These roasted air fryer baby potatoes are crispy on the outside, fluffy and flakey on the inside, and absolutely delicious! They’re the perfect easy side dish for breakfast, lunch, or dinner. Once you use your air fryer to cook petite baby potatoes, you’ll never cook them any other way!
🧑🍳 Why we love it
Air fryers are all the rage these days, and for good reason! They make cooking easy, fast, and you only need to use a little oil to get the classically crispy “fried” texture, meaning your favorite recipes are lower in fat and calories!
I use my air fryer to make everything from tortilla chips to frozen french fries to eggs to pork tenderloin… and everything in between! I even put together a printable air fryer cheat sheet to help guide you through your cooking.
And these air fryer baby potatoes are absolutely wonderful, too. They’re lightly seasoned with garlic, salt and pepper, then roasted to crispy perfection on the outside and tender, fluffy goodness on the inside.
It only takes about 20 minutes of cook time to make them, and the hands-on work is super simple. Just slice, rinse, and toss with oil and seasonings!
They’re an all-around delicious and crowd pleasing side dish. Make up a batch today!
- Baby Potatoes, also known as New Potatoes. These potatoes usually come in pre-packaged 1.5 pound bags in the produce aisle. 👉 I usually see them packaged as Petite Gold or Petite White potatoes. Feel free to substitute baby purple potatoes, any other mini potatoes you like, but be sure they’re approximately 2 inches in diameter.
- Oil. Olive oil or avocado oil are great choices. If you’re following Whole30, use an oil on my Whole30 oils list.
- Seasonings: Garlic powder, salt, and pepper.
- 1/4 cup grated parmesan (optional).
- 1/2 teaspoon ranch seasoning (optional).
- 1 cup sliced carrots (optional).
⏲️ Cooking Steps
- Prep the potatoes by washing them and slicing them in half. If you have any extra small potatoes, leave them whole. The idea is to have pieces that are truly one bite sized. Baby potatoes don’t need to be peeled before cooking since their skin is so tender!
- Rinse in cold water to wash off some of the potato starch. This helps keep the potatoes from sticking together and gets the outsides extra crispy. It also keeps them from browning.
👉 To cook later, leave the potatoes submerged in cold water. This prevents them potatoes from browning with exposure to the air. You can leave them in the water in the fridge for up to a day!
- Drain the water, then use a few paper towels to pat the potatoes dry. Toss the potatoes with the oil and seasonings.
- Last, transfer the potatoes to a pre-heated air fryer and cook, stopping halfway to shake the basket or turn the potatoes. This also allows for even cooking and browning. Trust me, when you get those perfectly crispy bites, you’ll see how worth it it is!
And that’s it! Your perfectly cooked baby potatoes are ready to enjoy. I told you it was easy, didn’t I?
ℹ️ Tips & FAQ
Transfer leftover cooked potatoes in an airtight container or zip top bag. Seal and store in the refrigerator for 3-4 days, per USDA.
That depends on the size of your air fryer. As a rule of thumb, avoid overfill your air fryer basket or tray more than 1/3 – 1/2 of the way.
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Air Fryer Roasted Baby Potatoes
- 1.5 lb. petite gold potatoes, or baby potatoes or new potatoes, about 2 inches in diameter
- 1.5 Tablespoons olive oil
- 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 teaspoon pepper
- 1 teaspoon minced parsley optional
- 1/4 cup grated parmesan, optional
- 1/2 teaspoon ranch seasoning, optional
- 1 cup sliced carrots, optional
- Preheat the air fryer to 400°F (204°C). If your air fryer doesn't have a preheat setting, simply turn it on and wait about 5 minutes.
- Wash the potatoes and cut them in half. Transfer to a bowl and rinse well under cold water to wash off potato starch. Use a few paper towels to pat the potatoes dry.
- Toss the potatoes with oil, salt, pepper, and garlic powder. If using any additional seasonings, carrots, or parmesan, mix it now. Mix until the potatoes are coated evenly.
- Transfer the potatoes into the air fryer basket, being careful not to fill the basket more than 1/3-1/2 full.Close the air fryer and cook for 20-22 minutes, stopping halfway to shake the basket or turn the potatoes with a spatula.
- Check the potatoes close to the end of cook time, and cook until golden brown and crispy on all sides. Optionally, sprinkle with minced parsley. Serve immediately.