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Air fryer roast potatoes

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I’m a BIG fan of the air fryer. So simple to use. It is cheaper than heating up the oven and these air fryer roast potatoes were the first ever thing I made in it! They are the perfect accompaniment to a roast dinner, or just as a side dish on a weekday if you want something a little special.

My air fryer has been fantastic for me. It helps me to make several different dinners, as my daughters have allergies, and I’ve even got air fryer tips to share if you want to get the most out of yours too.

These go great with air fryer pigs in blankets and air fryer carrots and parsnips too.

I love to serve a different variety of meats for my roast dinner including Ninja Foodi roast chicken, Ninja Foodi gammon or Ninja Foodi roast beef.

See below for my air fryer roasted potatoes recipe, tips, flavour ideas and more.

Airfryer roast potatoes

Ingredients for air fryer roasted potatoes:

600g white potatoes

Vegetable oil (1/2 tablespoon) (don’t use olive oil)

Salt and pepper

Optional other herbs or seasonings: garlic power or garlic salt, rosemary, Italian seasoning, chopped parsley

Air fryer green beans that have been topped and tailed, in a stoneware bowl

Method for making air fryer roast potatoes:

Pre-heat the air fryer to 180C (355F).

Peel, wash and chop your potatoes.

Drizzle the cut potatoes with vegetable oil and salt and pepper.

Add to the air fryer basket.

Cook for 15 minutes at 180C (355F). Shake well.

If you’re adding additional herbs, spices or seasonings now if the time to add these.

Cook for another 10 minutes at 180C (355F). Check. If required cook for a further 5 minutes.

A white and mushroom coloured plate with cooked air fryer carrot fries with a blue circle bowl with sriracha mayonnaise.

Do you need to parboil potatoes before air frying?

Using this method I do not parboil. Using my Ninja Foodi roast potatoes method I use the pressure cooker to lightly cook the potatoes. Both methods work great.

This method is designed to be low effort. If you want to parboil first then you can reduce the cooking time by 10-15 minutes in the air fryer, and can potentially get even fluffier edges to your potatoes.

Can you cook air fryer roast potatoes with no oil?

You can! The air fryer is great at crisping food up, thanks to the small cooking area and the air fryer basket. I’d recommend shaking the basket at least 4 – 5 times while cooking, to avoid the potatoes sticking to the basket.

Roast beef, sliced, in a beef gravy, in a glass roasting dish. In the background is a red baking dish filled with roast potatoes cooked in the Ninja Foodi

What are the best potatoes for roasties?

I’m in the UK so we tend to have fluffy white potatoes in the supermarket here, which work well.

Really ANY potatoes are great for air frying, they all go super crisp on the outside and fluffy and delicious on the inside.

Baby potatoes work great, especially if you cook them whole and coat them in lovely garlic butter and parmesan cheese upon serving!

Can you cook vegetables alongside your roast potatoes?

I love to add air fryer parsnips to the top, when there are 20 minutes to go. These turn out lovely and crisp too. Carrots work very well too, and if you slice them large enough the cooking time is similar.

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How do you make whole air fryer potatoes?

Yes! Absolutely. You’ll want to adjust the cooking time though. I’d recommend pricking a few holes in the potatoes, so they can release steam and cook throughout. If you have a metal skewer this can work well placed through the potatoes too, but just check it’s suitable for air frying.

Can you cook frozen roast potatoes in the air fryer?


Look at the package for the cook times and temperature. I’d recommend reducing the temperature by 15-20C, and the cook time by 1/3 to start with.

You’ll want to shake at least once during the cooking time, to avoid them sticking, and then again a few minutes before serving.

Any frozen roast potatoes should work well, I really rate the Aunt Bessies ones as they have a nice coating on which crisps up lovely. They’re not as healthy as making your own of course, but not everyone has the time or effort to spare do they!

Ninja foodi roast potatoes in a red Le Creuset dish with 5 tricks for crispy roast potatoes written in text

Want to try some of my other air fryer potato recipes?

Air fryer potato recipes - air fryer cheese fries, air fryer diced potatoes, air fryer hasselback potatoes, air fryer frozen potato wedges, air fryer loaded fries and air fryer baked potatoes

What herbs work well for roast potatoes?

Personally I love to use crushed garlic, chopped parsley, chopped rosemary, thyme leaves or chopped sage leaves. I love to make rosemary and garlic roast potatoes too.

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!

Six frozen yorkshire puddings that have been cooked in the air fryer.

How to re-heat roast potatoes:

Leftovers keep well in the fridge for several days, and are easily refreshed in the air fryer if you want to enjoy them hot and crispy again.

I find 6-7 minutes at 180C (355F) is sufficient to heat the potatoes through, and they are almost as tasty as they were on the first serving!

What else works well with these roast potatoes?

Other great accompaniments for these roast potatoes are air fryer bacon, parmesan cheese, garlic butter and paprika are all great sprinkled over the top of these potatoes.

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How to cook roast potatoes in the air fryer:

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Air fryer roast potatoes

Delicious air fryer roast potatoes in just 30 minutes

Course Side Dish
Cuisine British
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes
Servings 3 servings
Calories 237 kcal
Author Katykicker


  • 1/2 tbsp vegetable oil
  • salt & pepper
  • 600g potatoes


  1. Pre-heat the air fryer to 180C (355F).
  2. Peel, wash and chop your potatoes.
  3. Drizzle with the vegetable oil and salt and pepper.
  4. Add to the air fryer basket.
  5. Cook for 15 minutes at 180C (355F). Shake well.
  6. If you’re adding additional herbs, spices or seasonings now if the time to add these.
  7. Cook for another 10 minutes at 180C (355F). Check. If required cook for a further 5 minutes.

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 roast potatoes
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Wednesday 30th of June 2021

I looked at your recipe for Roast potatoes. I have the Ninja Air Fryer. Now, this has different programmes including Roast as well as Airfry. Which one would I use?


Wednesday 30th of June 2021

Hi James! Thanks for stopping by for my recipe. Definitely use the Air Fry function for this. The roast function on the Ninja is usually more like a traditional oven, so you'll not achieve such a crispy result! Hope that helps.


Monday 22nd of June 2020

Thank you for replying to my message I think I'll leave the chips for now I'm going to have a go at your lovely roast potatoes I'll let you know How I get on xc


Tuesday 23rd of June 2020

You're so welcome! Good luck x


Wednesday 17th of June 2020

I've just got an air fryer I don't know where I'm going wrong but my frozen frying chips are really dry and burnt any hints please xx


Thursday 18th of June 2020

Hiya! Are you using frying chips, or oven chips? Frying chips are possibly (but not an expert here!) drier, as I think they're just designed for being used in oil, rather than without oil, or with limited oil, like oven chips. Oven chips, that are already coated in a little oil or some sort of seasoning usually, are fantastic in the air fryer, so perhaps you could try something different? I hope this helps & you see this, as I have no idea how replies are set up on this website to be honest!


Monday 24th of June 2019

I love my air fryer, everything tastes so much better and is so much healthier. Thanks


Tuesday 2nd of July 2019

So true Lak, thanks for your comment!


Monday 2nd of July 2018

What setting on the air fryer do you put these on? The French fry setting?


Monday 2nd of July 2018

It should say in the post - 180C x

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