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Air Fryer Baby Potatoes Recipe

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Air Fryer Baby Potatoes Recipe

Air fryer baby potatoes are a quick and delicious side dish you can whip up in no time. In just around 15-25 minutes, you can have crispy, flavorful baby potatoes ready to serve with any meal.

Using simple ingredients like rosemary, garlic, and paprika, these potatoes pack a punch without much effort. The air fryer makes them perfectly crispy on the outside and soft on the inside, making them a family favorite.

Whether you’re serving them with breakfast, dinner, or as a snack, air fryer baby potatoes are versatile and easy to make. Enjoy them with your favorite seasonings and sauces, and you’ll never run out of ideas for this tasty side dish.

Exact Ingredients (+ Possible Substitutes)

Basic Ingredients

  1. Baby Potatoes

    • Use about 1 pound of baby potatoes.
    • You can substitute with small Yukon Gold or red potatoes, cut into similar-sized pieces.
  2. Olive Oil

    • Use 1-2 tablespoons of olive oil.
    • You can use melted butter or avocado oil as a substitute.


  1. Salt

    • Add ¼ teaspoon of salt.
    • Sea salt or kosher salt can be used as substitutes.
  2. Black Pepper

    • Add ¼ teaspoon of black pepper.
    • White pepper can also work if that’s what you have.

Optional Seasonings

  1. Garlic

    • Use ½ teaspoon of garlic granules or 1-2 minced garlic cloves.
    • Garlic powder can be used instead.
  2. Herbs

    • Use 1 teaspoon of rosemary or thyme.
    • Italian seasoning, oregano, or dill can serve as good alternatives.
  3. Paprika

    • Add ½ teaspoon of paprika.
    • Smoked paprika can give it a unique flavor twist.

Extras for Added Flavor

  • Parmesan Cheese

    • Sprinkle with 1-2 tablespoons of grated Parmesan for extra richness.
    • Nutritional yeast is a good substitute for a similar flavor.
  • Lemon Juice

    • Squeeze some fresh lemon juice over the potatoes after cooking for a zesty finish.
    • Lime juice can also be used as an alternative.

Feel free to adjust the ingredients to fit your taste!


  1. Preheat your air fryer to 400°F (204°C).

  2. Prepare the potatoes:

    • Cut baby potatoes in half if they are large.
    • Put them in a mixing bowl.
  3. Season the potatoes:

    • Add 1-2 tablespoons of olive oil.
    • Sprinkle garlic powder, paprika, salt, and pepper.
    • Toss until all potatoes are well coated.
  4. Arrange in the air fryer:

    • Lightly spray the air fryer basket with olive oil.
    • Place the potatoes in a single layer, cut side down if halved.
  5. Cooking:

    • Set the air fryer to cook for 15-18 minutes.
    • Shake the basket every 5 minutes to ensure even cooking.
  6. Check for doneness:

    • Potatoes should be crispy on the outside and tender inside.
    • Pierce with a fork to test tenderness.
  7. Serve immediately:

    • Transfer to a serving bowl.
    • Enjoy your crispy air fryer baby potatoes!

Tips, Tricks & Storing

Use Small, Evenly Sized Potatoes: Smaller potatoes will cook more evenly and become crispy faster.

Preheat the Air Fryer: Run your air fryer at 400°F (200°C) for about 5 minutes before adding the potatoes. This helps them cook more evenly.

Don’t Overcrowd the Basket: Place the potatoes in a single layer in the air fryer basket for the best results. If you pile them up, they might not get as crispy.

Shake the Basket: Every 5 minutes or so, shake the basket or use tongs to toss the potatoes around. This ensures they cook evenly and become golden brown on all sides.

Add Seasonings: Season the potatoes with your favorite spices before cooking. Salt, pepper, garlic powder, and rosemary are great choices. Toss the potatoes in a bit of olive oil to help the seasonings stick.

Check for Doneness: Use a fork to poke the potatoes after the recommended cooking time. If they are tender inside and crispy outside, they are ready.

Storing Leftovers: Place leftover air-fried baby potatoes in an airtight container. They can be refrigerated for up to 3 days.

Reheating: To reheat, place the leftover potatoes back in the air fryer at 350°F (175°C) for about 5 minutes. This will help them regain their crispiness.

Freezing: If you want to freeze the potatoes, allow them to cool completely. Then, place them in a single layer on a baking sheet and freeze until solid. Transfer to a zip-top freezer bag. They can be frozen for up to 3 months.

Reheating from Frozen: Reheat frozen potatoes in the air fryer at 350°F (175°C) for 10-12 minutes. Make sure to shake the basket halfway through.

Recipe Variations & Serving Suggestions

For a spicy kick, try adding some chili powder or cayenne pepper to your seasoning mix.

Garlic lovers can add extra garlic powder or fresh minced garlic for a bold flavor.

If you like herbs, toss the potatoes with chopped rosemary, thyme, or parsley before or after cooking.

Another tasty option is Parmesan cheese. Sprinkle grated Parmesan over the potatoes right after they come out of the air fryer.

Feeling adventurous? Mix in some lemon zest for a zesty twist that brightens the dish.

SpicyChili powder, cayenne pepper
GarlickyExtra garlic powder, minced garlic
Herb-infusedRosemary, thyme, parsley
CheesyGrated Parmesan
ZestyLemon zest

For a heartier meal, you can serve these air fryer baby potatoes alongside grilled chicken or steak. They also pair wonderfully with a fresh green salad.

If you’re hosting a party, these potatoes make an excellent finger food. Serve them with different dipping sauces like ranch, aioli, or ketchup.

Transform your breakfast by adding these crispy potatoes to a breakfast bowl with eggs, bacon, and avocado.

A drizzle of balsamic glaze can make these potatoes an elegant side dish suitable for a fancy dinner.

Enjoy experimenting with these variations!