Best-Ever Air Fryer Fingerling Potatoes

This delicious and easy recipe for air fryer fingerling potatoes gives you the most incredible restaurant-worthy potatoes right at home! They are healthy, flavourful, and crispy, perfect for including in any lunch or dinner meal.

image of cooked air fryer fingerling potatoes in a pile topped with parsley

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How To Prepare Fingerling Potatoes in an Air Fryer

 

Years ago I worked at a restaurant that served up an incredible (but definitely not healthy!) warm potato salad that was made with fingerlings, bacon, corn, mayonnaise… you get the drift. That potato salad introduced me to fingerlings and I’ve been in love ever since. 

Making fingerling potatoes perfectly crispy, flavourful, and tender is so easy with an air fryer. You can achieve a perfect taste and texture in a much healthier way!

image of cooked air fryer fingerling potatoes in a pile topped with parsley on a white marble board

If you don’t own an Air Fryer yet, I definitely recommend adding one to your must-have list. This small kitchen appliance is incredibly easy to use and gives so many different foods that delicious crispy, crunchy fried edge that a deep fryer does… without the deep frying. 

What are fingerling potatoes?

 

Fingerlings are their own variety of potatoes and while they may sometimes be confused with baby potatoes or creamers, they are a kind of their own. They  have a long shape that lends to their name “fingerling” as they sort of resemble fingers (very chubby ones at that, lol!)

They have a firm texture and are great roasted, boiled, fried, or air fried. 

image of a close up of air fryer fingerling potatoes topped with fresh parsley and an aioli dip on the side

Do you have to wash fingerling potatoes?

 

When it comes to making air fryer fingerlings I do recommend giving them a good scrub before cutting, seasoning, and placing in the air fryer.

Potatoes can sometimes have some dirt residue left on them, plus theres always the possibility of them having been touched by many people at the store as well. So, it’s a good idea to give them a wash first.

Can you eat the skin of fingerling potatoes?

 

Yes!

Fingerling potatoes have an edible skin that tastes great once cooked and gets nice and crispy without being too tough or hearty. The skin is also a great source of vitamins and minerals so I definitely recommend keeping it on. 

image of raw fingerling potatoes on a white marble board with garlic, oil, and parsley on the side

Ingredients for Air Fryer Fingerling Potatoes:

 

To make super flavourful potatoes that are crispy and have a savoury, satisfying flavour you will need a few ingredients listed below. 

  • fingerling potatoes
  • olive oil
  • salt and pepper
  • lemon
  • garlic
  • parsley

 

I enjoy my air fryer fingerling potatoes alongside a delicious homemade parsley aioli made with just mayonnaise, garlic, lemon juice, and fresh parsley. They can be served with a cooked protein like chicken breast, salmon, or steak. Or you can enjoy them in a salad like a green Nicoise salad, or a potato salad

I also love adding these potatoes to buddha bowls!

image of air fryer fingerling potatoes on a parchment paper sheet topped with parsley and one stuck with a fork

Tips for Making Air Fryer Fingerling Potatoes

 

When it comes to making these potatoes perfectly crispy and delicious, there are a few tips to follow for best results. 

 

Do I need to soak the potatoes before air frying?

 

No! I sometimes recommend soaking potatoes before putting them in the air fryer, but for this recipe you do not need to soak the potatoes and you’ll still get them nice and crispy.

Soaking, simply removes some of the excess starch from the potatoes which can make them crispier, but while you can soak these if you want, it’s still not necessary as long as you follow the tips below. 

image of a large bowl with sliced raw fingerling potatoes covered in oil, garlic, and parsley

1.  Brush the air fryer basket lightly with olive oil and toss the potatoes with olive oil. This prevents the potatoes from sticking to the bottom of the air fryer basket when cooking. 

2.  Do not overlap the fingerlings in the air fryer basket. This will allow for more even cooking so that each and every one gets nice and crispy. 

