Air Fryer Cottage Fries (aka Sliced Potatoes)

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These Air Fryer Cottage Fries are so easy to make in the air fryer and the result is a potato with a satisfying crispy exterior and fluffy interior.

Potato slices on plate

You can cook just about anything in the air fryer in under fifteen minutes. And cottage fries are one of those things. If you didn’t know, potatoes cut into thick discs are often referred to as cottage fries.

Cottage fries are one of the easiest types of fries to make because they’re so quick to cut. You don’t need any special tools, just a sharp knife and a few seconds to cut slices.

You can use a mandoline to make perfect slices from any sized potato in just a few minutes, but I usually just cut them free-hand with a knife. You want to make the slices about 1/4″ thick. Any thinner and they’ll turn into potato chips. You can also make potato wedges in the air fryer.

You want there to be some potato in the middle, which will become silky soft as it cooks.

I always leave the skin on the potatoes, but you can remove it if you like. It won’t change the cooking time or preparation at all.

potato slices in pan

» We also love these Delicious Air Fryer Bakes Potatoes.

Ingredients You’ll Need

This list is short and sweet. Great potatoes and a little oil are all you need for these perfectly crispy cottage fries.

  • Russet potatoes – Russet potatoes work the best for this recipe though you could also use Yukon gold or Maris piper potatoes.
  • Olive oil – This helps make the potatoes crispy and keep them from sticking to the basket.
  • Salt and pepper – to taste.

Helpful Tips

  • Many potato recipes, like french fries and hashbrowns, suggest soaking or rinsing the potatoes in water before baking, to reduce the amount of starch. If you’re using very starchy potatoes, like russets, it does help a bit.
  • We tried it both ways and found that the potatoes were pretty crispy either way. If you’re in a hurry, skip it and go directly to the frying.
  • You can cut the potatoes into any thickness for this recipe but keep in mind that the times will change. If you cut the potato thicker, the cook time will increase to 18 minutes total.
  • When spraying the potatoes and basket make sure to use pure oil such as avocado, canola, or vegetable oil. Don’t use a non-stick cooking oil spray.

Oven Directions

Don’t have an air fryer? No problem!

You can cook these in the oven just as easily. Preheat your oven to  400° F (200° C).

Follow the directions through step 3 below. Then place the sliced potatoes on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Bake for 15 minutes, flip the potatoes over and bake another 15 minutes or until crisp on the outside and tender on the inside.

cottage fries dipped in sauce

Air Fryer Cottage Fries

These Air Fryer Cottage Fries are so easy to make in the air fryer and the result is a potato with a satisfying crispy exterior and fluffy interior.
5 from 23 votes
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 14 minutes
Total Time 17 minutes
Course Side Dish
Cuisine American
Servings 2 servings
Calories 455 kcal

Equipment

Ingredients
 

  • 3 large Russet Potatoes Sliced
  • 1 teaspoon (5 ml) olive oil
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Instructions
 

  • Preheat the air fryer to 400° F (200° C), for 5 minutes.
  • Clean the potatoes. Slice them about 1/4" thick. Put the slices into cold water for about 3 minutes to wash off the starch.
  • Drain the water and pat the potatoes dry. Toss them with the olive oil and salt.
  • Add the potatoes in a single layer in the air fryer. Cook for 14 minutes, flipping the potatoes halfway through cooking.
  • Serve with additional salt, if necessary.

Notes

  • Many potato recipes, like french fries and hashbrowns, suggest soaking or rinsing the potatoes in water before baking, to reduce the amount of starch.
  • If you’re using very starchy potatoes, like russets, it does help a bit. We tried it both ways and found that the potatoes were pretty crispy either way. If you’re in a hurry, skip it and go directly to the frying.
  • You can cut the potatoes into any thickness for this recipe but keep in mind that the times will change. If you cut the potato thicker, the cook time will increase to 18 minutes total.
  • When spraying the potatoes and basket make sure to use pure oil such as avocado, canola, or vegetable oil. Don’t use a non-stick cooking oil spray.

All air fryers have different wattage and may cook at different rates. You may need to adjust the time or temp for the best results.

Nutrition

Calories: 455kcalCarbohydrates: 100gProtein: 12gFat: 2gSaturated Fat: 1gPolyunsaturated Fat: 1gMonounsaturated Fat: 1gSodium: 28mgPotassium: 2308mgFiber: 7gSugar: 3gVitamin A: 6IUVitamin C: 32mgCalcium: 72mgIron: 5mg
Keyword Air Fryer, Potatoes
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Dipping Sauces

All potatoes need dipping sauces, and we’ve tried them all! Here are a few of our favorites that you can make at home:

cottage potatoes dipped in sauce

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10 thoughts on “Air Fryer Cottage Fries (aka Sliced Potatoes)

  1. Tara says:

    5 stars
    Oh wow! These cottage fries have such a wonderful texture. I love how easily they come together too. Definitely need to get an air fryer.

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