Perhaps you’re really proud of how great your roasted potatoes taste, and it appears like potatoes can’t get much better, yet the air fryer turns out to be a genius way of cooking potatoes. They get extra crispy on the outside while remaining wonderfully soft on the inside, and with a little oil and seasoning, you’ll have the most irresistible potatoes ever on your plate.
If you’re thinking, “I definitely must try this…”, well, we’ve got you. Note the tips and suggestions we’ve outlined in this article, including timing guidelines to get the best out of your air fryer-cooked potatoes.
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Tips for Cooking Potatoes in the Air Fryer
When cooking potatoes in the air fryer, there are some helpful tricks to have up your sleeves to guarantee the best possible results.
Pay attention to these tips:
If you want crispy potatoes – First and foremost, make sure you use dried potatoes! If you’re using a potato-like russet, red skin, or sweet potato, make sure to scrub any dirt off before cooking. However, you should allow time for the potato to dry. Scrub the potatoes for at least 30 minutes before you plan to boil them. Set them on a kitchen towel after patting them dry with a paper towel, turning after 15 minutes to allow both sides of the potato skin to dry. Proceed with the recipe after dicing the potatoes.
To soak or not, this is another beneficial step in making the crispiest potatoes, which is not entirely necessary. Soaking the potatoes in cold water for 30 minutes (or overnight) after cutting them removes the starch from the sliced sides, allowing them to crisp up even more in the air fryer. (Just make sure they’re completely dry before cooking!) This soak is also the secret to making some of the crispiest French fries.
Dice up some potatoes and give it a shot if you have time. Even with potatoes that haven’t been soaked, the intense heat of the air fryer will provide fantastic results on a weeknight or for a quick, crispy potato fix.
Don’t overcrowd the air fryer – Make sure the air fryer basket isn’t too full. You want the air surrounding the potatoes to circulate evenly. The maximum recommendation to put in the air fryer at a time would probably be four medium potatoes. You’ll also want to give the skin plenty of room to crisp up.
Poke your potatoes with a fork – Air fryer potatoes may not need to be probed with a fork, but there’s a danger they’ll explode and make a mess in your air fryer if you don’t, which is why we recommend that you poke them for 10 seconds.
Take note of the cooking time – Cooking times vary depending on the size of the potatoes. The good news is that you can always put them back in the air fryer for a few minutes more if necessary.
Also, read your air fryer’s instructions to see what temperatures and timings are optimal for your specific model.
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Cooking time for Potatoes in the Air Fryer
The ideal cooking time for potatoes in the air fryer depends on a number of factors, including the method you choose, the size of your potatoes, and the cooking temperature. Also, some air fryer models cook faster than others, but generally, the timing guidelines in the table below should work fine for your recipes:
|Cooking method||Cooking time|
|Baking potatoes in the air fryer at 390 F||30 to 45 minutes|
|Air fryer French fries cooked at 390 F||15 to 20 minutes|
|Air fryer potato chips cooked at 300 F||20 to 30 minutes|
For air fryer baked potatoes:
- Preheat the air fryer to 390 degrees Fahrenheit (200 C). Potatoes should be rubbed with a little vegetable oil and seasoned with salt.
- Arrange the potatoes in a single layer in the air fryer. Cook for 30 to 45 minutes, or until fork-tender, flipping once during the baking process to ensure equal cooking.
For air fryer French fries:
- Using a knife or a mandoline slicer, cut potatoes into matchsticks. Soak sliced potatoes for 1 to 2 hours in a dish of cold water. This removes the starch, resulting in a delightfully crisp texture!
- Preheat the air fryer to 390°F (200 C). Drain the potatoes and pat them dry. Toss the potatoes in a mixing bowl with a teaspoon of vegetable oil and a pinch of salt.
- Fill your air fryer halfway with fries and spread them out as thinly as possible. Cook for 15 to 20 minutes, shaking the basket occasionally to ensure even frying.
For air fryer potato chips:
- Using a knife or a mandoline slicer, cut potatoes into thin circles. Soak sliced potatoes for 1 to 2 hours in a dish of cold water. This removes starch to make them perfectly crispy, just like the air fryer potato fries.
- Preheat the air fryer to 300°F (150 C). Drain the potatoes and pat them dry. Toss the potatoes in a mixing bowl with a teaspoon per potato of vegetable oil and a pinch of salt.
- Fill your air fryer halfway with potatoes and spread them out as thinly as possible. Cook for 20 to 30 minutes, shaking the basket occasionally to ensure equal cooking. If your chips are flying around in the air fryer, you can cover them with the air fryer grill plate to keep them in place.
The entire cooking duration for this recipe is 35 minutes, with a 5-minute prep time and a cook time of 30 minutes. If you’d like more ideas on how to cook potatoes in the air fryer, then take a look at this video recipe.