Easy Diced Air Fryer Potatoes
These air fryer potatoes are fast and can (and should) be served with everything. Crispy, tender, and totally delicious! You’ll be a fan of this easy side made with simple ingredients.
I’ve been making these easy air fryer potatoes at least twice a week for the last three months. If you watch my Instagram stories then you’ve seen it over and over again. What can I say? Once I like something it stays in the dinner rotation for 8-10 years.
The air fryer is my favorite way to prepare potatoes right now. You’ll get the best potatoes every time and they’re so similar to oven-roasted potatoes with a slightly crispy texture on the outside and fluffy insides. The good news is that by air frying the potatoes you’ll use less oil. In fact you can use a cooking spray if you prefer. It’s just such a perfect side dish!
Ingredients for Easy Diced Air Fryer Potatoes
- Potatoes: I prefer yellow or gold potatoes in this delicious side dish. Russet potatoes are another great option.
- Olive or avocado oil: A little oil helps these potatoes brown beautifully in the air fryer.
- Seasonings: Dried parsley, chili powder, salt, and black pepper are my favorite seasonings for diced potatoes with tons of flavor. You can customize these potatoes by using other spices like garlic powder, onion powder, cayenne pepper, or Italian seasoning.
The air fryer makes your potatoes beautifully crispy with minimal mess, prep, or oil.
To flavor the potatoes, simply dice them and toss them in a mix of oil and seasonings. Be sure to cut potatoes the same size so they’ll all cook in the same amount of time.
Then pop them into the air fryer and cook for a total of 17 to 23 minutes. If using an air fryer basket you’ll want to give everything a good shake at the halfway mark. This ensures the potatoes settled in the bottom of the basket won’t be underdone. You won’t need to shake the potatoes if your air fryer is large enough to fit the potatoes in a single layer.
How to avoid uneven cooking in the air fryer
First, don’t cook too much at one time. In a compact air fryer I can do 2 cups of diced potatoes but no more. While the basket would absolutely fit 4 cups half of them end up undercooked so stick to the 2 cups. My 7 quart can easily cook 4 cups to absolute perfection. So figure out what your air fryer can handle and don’t cook more than that amount at one time.
Second, if using a basket style air fryer don’t forget to shake the food at the halfway mark. This ensures the food at the bottom of the basket makes its way to the top. A halfhearted or nonexistent basket shake will give you underdone potatoes stuck at the bottom.
What types of potatoes are best in the air fryer?
These crispy air fryer potatoes can be made with any potato variety you like. I like to use yukon gold or yellow potatoes because they have a naturally buttery flavor (without any butter). Russet potatoes are another great option. You can even use red potatoes if that’s what you have on hand!
Which Air Fryer Do I Recommend?
The air fryer is a beloved kitchen appliance in my home. I have two air fryers that I use and love. Both are large enough to accommodate this recipe. (I don’t recommend using a compact air fryer to cook this amount of food unless you’re cooking in 2 to 3 batches.)
This GoWise 7 Quart Air Fryer is my favorite basket style option. It holds a lot of food and is reasonably priced for an air fryer of this size. Since your food cooks in a fairly deep basket you’ll want to be sure to stir or shake the ingredients about halfway through cooking.
This Cuisinart Air Fryer can also be used as a convection oven and toaster. It’s more expensive but I decided it was worth the investment once I learned how much I was using my air fryer. This beauty now sits on my counter full-time since I use it every day.
How to serve these air fryer potatoes
These crispy potatoes go with everything. You really have two ways to go about it.
Easy Diced Air Fryer Potatoes
- 2 cups diced potatoes
- ½ teaspoon olive or avocado oil
- ½ tablespoon dried parsley
- ½ teaspoon salt
- ¼ teaspoon black pepper
- ¼ teaspoon chili powder
- Toss your diced potatoes in a large bowl with oil. Season with salt, pepper, chili powder, and dried parsley. Use your hands or a spoon to move the potatoes around so each piece is evenly coated.
- Place them in the air fryer at 400 degrees for 17 to 23 minutes. Potatoes should be crispy and fully cooked. (If your air fryer has a basket you’ll want to shake it halfway through the cooking time.)
- Total air fryer cooking time is 17 to 23 minutes. 17 minutes is the right number for my air fryer but time can vary based on how small you dice your potatoes and what air fryer you use. Compact air fryers take the longest because your potatoes are piled on top of each other. Tray air fryers take the least amount of time because potatoes are usually in a single layer.