Crispy air fryer roast potatoes are super quick to make and require no par-boiling! They're fluffy on the inside and crispy on the outside, but best of all they're much healthier than oven-baked roast potatoes!
Serve with a traditional Sunday Roast (try this air fryer roast chicken), or as an easy side for a quick weeknight dinner.
These simple air fryer roasted potatoes cook in just 25 minutes in the air fryer, making them a quick and easy alternative to oven-roasted potatoes.
They'll turn out crispy and crunchy, with a beautiful deep golden brown colour.
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✔️ Why should you try it?
- Easy air fryer potato recipe.
- Using an air fryer saves space in the oven when you are cooking a roast dinner.
- Great side dish for lots of different meals.
- No par-boiling is required.
- Lower in fat than ordinary oven-roasted potatoes as less oil is needed.
- Maris Piper Potatoes - or another variety of floury white potatoes such as King Edward. If you're in the US you could use Yukon Gold or red potatoes. White potatoes can also be used.
- Olive Oil - One tablespoon of olive oil or use low-fat cooking spray to save even more calories. Vegetable oil can also be used if that's all you have.
- Seasoning - sea salt, black pepper, garlic powder, and smoked paprika.
Which air fryer? I use the Ninja Foodi 5.8 litre Grill and Air Fryer with 4 customisable cooking functions including air fry, roast, bake, and dehydrate!
If you don't have an air fryer you might want to try my crispy polenta roast potatoes which can be cooked in a conventional oven!
What is an air fryer?
Air fryers are small(ish) kitchen appliances that operate like a convection oven—except in a smaller, more concentrated space.
The air is circulated at a high temperature and evenly around the food, which makes the food cook more quickly than in a conventional oven and helps give foods a crispy coating without the need for lots of oil and fat.
Learn how to make roast potatoes in an air fryer by following these easy steps!
The recipe card with ingredient quantities and detailed instructions can be found at the bottom of the post
One: Peel and chop your potatoes into small cubes (roughly 4 - 5cm).
Two: Soak your potatoes for 30 minutes (or up to 24 hours if you want to prep the night before) to release excess starch and help achieve that crispy crunchy coating.
Three: Pat the potatoes completely dry with paper towels.
Four: Place in a large bowl.
Five: Pour in the oil and seasonings.
Six: Use a spoon to make sure every potato is coated in the seasoning mix.
Seven: Place the potatoes in a single layer in the air fryer basket and cook for 12 minutes. Lift the air fryer basket out of the air fryer and give the potatoes a shake.
Eight: Return to the air fryer for another 12 minutes. Serve immediately.
💭 Top tips
- Cut the potatoes into roughly 4 - 5cm cubes, which is slightly smaller than I would cut a traditional roast potato. Keeping them small increases their surface area and also helps to ensure they cook quickly in the air fryer.
- Soak the potatoes in water for 30 minutes before cooking to remove any excess starch.
- Ensure you pat the potatoes completely dry after soaking. You don't want any moisture getting into the air fryer to sabotage your crispy roast potatoes!
- Preheat the air fryer so that the potatoes are added when the temperature is already hot. All air fryer models are slightly different so refer to your manufacturer's guidance.
- Make sure the potatoes are in a single layer in the air fryer basket and avoid overcrowding.
- If you have time, par-boil the potatoes first, which will mean the potatoes are even crispier!
- For extra luxurious roasties, use goose fat or duck fat.
- Garnish with fresh rosemary, thyme, or chopped parsley.
🍴 Serving suggestions
Serve the quick air fryer roast potatoes with a traditional Sunday roast (such as honey roast gammon, slow cooker roast beef, or air fryer roast chicken). They also go well with slow cooker lamb breast, slow cooker pork chops, and a simple sausage casserole, for a quick and easy weeknight dinner!
More air fryer vegetable sides
- Crispy Air Fryer Broccoli Parmesan
- Air Fryer Roasted Radishes
- Air Fryer Green Beans
- Air Fryer Cauliflower
- Air Fryer Asparagus
Here are some variations of air fryer roasted potatoes that you can try:
- Herbed Roasted Potatoes: Add a handful of fresh herbs, such as rosemary, thyme, or parsley, to the potatoes before cooking for a flavourful twist.
- Spicy Roasted Potatoes: Add a pinch of chilil powder or cayenne pepper to the potatoes before cooking for a spicy kick.
- Garlic Roasted Potatoes: Add a clove of minced garlic to the potatoes before cooking for a garlic flavour that permeates every bite.
- Lemon Roasted Potatoes: Add a squeeze of fresh lemon juice and a pinch of lemon zest to the potatoes before cooking for a tangy, zesty flavour.
- Paprika Roasted Potatoes: Add a pinch of smoked paprika to the potatoes before cooking for a smoky, earthy flavour.
- Parmesan Roasted Potatoes: Sprinkle grated parmesan cheese over the potatoes before cooking for a nutty, salty flavor.
Other seasonings you could try include Italian herbs, Cajun spice, fajita seasoning, oregano, and onion powder, or you could just stick with good old salt and pepper.
Why not try air fryer sweet potatoes instead? You can cut out the soaking stage if using sweet potatoes as they contain less starch!
Or, make air fryer potato wedges! Follow the instructions on the recipe card, simply cut the potatoes into wedges instead. You could also try using halved small baby potatoes too!
