Crispy on the outside and perfectly soft on the inside. Air fryer tater tots are a FAVE in my house!

Homemade air fryer tater tots

Why Should You Make Air Fryer Tater Tots?

Using an air fryer is hands down the best way to make anything crispy, especially tater tots! I never get quite the same crunchy outside when I bake them, but I always get the perfect crunch with air fryer tater tots. (Same thing with these air fryer pizza rolls!)

You can eat these tater tots in the air fryer plain, dip them in your fave sauce, or load them up! Air fryer loaded tater tots are a fave meal of mine. I like to add some cheese, shredded chicken and green onions!

easy homemade air fryer tater tots

I have a Gourmia air fryer that I bought at Costco a few years ago, but I have a similar air fryer linked here. You won’t regret buying one. I seriously use mine almost daily, it’s one of my favorite things!

Homemade air fryer tater tots

How To Make Air Fryer Tater Tots

To make my air fryer tater tots here is what you do:

Homemade air fryer tater tots

homemade air fryer tater tots

  1. Start with regular potatoes (scrubbed) and cut them into quarters.
  2. Boil over the stove in water for ~5 minutes.
  3. Shred the cooked potatoes with a grater (I use a cheese grater) and place in a large bowl.
  4. Add salt, pepper, and whatever other seasonings you like and mix it up.
  5. Grab about 2 tablespoons of the potato mixture and form it into a tater tot shaped ball, pressingly firmly to be sure it is nice and packed tight.
  6. Repeat this tot shaping process for the remainder of the potato mixture.
  7. Lightly spray the basket of your air fryer, as well as the outside of the tots with non-stick spray.
  8. Cook for 10 minutes total at 370 degrees, stopping halfway to flip the tops over.
  9. Enjoy!

Homemade air fryer tater tots

Can You Make Air Fryer Frozen Tater Tots?

180%! While I love making tater tots from scratch let’s be real… sometimes there just isn’t time! When making air fryer frozen tater tots you’ll cook them the same way.

If you’re looking for even more convenience you’ll want to checkout my air fryer frozen french fry recipe or these seasoned air fryer potatoes. Life can never have enough shapes of potatoes!

Homemade air fryer tater tots

the easiest home made air fryer tater tots

Crispy Tater Tots In Air Fryer Tips

  • Feel free to swap out whatever type of potato you like. Add some variety!
  • I like to add a little parmesan cheese when making my air fryer potato tots. It gives it a little extra flavor. You can totally use nutritional yeast to make them vegan!
  • Don’t forget the non-stick spray! Be sure to spray your basket and the tots to prevent them from getting crisped right on to the basket!

Give this recipe for air fryer tater tots a go and leave a comment with how you served them. Plain, with a dip, or loaded? Let me know!

Homemade air fryer tater tots

Air Fryer Tater Tots

Yield: 2 servings
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes

Easy homemade tater tots in just 20 minutes! Perfectly crisp on the outside and soft on the inside, air fryer tater tots are a dish the entire family will love.


  • 1 large potato
  • 1 tsp olive oil
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp parmesan cheese (optional- can sub nutritional yeast)
  • 1/4 tsp onion powder (optional)
  • 1/4 tsp garlic powder (optional)


  1. Wash & scrub potato and then pierce with a fork.
  2. Wrap the potato in a wet paper towel and microwave for ~5 minutes until soft.
  3. Allow the potato to cool, then shred it using a cheese grater (could also use a food processor)
  4. Add in oil, salt, cheese, onion and garlic (is using), mix until well distributed
  5. Taking about 1-2 tbsp of the mixture, firmly press into a tater tot shape
  6. Repeat with remaining potato mixture
  7. Spray the basket of your air fryer with non-stick spray generously, then place the tater tots into the basket
  8. Cook at 370 degrees for a total of 15 minutes, stopping once halfway to flip the tots
  9. Enjoy warm!


*To make these in the oven cook on a baking sheet at 375 for for a total for ~15-25 minutes. This will depend on your oven. Turn the tater tots every 5-10 minutes.
*I have not used other types of potatoes beyond a russet potato, but feel free to sub! Sweet potatoes tend to be dryer so you may need to add a splash of water when mixing, they may need additional cooking time as well.
*Nutritional information is provided as it is needed for Google. You can decide your own serving size!

Nutrition Information:

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 170Total Fat: 3.1gCarbohydrates: 32.3gProtein: 4.6g


Happy eating!



the easiest homemade air fryer tater tots

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