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Air fryer mashed potatoes

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Mashed potatoes, easiest thing EVER to make am I right?! If you fancy being able to put them on to cook, and don’t want to have to watch a pot constantly to ensure it does not boil over, then air fryer mashed potatoes will be perfect for you!

For us mashed potatoes are a real staple in our home. Our 2 and 7-year-old daughters will ALWAYS eat them, especially if served with onion gravy (minus the onions of course!) and it is a great way to bulk out a meal for a very low cost too.

We love to make instant pot or pressure cooker mashed potatoes but we also love to make these mashed potatoes thanks to the air fryer. It’s a really simple way to get a side dish cooking and have time to do some other jobs too.

These air fryer mashed potatoes work great as part of a roast dinner, alongside sage and onion stuffing (or air fryer stuffing balls), and a delicious slow cooker whole chicken.

Leftover mashed potatoes can be turned into air fryer mashed potato balls and these are absolutely delicious served with air fryer frozen chicken nuggets for a simple meal.

I use my Ninja Foodi OL750UK or AF300UK dual zone air fryer for this recipe, but you can use any air fryer you own. Obviously you’ll want to have enough space to cook the potatoes in one batch if possible.

As well as this air fryer mashed potatoes recipe, be sure to check out this Gordon Ramsay Mashed Potatoes Recipe as well. Super tasty and packed full of flavour!

While you are here be sure to check out my air fryer tips and tricks. Whether you’re a total beginner to air frying, or just looking to get more from your air fryer, this is sure to help! I’ve got a great range of air fryer recipes for beginners too.

If you’re looking for something a little different be sure to check out my root vegetable mash.

Air fryer mashed potato in a bowl on a wooden serving board

Ingredients for air fryer mashed potatoes:

500g baby / first early potatoes

15ml olive oil

Salt and pepper

20g butter or garlic butter

Chives (I used 1 stalk)

Onion gravy on top of mash potato with text overlay that says ultimate onion gravy

Method for making mashed potatoes in an air fryer:

Wash your potatoes and dry thoroughly.

Place potatoes on a piece of tin foil (cooking friendly stuff though!).

Cover with 15ml of olive oil, sprinkle generously with salt and pepper.

Air fry at 200C (390F) for 20 minutes.

Once the time is up ensure that the potatoes are fork tender. IF not then you’ll want to cook for 3-5 minutes more.

Once your potatoes are cooked through remove and place in a bowl.

IF you don’t want to mash with the skins on then remove these by letting the potatoes cool slightly. I leave the skins on my potatoes, so they are a little more rustic and there are added nutritional benefits to doing so. This is one of the reasons why we also love air fryer potato skins – yum!

Add 20g of butter and mash until smooth.

Season with salt and pepper.

Chop a stalk of chives and scatter on the top.

If you’re serving family style then smooth the top and dab 10g of butter on to give it a nice presentation.

A cooked slow cooker beef casserole with dumplings

Can you fry potatoes in an air fryer?

Yes! Just follow my method, 20-25 minutes at 200C (390F). This is a really simple way to fry potatoes while making sure the inside are soft and fluffy.

If you want to make air fryer roast potatoes instead then you’ll want to cut the potatoes.

Can you warm up or reheat mashed potatoes in an air fryer?

I find that 3-4 minutes, at 200C, is enough to reheat mashed potatoes, however it depends on the quantity. I like to line the bottom of the air fryer basket and spread my creamy mashed potatoes across the bottom.

If you want to jazz them up a little more then add some cheddar cheese or even a little cream! Cream cheese is another great way to make creamy mashed potatoes.

Whole chicken, onion gravy, cheesecake and air fryer roast potatoes with text overlay that says easy roast dinner recipes

How to make mashed sweet potatoes in an air fryer?

Just follow the same method above but with sweet potatoes. If you have large sweet potatoes then you’ll want to increase the cooking time from 20-25 to 35-40, checking two times during the cooking at least. Give a good shake, and ensure that you have oiled the outside of the potatoes thoroughly.

What to serve with mashed potatoes?

We LOVE a variety of dinners including slow cooker hunters chicken or air fryer sausages and onion gravy. I’ve also used this as a topping for a slow cooker cottage pie filling mix or fish pie with leeks.

Frozen sweet potato fries cooked in the air fryer served in a metal basket with a Le Creuset ramekin of tomato ketchup

What can you make with leftover air fryer mashed potatoes?

If you don’t fancy just serving up some mash then why not make some air fryer mashed potato balls or some air fryer mashed potato cakes. You can even use some mashed potatoes to make pancakes, or to top something like a fish pie with leeks or slow cooker cottage pie.

What sauces work well with mashed potatoes?

In our home good old tomato ketchup is always a hit and very well loved! We also love BBQ sauce and gravy too. Yum!

Roast potatoes cooked in the Ninja Foodi in a red Le Creuset using the pressure cooking and air crisp / fryer settings

Do you soak potatoes in cold water before air frying?

You can remove a little of the starch by soaking your potatoes in cold water first. This helps to give your potatoes a crispier finish.

If you want to soak then I’d aim for 30 minutes in cold water and then ensure that you dry them fully before you start air frying them.

Looking for a great potato masher?

I absolutely love to use the *Masher. This is a great product to make yourself lump free mash in almost an instant. What I also love about this blender is that it is multi-use and is ideal for blending, pureeing and whisking too. It is dishwasher safe too.

Parmentier potatoes served in a tin foil serving tray with a sprig of rosemary

Want to make your mashed potatoes a little more luxurious?

Adding a couple of tablespoons of sour cream, full fat milk or double cream help to make creamy, delicious mash that has a luxurious feel to it. This is an easy way to level up your mashed potatoes without much extra time or expense.

I love to top with fresh herbs too to give this side dish a lovely appearance.

Why not check out some of my other delicious air fryer recipes while you’re here?

While you’re here be sure to try some of my air fryer potato recipes:

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Be sure to check out some of my favourite air fryer accessories while you’re here:

Something to note about air fryer recipes is that all air fryers have different sizes, depths and as such the cooking times can vary. All air fryer recipes on this website are intended as a guide, and not a guarantee that the timings will be perfect. Enjoy!

How to make mashed potatoes in the air fryer:

Air fryer mashed potatoes

Delicious creamy mashed potatoes made in the air fryer.

Course Side Dish
Cuisine British
Keyword air fryer, potato, sweet potato
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Servings 3 servings
Calories 180 kcal
Author Katykicker

Ingredients

  • 500 g baby potatoes first early works too
  • 15 ml olive oil
  • Salt and pepper
  • 20 g butter
  • 1 stalk chives

Instructions

  1. Wash and dry your potatoes.

  2. Place the potatoes on a piece of tin foil

  3. Cover with 15ml of olive oil, sprinkle generously with salt and pepper. Wrap up the foil over the potatoes.

  4. Air fryer at 200C (390F) for 20 minutes.
  5. Once the time is up ensure that the potatoes are fork tender. IF not then you’ll want to cook for 3-5 minutes more.
  6. Once your potatoes are cooked through remove and place in a bowl.
  7. Add 20g of butter and mash until smooth.
  8. Season with salt and pepper.
  9. Chop a stalk of chives and scatter on the top.
  10. If you’re serving family style then smooth the top and dab 10g of butter on to give it a nice presentation.

Note: All calorie information is for demonstration purposes only and is based on the specific uncooked ingredients that I used when creating the recipe.

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Air fryer mashed potatoes in a bowl with chives and melted butter on the top
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