These Air Fryer Roast Potatoes are deliciously crispy and golden on the outside and perfectly light and fluffy on the inside. Everything you could want from a roast potato, but this easy recipe is made in the air fryer. Roast potatoes in the air fryer are ready in just 25 minutes, and made using much less oil than you would use cooking them in the oven.
If there is one food we could never give up, it is potatoes. Super versatile and delicious, these crispy air fryer roasted potatoes are one of our favourite ways to eat potato. When we are looking to cook a bit lighter, we always turn to our air fryer.
You still get all the crispiness that you would from baking/frying in a lot of oil, but much lower in calories and fat. Plus, it saves room in the oven when you are cooking a roast dinner. If you haven't cooked roasted potatoes in the air fryer, then you are missing out.
Why you will love them
- Quick - Cooking roast potatoes in the air fryer is quicker than cooking them in the oven.
- Easy - These are so easy to make and there is no need to par-boil.
- Healthier - Air fryer roast potatoes are crispy without using a lot of oil.
- Versatile - There are lots of different ways to season these so you never have to have them the same way twice.
- Potatoes - You need to use floury potatoes for these air fryer roast potatoes, as that is what gives the crispy edges and they are the best potatoes for roasting. Maris Piper or King Edwards are best. Yes, you can use baby potatoes to make these and you will get mini roast potatoes. Just cut them in half and follow the rest of the instructions.
- Oil - We like to use olive oil, however this is a preference thing. You could use sunflower or vegetable oil instead.
- Salt and pepper - We use sea salt and black pepper.
- Dried herbs - To add a little extra flavour, with very little effort, we add some dried herbs. We use a mixture of oregano and basil.
A full ingredients list with measurements is in the recipe card below.
How to make roast potatoes in an air fryer - Step by step
One: Wash and chop your potatoes (and peel if you prefer).
Two: Put them in a bowl with the oil and seasoning and mix well.
Three: Add to your air fryer basket and cook at 180°C for 15 minutes.
Four: Shake the basket and continue cooking for a further 10 minutes.
One of the best things about this air fryer roast potato recipe is how versatile it is. You can keep the seasoning simple with just some salt and pepper, however there are so many options to suit all tastes. Here are some of our favourites:
- Paprika and cayenne - this gives the potatoes a smoky and spicy flavour.
- Italian herbs - use a mixture of dried oregano and basil.
- French fry seasoning - have you tried our epic homemade French fry seasoning? It's amazing on roast potatoes too.
- Garlic and herbs - we love a mixture of garlic granules and dried parsley.
- Fajita seasoning - give these air fryer roast potatoes a Mexican twist by sprinkling some fajita seasoning over them before cooking.
What to serve with Air Fryer Roast Potatoes
Roast potatoes are a must with any roast dinner. If you are looking for some sides and mains that will compliment these easy roast potatoes perfectly, then here are our favourites:
- Perfect Roast Chicken
- Slow Cooker Green Beans
- Balsamic and Garlic Roasted Cauliflower
- Slow Cooker Roast Beef
- Easy Cauliflower Cheese
- Slow Cooker Red Cabbage
- Mustard and Honey Roasted Parsnips
- Balsamic Roasted Brussel Sprouts
- Garlic and Parsley Roasted Carrots
Store: Leftover air fryer roast potatoes can be kept in an air tight container in the fridge for up to 3 days.
Freeze: They can be frozen in an air tight container for up to 3 months
Defrost: Defrost in the fridge overnight.
Reheat: To reheat them, just put them in a pan with a little oil and heat through, or you can heat them up in the air fryer for 4-5 minutes.
White potatoes have so many nutrients in them, they really shouldn't get a bad reputation. They are low in fat, sodium and cholesterol, they have nearly half of your daily vitamin C and they are a great source of potassium - even more than a banana. They are full of fibre and magnesium, and they are filling too. On top of this, they are also suitable for almost any diet, from vegan to gluten free. I am not sure what more you could want? Cooking roast potatoes in the air fryer uses less oil too.
We LOVE our Ninja Dual Air Fryer. Having the two baskets means we can give the potatoes more room so they get really crispy. Ninja air fryer roast potatoes are just the best, however you can use other air friers too. These instructions are for roast potatoes in ninja air fryer, so timings might be different for other air fryers.
Yes, and you have a couple of options here. You could peel and chop the potatoes and then keep them in a pan of water until you are ready to cook them. Make sure you pat them dry before cooking, as they will steam rather than get crispy. You could also cook them halfway and then leave them in the air fryer and finish cooking before you are ready to serve them.
If we are using Maris Pipers or King Edwards, we cut them in to quarters and they are the perfect size. Bigger or smaller potatoes will change the cooking time, so do use it as a guide.
We wanted to make this a really simple recipe, so we haven't parboiled them first. However, for really fluffy potatoes with crispy edges, you can parboil them for 8 minutes first and allow them to steam dry before going in the air fryer. You will need to adjust the air fryer cooking time because they will be part cooked.
The cooking time will depend on the air fryer that you use and the temperature that you cook it at (and also the size that you have cut your potatoes). However, you will know your potatoes are cooked when they are tender when you put a fork through them and they are perfectly crispy on the outside.
Yes, you can cook frozen roast potatoes in the air fryer and they are delicious. It's a great time saving hack. They only take around 15-18 minutes and they will need to be turned twice during cooking to avoid them sticking to the basket.
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Air Fryer Roast Potatoes
- 900 g (2 lb) Potatoes
- 1 tablespoon Olive oil
- 1 pinch Sea salt and black pepper
- 1 teaspoon Dried oregano
- 1 teaspoon Dried basil
- Wash, dry and chop 900 g Potatoes (and peel if you prefer).
- Put them in a bowl with 1 tablespoon Olive oil1 teaspoon Dried oregano, 1 teaspoon Dried basil and 1 pinch Sea salt and black pepper and mix well.
- Add to your air fryer basket and cook at 180°C for 15 minutes.
- Shake and cook for a further 10 minutes.
- The nutritional information for this recipe won't be accurate, and will be an overestimate. This is because they don't absorb all of the oil that has been added to the pan.
- Give them a gentle shake half way through. You could use tongs to turn them if you are worried about them breaking apart.
- You can use any potatoes to make these, however floury ones are best. If you are using starchy potatoes, then soak them in water for 10 minutes, drain and pat dry before cooking them.
- Try not to overcrowd the air fryer basket, otherwise the potatoes won't get crispy.
- You can peel the potatoes first, but we leave the skin on, so we don't have to go to the effort of peeling them. Plus, you have lots of fibre in the skin.
- If you have leftover roast potatoes, you can chop them up and add them to a frittata.
The nutritional information provided is approximate and is calculated using online tools. Information can vary depending on various factors, but we have endeavoured to be as accurate as possible.