Potatoes are a go-to side in my house and these air fryer potatoes make a weekly appearance on our table. When grilling or not wanting to heat up the oven these come in handy.
Potatoes in the Air Fryer
I am convinced the makers of the air fryer had potatoes in mind when they created this appliance. It perfectly fries any potato I have put in it.
Doesn’t matter if it is a french fry, a baked potato, or these roast potatoes. Every single one of them has been delicious!
The air fryer makes it easy to make just a few potatoes or fry in a few batches to feed a larger crowd.
First, select fresh, firm potatoes for the best results. Avoid any that have started to sprout or are wrinkly in skin texture. When dicing be sure to keep an even size to the potatoes pieces.
Second, toss the potatoes gently with oil before putting them in the air fryer. Spread them out so there’s plenty of air flow.
Third, the best-tasting potatoes are the ones that have browned and blackened areas on the edges where they develop a crispy char.
Do not stop frying until they are crispy. They are not burning those brown edges are the goal!
How to Air Fry Potatoes
Preheat: Preheat your air fryer to 400°F.
Prep the potatoes: Clean and dice into cubes 1/2″-1″ in size. Oil and season them, then place them in a single layer in the air fryer.
I use the COSORI Air Fryer pictured in these posts. I’m partial to a square basket air fryer as I find it easier to fit more food into the basket. This is a 5.8QT air fryer, one of the largest machines I’ve found that works effectively.
The machine is a bit retro with simple knob controls. It turns out that I really like the basic settings and ability to set the time and temp like a traditional appliance. I’ve used a few different air fryers with pre-programmed settings and I found I was still tweaking the times.
This machine is surprisingly easy to clean and the two-part basket locks together (it’s literally impossible for it to detach the way some do) until you open the latch and then push the button to release it. I simply wipe down the baskets with a sudsy dish scrub brush or sponge, rinse and let them air dry on the counter.
How Long to Cook Potatoes in Air Fryer
Not sure how long to air fry potatoes? That depends on how crispy you like them and how full you make your air fryer, etc.
Check your sweet potatoes and give the basket a toss at 5 minutes. Continue cooking for another 5-7 minutes to get them nice and crispy.
They should be fork tender with brown crispy edge when done.
For the potato lovers, these crispy, cheesy Smashed Potatoes with Bacon were born out of my love for twice-baked potatoes, luckily they’re easier and a lot less work.
Have you tried a hashbrown bowl? This one is filled with crispy browned hash browns and crisp-tender asparagus with plenty of bacon and a fried egg on top. It’s basically my idea of breakfast heaven.
Air Fryer Potatoes
- 8 medium size potatoes about 4 cups chopped bite size
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
- 1 teaspoon kosher salt adjust to taste
- ½ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper adjust to taste
- Preheat the air fryer to 400 degrees. Place the potatoes in a large mixing bowl and drizzle with olive oil. Sprinkle generously with salt, and pepper toss to coat thoroughly.
- Air fry the potatoes until they are fork tender, and then fry a bit longer to get a slightly crisp edge. This usually takes between 10-15 minutes. Toss potatoes at 5 minutes for even frying.