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Air Fryer Breakfast Potatoes

Air fryer breakfast potatoes (also called home fries) are a simple yet tasty dish that you can serve with just about anything. Easy to prepare and quick to cook, try making fried potatoes in the air fryer to simplify your morning.

Air fryer breakfast potatoes in a white bowl.

Why you’ll love this recipe

Breakfast potatoes, or home fries, are basically fried diced potatoes. This crispy potato air fryer recipe is delicious and easy to prepare, and can be served with breakfast or brunch (or any other meal really).

It is very quick and easy to cook crispy breakfast potatoes in an air fryer, this is definitely my favorite way to prepare the dish because it doesn’t need to be watched as closely as other cooking methods. This means you can get on with your morning while they are cooking.

Air frying is a great way to cook many types of potatoes recipe because the hot air gets them so crispy without needing to drench them in oil. For some other air fryer potato recipes you might like, try air fryer roasted potatoes, air fryer baby potatoes, air fryer baked potatoes, or air fryer smashed potatoes.

Scroll down for the printable recipe card for these air fryer breakfast potatoes, or read on for all the details.

What do you need?

Ingredients for this air fryer breakfast potatoes recipe.
Ingredients for this air fryer breakfast potatoes recipe.

Quantities for all ingredients are given in the recipe card below.

Potatoes: Choose a roasting or baking variety for the best results. Try russet potatoes, Yukon Gold potatoes, Maris Piper, Agria, or Sebago potatoes. Most types of yellow, gold, or red potato should give good results.

Seasoning: This recipe just uses sea salt, however, you can add extra seasonings to add more flavor if you like. Try adding ½ teaspoon of garlic powder, onion powder, paprika, cayenne pepper, chili powder, or any other seasonings that you like to make this dish your own.

Oil: The recipe below specifies light olive oil, but you can substitute any other cooking oil that you would normally use in your air fryer. Choose one with a high smoke point, like corn oil, vegetable oil, or avocado oil.

Tip

When air frying, choose a cooking oil with a high smoke point to reduce the chance of your air fryer smoking.

Air fryer breakfast potatoes in a white bowl.

How to cook breakfast potatoes in the air fryer

This is a very simple recipe to make, but there are some important steps to get right that make these the best air fryer breakfast potatoes.

  1. Soak the potatoes. First, peel the potatoes and cut into 1-inch cubes, then soak them in cool water for ten minutes or longer to remove any surface starch. I like to prepare them the night before, and soak them overnight in the refrigerator.
  2. Dry the potatoes, then season and oil. After soaking, drain the potatoes and pat them dry thoroughly on a clean dish towel or paper towel. Removing as much surface moisture as possible will help to get these potatoes really crispy in the air fryer. When the potatoes are dry, mix them with the oil and seasoning in a large bowl. Ensure the potatoes are well coated.
Diced potatoes soaking in a bowl of water.
Cut the potatoes into 1-inch cubes and soak in water.
Diced potatoes ina bowl, seasoned with salt and oil.
Dry the potatoes thoroughly, add seasoning and oil.
  1. Place diced potatoes in the air fryer,
  2. Air fry potatoes for 20-25 minutes until they are golden brown and crispy. Shake the basket a few times during cooking to redistribute the potatoes and ensure they cook evenly.
Breakfast potatoes in air fryer basket.
Place breakfast potatoes in the air fryer basket.
Cooked breakfast potatoes in the fryer basket.
Air fry breakfast potatoes for 20-25 minutes until golden brown and crispy.

Tips and variations

  • Add some veges: For a variation, you can add some vegetables like onions or bell peppers. Simply cut them into bite-sized pieces and add them to the potatoes when you season and oil them.
  • Freezer-friendly option: If you want to save time, you can prepare your cubed potatoes ahead of time and store them in the freezer. Just make sure to arrange them in a single layer on a parchment-lined tray and freeze until solid. Once frozen, transfer them into a freezer-safe bag. When you’re ready to cook the potatoes, add them directly to the preheated air fryer without any additional thawing needed. Keep in mind that the cooking time might be slightly longer.
Air fried breakfast potatoes in a white bowl.

Serving ideas

Whether you’re serving them for breakfast, brunch, lunch, or dinner, there are many, many ways to serve these breakfast potatoes. 

  • Make a classic American breakfast with scrambled eggs and crispy bacon on the side.
  • Serve them on the side with an omelet or fried eggs.
  • Serve them with dinner as a tasty alternative to fries.

Storing and reheating leftovers

Store any leftover potatoes in an air tight container in the fridge. Use within 3 days.

Leftover breakfast potatoes can be eaten cold, or you can reheat them in your air fryer. Place breakfast potatoes in the air fryer basket, and cook for 5 minutes at 360°F/ 180°C until hot.

Air fryer breakfast potatoes in a white bowl.

Air Fryer Breakfast Potatoes (Home Fries)

5 from 5 votes
How to cook breakfast potatoes in the air fryer.
Prep 10 minutes
Cook 20 minutes
Total 30 minutes
Servings 4 servings

Ingredients

  • 2 lb russet potatoes [Note 1]
  • 3 tablespoons light olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon fine sea salt

Directions

  • Peel the potatoes, cut into 1-inch cubes, and place into a bowl of cold water to soak for 10 minutes.
  • Preheat air fryer to 360°F/180°C.
  • Drain the potatoes and pat them dry. Place in a large bowl, drizzle with oil, add the salt, and toss to coat.
  • Place the breakfast potatoes in the air fryer and cook at 360°F/180°C for 20 minutes, shaking the basket to redistribute the potato cubes 1 or 2 times during the cooking time [Note 2].
  • The potato cubes should be golden brown and crispy. Air fry for an additional 5 minutes if required.

Notes

  1. Choose a roasting variety, such as russet potatoes, Yukon Gold, Sebago, Maris Piper, Agria, or another red, yellow or golden variety.
  2. Shake the basket to redistribute the potatoes so they cook easily, or use tongs to quickly flip them if you have a tray type air fryer.

Nutrition

Serving: 1Calories: 310kcalCarbohydrates: 49gProtein: 6gFat: 10gSaturated Fat: 1gPolyunsaturated Fat: 9gSodium: 561mgFiber: 5gSugar: 2g

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Debbie

Tuesday 30th of May 2023

Really great, easy to make and delicious

Kelli

Saturday 27th of May 2023

Love this recipe. So easy to make and crispy! :)

Bob

Saturday 27th of May 2023

Very tasty!

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