Perfectly crisp air fryer potato cubes in just 15 minutes! These potatoes are the perfect addition to any weeknight meal. They also make great breakfast potatoes made in the air fryer!!
Why This Recipe Works
So long boring potatoes! Hello crispy, delicious, seasoned to perfection potatoes… in 15 minutes! Making air fryer potatoes in the ONLY way that I make potatoes now!
I love to make potato cubes in the air fryer for quick weeknight dinners. And when I do I always made a big batch so that I have leftovers. I’ll add them to salads, omelettes, or to serve as breakfast potatoes! So versatile! Or, I can eat them plain with some air fryer boiled eggs for a super easy snack.
Plus? Potatoes are SO affordable! Key to my budget meal planning. If you haven’t gotten into meal planning yet be sure to checkout my blog post on my top 5 tips for meal planning for beginners!
- Potatoes. I use russet baking potatoes. You can substitute other potato types if you like. The more moisture, like a red potato, the less cooking time they’ll need. So just check in on them when you’re cooking them if you’re using a different type!
- Seasonings. You can use whatever seasonings you like! You’ll use about 1 tablespoon. I like to use a 50:50 mix of garlic and onion powder. You could also skip the seasonings and just use 1/4 tsp of salt!
- Oil. Sub whatever oil you like! I also love using sesame oil.
How to Make This Recipe
First preheat your air fryer to 375 degrees. If your air fryer doesn’t have a preheat function like my 6qt Instant Pot Vortex air fryer does you can set it to 375 degrees and let it run for ~5 minutes while you’re prepping everything else! This will make sure it gets up to temperature.
Step One: Cut your potatoes into ~1″ cubes and place into a medium to large sized bowl.
Step Two: Add the oil to your potatoes and toss to coat.
Step Three: Add the seasonings to the bowl of potatoes, and toss once again to coat completely.
Step Four: Cook in your preheated air fryer for a total of 15 minutes.
Step Five: At the halfway mark, make sure to shake your basket of potato cubes. This will make sure they brown evenly and crisp up nicely.
Step Six: Serve and enjoy with ketchup or your favorite sauce (I highly recommend my copycat Chick Fil A sauce)
- To reheat your air fryer potatoes, you can easily microwave them until heated through. OR you can pop them into an air fryer heated to 375F for 3-5 minutes until heated through and crispy.
- Pick your favorite seasonings or seasoning blends to make these air fryer potato cubes custom to your tastes and cravings. I used a blend of garlic and onion powder, but feel free to get creative!
Variations and Substitutions
Different types of potatoes: You can use any type of potato you like to make air fryer potato cubes! Some will crisp up more than others, but they will all be pretty similar in taste and texture. Air fryer red potatoes are a personal favorite, but they do tend to cook faster than other kinds. Make sure to check on them around 12-13 minutes.
Different shapes: You don’t have to keep your potatoes cut into cubes, you could totally make these into air fryer sliced potatoes, wedges, or even shoestring potatoes. You will need to adjust the cooking time, depending on how you cut them. Smaller pieces of potato will need less time, while larger pieces will need more time.
Oil: You can select any type of oil you like that is neutral in flavor and has a moderate to high smoke point. I love using sesame oil for this recipe since I like the flavor, but you can use any that you have on hand or have a preference for.
If there was any moisture added to your air fryer, your potatoes may be a little less crispy than you would have hoped. Be sure that you dry off your potatoes with a clean towel after rinsing or washing them, and do not add any liquid to the air fryer. Lastly, a light coating of oil will help your potatoes become ultra crispy and is highly recommended.
There is no need to microwave your potatoes before air frying. The process of air frying will cook your potatoes completely, and no additional steps are necessary. Just be sure to follow the recipe directions and you should have tasty potatoes that are perfectly cooked through.
No, you do not need to soak your potatoes. While homemade french fries benefit from a soaking to remove excess starch, most forms of air fryer potatoes do not require this additional step. A light coating of oil should help your potatoes crisp up without any additional soaking necessary.
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Crispy Air Fryer Potato Cubes
- 2 large potatoes
- ~2 tsp oil
- 1 tbsp seasoning of choice I use 50:50 garlic and onion powder
- Dash of salt optional
- Preheat air fryer to 375 degrees. If you don’t have a preheat function you can set your air fryer to the desired temperature and let it run for ~5 minutes.
- Scrub potatoes and cut them into bite-sized pieces/cubes.
- Place potatoes into a bowl and toss to coat with oil.
- Sprinkle seasoning of choice over potatoes, coating evenly.
- Place potatoes in the basket of an air fryer and cook for 15 minutes, shaking once halfway through.
- Serve warm!
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