3. Enjoy the potatoes hot right out of the air fryer. Just like roasted or fried potatoes, the longer you wait to enjoy them, the softer and less crispy they become.

image of an Air Fryer basket filled with Fingerling Potatoes

Why are my fingerling potatoes not crispy? 

 

If you find your potatoes are not as crispy as you’d prefer it could be because of the following: 

  • you are putting too many potatoes in your air fryer at once. If you have too many potatoes and they are overlapping, the air won’t be able to circulate around each potato to create that perfect crispyness. 

 

  • you did not dry your potatoes enough after washing. If your potatoes are still really wet and you then season, you might not get the same level of crispiness so be sure to pat your potatoes dry with paper towel before tossing with the olive oil and seasonings. 

 

How To Make Them Step by Step:

 

1. Wash the potatoes then pat dry with paper towel.

2. Cut fingerlings lengthwise into halves.

3. In a bowl toss them with the oil, salt, pepper, lemon juice, minced garlic, and chopped fresh parsley. 

4. Pre-heat the air fryer at 400 degrees for 2-minutes, once pre-heated, lightly brush the air fryer basket with olive oil and arrange potatoes evenly in the basket – make sure they are not overlapping. 

image of an air fryer basket with raw fingerling potatoes in the basket

5. Cook at 400 degrees for 14 minutes, stopping at the 7 minute mark to remove the basket, shake to flip the potatoes,  and arrange again so none are overlapping, then air fry for 7 more minutes

6. Serve potatoes hot and crispy.

image of an Air Fryer basket filled with Fingerling Potatoes

 

In my book, these air fryer fingerling potatoes are a win-win. They are quick, easy to make, versatile, and the kids love them too! 

 

Have you made fingerling potatoes in an air fryer? Tell me about it in the comments below and be sure to pin the photo after the recipe to save this one for later.

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image of cooked air fryer fingerling potatoes in a pile topped with parsley

Air Fryer Fingerling Potatoes

Yield: Serves 2-4

These easy air fryer fingerling potatoes are dairy free, gluten free, vegan, and healthy. Perfectly crispy and flavourful, making a wonderful side dish!

Ingredients

  • 500g fingerling potatoes (approximately 12-14 potatoes)
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/8 tsp pepper
  • Juice from 1/2 lemon
  • 1 large garlic clove, minced
  • 2 tablespoons finely chopped fresh parsley

Parsley Aioli Dip (optional)

  • 1/4 cup mayonnaise
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 2 tablespoons fresh chopped parsley

Instructions

    1. Wash the potatoes then pat dry with paper towel.
    2. Cut fingerlings lengthwise into halves.
    3. In a bowl toss them with the oil, salt, pepper, lemon juice, minced garlic, and chopped fresh parsley.
    4. Pre-heat the air fryer at 400 degrees for 2-minutes, once pre-heated, lightly brush the air fryer basket with olive oil and arrange potatoes evenly in the basket - make sure they are not overlapping. 
    5. Cook at 400 degrees for 14 minutes, stopping at the 7 minute mark to remove the basket, shake to flip the potatoes,  and arrange again so none are overlapping, then air fry for 7 more minutes. 
    6. Serve potatoes hot and crispy alongside the dip (if using). For the dip just mix all the ingredients together and chill for 10 minutes.

Notes

1.  Brush the air fryer basket lightly with olive oil and toss the potatoes with olive oil. This prevents the potatoes from sticking to the bottom of the air fryer basket when cooking. 

2.  Do not overlap the fingerlings in the air fryer basket. This will allow for more even cooking so that each and every one gets nice and crispy. 

3. Enjoy the potatoes hot right out of the air fryer. Just like roasted or fried potatoes, the longer you wait to enjoy them, the softer and less crispy they become.

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Christal // NITK

Author: Christal Sczebel

Christal is the creator of Nutrition in the Kitch. She's a Certified Nutritional Consultant, twice published author, gluten and dairy free recipe developer, food photographer, speaker, wife, and mama. Christal loves good food, all things wellness, and loves to travel. Her wellness philosophy is centred around balance and sustainable health, life's way too short for boring diets and restriction!

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