Air Fryer Red Potatoes have a delicious crispy skin with a creamy interior and are perfectly seasoned to satisfy your tastebuds. Made with just a few ingredients, this simple side dish is ready in just 30 minutes.
I love the flavor and texture of fried potatoes, but I'm not a fan of all the excess oil although it's necessary to get that crispy exterior. By making air fried red potatoes and other air fryer recipes, I only need a little olive oil making the recipes a bit healthier for my family.
The air fryer is the perfect kitchen tool for making your favorite foods in less time. The way the air circulates around the air fryer basket means the cooking time is shorter, you don't have to babysit the pan, and you can use less oil. It's a great way to turn simple potatoes into the perfect side dish.
I also love cooking frozen french fries in my air fryer for nights we are having a quick dinner.
Air fried red potatoes can be served with breakfast, lunch or dinner. This classic side dish is flavorful, healthy and goes with just about anything.
- Red Potatoes – You could substitute any thin skinned, waxy potatoes such as fingerling potatoes, red bliss or creamers. You can also use russet potatoes but may need to adjust the cooking time. I love the color of red potatoes and sometimes mix a few different varieties for an appealing looking plate.
- Olive Oil – Substitute any light, neutral-flavored oil. Avocado oil or vegetable oil is a great alternative.
- Salt and Black Pepper – Season to taste with kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper.
See recipe card for exact quantities and instructions.
- Wash the potatoes and cut them into bite-sized pieces.
- In a large bowl, toss the potatoes with oil and sprinkle on the salt and pepper or any other seasonings desired until well coated.
- Place potatoes in the air fryer basket or rack in an even layer. Cook at 400 degrees F for 10 minutes. Turn or shake the potatoes then cook for another 10 minutes or until brown and crispy.
Hint: Add your favorite herbs and seasonings to add more flavor to these potatoes.
Seasonings for Air Fryer Potatoes
Potatoes and chicken are like blank slates in the kitchen. While both have their own taste and textures, they can both be enhanced by the addition of herbs and spices. These air fryer red potatoes are perfectly seasoned with just salt and fresh ground pepper, or you can elevate them to something even more spectacular.
Here are some seasoning ideas:
- Powdered ranch seasoning
- Seasoned Salt
- Minced garlic and fresh Rosemary
- Italian seasoning
- Greek seasoning
- Red pepper flakes or cayenne pepper for heat
- Cajun Seasoning
- Garlic Powder
- Onion Powder
- Parmesan Cheese
The leftover potatoes can be stored in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 3 days. Reheat them for a few minutes in your air fryer until they are warm and crispy. We don't recommend reheating in the microwave as they become mushy and lose their crispy crunch.
- Small potatoes can be used whole or cut in half.
- Larger potatoes should be cubed or cut into bite sized pieces.
- Soaking the potatoes in water for 20 minutes after they have been cut can help draw out extra starch. Dry them off, and they will be noticeably crispier!
- Waxy potatoes will have a creamier interior than starchy potatoes like russet potatoes.
- Preheat the air fryer for the best results.
- The potatoes can touch inside the basket but don't overcrowd.
- Toss the potatoes halfway through the cooking time.
- These can even work as a main dish. Slather on sour cream, bacon bits, and cheese and you have a killer loaded baked potato dish!
- This recipe works with 4-quart or larger air fryers. If you’re using a smaller air fryer, cut the recipe in half or cook only half at a time.
- If your air fryer doesn’t reach 400 degrees, use the closest setting it gives. You may have to add a couple more minutes of cooking time.
- Add any seasonings you like to switch up the flavors or to match the main course you’re serving them with.
Air fried red potatoes can be topped with cheese and bacon and served with a little sour cream to make them the main event. They are the perfect side dish to serve with so many different meals. Here are a few of my favorites:
Red skinned potatoes along with round white and other waxy potatoes have thinner skin and are typically smaller potatoes than Yukon golds and other yellow potatoes. You can easily substitute any type of waxy, all purpose or starchy potatoes in this recipe.
This recipe, including prep work, is ready in just 30 minutes. The potatoes cook in just 20 minutes, so it's the perfect side to fix with any dish.
Potato skins are loaded with fiber, so they are the perfect addition to a well-balanced diet. Since the skins on red potatoes are so thin, they are easier to eat. In addition to fiber, red potatoes are also a great source of potassium, iron and vitamin B.
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Crispy Air Fried Red Potatoes
- 3 pounds red potatoes
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
- 1 teaspoon black pepper
- 2 teaspoons salt
- Wash potatoes well. Cut the potatoes into bite sized pieces. Place them in a large mixing bowl and drizzle the potatoes with the oil and sprinkle on the salt and pepper or any other seasonings desired. Toss the potatoes so they get coated evenly.
- Place the potatoes in the air fryer basket or rack. Cook at 400 degrees for 10 minutes. Toss or tun then cook for another 10 minutes or until potatoes are brown and crispy.
- Cool for a few minutes before serving.
- 1 teaspoon garlic powder with 1 teaspoon dried rosemary
- 1 tablespoon chili powder
- 1 tablespoon smoky paprika with 3 tablespoons fresh chopped parlsey
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