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Seasoned potatoes are a classic side dish, but Air Fryer Potatoes take them up a notch, cooking them faster and crispier, but also with less oil. Best potatoes ever? They’re definitely a contender!

Overhead view of crispy air fryer potatoes with chives and Parmesan

Why You’ll Love This Crispy Air Fryer Potatoes Recipe

  • All the Flavor. Air fryer potatoes are a lot like Roasted Fingerling Potatoes and Roasted Red Potatoes in that they’re fantastic with just oil and salt, but they really shine when you add extra seasonings into the mix. Paprika, dried herbs, garlic powder, and optional Parmesan and fresh herbs make this side so delectable, you’re likely to forget about your main dish.
  • The Ultimate Goes-With-Anything Side. Okay, maybe not anything (air fryer potatoes might be a little weird with Shrimp Pad Thai), but everyday proteins like Rosemary Chicken Thighs and Turkey Meatloaf pair well with seasoned potatoes.
  • As Crispy as You Want Them. You have options! Like Air Fryer Potato Wedges, you can cook the potatoes until they’re golden and tender, or leave them in a bit longer until the edges get dark and crispy.
  • Quick and Easy. Toss everything together, put the potatoes into your air fryer basket, and in 15 to 20 minutes (half the time of oven-roasted potatoes!), they’ll be ready to devour.
Overhead view of potatoes in air fryer

How to Make Air Fryer Potatoes

The Ingredients

  • Yukon Gold Potatoes. I quite like Yukon gold potatoes because they’ve got a naturally buttery flavor, but any variety you like to use for roasting will work here.
  • Paprika. This is optional; sweet paprika will mostly add color, but smoked paprika will add some extra shazam-shazam.
  • Dried Herbs. Choose your adventure! Italian seasoning, rosemary, thyme, parsley, herbs de Provence are all excellent options.
  • Garlic Powder. For garlic flavor without the bite.
  • Optional Finishes. Parmesan, chopped fresh parsley, or chives. 

The Directions

Tossing potatoes with seasonings before air frying
  1. Season. Toss the potatoes with the oil and seasonings in a large bowl.
Overhead view of potatoes in air fryer before cooking
  1. Air Fry. Place the potatoes in a single layer in the air fryer basket and cook at 400 degrees F for 15 to 18 minutes, or until the potatoes are golden brown and tender. Garnish the air fryer potatoes with optional finishes and ENJOY!
Air fryer potatoes in bowl with chives and Parmesan for garnish

More Air Fryer Potatoes Seasoning Ideas

  • Seasoning Salt. A classic! This works well with Parmesan and the fresh herbs, too.
  • Truffle Oil. Skip all the seasonings except salt and pepper; finish the potatoes with a drizzle of quality truffle oil and chopped parsley.
  • Creole or Cajun Seasoning. For a little heat. (Also delish with Air Fryer Potato Chips.)
  • Lemon. If you’ve ever had Greek potatoes, you know that lemon and potatoes make an unexpectedly delicious combination! Top the potatoes with lemon zest and fresh parsley after air frying.
  • Fresh Herbs. Dill, rosemary, thyme, and sage can be used instead of parsley or chives as a finishing touch.

What to Serve with Air Fryer Potatoes

Overhead view of crispy air fryer potatoes

Recipe Tips and Tricks

  • Cut the Potatoes into Even Sizes. Otherwise, you’ll end up with some potatoes that are burnt to a crisp, others that are perfect, and the rest will be hard and raw. 
  • Give ‘em Some Space. The potatoes should fit into the air fryer basket in a single layer; if they can’t, cook them in batches. The air needs to be able to circulate around them to make them crispy.
  • Shake the Basket. Shake, shake, shake the basket! (This must be sung to the tune of that Harry Belafonte song from Beetlejuice.) Shaking the potatoes a few times ensures even browning and crispiness. Once or twice during the cooking time is perfect.

Air Fryer Potatoes

5 from 4 votes
Air fryer potatoes are perfectly seasoned, tender on the inside, and crispy on the outside. Quick, easy and your new favorite side dish!

Prep: 5 minutes
Cook: 18 minutes
Total: 23 minutes

Servings: 4 servings

Ingredients
  

  • 1 pound Yukon gold potatoes scrubbed, cut into 3/4-inch chunks
  • 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon paprika optional for color
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried herbs Italian seasoning, rosemary, thyme, parsley, herbs de Provence all work
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt plus a few pinches
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • OPTIONAL: Parmesan, chopped fresh parsley or chives

Instructions
 

  • Place the potatoes in a large bowl and top with the oil, paprika, dried herbs, garlic powder, salt, and black pepper. Toss to coat.
  • Preheat your air fryer to 400°F. Add the potatoes to the basket and air fryer for 15 to 18 minutes, shaking the basket two to three times throughout, until the potatoes are a nice golden brown and fork tender (if you love extra crispy potatoes, cook 1 to 2 minutes more, until they are done to your liking).
  • Transfer to a serving bowl or plate. Immediately top with a pinch of additional salt and Parmesan and chives (if using).

Notes

  • TO STORE: Place leftover air fryer potatoes in an airtight storage container and refrigerate for 3 to 4 days.
  • TO REHEAT: Reheat the potatoes in a 400ºF air fryer or oven for best results, or in the microwave if that’s your only option.

Nutrition

Serving: 1(of 4)Calories: 122kcalCarbohydrates: 21gProtein: 2gFat: 4gSaturated Fat: 1gPolyunsaturated Fat: 0.5gMonounsaturated Fat: 3gPotassium: 496mgFiber: 3gSugar: 1gVitamin A: 254IUVitamin C: 22mgCalcium: 18mgIron: 1mg

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Hi, I'm Erin Clarke, and I'm fearlessly dedicated to making healthy food that's affordable, easy-to-make, and best of all DELISH. I'm the author and recipe developer here at wellplated.com and of The Well Plated Cookbook. I adore both sweets and veggies, and I am on a mission to save you time and dishes. WELCOME!

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  1. Have to say, this is pretty much a perfect recipe. Everything came together in under 15 minutes and the potatoes were insanely crispy on the outside yet fluffy on the inside. The seasoning was great as-is, but I may use smoked paprika next time for added depth of flavor. Thank you!5 stars

  2. Made these for lunch today, and added a few leftover brussels Sprouts from last night, topped with shredded parmesan cheese, and it was a very delicious and easy side dish!!! Highly recommended!!!5 stars

  3. Absolutely delicious!! This is my first time I tried the roasted potato recipe in the air fryer. Cooking temp and time were on point! I don’t know if I’ll ever make potatoes another way! The most beautiful crispness on the outside and tender on the inside!5 stars

  4. Can you substitute red potatoes for the golds in this recipe? The golds were delicious but I like to try other options from time to time. Enjoying your recipes!

  5. Hi Erin,
    I rated it 5 stars before I even tried it because I’ve made steaks and French fries, in the AF and they came out great and your thoughts on seasoning agree with my tastebuds completely! Here’s one for you, Chicken breasts cut into bite sized pieces, placed in large (1 Gallon) ziplock bag with a tablespoon of avocado oil, Garlic&Parsley, Smoked Paprika, and Old Bay seasoning,(And whatever else you think works) and give your tastebuds a treat( I always pat Chicken Dry with paper towels so seasonings can stick to them after you give the bag a few vigorous shakes)5 stars