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Want to make roasted potatoes but don’t want to turn on the oven? Grab your air fryer and make these Air Fryer Roasted Potatoes instead!

Overhead close up view of air fryer roasted potatoes in a white serving bowl

Are you looking for a super simple side dish that is quick and also delicious? I’ve got ya covered with this recipe for Air Fryer Roasted Potatoes.

Whether I’m serving them up with grilled chicken, filet mignon, a juicy burger, or even hot dogs, these potatoes are one of my go-to side dishes for summer.

Speaking of hot dogs, have you ever made them in the air fryer? I swear they’re almost as good as grilled! Toss them in at 350° for about 8 minutes and you have hot dog perfection.

Okay, enough about hot dogs, let’s get back to these awesome Air Fryer Roasted Potatoes.

Ingredients for air fryer roasted potatoes on a gray countertop


During the fall and winter, I have no problem cranking up my oven to roast potatoes or heating up a pot of oil to fry Jo Jo Potato Wedges

But once the temperatures start to soar above 80 degrees, I’m not exactly excited to turn the oven on high enough to get crispy roasted potatoes.

I got an air fryer a couple of years ago and fell in love with it after learning how to bake potatoes in it. Then I made perfect Air Fryer Brussels Sprouts in it and was really sold on this gadget.

Sliced baby potatoes in a metal colander

One of the things I like about using my air fryer is that it doesn’t heat up my kitchen the way that turning on the oven does. It’s also convenient if I’m already using my oven for something else.

Not to mention that it gets vegetables super crispy.

When I make these Air Fryer Roasted Potatoes, I keep the seasoning pretty simple with some salt, pepper, and cajun seasoning. I’ll add some fresh thyme and garlic cloves while the potatoes are cooking, and sometimes I’ll toss the cooked potatoes in some whole grain mustard before serving.

You can really add whatever kinds of seasonings you like to these potatoes, such as adding ranch seasoning for garlic ranch potatoes or adding in some rosemary.

Bowl of seasoned halved potatoes, ready to go into the air fryer


The process for making roasted potatoes in your air fryer isn’t that much different from making them in the oven:

  • Preheat your air fryer 
  • Cook the potatoes for 10 minutes
  • Stir the potatoes
  • Cook for another 8-12 minutes
Freshly roasted air fryer potatoes in an air fryer basket

Start by preheating the air fryer to 400 degrees for 10 minutes. You want the air fryer super hot when you add the potatoes so they get as crispy as possible.

While the air fryer preheats, cut the potatoes in half lengthwise. I like to use a mix of petite gold potatoes and petite red potatoes, but you can use whatever you like best. Just make sure the pieces are all similar sizes so they cook evenly.

Rinse the cut potatoes under cool water and let them drain really well.

Bowl of air fryer roasted potatoes on a gray countertop next to a napkin and a ramekin of aioli

Toss the potatoes with the olive oil and seasonings. Add the potatoes to the preheated fryer basket, along with some fresh thyme and smashed garlic cloves if you like.

Cook the potatoes for 10 minutes, then give them a stir. Cook them for another 8-12 minutes, until they are crispy on the outside and fork-tender on the inside.

Remove the potatoes to a serving bowl and take out the sprigs of thyme and the garlic cloves, if you used them. Season with additional salt and pepper, if needed. You can also toss them with some whole-grain mustard if you like.

Roasted air fryer potatoes in a white serving bowl


There are about a million ways to serve up these potatoes! 

Serve them as a side with Easy Meatloaf, Ritz Cracker Chicken, or Baked Pork Chops. They’re delicious dipped in garlic aioli

They are also a good alternative to french fries alongside Old Fashioned Baked Beans and Cheeseburger Sliders or Italian Beef Sandwiches

And don’t forget about breakfast! Serve them with bacon and some fried eggs for a classic diner-style breakfast.

Air fryer roasted potatoes next to a ramekin of aioli and a fork on a white plate
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Air Fryer Roasted Potatoes

By: Jamie Lothridge
4.45 from 209 ratings
Prep: 10 minutes
Cook: 20 minutes
Total: 30 minutes
Servings: 4 -6 servings
Want to make roasted potatoes but don’t want to turn on the oven? Grab your air fryer and make these Air Fryer Roasted Potatoes instead!


