryer red potatoes because I needed some carbs to go along with our air fryer frozen salmon. They turned out so delicious and my kids loved dipping them in their favorite restaurant style ranch dressing. I ate them naked and had a hard time not eating too many 🙂

Air Fryer Red Potatoes

Air Fryer Red Potatoes Ingredients & Tools

  • Small red potatoes
  • Extra virgin olive oil
  • Fresh garlic
  • Kosher salt
  • Black pepper
  • Mixing bowl
  • Air fryer

How to Make Air Fryer Red Potatoes

Time needed: 10 minutes

How to Make Air Fryer Red Potatoes

  1. Select the right type of red potatoes

    Red potatoes are best when they are young and small. The larger they get, the starchier they become and they lose some of their natural sweetness. You want them to be around the size of a golf ball.

  2. Preheat your air fryer

    Some air fryer recipes don’t need the pre-heating but this one definitely does. Having the air fryer already at 400 degrees when the potatoes go in allow them to roast quickly and caramelize instead of steam.

  3. Prepare the red potatoes

    It doesn’t really matter the size you choose to cut your red potatoes but be sure to cut them all that size. If you have too much size variation, your potatoes won’t be done at the same time.

  4. Be sure to not overcrowd the basket of the air fryer

    If you try to cook too many air fryer red potatoes at the same time, you’ll keep the hot air from being able to evenly move around each piece of potato. This will create uneven cooking and browning of the finished red potatoes. Check out the photo below to see how much space you should have.

Air Fryer Red Potatoes

Recipe FAQs

Do I have to boil potatoes before air frying?

No, you do not have to boil potatoes before air frying them. Air frying is a cooking method that uses hot circulating air to cook food, similar to a convection oven, but with a more compact and faster cooking process. They will cook through completely without boiling them.

In fact, boiling potatoes before air frying will only result in the potatoes steaming instead of roasting. They won’t turn golden and crispy on the outside like they should.

Are red potatoes good as baking potatoes?

Absolutely! Red potatoes are excellent for making baked potatoes. While russet potatoes are the most common choice for traditional baked potatoes, red potatoes can be just as delicious and offer a slightly different flavor and texture profile. Red potatoes have a waxy texture compared to the mealy texture of russet potatoes. When baked, this creamy texture remains intact, resulting in a tender and moist interior.

Red potatoes have thinner and edible skins, which means you can enjoy the added nutrition and a bit of extra texture without having to peel them before baking. Also, due to their waxy texture, red potatoes generally cook faster than russet potatoes, making them a great option for when you’re short on time.

Air Fryer Red Potatoes

Can I use Russet or Yukon Gold potatoes in this recipe?

Yes, that would be a great substitution. Each potato results in a different texture both on the inside as well as the outside, but all are delicious. Use whatever potatoes you already have on hand and make your life easier!

My air fryer red potatoes didn’t cook all the way. What did I do wrong?

If your finished air fryer red potatoes are not soft and tender on the inside, they really weren’t finished. 🙂 Every air fryer has a different power level, so next time add 3 – 5 more minutes to the cooking time and you should be good to go.

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Air Fryer Red Potatoes

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Ready in just a few minutes and perfectly roasted right in your air fryer!

  • Total Time: 23 minutes
  • Yield: Serves 4



1 pound red potatoes

1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil

1 clove garlic, minced

1/2 teaspoon kosher salt

1/4 teaspoon black pepper


  1. Preheat your air fryer to 400 degrees.
  2. Cut the potatoes into similar sized pieces. For red potatoes, that usually means cutting them into 4-6 pieces.
  3. Place the cut potatoes in a bowl with the oil, garlic, salt, and pepper. Toss to coast the potatoes in the seasonings.
  4. Add the potatoes to the hot air fryer basket and cook at 400 degrees for 18 – 20 minutes, shaking the basket halfway through the cook time.
  • Author: Carole Jones
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 18 minutes
  • Category: Side Dish
  • Method: Air Fryer
  • Cuisine: American


  • Serving Size: 1/4
  • Calories: 137
  • Sugar: 1 g
  • Sodium: 240 mg
  • Fat: 8 g
  • Saturated Fat: 1 g
  • Unsaturated Fat: 6 g
  • Trans Fat: 0 g
  • Carbohydrates: 14 g
  • Fiber: 2 g
  • Protein: 2 g
  • Cholesterol: 0 mg

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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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