Air Fryer Roast Potatoes Crispy Simple and Delicious

Air Fryer Roast Potatoes Crispy Simple and Delicious

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If you’re craving perfectly crispy roast potatoes without the hassle of using your oven, an air fryer is your new best friend! These golden-brown spuds are a delightful addition to any meal, whether it’s a Sunday roast or a weeknight dinner. This is an easy and flavourful recipe for Air Fryer Roast Potatoes.


  • 2 large floury potatoes (approximately 450g/1lb)
  • Salt, to taste
  • 1 tbsp olive oil


  1. Par-Boil the Potatoes:
    • Peel the potatoes and cut them into quarters.
    • In a saucepan of already boiling, salted water, par-boil the potatoes for 15 minutes.
    • Drain the potatoes well and let them steam dry for a minute or two.
  2. Season and Toss:
    • Toss the par-boiled potatoes with the olive oil, ensuring they are well coated.
    • Generously season with salt.
  3. Air-Fry to Perfection:
    • Preheat your air fryer to 200°C (392°F).
    • Place the seasoned potatoes in the air fryer basket.
    • Air-fry for 30 minutes, tossing every 10 minutes to ensure even crisping and browning.
  4. Serve and Enjoy:
    • Once they’re beautifully golden and crispy, remove the potatoes from the air fryer.
    • Serve hot alongside your favourite main course or as a delightful snack.

Recipe Tips:

  • Potato Variety: Use large floury potatoes for the best results. If you’re using smaller potatoes, make sure to cut them into large chunks or reduce the par-boil time.
  • Air Fryer Insert: Use a shallow tray insert, so the potatoes are in contact with the oil (instead of the oil draining through the air fryer basket holes) – this will result in crispier potatoes.
  • Scaling Up: Easily scale up the recipe to feed more people in a larger air fryer.

Why Air Fryer Roast Potatoes?

When it comes to cooking roast potatoes, they cook much quicker in an air fryer. You’re also less likely to use an excess of oil when air frying them which is easier to do when oven roasting them.
Air frying roast potatoes also frees up space in the oven which is very much needed when cooking a roast dinner – especially at Christmas.

  • Healthier Option: Air frying requires less oil compared to traditional roasting, making these potatoes a lighter choice.
  • Crispy Exterior, Fluffy Interior: The air fryer achieves the perfect balance of crispiness on the outside and fluffiness on the inside.
  • Space-Saving: If your oven is busy with other dishes, the air fryer provides a convenient alternative.

Why use a tray insert for air fryer roast potatoes?

When using an air fryer with a standard basket, excess fat tends to drain away through the holes, leaving the potatoes with only a thin layer of crispness. Instead of being fully immersed in the hot fat, they end up with a shallow coating of oil, resulting in a nice brown skin but it will be a slightly chewy texture. For a thicker and crunchier skin, ensure the potatoes are nestled in the hot fat, allowing the oil to penetrate deeper into the skin during the roasting process. Using a roasting tray generously coated with fat is essential for creating that coveted crispy exterior.

So, next time you’re craving roast potatoes, give your oven a break and let the air fryer work its magic. These Crispy Air Fryer Roast Potatoes are sure to become a family favorite!