Air Fryer Roast Potatoes

Air fryer roast potato recipe
Floury potatoes such as King Edward or Maris pipers work best for roast potatoes.
Oil to coat the potatoes. You’ll just need two tablespoons. You can use olive (not extra virgin), sunflower or vegetable oil.
Sea salt and freshly ground black pepper for seasoning.
optional seasoning – I give the potatoes a little extra seasoning with a little dried rosemary, onion salt and garlic granules. You could use any type of seasoning you like – you could swap the rosemary for dried thyme or Italian seasoning is also lovely.
how to make air fryer roast potatoes
Step one: Preheat the air fryer at 190C (375F) for 3-5 minutes. Place the peeled and quartered potatoes in a bowl.
Add the oil, salt and pepper and the extra seasoning if using. Using your hands or a large spoon, give a good stir, making sure all the potatoes are coated in oil.

Step two: Place the potatoes in the preheated air fryer. Cook for about 25 minutes or until the potatoes are golden and crispy and soft and fluffy in the middle.
You need to open the basket to check on the potatoes every 10 minutes or so to make sure they are cooking evenly. You might need to turn the potatoes with some tongs. I find giving the basket a good shake is all you need to do.

commonly asked questions
do you need to parboil the potatoes?
I’ve tested this recipe with both parboiled potatoes and non parboiled potatoes. The verdict?

The parboiled potatoes were a little crispier on the edges. If you have the time, then I would recommend cooking your potatoes in boiling salted water until they are beginning to soften slightly.

If you don’t have time to parboil, don’t worry about it too much – the air fryer still does a terrific job of crisping up the potatoes.

what potatoes are Best for roast potatoes?
The best variety of potatoes for roasting are the floury type such as King Edward, Maris Piper or Desiree. When these potatoes are cooked, the edges turn fluffy which is what gives you the much desired crispy, crunchy edges.

how to tell if roast potatoes are properly cooked?
To check if the potatoes are fully cooked, pierce a potato with a skewer or sharp knife. The knife should go through easily and the potato should be nice and soft in the middle. They will also be golden brown and crispy (they crisp up beautifully in the air fryer!)

can you Reheat cooked roast potatoes in the air fryer?
Yes! You can use your air fryer to reheat the cooked potatoes. The good news is it’s incredibly easy! Simply preheat the air fryer to 180C (350F) for 3-5 minutes. Add the potatoes and heat for 4-5 minutes or until crispy and piping hot on the inside.

Air Fryer Roast Potatoes

These easy air fryer roast potatoes are incredibly simple to make. Perfectly golden, crunchy and fluffy on the inside roast potatoes in under 25 minutes.

Author: Natalie
Prep Time: 10
Cook Time: 25
Total Time: 35 minutes


900g (about 8 or 9 large) floury potatoes, peeled and cut into four equal sized pieces (see recipe notes)
2 tablespoons olive oil (or sunflower or vegetable oil)
1 /2 teaspoon crunchy sea flakes
1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
1/4 teaspoon onion salt (optional)
1/4 teaspoon garlic granules
1/2 teaspoon dried rosemary (optional)


Preaheat the air fryer to 190C (375). If you’re parboiling the potatoes, cook them in a pan of boiling salted water for about 5-8 minutes or until just beginning to soften. You want a knife to go through them easily, but they shouldn’t be falling apart. Drain the potatoes in a colander and allow to steam dry for about 5 minutes before giving them a good shake to fluff up the exterior. Sprinkle over the salt, pepper and seasonings if using, then pour over the oil.
If you’re not parboiling, place the potatoes in a large bowl and pour over the oil. Add the salt and pepper and optional seasonings and using your hands or a spoon, stir well, making sure the potatoes are well coated in oil.
Add the potatoes to the air fryer (I have a 4.3 litre capacity fryer so if yours is smaller, you’ll need to cook the potatoes in batches) and cook for 20-25 minutes. Remove the basket from the air fryer two or three times during cooking time to give them a little shake and a turn to make sure they are cooking evenly.
When the potatoes are golden, crisp and soft on the inside (to test pierce a potato with a sharp skewer) transfer to a serving plate and sprinkle with a little extra salt if desired.
A floury potato such as Maris Piper, King Edward or Desiree is essential for a fluffy roast potato with crunchy edges.

For extra crunch, sprinkle the potates with 1 tablespoon of plain flour or semolina before cooking.

Don’t overcrowd the basket or the potatoes won’t crisp up properly. If you need to double the recipe, you’ll need to cook the potatoes in two batches.

Reheating instructions: To reheat leftover roast potatoes, place in the air fryer (180C) and cook for 4-5 minutes or until piping hot.

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