Delicious, perfectly seasoned, and crispy tender, these Crispy Air Fryer Potatoes are a perfect side dish for any meal.Jump to Recipe
When I’m cooking dinner, a starch side dish is often an afterthought. A few days ago, I wanted to make potatoes, but I was not sure what kind of potatoes I wanted to make. I had about two pounds of Yukon Gold potatoes in my pantry. So while getting them, I glanced at my Air Fryer, also in the pantry, and brought both of them out to make delicious potatoes.
Air Fryer Potatoes
This recipe is so easy! Potatoes and air fryers are a match made in culinary heaven! Air Fryer potatoes bake in half the time they do in an oven, and the air fryer makes the potatoes crisp on the outside and soft and creamy on the inside! And clean-up is also easy!
What Types Of Potatoes To Use
Here are the best potatoes for the Air Fryer…
Yellow or Yukon Gold: These potatoes are noted for their thin yellow skin that almost always has no eyes. They get very crispy in the Air Fryer, and the centers have a soft creamy texture. Yukon Gold is my favorite potato to Air Fry.
Russet Potatoes: These potatoes have brown skin that was made for air frying. They get super crisp, and the insides are more dry and fluffy. A great choice for air frying.
Red Potatoes: These potatoes are also a good Air Frying choice. They are very much like the Yukon Gold but best eaten right out of the air fryer as their skins can get soft.
Baby Potatoes: Baby potatoes are just what the name says. They are regular potatoes that get harvested early. They are the perfect size for the Air Fryer. They crips up perfectly, and the inside is soft.
Ingredients For Crisp Air Fryer Potatoes
- Potatoes: Regular Yukon Gold potatoes cut into 1 to 1 1/2-inch cubes.
- Olive Oil: Just enough extra virgin olive oil to coat the potatoes and help them crisp up in the Air Fryer.
- Garlic Salt: Garlic and potatoes go so well together. Use garlic salt and not fresh garlic. Fresh salt can burn and take on a very bitter taste. Garlic powder can be used instead of Garlic salt, just use half the amount.
- Onion Powder: Onion is another flavor that enhances the flavor of potatoes.
- Italian Seasoning: These seasonings have a mix of herbs and spices that add depth of flavor to the potatoes.
- Cayenne Pepper: Just a pinch for a tiny hint of heat. If you don’t like heat substitute paprika, just use twice the amount.
- Fresh Lemon: Adds a zing to the potatoes.
- Fresh Chives, Dill, or Parsley: Add a fresh note to cooked food. Also, use it as a garnish.
- Salt And Pepper: Because of the garlic salt, salt and pepper air fryer Potatoes to taste after they are cooked.
Best Oils To Use
Because Air Fryer Potatoes are cooked at a high temperature, it is important to use oils that can take the heat. Olive oils, canola oil, and avocado oil are all good choices.
Making Air Fryer Potatoes
This recipe could not be easier!
Preheat the air fryer: Set the temperature to 400° and the time for 20 minutes. Start preheating.
Mix: Add washed and cut potatoes in a large bowl with olive oil, garlic salt, onion powder, Italian seasonings, and cayenne pepper.
Air Fry: Add the seasoned potatos to the air fryer basket when it is ready. Cook for 10 minutes. Shake or flip the potatoes and cook them for another 8-10 minutes. They are done when the potato skins are crisp and golden to dark brown and the potatoes are fork tender on the inside.
Plate: Put the potatoes on a plate or in a bowl and squeeze half of a fresh lemon over them and garnish with fresh herbs.
Tips For The Best Air Fryer Potatoes
There is very little prep time for making these potatoes. Wash and cut the potatoes first and then mix them as directed.
Air Fry potatoes with the skins on.
Don’t crowd the air fryer basket. Air should be able to circulate around the potatoes to make them crisp. Overcrowding the potatoes in the basket will cause uneven cooking. Make them in batches if you need to.
No need to use cooking spray in your air fryer. The oil on the potatoes is enough to make them crisp.
These easy-to-make potatoes can take on lots of different flavors. Add these dry seasoning mixes to taste.
- Cajun Seasoning
- Taco Seasoning
- Ranch Seasoning
- Chili Lime Seasoning
- Add Parmesan cheese to the potatoes when they are mixed with other ingredients.
- Toss sauteed onions or bacon with the potatoes when they are done cooking.
Storing Air Fryer Potatoes
These potatoes go quick! If you do have leftovers, they can be stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator or freezer. Reheat thawed potatoes in a 400 ° air fryer until they are crispy again.
Air Fryer Potato Recipe
Crisp Air Fryer Potatos
- 1 pound potatoes Yukon Gold, white or baby potatoes
- 1 TBS olive oil
- 1/2 tsp garlic salt
- 1/4 tsp onion powder
- 1 TBS Italian Seasoning
- 1/8 tsp cayenne pepper optional
- salt and pepper to taste
- juice of half a lemon
- finely chopped dill, chives, and or parsley
- Wash and cut potatoes into 1- 1-1/2 inch pieces, leaving the skin on the potatoes
- Preheat the air fryer to 400°
- Add the potatoes, oil, garlic salt, onion powder, Italian Seasoning and cayenne pepper to a large bowl and mix everything to combine.
- When the air fryer is ready, add the potatoes to the basket without crowding them.
- Air fry them for 20 minutes, turning and tossing once.
- Put the potatoes on a plate or in a bowl. Salt and pepper to taste. Squeeze half of a lemon over the potatoes and garnish with herbs.
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Frequently Asked Questions
Do I need to soak the potatoes before frying them?
No, they will be nicely crisp right in the air fryer.
Do I need to parboil the potatoes before air frying them?
No, the potatoes will be perfectly done in the air fryer.
How do you know if the potatoes are done?
To make sure the potatoes are done, pierce one potato with a fork. If the fork pierces the potato easily and feels soft, it is done.