Crispy air fryer potatoes are simple and finished in 20 minutes or less. The air fryer or Ninja Foodi makes crispy seasoned potatoes using just a small amount of oil. They are the perfect side dish for breakfast plates and dinner entrees. They’re also great for paleo, vegan and Whole30 diets.
Lately, I’ve been getting a lot of questions about air fryers. I definitely fell in love with this useful kitchen appliance and wouldn’t trade it for the world.
One thing I really love about the pressure cooker and air fryer is that I use it to make the most SIMPLE foods. It’s become a glorified rice, egg and crispy potato maker!
And I mean it when I say CRISPY! The continuous flow of hot air around the diced potatoes yields perfectly cooked taters every time aka fork-tender and crispy. I’d go as far as to say making crispy potatoes in the air fryer is the best method out there!
💗 Why You’ll Love Crispy Air Fryer Potatoes
Meal prep. I make a batch of crispy air fryer potatoes at least once a week and use them for breakfast and as a healthy potato side dish for meals.
Quick and clean. This recipe comes together super fast and the air fryer catches the grease so less cleaning up for you.
Healthy! It comes in handy if you’re following a gluten-free, paleo, Whole30 or vegan diet.
Crispy potatoes go great with any meal of the day! They can be served as breakfast potatoes or as a dinner side.
🥔 What You’ll Need
- Golden Potatoes – have a high starch content, so they hold up their shape when roasting (or in this case air frying). You can use red potatoes, fingerlings, baby potatoes, etc.
- Avocado Oil – coats the potatoes, making them crisp when cooked.
- Garlic Powder – adds flavor.
- Paprika – adds flavor and color.
- Salt & Ground Black Pepper – enhances the flavor. Salt, pepper, garlic powder and paprika are my go to simple seasonings, but you can use any seasonings you like.
📖 How do You Cook Potatoes in an Air Fryer or Ninja Foodi?
1️⃣ Prep potatoes. After washing your potatoes, dice into half inch cubes. In a large bowl, toss them with oil and seasonings.
2️⃣ Preheat air fryer to 400 degrees. Add prepped potatoes to basket. Cook for about 20 minutes, flipping the potatoes or shaking the basket a couple of times (every 7 minutes or so).
3️⃣ Once cooked through and tender, carefully remove hot potatoes from the air fryer. Serve hot for breakfast or as an easy dinner side dish. Enjoy!
👩🏻🍳 Chef’s Tips
You can use any potato you like including sweet potato, russet potato, red potato, etc.
Feel free to use any seasonings you like as a swap for salt, pepper, garlic and paprika.
Don’t overcrowd the basket. The potatoes don’t need to be in a single-layer, but do not cook so much at once that there’s no room for the air to move around in.
Add diced onion and bell pepper to the air fryer along with the potatoes.
🍽️ How to Serve Air Fryer Diced Potatoes
This recipe is one of those recipes that can be served as a side dish with almost anything!
Serve alongside scrambled eggs, bacon and sausage for a hearty breakfast.
🔁 Storing & Freezing
Storing: Store in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 3 days.
Freezing: Once potatoes are cooled, place on baking sheet and freeze solid. Move frozen potatoes to a freezer bag. Store frozen for 4 to 5 months.
Reheating: To reheat air fryer potatoes, place them back in the basket and cook at 325 for about 15 minutes shaking the basket halfway through.
Short answer, you don’t. This is a common misconception. An air uses hot circulating air to cook food. Frying is a cooking method where food is submerged in high temperature cooking oil. The air fryer is cooking food with hot air instead of oil but producing a similar texture. So, your potatoes aren’t deep fried in oil, but they are air fried.
To make crispy fries in an air fryer make sure you are using an oil that can withstand high temperatures. I use avocado oil because it is a healthy fat to cook in high heat temperatures. Also, make sure your potatoes are evenly coated with oil but not with too much! A thin layer does the trick.
Usually 1 pound of diced potato will take about 20 minutes to cook at 375-400 degrees. It helps if all the pieces of potato are the same size AND that you are flipping a few times through the cooking process.
Yes! You can absolutely cook a sweet potato in your air fryer. Air fryer sweet potatoes are cooked exactly the same way as in the recipe below if you swap your potatoes.
It won’t hurt. Soaking the potatoes first solidifies the starches – resulting in super crispy taters. If you have the time, I say go for it.
Sometimes you should. Sometimes you shouldn’t. For crispy potatoes, you should. That instant blast of heat crisps the outside of the potatoes while keeping the centers fluffy.
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Crispy Air Fryer Potatoes
- 1.5 pounds Golden Potatoes
- 1 tbsp Avocado Oil
- 1 tsp Garlic Powder
- 1 tsp Paprika
- 2 tsp Salt
- 1 tsp Ground Black Pepper
- Dice your potatoes into 1/2 inch thick cubes. Try to make them similar in size so they all cook up evenly.
- In a large bowl, toss your potatoes with avocado oil, salt, pepper, garlic powder and paprika until evenly coated.
- Place in air fryer basket and set the timer to 20 minutes and the temperature to 400.
- Half way through the cooking cycle, toss potatoes and rotate so they cook even.
- Remove crispy roasted potatoes from the air fryer basket and serve.