In this guide, you’ll learn how to make air fryer potatoes 22 ways using all different kinds of potatoes. We’re talking everything from copycat Five Guys cajun fries and sweet chili sweet potato fries to breakfast potatoes with peppers and Greek chicken and potatoes. If you’re a fellow tater lover, this guide will keep you busy for quite some time!
And if you’re looking to reduce the carbs in your diet, check out my guide to keto potato substitutes, where you’ll find nine alternatives and 50+ ways to swap potatoes for low carb options.
Quick Tips for Cooking Potatoes in an Air Fryer
Before we get to the 12 recipes, here are a few things:
In my experience, you don’t need to soak your potatoes before air frying. Straight in the air fryer gets the job done just fine. Any added benefits from soaking are 98% unnoticeable.
Most of the recipes use a “twice air fried” method which will basically be air frying in a small amount of oil before tossing in more oil to finish. This creates extra crispy air fryer potatoes and minimizes the amount of oil runoff during air frying.
The nutrition facts differences between white potatoes, sweet potatoes, and gold potatoes are very minimal. Choose the type of potato you use based on texture and flavor over any myth that certain types of potatoes are healthier than another.
I love this potatoes 101 guide from Serious Eats if you’d like to learn more about different types of potatoes.
And as one last tip/note, all the air fried potatoes recipes in this guide were prepared using a 6.5-quart Ninja Foodi. A larger air fryer with more surface area will cook slightly faster, and a smaller air fryer will likely cook slower or require air frying in batches.
Whether you’re a fan of potatoes O’Brien or simply need to add some extra veggies to your breakfast, these air fried breakfast potatoes and peppers are the move. It makes a big batch so you can feed the whole crew or use it as a breakfast meal prep recipe.
For a tip on how to reheat potatoes in an air fryer, I like to go at a lower temperature like 300ºF for 8-10 minutes. This reheats the potatoes all the way through without burning the exterior.
Baked potatoes are a staple side dish and for good reason. Making baked potatoes in an air fryer is ridiculously easy. And they're perfect for stuffing with meats, topping with cheese, and melting everything together right in the air fryer.
Speaking of stuffing baked potatoes in your air fryer, this recipe is one of my favorite variations. You mix fat free Greek yogurt, bacon, herbs, and a little butter together with the baked potato center before stuffing the skins and topping with plenty of cheese. They're perfect.
This recipe is perfect for elevating your next Taco Tuesday. You can serve them as a side dish to something like my baked beef tacos or Mexican shredded chicken, or you can serve them on their own with a little fat free Greek yogurt. Either way, they’ll be a hit.
If you love smashed potatoes (I know you do) but don't like boiling potatoes and dirtying lots of dishes, these air fryer smashed potatoes are for you. They're air fried twice and don't require any boiling.
If I had to choose a favorite recipe from this guide, these Greek lemon potatoes would certainly be in the running. They’re just SO flavorful. And to make them even better, you can easily add chicken, but we’ll get to that recipe in a second.
For the times you can't be bothered to cook, you can use this recipe as a guide on how to air fry frozen tater tots and elevate the dish by air frying bacon alongside the tots. It's a simple but next level tasty dish, and it would work with lower calorie tots options.
Ranch seasoning is a magical ingredient when it comes to potatoes. Just toss gold potatoes in a little olive oil and hit them with a little seasoning before air frying to crispy-outside-fluffy-inside perfection.
Borrowing from the air fryer tater tots above, these sweet potatoes are air fried with bacon on top and glazed with maple syrup at the end. You're left with a delicious batch of air fried sweet potatoes topped with crispy bacon.
More Air Fried Vegetables to Make
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