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Air Fryer Red Potatoes

Greek lemon air fryer red potatoes (red-skinned potatoes) are an effortless side dish to pair with chicken, steak, and fish. The air fried roasted potatoes come together quickly, making them perfect as a quick late-night snack with homemade ranch dressing or green skhug.

A plate of air fryer red potatoes.

Can you Air Fryer Red Potatoes?

  • Because of how the air circulates, the air fryer causes the outside of the potatoes to become nice and crispy while keeping the insides soft and tender.
  • They are hassle-free and finish quicker than our tasty roasted potatoes.
  • With no messy oil splatters, cleaning up after making air fryer red potatoes is a breeze.

What You Need to Make this Recipe

  • Potatoes: The instructions in this recipe are for red potatoes, but follow the directions for petite potatoes like Yukon gold or fingerling.
  • Olive Oil: Coat the potatoes in olive oil for a perfect crisp.
  • Lemon Juice: Use fresh lemon juice for a touch of acidity.
  • Garlic: I use four garlic cloves, but measure with your heart.
  • Spices: You will love the flavor of these Greek-inspired fingerling potato wedges. Season them with kosher salt, pepper, garlic powder, onion powder, and dried herbs like oregano, basil, rosemary, and thyme.

Additions and Substitutions

I love Greek seasoning on the potatoes, but switch up the flavor using the same instructions for cooking potatoes in the air fryer; here are a few of my favorites:

Tools Used to Make the Recipe

Make this easy side dish with a large mixing bowl and an air fryer. I used an Instant Pot Vortex Air Fryer with a large basket.

How to Make Air Fryer Red Potatoes

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

Step 1: Preheat the air fryer to 400℉ (204℃). Then, cut the potatoes in half and into thirds to create wedges.

Red potato wedges in a mixing bowl.

Step 2: Pat the potatoes dry to remove any moisture.

Then, add them to a mixing bowl and toss with olive oil, lemon juice, minced garlic, kosher salt, oregano, basil, black pepper, parsley, garlic powder, onion powder, rosemary, and thyme.

Red potatoes in a marinating bowl with lemon and Greek seasoning.

Step 3: Bake the potatoes for 15 minutes

The air fryer red potatoes added to the air fryer basket.

Step 4: Shake the basket every 5 minutes. Garnish with fresh oregano leaves to serve, and enjoy!

Red potatoes begin shaken in an air fryer basket.

Expert Tips

  • Cut the potatoes the same size to ensure they cook at the same rate.
  • Pat dry the potatoes to remove excess moisture.
  • Be careful not to overcrowd the pan. Arranging the potatoes too closely together can cause them to steam rather than roast, preventing them from becoming crispy.
  • Shake the basket halfway through to keep the potatoes from sticking.

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A close up of the air fryer red potatoes.

What to do With the Leftovers

  • Refrigerate  Store the leftover air fryer red potatoes in an airtight container for 3-4 days.
  • Freeze  Let the potatoes cool and transfer them to a freezer-safe container or bag. They will freeze for 3 months.
  • Thaw  Defrost the potatoes in the refrigerator overnight before serving them. 
  • Reheat  The quickest to reheat the leftovers is in the air fryer; warm the potatoes for 3-5 minutes at 350℉ (176℃).

Frequently Asked Questions

How long to cook red potatoes in air fryer?

The total time it takes to cook your air fryer red potatoes at 400℉ (204℃) depends on a few things: how many potatoes you cook at once and how you cut them.

Cook times for the red potato wedges in the air fryer range from 10-15 minutes, depending on the strength of your air fryer. I recommend cooking the potatoes in batches if you intend to double the recipe.

How do I tell if potatoes are done?

The best way to tell if the potatoes have finished cooking is to stick one with a fork. If it goes in without any effort – you’re good to go. If not, cook them a few minutes longer.

Are air fried red potatoes healthy?

Red potatoes are nutritious, and an excellent addition to a well-balanced diet. Cooking the potatoes in the air fryer frying uses a fraction of the oil that deep or pan-fried potatoes require to get the same amount of crisp.

Why soak potatoes in water before air frying?

While some recipes call for soaking potatoes before cooking them, red potatoes are excellent for roasting in the air fryer because they crisp nicely.

And since they are low in starch compared to other potato varieties, they get crispy without the extra step of soaking them in water; the circulating air in the air fryer helps with that process too.

However, leaving potatoes to soak for 30 minutes in cold water will remove some of the starch, which can result in crispier potatoes, but I don’t find it necessary for this recipe.

Do I need to boil my potatoes before frying?

Like soaking potatoes in water, boiling them before frying is another trick to help the potatoes become nice and crispy. Parboiling the potatoes before frying them softens the interior, making them fry more evenly and reducing the risk of burning the outer layer. But like the soaking step above, I don’t find this step necessary for this recipe unless you want extra crispy potatoes- in which case, go for it!

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A plate of air fryer red potatoes.

Air Fryer Red Potatoes

Tressa Jamil
Trade regular potatoes for easy air fryer red potatoes seasoned with fragrant Greek spices; the effortless side pairs with chicken, steak, and fish.
5 from 2 votes
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Course Side Dish
Cuisine American
Servings 6 Servings
Calories 116 kcal
Ingredients
  
  • 1 pound red potatoes, cut into wedges
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice, fresh
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 teaspoons kosher salt
  • 2 teaspoons dried oregano
  • 2 teaspoons dried basil
  • 1 teaspoon black pepper, coarse ground
  • 1 teaspoon dried parsley
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • ½ teaspoon dried rosemary
  • ½ teaspoon dried thyme
Instructions
 
  • Preheat the air fryer to 400℉ (204℃). Then, cut the potatoes in half and into thirds to create wedges.
  • Pat the potatoes dry to remove any moisture. Then, add them to a mixing bowl and toss with olive oil, lemon juice, minced garlic, kosher salt, oregano, basil, black pepper, parsley, garlic powder, onion powder, rosemary, and thyme.
  • Bake the potatoes for 15 minutes, shaking the basket every 5 minutes. Garnish with fresh oregano leaves to serve, and enjoy!
Notes
Expert Tips:
  • Cut the potatoes the same size to ensure they cook at the same rate.
  • Pat dry the potatoes to remove excess moisture.
  • Be careful not to overcrowd the pan. Arranging the potatoes too closely together can cause them to steam rather than roast, preventing them from becoming crispy.
  • Shake the basket halfway through to keep the potatoes from sticking.
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: 116 kcal | Carbohydrates: 17 g | Protein: 2 g | Fat: 5 g | Saturated Fat: 1 g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1 g | Monounsaturated Fat: 3 g | Sodium: 641 mg | Potassium: 446 mg | Fiber: 2 g | Sugar: 1 g | Vitamin A: 1 IU | Vitamin C: 4 mg | Calcium: 1 mg | Iron: 4 mg
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Recipe Rating




Natalie

Friday 18th of August 2023

My husband is Greek and we make an oven version of these lemon potatoes on a weekly basis. But it takes SO LONG! I am so excited to try your Air Fryer Red Potatoes recipe to help speed l up that process!

Tressa Jamil

Friday 18th of August 2023

Oh, I love that! Now I need to know how ya'll make them because that sounds delicious too.