This delicious and easy recipe for air fryer breakfast potatoes gives you restaurant-style potatoes right at home! They are healthy, flavorful, and crispy, perfect for including in a delicious breakfast.
How To Prepare Breakfast Potatoes in an Air Fryer
I’ve always been a fan of traditional breakfast plates. With perfectly cooked eggs, bacon (although I like turkey bacon best!), sliced tomatoes, and the perfect, crispy and hearty breakfast potatoes.
This classic combination is super filling and for some reason reminds me of being on holiday as it’s usually a breakfast I often get if I’m at a hotel.
Making breakfast potatoes perfectly crispy without deep frying can be a challenge, but with an air fryer, you can achieve that perfect taste and texture in a much healthier way!
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.
How to cook potatoes in air fryer
How long to cook potatoes in air fryer will depend greatly on the type of potato, size of it, whether it is cut into cubed, diced small, left in wedges, or fries. Here are some examples:
Potato wedges in air fryer
These will cook at 390 degrees F for roughly 15-20 minutes. Make sure to place them into the fryer in an even layer and to avoid as much overlapping as you can. Flip the fries before cooking for the final 5-10 minutes.
Sweet potato air fryer recipe
Whole sweet potatoes take almost an hour to cook (about 40-50 minutes) at 390 degrees to cook whole.
How to make sweet potato fries in air fryer?
Wash your potatoes well and then slice into fries. Rinse under water to remove excess starches. Oil and season as desired. Air fry at 400 degrees F for 10-12 minutes, turning them over halfway through cooking.
Baby potatoes air fryer
Cook baby potatoes for 20 minutes at 400 degrees but make sure to rotate/flip them about halfway through.
Can you bake a potato in an air fryer?
Yes, you can cook a whole potato for baked potatoes in your air fryer. Once you learn how to roast potatoes in an air fryer you’ll see it’s actually very easy. Cook them at 400 degrees F for 30 minutes, flip/rotate, and cook for an additional 15 minutes until fork tender.
Twice-baked potatoes air fryer
After cooking your baked potatoes allow them to cool for about 5 minutes so that they are easier to handle. Scoop out the insides, leaving a nice “boat” and place the fillings into a bowl. Mash and turn into loaded mashed potatoes as desired, adding in fun toppings like onions, bacon, sour cream, or cheese.
Scoop that filling and place into your baked potato boats and bake at 400 degrees F for 5 minutes. Enjoy!
Should you wash potatoes before air frying?
When it comes to making air fryer breakfast potatoes 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 there’s 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 use PAM in an air fryer?
While I prefer to use traditional olive oil in the air fryer and to toss with the breakfast potatoes, you can also use olive oil PAM to give the air fryer basket a light spray and spritz the potatoes as well before tossing with the seasonings.
Ingredients for AirFryer Breakfast Potatoes:
To make super flavourful crispy breakfast potatoes and have a savory, satisfying flavor you will need a few ingredients listed below.
- white, red, or russet potatoes (it’s up to you)
- olive oil
- salt and pepper
- dehydrated onion flakes (or onion powder)
- green onion, chopped (for garnishing)
I enjoy my air fryer breakfast potatoes alongside scrambled eggs, sliced tomatoes, avocado, ketchup for dipping, and another good sprinkle of salt and pepper. But, you can have your seasoned potatoes in any way that you prefer with your breakfast.
Tips for Making Air Fryer Breakfast Potatoes
When it comes to making these roasted potatoes perfectly crispy and delicious, there are a few tips to follow for the best results.
Do I need to soak the potatoes before air frying?
No! I usually 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.
- Be sure to brush the air fryer basket lightly with olive oil and toss the potatoes with olive oil. This prevents the breakfast potatoes from sticking to the bottom of the air fryer basket when cooking.
- Do not overlap the breakfast potatoes in the air fryer basket. This will allow for more even cooking so that each and every potato gets nice and crispy.
- Be sure to pre-heat the air fryer for 2 minutes. Adding the potatoes to a hot air fryer will help with the cooking process and ensure they get nice and crispy.
- Enjoy the potatoes hot right out of the air fryer. The same as deep-fried potatoes, the longer you wait to enjoy them, the softer and less crispy they become. Enjoy these babies right out of the air fryer for the best texture!
Why are my air fryer potatoes not crispy?
If you find your breakfast 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 crispiness.
- 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. This ensures the crispiest potatoes will come out of the fryer as a result.
How to Make Breakfast Potatoes in Air Fryer
- Wash the potatoes then pat dry with a paper towel.
- Cut potatoes into halves, then 1/8 or 1/4 (depending on the size of your potatoes), you want to end up with 1.5” sized chunks.
- In a bowl toss the potatoes with the oil, salt, pepper, paprika, and onion flakes.
- Preheat the air fryer at 400 degrees for 2-minutes, once pre-heated, lightly brush the air fryer basket with olive oil (or cooking spray) and Arrange potatoes evenly in the basket – make sure they are not overlapping.
- Cook at 400 degrees for 14minutes, 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 7more minutes.
- Serve potatoes hot and crispy alongside your favorite breakfast fixings – eggs, bacon, sausage tomatoes, avocado, etc.
In my book, these air fryer breakfast potatoes are a win-win. They are fast, the kids love them (so do my hubby and I), and they are a healthier alternative to regular breakfast potatoes.
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