Crispy Air Fryer Potatoes with Herb Butter

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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!

red baby potatoes cut in quarters

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.

raw red baby potatoes cut in quarters and seasoned

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!

halved potatoes in an air fryer basket

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!

side view of quartered red baby potatoes

WHAT GOES WITH AIR FRYER POTATOES?

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.
  • 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.

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Crispy Air Fryer Potatoes with Herb Butter

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Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time20 mins
Total Time30 mins
A deliciously indulgent air-fryer recipe for halved baby potatoes, well-seasoned and drizzled with a savory herb butter.
Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Servings: 8
Calories: 193

Ingredients

  • 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

Optional

  • 3 tablespoons butter, melted
  • 1 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley, or your favorite fresh herbs

Instructions 

  • 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.
Nutrition Facts
Crispy Air Fryer Potatoes with Herb Butter
Amount Per Serving (4 ounces)
Calories 193 Calories from Fat 99
% Daily Value*
Fat 11g17%
Saturated Fat 4g20%
Cholesterol 15mg5%
Sodium 109mg5%
Potassium 489mg14%
Carbohydrates 21g7%
Fiber 3g12%
Sugar 1g1%
Protein 4g8%
Vitamin A 219IU4%
Vitamin C 24mg29%
Calcium 74mg7%
Iron 1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
Keywords: crispy potatoes, how to fry potatoes, healthy potatoes

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  1. Lisalia

    Your air fryer recipes have changed my life! no joke. So much healthier than oil frying. And you’ve even had me try some new recipes. These potatoes are plain comfort food and SO SO good!

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