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Air Fryer Roast Potatoes

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Air fryer roast potatoes – perfectly crunchy and also the quickest and easiest roast potatoes you will ever make!

Golden roast potatoes in air fryer basket
Golden crisp air fryer roasted potatoes

How to Roast Potatoes in an Air Fryer

Roast potatoes are the perfect side to so many dishes. And since I have learned to make them in my air fryer we have them all the time – they are just so easy to make!

As a bonus they are healthy too, because you only need a tiny bit of oil.

What variety of potatoes to use?

If you like soft fluffy roast potatoes with a crisp outside then you need to choose a starchy variety of potatoes. You will also find that all-purpose potatoes. Any of the following will be great:

  • Russet varieties
  • Yellow varieties
  • Idaho
  • Maris Piper
  • Most sweet potatoes
  • Red gold
  • Yukon gold

Alternatively if you prefer roast potatoes with a firmed texture then you can use a more waxy variety. Most red, white or fingerling potato varieties are this type.

Important note: do not use potatoes with a green tinge on their skin. These have been exposed to light, which makes them bitter-tasting and may indicate the presence of a toxin (more info on that here).

How to prepare potatoes for air frying

There is no need to pre-boil them, no need even to peel them unless you want to. A quick wash and scrub, chop them up, pat dry, and they are ready for the air fryer.

If you want to prepare them ahead of time do not leave them exposed to air for too long as the cut edges can start to go brown.

This isn’t harmful but just doesn’t look that appetizing. This is easily fixed by storing them in a bowl of water.

The potatoes need to be dried thoroughly before air frying. This allows the cooking process to start straight away, without waiting for the surface moisture to dry out first. If you want really crisp roast potatoes don’t skip this step!

I like to season roast potatoes with Rosemary or similar herbs (think thyme, or dill), and a sprinkle of salt to really bring out the flavor.

A couple of sprays of oil and you are ready to air fry those potatoes!

Quick tip: the more oil you use, the crisper they will be (but also the less healthy they will be, so beware!).

Golden roast potatoes in air fryer basket
Yield: 4 Servings

Air Fryer Roast Potatoes

Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 25 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes

How to cook roast potatoes in an air fryer. 


  • 4 medium potatoes, choose a nice fluffy variety like Idaho, Russet, King Edward or Maris Piper
  • olive oil spray
  • 1 pinch salt
  • 1 pinch herbs, try rosemary and/or thyme


  1. Peel potatoes (if preferred - I usually roast potatoes with the skins still on, it is quicker). Cut into chunks about 2in. long. Pat dry or leave to air dry (approx 10 minutes). Cut Potatoes on chopping board with knife.
  2. Spray air fryer basket with oil.
  3. Add potatoes to air fryer basket. Spray with oil, sprinkle herbs and salt over the potatoes. Potatoes in air fryer basket
  4. Roast potatoes in air fryer at 390°F (200°C) for 25 minutes, or until golden brown.

Nutrition Information:



Amount Per Serving: Calories: 133Total Fat: 1gUnsaturated Fat: 0gSodium: 31mgCarbohydrates: 26gFiber: 5gProtein: 5g

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