The air fryer roast potatoes are best served straight out of the air fryer when they are at their crispiest, crunchiest best!
Store: Place leftover roast potatoes in an airtight container and refrigerate for up to 3 days.
Reheat: Air fry for 5 minutes to retain their crispiness.
Freeze: Leftover roast potatoes can also be frozen for up to 3 months. Air fry from frozen for 15 minutes at 190c (375F) or until piping hot.
Soaking the potatoes releases their excess starch and helps to make the potatoes really crispy. You'll also find they don't stick together either!
It depends on the make and model of your air fryer. Most air fryers have a preheat function which ensures they get up to temperature before adding food.
To ensure that the potatoes cook evenly in the air fryer, it is important to cut them into small, uniform pieces. It is also recommended to turn the potatoes every 10 minutes or so during cooking to ensure even browning.
Cooking potatoes in an air fryer is considered a healthier alternative to traditional oven roasting, as it uses less oil and results in a crispy texture without added fat. However, it is important to keep in mind that potatoes are a high-carbohydrate food and should be consumed in moderation as part of a balanced diet.
es, you can use frozen potatoes in the air fryer, but it is important to note that the cooking time will be longer and the potatoes may not cook as evenly as fresh potatoes. As a general rule, it is recommended to cook frozen potatoes for 30-35 minutes or until they are golden brown and crispy on the outside and soft on the inside.
To make the potatoes extra crispy in the air fryer, it is recommended to use olive oil or spray oil to lightly coat the potatoes before cooking. You can also sprinkle a small amount of cornflour over the potatoes before cooking to help absorb any excess moisture and result in a crispy textured roastie.
Yes, you can double the recipe for a larger batch of roasted potatoes. However, it is important to be aware that the air fryer basket may become overcrowded, which can result in uneven cooking. If you need to cook a large batch of potatoes, it is best to do it in two separate batches or use a larger air fryer.
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Easy Air Fryer Roast Potatoes
- 8 Maris Piper Potatoes peeled and cut into 5cm chunks.
- 1 tablespoon Olive Oil
- ½ teaspoon Sea Salt
- ½ teaspoon Smoked Paprika
- ¼ teaspoon Garlic Powder
- ¼ teaspoon Black Pepper
- Peel and chop your potatoes into 5 cm chunks.8 Maris Piper Potatoes
- Soak your potatoes in a bowl of cold water for 30 minutes (or up to 24 hours).
- Pat dry the potatoes on a tea towel or paper until their is no moisture left.
- Place the potatoes in a bowl and coat in the oil and seasonings. Use a spoon to make sure every potato is coated.1 tablespoon Olive Oil, ½ teaspoon Sea Salt, ½ teaspoon Smoked Paprika, ¼ teaspoon Garlic Powder, ¼ teaspoon Black Pepper
- Preheat your air fryer to 190°c (375F) and place your potatoes in the air fryer basket and cook for 12 minutes.
- Take the basket out of the air fryer and give the potatoes a shake (or use tongs to flip the potatoes) and return to the air fryer for a further 10 minutes. Test a potato with a sharp knife and place back in the air fryer for a couple of extra minutes if needed.
- Cut the potatoes into 4-5cm cubes, which is slightly smaller than I would cut a traditional roast potato. Keeping them small increases their surface area and also helps to ensure they cook quickly in the air fryer.
- Ensure you pat the potatoes completely dry after soaking. You don't want any moisture getting in that air fryer to sabotage your crispy roast potatoes!
- Preheat the air fryer so that the potatoes are added when the temperature is already hot. All air fryer models are slightly different though so please refer to your manufacturer's guidance.
We love making roast potatoes in our air fryer. They get so deliciously crispy.
I love how it frees up oven space when I'm cooking a roast dinner!
No more par boiling and then waiting an hour for them to crisp in the oven. They look marvelous and this is awesome!
I love using my air fryer and this was another winner recipe! Perfectly crispy 🙂 Thanks for the tip on making sure the potatoes are dry before starting!
I never knew soaking the potatoes before hand would help them crisp up but you're right! It's a genius hack that I'll be using from now on!
So delicious and easy to make! Another reason I love my air fryer!
What temp for the air fryer
Hi Alex. All the details are in the recipe card at the bottom of the post. Hope you enjoy them!
Perfectly crisp outside and nice and fluffy inside - these were truly great potatoes without fussing with the oven.
This is so perfect and so easy to make in the air fryer!! Everyone at my house enjoyed this!
So simple and super crispy. Where has the air fryer been all our lives?
25 minutes to crunchy roast potatoes? My hubby would be so delighted with this! Need to make this soon!
I love cooking with my air fryer and I do love crunchy potatoes! The seasoning sounds perfect too!
This looks so delicious and crunchy! I'm so excited to make this recipe! My family is going to love this recipe!
This is a life changer! I have been looking for an easier way to make roast potatoes, and this is it. Thank you so much for sharing it!
I so need an air fryer. We are total potato lovers in my house so I just baked these with all the seasoning.
5 minutes before they are cooked, mix up some goose fat, marmite and some boiling water, then add to the potatoes. My wife does NOT like marmite, but she loves it on roast potatoes. Try it!!!
I love marmite Paul, so will give this a try next time! Thanks for sharing your tip.