  • 1 pound petite Yukon or gold potatoes
  • 1 pound petite red potatoes
  • 1 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1 teaspoon black pepper
  • 2 teaspoons Cajun seasoning optional
  • 2-3 tablespoons olive oil

Optional to add during cooking:

  • 2-3 large cloves garlic smashed
  • 1 large bunch fresh thyme

Optional after cooking:

  • 1-2 large spoonfuls of whole grain or country Dijon mustard


  • Preheat air fryer to 400°F for 10 minutes.
  • While the air fryer preheats, cut potatoes in half lengthwise at thickest part. 
  • Once potatoes are cut, give them a quick rinse under cool water and let drain really well in a colander.
  • Combine potatoes, olive oil, salt, pepper, and Cajun seasoning in a large bowl; toss or stir to thoroughly coat the potatoes. 
  • Once the air fryer has preheated, add the seasoned potatoes to the fryer basket. If using, add in the crushed garlic and sprigs of thyme. Air fry at 400°F for 10 minutes. After 10 minutes, stir the potatoes. Cook at 400°F  for an additional 8-12 minutes until potatoes are roasted, crispy and fork tender. 
  • Remove potatoes into a large serving bowl, removing the garlic and thyme sprigs if applicable. Taste for seasoning and add more salt or pepper if desired.
  • Optionally, once cooked you can add whole grain or country Dijon mustard to the serving bowl and give a light toss or stir.


If air fryer finishes preheating before the potatoes are ready to cook, preheat for another 2-3 minutes before adding the potatoes. You want the air fryer and basket to be very hot to get the crispiest possible potatoes.


Calories: 263kcal, Carbohydrates: 32g, Protein: 4g, Fat: 14g, Saturated Fat: 2g, Polyunsaturated Fat: 11g, Sodium: 754mg, Fiber: 4g, Sugar: 2g

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

4.45 from 209 votes (209 ratings without comment)

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  1. Anita says:

    I’m still getting used to an air fryer and this recipe was so easy and accurate! I used salt and pepper and a dash of Trader Joe’s Umami seasoning. Yum-O! Beautifully browned and tasty! Thanks for sharing!

    1. Jamie says:

      So happy to hear that you enjoyed these potatoes, Anita! Thanks so much for stopping by and sharing your feedback! Happy baking –

  2. Marlene says:

    *** for my comment above, I meant roasted potatoes, not toasted lol

  3. Marlene says:

    I don’t usually post reviews but I wanted to say how great this turned out!! I followed exactly as the recipe said and just swapped some paprika for the Cajun seasoning (I’m Portuguese and we love our paprika).
    These were outstanding, flavorful and crispy!!
    This will now be my go-to for toasted air fry potatoes :)

    1. Jamie says:

      I’m so glad you enjoyed the recipe, Marlene! Thanks so much for stopping by and sharing your feedback. Happy baking!

  4. Jeca says:

    Hi do I set the air fryer to air fry or to the roast option?

    1. Jamie says:

      Hi Jeca – My air fryer does not have a “roast” option, so I am guessing that for your device, you’d want to choose the air fryer option. Hope this helps, let me know how they turn out if you give them a try. Happy cooking!

    2. Jeca says:


      Hi Jamie they were great!!! The texture was perfect and the taste was even better! I was never able to that texture until I tried your recipe and will use yours as a guide for the future.

      And I will also use your exact recipe for the future!

    3. Jamie says:

      So happy you loved the potatoes! Thank you for stopping by and sharing your feedback. Happy baking!

  5. Nick says:

    I made these, great. I just peeled small potatoes and cut in half (ping pong ball size). Put about 2 tbsps olive oil in a bowl with about a tsp each of chip seasoning and steak and chops seasoning. Tossed the potatoes around in the oil till they were coated, put the in the air fryer basket and did for 10mins at 200c, stirred them and did for another 15mins at 200c. Perfect and so easy, thank you. Oh the maximum my air fryer goes to is 200c so i preheated to that for 5 mins first.

    1. Jamie says:

      So glad to hear you enjoyed the recipe, Nick! Thanks so much for stopping by and leaving your feedback!