Sometimes you need potatoes and you need them fast. You could roast them in the oven, but oven baking is kind of slow and you don’t always get those crispy results you’re craving. Instead, when I need potatoes and I need them now, I make air fryer potatoes! Thick cut wedges cook in no time and they’re super fluffy and soft on the inside and crispy on the outside.

I have a dream. A potato dream. Have you ever seen those french fry boards floating around the internet? It’s like a charcuterie board but filled with different types of french fries and dips. It’s my idea of heaven. That and a roasted potato board and a chip board and a mashed potato board. I would legit feel like I won the lottery.

I love all kinds of potatoes but the potatoes I like best of all are hot and fresh, crispy and a little crunchy on the outside and fluffy and potato-y on the inside. If you too are a potato lover, the air fryer is going to be your best friend.

Why air fryer potatoes?

If you love potatoes, air fryer potatoes are for you! You don’t have to turn on the oven and the result is 100% the same! The air that circulates around in an air fryer makes the outsides crispy all over and the insides perfectly soft. Plus they’re healthier than deep fried wedges or roasties because you hardly use any oil.

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How to make crispy air fryer potatoes

  1. Wash, dry, and prep your potatoes. Give your spuds a good wash, then pat them dry, throughly. Cut them into wedges.
  2. Oil and season. Give the wedges a little bit of oil to promote crispness, then season with salt and pepper. You can add extra spices too, like garlic powder, onion powder, paprika, or other spices.
  3. Air fry. Pop the potatoes, in a single layer into the air fryer, and fry, flipping once.
  4. Done. Eat all the crispy potatoes you want!

Which potatoes for crispy air fryer potatoes?

I like to use russets or Yukon golds because I think they have the best texture for roasted crispy potatoes: creamy with just enough starchiness.

Potato seasoning ideas

I used a little bit of parmesan and thyme to season these guys, but the options are truly endless:

  • Garlic and herb – as much garlic powder as you can handle plus 2 tablespoons freshly chopped herbs of choice: dill, parsley, scallions, thyme, basil
  • Everything bagel – make it rain everything bagel spice
  • Sour cream and onion – mix together 1 tsp each buttermilk powder, onion powder, garlic powder, season to taste and add some scallions
  • Seaweed and salt – a little crushed seaweed adds a huge amount of umami! Crush up a toasted seaweed snack pack and sprinkle on with salt, to taste.
  • Five spice – a little take on the flavors of Taiwanese fried chicken: mix together 1/2 tsp each of salt, white pepper, black pepper, five spice, and garlic powder, then add it to the potatoes to taste
  • Your favorite spice mix – just shake on your favorite spice mix to taste

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Key points for extra crispy air fryer potatoes

  • Cut the potatoes evenly so they all cook at the same time: cut your potato in half, the cut them in half a again so they are quarters. Then cut each quarter into two so you have 8 wedges from each potato.
  • Don’t crowd or overlap the potatoes. They need space around them so the air can circulate and crisp.
  • Be sure to flip! Sure, they potatoes will be cooked if you don’t flip, but flipping will make sure they are crisp on both sides.
  • If you want them extra crispy, flip them a second time and give them another blast for 5 minutes at the end for ultra crispy potatoes.

Crispy air fryer potato FAQs:

Are air fried potatoes good for you/are air fryer potatoes healthy?
They’re healthier than fried potatoes like french fries because they use less oil.

Air fryer potatoes no oil

You can make these without oil but they won’t be as crispy and the outsides will be a touch dry. They still taste good but they taste better with just a slick of oil or cooking spray.

What to serve with air fryer potatoes?

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Crispy Air Fryer Potatoes

Crispy golden fluffy homemade air fryer potatoes: the perfect combination of healthy and potato!
Serves 2
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes


  • 2 large russet potatoes
  • 1 tbsp oil/cooking spray
  • salt and freshly ground pepper
  • 2 sprigs fresh thyme
  • freshly grated parmesan as desired

Special Equipment

  • air fryer


  • Scrub the potatoes clean and cut into wedges.
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  • Toss the potatoes with oil or cooking spray, salt, and ground pepper, then place the potatoes in the air fryer basket.
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  • Turn the air fryer on at 400°F for 10 minutes. Shake and flip the potatoes, then set it again for 10 minutes at 400°F. At this point the potatoes should be crisp and tender. Remove from the basket, toss with thyme and parmesan, if using, and enjoy!
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Estimated Nutrition

Nutrition Facts
Crispy Air Fryer Potatoes
Amount Per Serving
Calories 207 Calories from Fat 63
% Daily Value*
Fat 7g11%
Saturated Fat 0.9g6%
Cholesterol 0.01mg0%
Sodium 13mg1%
Potassium 867mg25%
Carbohydrates 33.5g11%
Fiber 5.1g21%
Sugar 2.5g3%
Protein 3.6g7%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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  1. Jean says:

    What type of air fryer do you use?

    1. Stephanie says:

      it’s this one :)

  2. SR GIBBS says:

    Bonus: if you want them extra crispy, double air fry them, it makes them ultra crispy!
    What do you mean by this?

    1. Stephanie says:

      i just take them out, let them cool for a while, then pop them back in and fry again (no oil spray this time) for about 5 more minutes. they get extra extra crispy :)

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