Last Updated on 22nd April 2022 by Pauline
Using your air fryer, you can make roasted potatoes that are every bit as crispy and tasty as what you get out of the oven. It’s also a lot healthier way than cooking them in a bunch of oil, and it cooks faster using the air fryer than it would using the oven.
It’s also really easy to make roasted potatoes in the air fryer, so there’s no reason not to give this method a try.
I don’t think most people are going to have trouble following the directions I’ll provide here for how to roast potatoes in air fryer, but if you do run into some problems, I have a little troubleshooting help for you. Let’s start with a few tips that will make it easier.
Air Fryer Roasted Potato Tips
You definitely want to give the potatoes a flip or shake during the cooking process. This ensures that they cook evenly all over and don’t get stuck together as they cook.
It’s best to flip them using a spatula or metal spoon rather than trying to shake the basket, however. When you shake the basket, you can shake it a little too violently accidentally and make the potatoes fall apart.
It’s best to leave the skins on the potatoes. That helps them be crispy and ensures that the potatoes are rich in fiber and other nutrients. If you take the skins off, you’re basically just getting carbs and sugar, so the nutritional value is limited.
Since you’re leaving the skin on, however, it’s more important than ever that you wash the potatoes. There may be dirt and other debris on the skin, and the potatoes need to be washed well before cooking them up in the air fryer.
Before adding the potatoes to the fryer, make sure you coat them with oil. A cooking spray oil works well, and to keep the fat levels low, make sure you use a healthy spray oil. If you are seasoning your potatoes, the spray oil ensures that the seasonings stick to the potatoes and stay on there while they cook.
Also ensure that the air fryer heats up all the way before adding the potatoes. The fryer needs to go through the preheating process, which takes about 5 to 10 minutes. This will help your potatoes come out really crispy when they’re done cooking rather than soggy.
Keep in mind that each air fryer is different. You’ll want to read your fryer’s instructions and check the air fryer operations manual before roasting potatoes in there. The specific directions you’ll need for using your air fryer may be a little different from what I’ve posted here as a method for how to make roast potatoes in air fryer.
When you prepare your potatoes by slicing them, try to cut them into about the same size pieces. If you can keep your pieces around the same size, that will help them to cook more evenly. If you end up with some pieces that are larger or smaller than others, some may cook more fully and others may burn while going through the same cooking process.
How Long to Roast Potatoes in Air Fryer?
You might be curious how long the entire cooking process will take. That’s going to depend on how many potatoes you’re cooking at once and the temperature you’ve set your air fryer to, but you should figure about 18 to 20 minutes for roasting your potatoes in the air fryer.
After the air fryer has preheated, which takes a few minutes, you’ll need to cook the potatoes for about 10 minutes. Then, move them around with your spatula and then allow them to cook for about 8 to 10 minutes more.
You know they’re done cooking when they are brown all over the exterior and when they are tender when pierced with a fork. If you follow the cooking time and temperature I provide in the recipe below, though, then you shouldn’t have any problems cooking them through in the time I’ve given you.
How to Rest Potatoes in the Air Fryer
You can prepare seasonings however you like for your roasted potatoes. You’ll want to choose an oil to cook it with, and for a healthy oil, I would recommend avocado, coconut, or olive oil. The recipe I’ll give you below is for a pound of potatoes, and these will be cut into pieces that are about an inch square.
Any kind of potatoes will work well, but Yukon gold baby potatoes are probably best to give you the perfect level of crispiness and to cook easily with these same directions.
For seasoning, I prefer salt and black pepper, as well as parsley. You can add in other ingredients as well, like Italian seasoning, garlic cloves, parmesan, onion powder, and others.
- Using a sharp knife, cut the potatoes into 1-inch pieces. Preheat the air fryer at 400 degrees. This should take around 10 minutes.
- Combine your potato pieces with seasonings, ensuring they get tossed in cooking oil or cooking spray of some kind.
- Once the oil has heated up, you can add the potatoes to the air fryer. Try not to fill the basket too full or overstuff it with potatoes, otherwise they won’t cook properly. Cook for about 10 minutes.
- Then, use a spatula and flip the potatoes around, ensuring they turn over. Cook for an additional 8 to 10 minutes.
When the potatoes come out of the air fryer, they should be crispy on the outside and tender in the center, able to be easily pierced with a fork. You can garnish with parmesan cheese, parsley, or the topping of your choice.
How to Roast Sweet Potatoes in Air Fryer
You may be wondering if the cooking time or method needs to change if you are using sweet potatoes as opposed to golden potatoes or russet potatoes. You can actually cook them the same way, using the same cooking temperature and time. No changes need to be made, as long as you’re cutting them into small pieces.
However, sweet potatoes are usually served whole, and you can roast them in the air fryer whole if you want. You will need to make a few small changes, however.
They should definitely be coated with oil, and you can add salt and pepper and other seasonings as you like. You should also poke them in several places with a fork for ventilation and heat the air fryer to 390 degrees Fahrenheit. Then, cook the sweet potatoes for about 40 to 45 minutes.
You can cook regular golden potatoes, white potatoes, red potatoes, or sweet potatoes this way.
How to Cook Frozen Roast Potatoes in Air Fryer
For frozen potatoes in the air fryer, you don’t need to make any changes. They can cook just as well as room temperature potatoes, so long as they are cut into small, 1-inch square pieces. Following the same directions as above, they should cook all the way through in the same time.