Why you’ll love this recipe:
There’s nothing quite as versatile as the humble potato. It can be mashed, fried, steamed, or, my favorite, air-fried! Air fryer roasted potatoes are a busy cook’s dream. They’re straightforward and simple to make, plus everyone loves them. Even picky eaters devour hot, crispy potatoes as fast as humanly possible.
- Versatile – Airfryer potatoes complement any main dish! Grilled chicken, burgers, steak, or even vegetarian bowls and tofu. You can’t go wrong!
- Customizable – Customize the spices to match your tastebuds. Try Mexican, Cajun, Lemon Pepper, herb, or Ranch potatoes.
- Easy to make – Just soak, dry, and air fry. You don’t even have to turn on the oven.
These air fried potatoes are addictively crispy, lightly golden, and ultra fluffy. It’s hard to beat this stunning trifecta. Enjoy as a side dish or serve alongside chipotle mayo for a satisfying snack or appetizer.
Key Ingredient Notes:
- Potatoes – Russet potatoes are a type of starchy potato, which means they have a high starch content with little moisture. This makes them great for roasting! The skins brown and crisp, while the centers stay fluffy. This recipe is versatile though, and any type of potato can be used with excellent results. Try Yukon gold or red potatoes.
- Olive oil prevents the potatoes from sticking to the pan and encourages caramelization. Olive oil adds good flavor, but any neutral oil can be used.
- Seasoning – A seasoning mix makes things simple, but you can make your own too! Try lemon pepper, Cajun, or roasted garlic and herb.
Best Potatoes for Air Frying:
- Russets – My fave! Russets have a high starch content which gives them a fluffy interior and crisp edges. They have a neutral flavor and even picky eaters love them.
- Yukon gold – Another great choice! Gold potatoes are considered an all-purpose potato. They have a medium starch content and moisture level. They caramelize to a deeper golden brown and have creamy centers with a buttery flavor.
- Baby potatoes – Baby potatoes are not a variety of potato. They can be any variety that’s been picked from the crop before they reach full size. You can find baby red potatoes, baby golds, fingerling potatoes, or a combination. Baby potatoes roast nicely and hold their shape too.
- Red – Red potatoes are a waxy variety, meaning they have less starch. This makes them less fluffy then russets, but they hold their shape better. They have a subtly sweet flavor and roast nicely.
How to make air fryer roasted potatoes:
- Cut the potatoes into 1-inch cubes. Aim for roughly the same size so they cook evenly. But don’t stress over it too much. If some are smaller, they’ll just get crispier!
- Soak the potatoes in water. Transfer the potatoes to a large bowl or dish and fill it with cold water. Make sure all the potatoes are submerged, cover them, then let them soak for at least an hour or overnight.
- Drain the potatoes and pat them dry with a paper towel. Wet potatoes will steam instead of roast in a hot air fryer.
- Add olive oil and seasoning to the potatoes. Toss until well coated.
- Air fry the potatoes for 30 to 40 minutes at 370 degrees Fahrenheit or until the potatoes are golden brown around the edges and fork-tender. Stir every 15 minutes so the potatoes cook evenly.
- Don’t forget to soak the potatoes. When you soak the potatoes, you remove the excess starch. Removing the surface starch on the potatoes gives you a golden brown and deeply crispy skin!
- You can cut the potatoes in different sizes, if desired. Sometimes you need smaller potatoes. For example, I cut them into super small cubes when I need them for breakfast burritos. Plus, they cook quickly, in just 20 minutes! Adjust the cooking time accordingly. For larger potatoes, you will need to add time.
- Let your air fryer preheat for best results. Just like the oven, you want the air fryer super hot for effective caramelization and crispy brown edges!
- Stir the potatoes so they cook evenly. Every 15 minutes or so will do the trick. It’s a good time to check on them too. If your potatoes are cut smaller, they will take less time.
Air Fried Potato Variations:
Air fryer potatoes are a breeze to customize! Here’s a few ideas to get you started.
- Greek – Toss the potatoes with a homemade Greek seasoning blend. Try oregano, basil, parsley, dill, onion powder, and garlic powder.
- Ranch – Always a favorite and simple too! Just toss the potatoes in Ranch seasoning mix.
- Cajun – Use a Cajun spice mix or make your own with paprika, cayenne, garlic powder, onion powder, oregano, and thyme.
- Lemon pepper – Costco sells a delicious Lemon Pepper blend by Kinder’s. It taste great on roasted potatoes, chicken, and fish.
- Mexican – Use a fajita spice mix or make your own. Cumin, chili powder, garlic powder, onion powder, and oregano work great.
- Herbs – Toss with dried rosemary, parsley, and thyme.
- Parmesan – Add 1/3 cup of shredded parmesan to the potatoes before they cook or after. If you add them beforehand, the parmesan crisps in the air fryer.
- Cut and soak the potatoes the night before. This way they’re ready to go come dinner time!
- Store: Let the air fried potatoes cool completely, then transfer them to an airtight container and refrigerate for up to 4 days.
- Reheat: Preheat your air fryer to 370 degrees, then transfer the potatoes to the air fryer basket. Reheat until hot and crispy, about 4 to 6 minutes.
- Freeze: Roasted potatoes are freezer-friendly! Transfer the potatoes to a zip-top bag and squeeze out as much air as possible. For best results, use within 4 months of freezing.
Soaking potatoes in water removes the excess starch from the outside of the potatoes. Once the surface starch is removed, the potatoes can caramelize and crisp up more effectively in the hot air fryer.
If you don’t soak the potatoes, they will still taste delicious. They just won’t be as crispy. If you don’t have time for an overnight soak, even 30 minutes will help remove some starch. If you decide not to soak them, be sure to preheat your air fryer before you add the potatoes. A hot air fryer encourages caramelization too.
Yes! Potatoes are rich in vitamin C, potassium, and antioxidants. In this recipe, they’re coated in heart-healthy olive oil. Air fried potatoes are a healthier alternative to deep fried potatoes!
Air Fryer Roasted Potatoes
- 2 pounds russet potatoes washed and peeled, Note 1
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- ½ tablespoon roasted garlic and herb seasoning plus more to taste, Note 2
- 1 teaspoon coarse kosher salt
- Cut the potatoes into 1-inch cubes. Place in a large bowl with cold water. Make sure all the potatoes are submerged, cover, and let them soak for at least 1 hour, or up to overnight.
- Drain the potatoes and thoroughly pat them dry with a paper towel.
- Toss the potatoes with olive oil, seasoning, and salt.
- Transfer the potatoes to the air fryer basket. Roast for 30-40 min at 370F, or until nice and golden and soft, stirring every 15 minutes or so. (Exact cooking time depends on the potato size and how many potatoes you have. Smaller potatoes cook faster, and so do fewer potatoes.)
– Store: Let the air fried potatoes cool completely, then transfer them to an airtight container and refrigerate for up to 4 days.
– Reheat: Preheat your air fryer to 370 degrees, then transfer the potatoes to the air fryer basket. Reheat until hot and crispy, about 4 to 6 minutes.
– Freeze: Roasted potatoes are freezer-friendly! Transfer the potatoes to a zip-top bag and squeeze out as much air as possible. For best results, use within 4 months of freezing.
* Disclaimer: All nutrition information are estimates only. Read full nutrition disclosure.
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