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Learn how to cook roast potatoes in an air fryer. On a Sunday we will always make our air fryer roast potatoes. They need a lot less oil, need a lot less time to cook and best of all, no par boiling is required.
You can also mix and match with favourite seasonings. You can keep your roasties simple with salt and pepper or add a little flavour and add some rosemary or thyme.
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Airfryer Roast Potatoes
We first started cooking air fryer roast potatoes back in 2012. In fact, it was for our 2012 Christmas dinner.
But back then very few people had an air fryer and instead it was called an airfryer (all one word) this is because they only good brand then was Philips, and they called their air fryer “airfryer”.
Even though I loved Dominic’s roasted potatoes in the oven with way too much butter and olive oil, I soon fell in love with the idea of air fryer roast potatoes.
They were very easy to prep and unlike roasting potatoes in the oven they were done in a fraction of the time without a par-boil.
I was hooked and since then I have only ever cooked roast potatoes using either the air fryer or the ninja foodi. If you have a ninja or a multicooker of some sort, do try our ninja foodi roasted potatoes.
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Can You Make Roast Potatoes In An Air Fryer?
Yes, you can make roast potatoes in an air fryer, and you will love them! They are crispy on the outside, perfectly fluffy in the centre and of course, you no longer need to feel guilty enjoying another roastie, when you see how little oil is required.
Do You Par Boil Potatoes Before Air Frying?
No need to par boil potatoes before air frying. In fact, I would say that par boiling defeats the purpose behind the air fryer and quick cooking roasties.
You see, my mum always par boiled roasties before oven baking them, but it was all about saving time. Because if you didn’t it would take 90 minutes to make roasties.
Yet in the air fryer you would only save 10 minutes as roasties are very easily done in less than 2/3 of the time in the oven.
Why Soak Potatoes Before Air Frying?
Many people soak potatoes before air frying for one of two reasons. The first it to remove the starch and the second is to speed up the process. Because the air fryer is much faster than an oven, then you don’t need to soak the potatoes for speed. BUT if your potatoes are low quality or starchy dry potatoes, then it can improve on them. Though we do cover this in great detail on our potatoes guide in our complete air fryer cookbook.
Roast Potatoes In Tower Air Fryer?
I had never owned or used a Tower Air Fryer until we were creating the recipes for the air fryer cookbook. Then our tester Tracy tested everything with the Tower Air Fryer. What we found is that the tower air fryer needed to be increased slightly on temperature i.e. instead of 180c/360f we needed to cook everything at 200c/400f.
So just remember that if doing roast potatoes in Tower Air Fryer and of course a lot more on the temperature air fryer tests we did in the complete air fryer cookbook.
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What Is The Roast Setting On The Airfryer?
What I get asked a lot about is the roast setting on the air fryer, and what’s the difference between bake, roast, air fry. Well, they are all similar settings, and you can use any, though our air fryers we like are less complicated and you can just manually set your air fryer time and temp.
Can You Put Rosemary On Roast Potatoes?
Yes, you can put rosemary on roast potatoes and it does make them even more delicious. My favourite is rosemary roast potatoes in the air fryer, but you can mix and match depending on what potatoes are in season where you live.
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Roast Potatoes Air Fryer Ingredients
Potatoes – We used 4 medium-large white potatoes. Some of them had eyes on them which is good because they then go a little softer and make the best roasties.
Oil – Then we also used some extra virgin olive oil to create crispy roast potatoes in the air fryer. You really don’t need a lot and you will be surprised by how little oil you do need.
Seasonings – The seasoning on your roasties is totally personal choice. We love salt, pepper, mixed herbs and rosemary.
Can You Recommend An Air Fryer?
I often get asked which air fryers I recommend and which one I use. In 95% of our air fryer recipes, we use either the Philips Air Fryer XL or the Cosori XL because they are the best ones, we have found out of many air fryers we have tried over the years. You can click on the links above and read up on them.
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How To Make Roast Potatoes In Air Fryer?
- Prep. Start by peeling your potatoes and then chopping into quarters, or into sixths if your potatoes are on the large side.
- Mix. Next add the potatoes to a bowl, with the oil, and the seasonings and mix well with your hands.
- Cook. Now it’s time for roasting potatoes in the air fryer. Place the potatoes into the air fryer basket, spread them out and air fry roasties for 12 minutes at 160c/320f, shake then air fry at 10 minutes at 180c/360f. Then do a fork test to make sure they are fork tender.
- Crisp. Then finish with 4 minutes at 200c/400f to make them nice and crispy.
How Long Does It Take For Potatoes To Get Soft In The Air Fryer?
The time taken to get potatoes soft in the air fryer depends on the size of the potatoes. For example, a large baked potato will often be almost an hour before it is soft in the air fryer. Whilst medium baked potatoes are soft in 40 minutes.
Whilst little cubed potatoes are soft in the air fryer in 12 minutes, yet with these rosemary roast potatoes have taken 22 minutes to be soft.
Air Fryer Roast Potatoes UK
Which is brilliant if you are looking for air fryer roast potatoes UK recipe rather than one with just imperial measurements and ingredients you don’t understand.
And also, because we are British here at Recipe This we do love the full air fryer roast dinner so do check out these other UK air fryer ideas:
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This roasted potatoes in air fryer is an updated post and was last updated on Recipe This in 2019.
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How To Cook Roast Potatoes In An Air Fryer
- Peel and then slice your roasties into quarters or sixths depending on the size of your potatoes. Place the potatoes into a mixing bowl with your oil and seasonings.
- Mix well with your hands. Your roasties are now ready for the air fryer.
- Tip the potatoes into the air fryer, spreading them out and then air fry for 12 minutes at 160c/320f, shake the potatoes in the air fryer, then air fry for 10 minutes at 180c/360f.
- Put a fork in one of the bigger potatoes to make sure the potatoes are soft and fork tender.
- Then shake the potatoes and air fry for a final 4 minutes at 200c/400f or until crispy to your liking. Then serve.