Best-Ever Air Fryer Fingerling Potatoes

Everybody loves air fryer fingerling potatoes. When you own an air fryer, you can enjoy homemade fingerling potatoes in the comfort of your home.

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We have a recipe to share that will show you how to make fingerling potatoes with an air fryer.

The crispy potatoes are healthy, flavorful, and complement lunch or dinner or whatever your taste buds desire.

Roasted Fingerling Potatoes

Roasted Fingerling Potatoes

I once worked at a restaurant that served an incredible warm potato salad. As I recall, it was made with fingerlings, bacon, corn, and mayonnaise. It was then that I discovered fingerlings, and I haven’t stopped eating them ever since. 

If you don’t own an Air Fryer, now would be the time to buy one. This small kitchen appliance is easy to use. You can cook many different food items for you and your family to enjoy.

An air fryer does more than just “fry food” it also helps to cook things much more efficiently. It’s a small kitchen appliance that does things an oven can’t do. Circulating air inside the fryer and the smaller space means it takes far less time to cook or warm it up.

What Are Roasted Fingerling Potatoes?

What Are Roasted Fingerling Potatoes?

Fingerling potatoes are a separate variety of potatoes. They’re often confused with baby potatoes, new potatoes, or creamers. They have a long shape that lends to their name “fingerling” as they sort of resemble fingers.

The potatoes have a firm texture. They can be roasted, boiled, fried, or air fried. Potatoes are versatile. Thanks to their plain flavor, they pair well with seasonings or spice combinations. I like to keep it simple and use a few dried herb seasonings and olive oil.

What are fingerling potatoes?

Fingerling Potatoes Ingredients:

Fingerling Potatoes Ingredients

To cook super flavourful potatoes that are crispy and have a savory, satisfying flavor, the recipe calls for the following:  

  • fingerling potatoes
  • olive oil
  • salt 
  • freshly ground black pepper
  • lemon
  • garlic powder
  • black pepper
  • parsley- You can use fresh or dried depending on what you would prefer. I usually like to use dried parsley in the seasoning blend and fresh parsley for garnish.

If you want a mild flavor or you like spicy food, add more black pepper which would be totally fine. For a Cajun flavor, a drops of Tabasco sauce would do the trick.

How To Cook Air Fryer Fingerling Potatoes

How To Cook Air Fryer Fingerling Potatoes

When preparing roasted fingerling potatoes, you can make them perfectly crispy and delicious. Although some might be picky eating potato skin, you can turn your potato skins into appetizers.

  1. Brush the air fryer basket lightly with olive oil and toss the potatoes in a mixing bowl with more oil until evenly coated. This prevents the potatoes from sticking to the bottom of the air fryer basket when cooking. 
  2. Do not overlap the fingerlings in the basket. This will allow for more even cooking so that each and everyone gets nice and crispy and golden brown. 
  3. Enjoy the golden brown potatoes hot right. Just like roasted or fried potatoes, the longer you wait to enjoy them, the softer and less crispy they become.

What To Serve With Your Potatoes?

What To Serve With Your Potatoes?

I enjoy my air fryer fingerling potatoes alongside a delicious homemade parsley aioli made with just mayonnaise, garlic, lemon juice, and parsley. The potatoes can be served with chicken breast, salmon, or steak. Feel free to enjoy them in a salad, like a Nicoise salad or potato salad

Crispy Roasted Fingerling Potatoes

  1. Wash the potatoes and pat dry with a paper towel.
  2. Cut fingerlings lengthwise into halves.
  3. The recipe calls for oil, salt, pepper, lemon juice, minced garlic, and chopped parsley. 
  4. Instructions preheat 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 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 fork-tender potatoes while hot and crispy. 

Roasted Garlic Butter Fingerling Potatoes

image of an Air Fryer basket filled with Fingerling Potatoes
They are quick, easy to make, versatile, and a great way to feed your family. You can serve the air fried potatoes at a tailgate party or as a midday snack. They also make great appetizers and side dishes.

With so many delicious possibilities, you can enjoy this tasty snack whenever you want throughout the year, month, or week and never feel bored.

Bake Fingerling Potatoes

image of an Air Fryer basket filled with Fingerling Potatoes
Those who are on a diet can add fresh herbs and unsalted butter and can enjoy roasted fingerling potatoes without any worries. Have you made fingerling potatoes in an air fryer? If you make this recipe then tell me about it in the comments below. Be sure to pin the photo after the recipe to save this one for later.

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FAQ

What Are Yukon Gold Potatoes?

Yukon gold potatoes are a cross between a wild South American yellow potato and a North American white potato. The potatoes are yellow, soft, and used in soups and chowders.

What Are Russet Potatoes?

Russet potatoes, otherwise known as Idaho potatoes. The potato is larger than other potato styles and more oblong than their white counterparts. The russet skins are used for rustic potato dishes, such as skin-on french fries

Should I Soak Potatoes Before Air Frying Them?

You should soak them 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 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. 

Why Are My Fingerling Potatoes Crisp Not Crunchy? 

If you find they’re not as crispy as you like, 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 crispiness. 

If you don’t dry your potatoes crisp enough after washing, then you might not get the same crispiness. This is why you need to pat them dry with a paper towel before tossing them with olive oil and seasoning. 

Do You Have To Wash Fingerling Potatoes?

When making air fryer fingerlings I do recommend giving them a good scrub before cutting, seasoning, and placing them in the air fryer. Potatoes can sometimes have dirt residue, plus there’s the possibility of them having been touched by many people at the store.

Can You Eat The Fingerling Skin?

Some people are picky eating potato skin, which is their loss as fingerling potato skin is tasty. The skins are great once cooked. They’re not too tough and are at the right level of crispiness. The skin is also a great source of vitamins and minerals so I recommend keeping it on as there is no need to be peeled. 

Air Fryer Fingerling Potatoes Conclusion

Now that you have a few great recipes on how to make roasted fingerling potatoes, fire up your air fryer and get to work. As a side dish cuisine, there aren’t many menu items that compare compete with roasted fingerling potatoes. After you add fresh garlic powder, Italian seasoning, pepper, and parmesan cheese, your potatoes will be as good as anything served at a restaurant.

With an air fryer, you can make perfectly crispy potatoes. You can choose an easy recipe provided here, or get creative and do your own thing. Among home cooks, potatoes are versatile and reliable. They make the perfect side dish for any meal.

When cooking for your whole family every day, potatoes are great fillers. After you add butter, fresh parsley, dried herbs, kosher salt and pepper, you won’t believe your eating at home. The great thing about roasted fingerling potatoes, with leftovers, you can wrap them in aluminum foil and keep them in an airtight container in your refrigerator.

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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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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