Perfectly crispy and deliciously seasoned, Air Fryer Home Fries are easy to make without soaking the potatoes or using much oil. Enjoy them as a side dish at breakfast, brunch, or any time of the day.
And air fryer home fries are particularly simple to make since they start with russet potatoes which are easy to cut into cubes. And there's no need to soak the potatoes in water to remove the excess starch like you would with French fries.
Toss the cubes with a little olive oil, garlic, and paprika, and you'll be enjoying this classic American side dish in no time.
Why you'll love this recipe
- The potatoes are just as flavorful as those served in diners and restaurants but are made with much less oil.
- You can customize the seasonings to suit your tastes.
- This dish pairs well with your favorite breakfast recipes.
Smoked paprika: I like to use smoked paprika for this recipe, which is made from smoked and dried peppers. But feel free to use regular paprika if you prefer.
For the complete list of ingredients with measurements plus recipe instructions, please see the recipe card at the bottom of this post.
- Toss the potato cubes with olive oil and seasonings.
- Air fry for 10 minutes.
- Add the onions and shake the basket or toss together on the tray, depending on the style of air fryer you're using.
- Air fry for 10 to 15 more minutes until golden and crispy on the outside and cooked through on the inside.
Since air fryer models vary, keep your eye on the potatoes as they cook and don't be afraid to open the oven or basket to check for doneness.
This air fryer home fries recipe can be customized to suit your flavor preferences. Here are some suggestions:
- Use Yukon gold or yellow potatoes in place of the russets. While they won't have the same crispy texture, they will still be tasty. (Note: Cooking time may vary.)
- Add diced green or red bell peppers along with the onions.
- Leave out the fresh onion and add onion powder to the seasonings instead.
- Try different seasonings such as chili powder, Old Bay seasoning, or your favorite seasoned salt blend.
- Sprinkle some fresh herbs on the hot fries such as parsley, rosemary, or cilantro.
- Serve the cooked potatoes with ketchup or hot sauce.
While home fries can be enjoyed any time of day, they are particularly satisfying as part of a delicious breakfast or brunch.
Leftover home fries can can covered and refrigerated for up to 3 days. Reheat them in your air fryer for maximum crispness. A microwave can also be used for reheating but will result in softer potatoes.
Russet potatoes make the best home fries because they are starchy and low in moisture. They are also the best for making French fries.
A pound of russet potatoes is typically about 2 medium potatoes.
While you can use parchment paper in an air fryer for easier cleanup, the paper will block the air flow which is required for cooking the food. You can buy perforated parchment paper that's specifically designed for air fryer baskets, or you can perforate it yourself.
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Air Fryer Home Fries
- Place the potato cubes in a large mixing bowl. Add the olive oil, garlic powder, smoked paprika, and salt. Toss well to ensure all the cubes are coated.
- Add the cubes to the air fryer basket or tray and cook for 10 minutes at 400°F.
- When the 10 minutes is up, add the onions to the potatoes and shake or toss to combine.
- Return the basket or tray to the air fryer and cook for an additional 10 to 15 minutes at 350° until browned and crispy. Serve immediately.
Nutritional information is an estimation only.