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Air Fryer Home Fries

Serve crispy golden air fryer home fries alongside your favorite morning entree for a hearty and filling start to your day! And while they often go by the name breakfast potatoes, these restaurant-quality home fries in the air fryer are a great side dish or appetizer any time of the day.

A close up of the air fryer home fries with eggs in the background.

Why We Love Air Fryer Home Fries

  • Air frying the potatoes requires less oil.
  • The air fryer produces a crispy exterior and a soft and tender interior on the potatoes because of how the air circulates.
  • They are hassle-free and finish faster than oven-baked versions.
  • Season the home fries and customize them to your liking.
  • With no messy oil splatters, cleaning up after making air fryer home fries is a breeze.

What You Need to Make this Recipe

  • Potatoes: I recommend using Yukon Gold potatoes to make air fryer home fries. They are the perfect texture and cook up crispy on the outside and soft in the center. You can also use small-cut russets potatoes. 
  • Olive Oil: Coat the potatoes in olive oil to prevent them from sticking to the air fryer basket; it also helps them turn a perfect golden brown.
  • Spices: Season the potatoes with kosher salt, black pepper, and garlic powder.
  • Onion: Use one white onion to cook alongside the potatoes.

Additions and Substitutions

Make Potatoes O’Brien by including bell peppers in the mixture. Or you can combine bacon or sausage and scrambled eggs for a filling breakfast skillet. Change up the spices and season the potatoes with ranch seasoning or Slap Ya Mama Seasoning recipe.

How to Cook Home Fries in the Air Fryer

The full recipe with measurements is in the recipe card below.

Step 1: Wash and cut the potatoes into ½-inch pieces. Then, toss them with olive oil, salt, pepper, and garlic powder in a mixing bowl.

Cut up potatoes in a mixing bowl to make home fries.

Step 2: Preheat the air fryer to 350℉ (176℃). Then, add the potatoes to the air fryer basket and cook them for 10 minutes.

Home fries added to the air fryer basket.

Step 3: Add the onions and cook for 10 minutes, shaking them halfway through.

Onions added to the home fries in an air fryer basket.

Expert Tips

  • Cut the potatoes, onions, and bell peppers (if you use them) the same size to ensure they cook evenly.
  • Air fryers vary in power and heat distribution, so so adjust the cooking time accordingly.

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What to Serve with Air Fryer Home Fries

Enjoy crispy potatoes as a breakfast side dish alongside your favorite morning entrees like juicy bacon or healthy air fryer sausage patties. And if you’re in a snacking mood, eat them with ranch dressing. Here are a few more ideas for what to pair with the potatoes.

What to do With the Leftovers

  • Refrigerate  Store the leftovers in an airtight container for 3-4 days.
  • Freeze  I recommend flash-freezing the potatoes on a baking sheet before adding them to a freezer-safe container or bag. Air fryer home fries freeze for 3-5 months.
  • Reheat  Warm leftovers in the oven or microwave. If you’re reheating the potatoes from frozen, bake them in the oven for 20 minutes at 350°F (176°C).
  • Repurpose  Make a frittata or breakfast hash, or use them for a quick potato salad. You can also throw the potatoes into a soup or mash them to make leftover potato pancakes.

Frequently Asked Questions

What potatoes are best for home fries?

When making homemade breakfast potatoes in the air fryer, the best potatoes are starchy and firm, as they will hold their shape well during cooking and provide a nice crispy texture on the outside. 

Yukon Gold Potatoes: Yukon Gold potatoes are my favorite. They have a creamy texture and hold their shape nicely as they cook. They have some starch, so they get nice and crispy as they air fry. 

Russet Potatoes: Idaho russet potatoes are great for seasoned home fries because of their high starch content. They have a nice, fluffy texture and turn crispy once cooked. 

Air fryer red potatoes are another option, although they are less starchy than russets and Yukon gold potatoes; as a result, they might not get quite as crispy.

What is another name for home fries?

These deliciously seasoned and air-fried potatoes are often called country potatoes or cottage fries in certain regions. They also go by the name breakfast potatoes, skillet potatoes, fried potatoes, or Potatoes O’Brien (though they also include onions and bell peppers). Regardless of the name you use, these golden-brown potatoes are a great addition to meals.

How to season home fries?

Season the potatoes with sweet or smoked paprika, garlic powder, onion powder, cayenne, cumin, thyme, or rosemary. You can also try spice blends like Italian seasoning, taco seasoning, herbes de provence, Slap Ya Mama’s Seasoning recipe, or curry powder.

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Air Fryer Home Fries

Tressa Jamil
Start your day with crispy air fryer home fries, perfect for breakfast, brunch, or dinner; they're soft inside, crispy outside, and ready in 30 minutes!
5 from 3 votes
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Course Breakfast, Side Dish
Cuisine American
Servings 4 Servings
Calories 131 kcal
Ingredients
  
  • 1 pound golden potatoes, washed, and cut into ½-inch pieces
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • ½ teaspoon black pepper, coarse ground
  • ½ teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 white onion, cut into ½-inch pieces
Instructions
 
  • Wash and cut the potatoes into ½-inch pieces. Then, toss them with olive oil, salt, pepper, and garlic powder in a mixing bowl.
  • Preheat the air fryer to 350℉ (176℃). Then, add the potatoes to the air fryer basket and cook them for 10 minutes.
  • Add the onions and cook for 10 minutes, shaking them halfway through.
Notes
Expert Tips:
  • Cut the potatoes, onions, and bell peppers (if you use them) the same size to ensure they cook evenly.
  • Air fryers vary in power and heat distribution, so so adjust the cooking time accordingly.
Nutrition Disclosure:
  • The nutritional information shown is an estimate provided by an online nutrition calculator. It should not be considered a substitute for professional advice.
Nutrition
Serving: 1 Serving | Calories: 131 kcal | Carbohydrates: 23 g | Protein: 3 g | Fat: 4 g | Saturated Fat: 1 g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.4 g | Monounsaturated Fat: 3 g | Sodium: 590 mg | Potassium: 526 mg | Fiber: 3 g | Sugar: 2 g | Vitamin A: 4 IU | Vitamin C: 24 mg | Calcium: 22 mg | Iron: 1 mg
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Recipe Rating




Benjamin N

Wednesday 20th of September 2023

I'm all about easy and delicious cooking, and these air fryer home fries are easy and crispy on the outside. Cannot be better.

Tressa Jamil

Wednesday 20th of September 2023

They are the perfect addition to any breakfast; I am glad they worked for you.