Potatoes are such an awesome, versatile side dish, and one of my favorite ways to prepare them is, of course, frying! And with an air fryer, creating a tasty batch of these Crispy Air Fryer Potatoes with Herb Butter is wonderfully easy!
You’ll love the simplicity and flavor-punch of these tender, golden-brown baby potatoes seasoned with garlic, herbs, and Parmesan.
THE BEST AIR FRYER POTATOES
This recipe uses a select handful of quality ingredients, like olive oil, fresh garlic, and Parmesan cheese, to flavor baby potatoes. The result? A wonderfully balanced, fresh, flavor-packed side dish!
And on top of that, it’s seriously easy, and even healthy-ish. This might just be your new favorite “fry,” especially since my recipe uses an air fryer to minimize mess and cut down on waste.
- 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
- 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.
- 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.
- 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!
TIPS FOR CRISPY POTATOES
Follow these tips for the best results!
- 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!
WHAT GOES WITH AIR FRYER POTATOES?
- Beef: I love serving these alongside a good steak, like my Filet Mignon, or with my Steak Salad with Dijon Balsamic Dressing.
- Seafood: Fried potatoes also go wonderfully with fish, and these particularly complement Maple Mustard Salmon Baked in Foil.
- Appetizer Buffet: You might also like to make these potatoes as part of a small-plate dinner or appetizer buffet! In that case, try cozying these lovelies up with Skillet Barbecue Shrimp, half-cobs of Elote, and small squares of Grilled Pizza!
HOW TO STORE AND REHEAT LEFTOVERS
- Refrigerate leftovers in tightly-covered containers or food-storage bags, for 3 to 5 days.
- To freeze, place potatoes on a parchment-lined tray and freeze until solid. Then place frozen potatoes in food-storage containers or bags and store in the freezer up to a 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.
More Potato Recipes
- Basil Pesto Grilled Potatoes in Foil
- Maple Mustard Roasted Potatoes
- Garlic Butter Hasselback Potatoes
Crispy Air Fryer Potatoes with Herb Butter
- 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
- ⅓ 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.
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.
MORE AIR FRYER RECIPES:
- Air Fryer Zucchini Corn Fritters
- Asian Glazed Air Fryer Chicken Thighs
- Crispy Air Fryer Buffalo Shrimp
- Air Fryer Fried Chicken
- Air Fryer Salmon
- Crispy Parmesan Air Fryer Brussel Sprouts