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How To Cook Roast Potatoes In An Air Fryer

Published by: Chef Matty Riedel • Updated: January 20, 2024

You can easily cook roast potatoes with the seasonings of your choice in your air fryer. You will need basic ingredients and minimal oil to achieve crisp results. Set the temperature to 190°C and cook the potatoes for 10 minutes before flipping them over and cooking for an additional 10 minutes.

Cooking Roast Potatoes In An Air Fryer

The fuss about air fryers is how convenient they are. They allow for minimal effort and quick meals. This makes them a favourite in every home. I personally enjoy cooking in my air fryer, with my favourite recipe being how to roast potatoes in it.

Among the many reasons why this air fryer potato recipe is the best is that it makes a great side with a variety of meals. You will get crisp and delicious roast potatoes in 25 minutes without requiring any parboiling or extra fuss.

Roast potatoes prepared in an air fryer are also lower in fat content compared to traditional oven-roasted potatoes. The air fryer technology makes use of hot air to cook food to the utmost perfection, reducing the dependency on fats such as oil or butter.

Cooking Instructions

This section will guide you on how to cook roast potatoes to perfection in an air fryer. You can make adjustments to the recipe based on the quantity of roast potatoes required.

roast potatoes, with chilis. sweet corn and yohurt


  • Potatoes: Choose the best potatoes possible for air frying. You will find a guide to which potatoes are most suited for air fryer cooking below.
  • Olive Oil: You will need about a tablespoon of olive oil to coat the potatoes and grease the air fryer basket. You can also use a low-calorie low-fat cooking spray. As a last resort, use vegetable oil.
  • Seasoning: You can season the potatoes as per your taste. The most basic seasoning features black pepper, salt, smoked paprika and garlic powder. You can also experiment with dried herbs and other spices.


  1. Clean the potatoes in warm water thoroughly. I prefer to keep the skins of my potatoes on because they lend a wonderful taste and are packed with nutrients. So, it is important to wash them well to get off any dirt on the skin.
  2. If you are not taking off the skin, chop them up into small cubes. Keep the cubes around 4 to 5 cm in size. If you would rather do without the skin, peel them before cubing them.
  3. If you are using starchy potatoes, you may want to soak them in cold water for a while. This will allow all excess starch to leach out and result in a crispy coating when air fried.
  4. Pat the potato cubes dry thoroughly. Then, take a bowl and mix the olive oil and the seasoning. Toss the cubes into it and mix well. Make sure the oil and seasoning coat the cubes.
  5. Now it is time to preheat the air fryer. Set the temperature to 190°C. Preheat for three minutes before placing the potato cubes into the basket.
  6. Allow the potatoes to cook for about 10 to 12 minutes before peeking into the basket. Flip the cubes over with a fork to ensure even cooking. Cook for another 10 to 12 minutes.

Best Potatoes For Air Fryer Cooking

The type of potato you choose when cooking with an air fryer matters. You want the kind of potatoes that crisp up well while retaining their flavour. This is a list of potatoes that are the most suitable for air fryer cooking.

Red Potatoes

These potatoes are packed with sugar and low starch content. They turn a darker shade of brown when roasted. The end result will be crispy right out of the air fryer. However, once outside, they will soften and have soft and creamy insides.

red potatoes

Russet Potatoes

Russets are beautiful when air fried. They turn a lovely golden colour and crisp up well. You will get soft and fluffy insides with a delightfully light flavour.

New Or Baby Potatoes

These potatoes hold their shape and roast perfectly in an air fryer. They are packed with high sugar content. They are of the seasonal variety and might be difficult to get your hands on since they are an all-time favourite.

Yellow Potatoes Or Yukon Golds

These potatoes are also similar to the reds. They turn a deep colour due to their high sugar content and low starch. They may not crisp up as well as russets, but they are quite flavourful and tend to be creamy on the inside.

Tips And Tricks For The Perfect Roast Potatoes

delicious roast potatoes

Roast potatoes go well with any meal. However, the trick is to perfect them and ensure a deliciously crisp outer layer. Here are a few tips and tricks that will help you achieve the perfect side dish.

  • Do not forget to preheat. Preheating the air fryer will give your crispier results and it will evenly cook the potatoes.
  • It is better to use potatoes with a lower starch content. However, in case you only have starchy potatoes, you can soak them in cold water before you roast them. Allow them to soak for a minimum of 15 minutes. 
  • The final tip is to ensure you dry them out well before you toss them into the seasoning bowl. Water content might result in soggy potatoes. To ensure a tasty crisp, pat dry.

How To Store And Reheat Air Fried Roast Potatoes?

You can keep air fryer potatoes in the fridge for a maximum of five days. Make sure you store them in an air-tight container. You can also pop them into the freezer in a tightly sealed container. They will keep for at least six months.

Once you are ready to consume them, you can reheat them in the air fryer. Just pop them into the basket for three to four minutes, and you will be able to revive them to their crispy glory.

You can also reheat them in a microwave. However, they will not retain their crispiness as they would in an air fryer.

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