This easy recipe for Air Fryer Red Potatoes is sure to become a weeknight classic in your home. Made with just a few basic ingredients, this simple side dish is ready to serve in less than 25 minutes!
Perfect for meal prep, and easy to customize with your favorite seasonings.
The air fryer is one of my favorite ways to make a quick and easy side dish, and that holds true for this roasted red potatoes recipe.
Made with either baby potatoes or chopped whole ones, this delicious side dish is almost good enough to be a main dish. In fact, if you add a little cheese and some protein, I think it could be!
Why You'll Love It:
- A perfect side dish. Potatoes are like your basic neutrals - they go with anything and everything!
- Takes less time. Thanks to the magic of the air fryer, you can have delicious and perfectly roasted red skin potatoes in less than 25 minutes (compared to 35 minutes for the oven method).
- Crispy edges. Who doesn't love a fluffy potato interior encased in a crispy, flavorful exterior?
- Easy to make. All you need to do is cut the potatoes, toss them with some seasonings, then cook until browned and fork-tender.
- Red potatoes: Red baby potatoes work best for this recipe, but you could use regular red potatoes (just cut them into 1" pieces), or another type if needed.
- Oil: Olive oil adds the best flavor in my opinion, but neutral oils like avocado oil, canola oil, etc work great too!
- Seasonings: Garlic powder, onion powder, smoked paprika, salt, and pepper are my recommendations for adding flavor to these easy air fryer red potatoes. Feel free to substitute those for your favorite seasonings.
- Air Fryer: You can use whatever style of air fryer you have to make this recipe. If you have an oven-style model you may need to increase the time, and some models may cook more quickly than others.
- Slice the baby potatoes in half. If there are larger ones, slice them into quarters so all of the pieces are the same size.
- Add the sliced potatoes to a large bowl, along with the olive oil, salt, pepper, smoked paprika, garlic powder, and onion powder.
- Stir well to distribute the oil and seasonings on the sliced potatoes.
- Add the potatoes (in a single layer) to the air fryer basket.
- Cook in a 400ºF (204ºC) air fryer for 16-20 minutes, or until the potatoes are crisp on the outside and easily pierced with a fork.
- Remove from the air fryer, garnish with fresh parsley (optional), and serve with ketchup or your favorite dipping sauces.
Store any leftovers in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3-4 days.
Can I freeze baby potatoes? Potatoes don't freeze well, so refrigerator storage is recommended. Only prepare as many as you will eat within 3-4 days.
- Air Fryer: Cook in a 400-degree air fryer for 5-8 minutes.
- Microwave: Heat in 30-second intervals until completely heated through.
- Do not peel the potatoes. The skins holds the seasoning and help to give the potatoes a nice crunch.
- Uniform pieces. Ensure your potatoes are cut into even-sized pieces; this will ensure they cook evenly.
- Don’t overcrowd. In order for the air fryer to work efficiently, the air needs to be able to circulate. If needed, work in batches.
- Red potato wedges: Slice regular red potatoes into wedges and coat with oil and seasonings. Cook in a 400ºF (204ºC) for 14-18 minutes, or until fork tender.
- With onions: Slice 1 medium onion and add it to the potatoes. Increase the oil by 1 teaspoon.
- Cheesy: Top the finished potatoes with the shredded cheese of choice (parmesan cheese, cheddar, mozzarella, etc) and return to the air fryer for 1-3 minutes, or until melted and bubbly.
- With fresh herbs: If you want to add a boost of flavor, try adding your favorite herbs to the finished dish. Fresh rosemary, chives, thyme, dill, sage, or fresh parsley are all great options.
- Oil. If you don't have olive oil on hand, you can substitute any oil with a moderate to high smoke point. Avocado, vegetable, canola, or melted duck or goose fat are all great options.
- Potatoes. Baby potatoes cook quickly and hold up better than traditional potatoes, but if you don't have those on hand you could use regular red potatoes, russet potatoes, Yukon gold (AKA yellow potatoes), etc. Just make sure they are cut into roughly 1" chunks.
- Seasonings. Substitute the recommended ones with Cajun seasoning, Italian seasoning, seasoned salt, or those of your choice.
- Less oil. If you're trying to avoid using too much oil, try lightly coating the potatoes with cooking spray before tossing them with the seasonings.
- Preheat the oven to 425ºF (218ºC).
- Toss the potatoes in the seasonings and oil.
- Spread onto a parchment-lined baking sheet.
- Bake in the preheated oven for 30-35 minutes, turning the potatoes halfway through.
Baby potatoes do not need to be peeled before cooking. Their skins are very thin, making them easy (and delicious) to eat - yet very difficult to peel. Save yourself the difficulty and enjoy them the way they are!
Potatoes do not need to be soaked before air frying unless instructed in the recipe. Most often you can just add the potatoes directly to the air fryer basket.
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Air Fryer Red Potatoes
- 1 ½ pounds baby red potatoes
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
- 1 teaspoon salt
- ½ teaspoon cracked black pepper
- ½ teaspoon garlic powder
- ½ teaspoon onion powder
- ½ teaspoon smoked paprika
- Wash, scrub, and dry the potatoes.
- Preheat the air fryer to 400ºF (204ºC) for at least 3 minutes, or according to the manufacturer’s instructions.
- Cut each potato in half or quarters, depending on their size. You want each piece to be about 1 inch. Place the potatoes in a large bowl.
- Drizzle the olive oil over the potatoes, then sprinkle in the salt, pepper, garlic powder, onion powder, and paprika.
- Toss the potatoes well until they are evenly coated in the oil and spices.
- Arrange the potatoes in a single layer in the air fryer basket.
- Cook for 16-20 minutes (or until the potatoes are tender), shaking the basket halfway through. Oven-style air fryers may require additional time (2-3 minutes).
- Remove from the air fryer and serve with ketchup or your favorite dipping sauces. For extra flavor, sprinkle on some grated parmesan cheese.
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