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Crispy Air Fryer Potatoes

Crispy Air Fryer Potatoes offer a fantastic and versatile side dish option, and using an air fryer simplifies the process, allowing for an effortlessly tasty batch of these herb butter-infused potatoes that turn out wonderfully crispy and irresistible.

red baby potatoes cut in quarters


Why You’ll Love These Air Fryer Potatoes

  • Flavorful: Enjoy the perfect blend of garlic, herbs, and Parmesan seasoning that turns tender, golden-brown baby potatoes into a flavor-packed side dish.
  • Quality Ingredients: This recipe focuses on high-quality ingredients like fresh garlic, olive oil, and Parmesan cheese, ensuring a fresh and balanced taste in every bite.
  • Air Fryer Convenience: The use of an air fryer not only makes cooking effortless but also delivers irresistibly crispy and perfectly cooked potatoes with minimal mess.
  • Healthier: Offering a lighter alternative to traditional frying, this recipe is not only straightforward to make but also a healthier choice for a delicious “fry” experience.

Recipe Ingredients

  • Baby Potatoes: You can use red, golden, or fingerling potatoes. Scrub well and cut in half.
  • Olive Oil: I recommend a light to medium olive oil, since this dish will be cooked at a fairly high heat.
  • Fresh Garlic: Mince about 4 cloves (or to taste). You can substitute a sprinkle of garlic powder, but the flavor will be somewhat different.
  • Salt and Pepper
  • Dried Thyme and Oregano: These two herbs add pungency and balance to the richness of the oil and garlic.
  • Parmesan Cheese: Who doesn’t love Parm? I use it here for depth of flavor and extra crispiness!
  • Optional: Melted Butter and Chopped Fresh Parsley: Combine these and drizzle over the finished potatoes. Yum!

How To Make Air Fryer Potatoes

  1. Toss the Potatoes, Oil, Garlic, and Seasonings: In a large bowl, combine the scrubbed and halved potatoes with the other ingredients (except melted butter and parsley). Stir or toss well to coat.
  2. Fry in Air Fryer: Place the potatoes in a single, uncrowded layer in the air fryer basket. If you have too many potatoes, cook in batches to avoid crowding. Crowded food won’t get crispy. Fry at 400˚F for 10 minutes, shake and stir to turn the potatoes, and fry again for 8 minutes or so, until potatoes are tender and golden.
  3. Drizzle and Serve: Make the herb butter (if using) by melting butter and mixing in chopped fresh parsley, or fresh herbs of your choice. Remove the potatoes to a serving dish, drizzle, and enjoy!
side view of quartered red baby potatoes

Recipe Tips

  • Wash the potatoes: There’s a reason for the old saying that a given object is “as dirty as an unwashed potato.” Root veggies, potatoes literally grow in the dirt and have to be washed well before cooking. I like to scrub my potatoes with a veggie brush, remove any imperfections with a small sharp knife, and then rinse well under running water.
  • Dry Before Seasoning: Since water and oil don’t mix, dry the potatoes well with a clean dishcloth or paper towels before adding the oil and seasonings. Oil will coat a dry potato better!
  • Dairy is Optional: If you’d like this dish to be dairy-free/vegan, leave out the cheese and butter. There’s no need to replace them, as the dish still packs a ton of flavor as-is.

Serving Suggestions

I love serving these potatoes alongside a good steak, like my Filet Mignon, or with my Steak Salad with Dijon Balsamic Dressing. Fried potatoes also go wonderfully with fish, and these particularly complement Maple Mustard Salmon Baked in Foil. Also, try cozying these lovelies up with Skillet Barbecue Shrimp, half-cobs of Elote, and small squares of Grilled Pizza!

overhead shot of quartered baby potatoes

How To Store and Reheat Leftovers

  • Refrigerate leftovers in tightly-covered containers or food-storage bags for 3 to 5 days or freeze them for up to 1 month.
  • To reheat, first thaw the potatoes (if frozen) in the refrigerator. Then place on a cookie sheet in a single layer, and bake at 350° until heated through.

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red baby potatoes cut in quarters

Crispy Air Fryer Potatoes with Herb Butter

Katerina | Diethood
A deliciously indulgent air-fryer recipe for halved baby potatoes, well-seasoned and drizzled with a savory herb butter.
5 from 13 votes
Servings : 8
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes


  • 2 pounds baby potatoes, halved
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • salt and freshly ground pepper, to taste
  • ½ tablespoon dried oregano
  • ½ tablespoon dried thyme
  • cup grated parmesan cheese
  • 3 tablespoons butter, melted
  • 1 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley, or your favorite fresh herbs


  • In a large bowl combine potatoes with olive oil, garlic, salt, pepper, oregano, thyme, and cheese.
  • Place a single layer of potatoes in the basket of your air fryer; cook at 400˚F for 10 minutes.
    NOTE: DO NOT crowd the air fryer basket; if it’s not big enough, cook the potatoes in batches.
  • Shake basket; give the potatoes a little stir and continue to cook for 8 more minutes, or until golden on top and tender inside.
  • In the meantime, melt butter and stir in the chopped herbs.
  • Transfer cooked potatoes to a serving plate.
  • Drizzle melted butter over the potatoes.
  • Serve.


Serving: 4 ounces | Calories: 193 kcal | Carbohydrates: 21 g | Protein: 4 g | Fat: 11 g | Saturated Fat: 4 g | Cholesterol: 15 mg | Sodium: 109 mg | Potassium: 489 mg | Fiber: 3 g | Sugar: 1 g | Vitamin A: 219 IU | Vitamin C: 24 mg | Calcium: 74 mg | Iron: 1 mg

Nutritional info is an estimate and provided as courtesy. Values may vary according to the ingredients and tools used. Please use your preferred nutritional calculator for more detailed info.

Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Keyword: crispy potatoes, healthy potatoes, how to fry potatoes
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