These Air Fryer Fingerling Potatoes are coated in a tasty blend of oil and seasonings to make a simple yet delicious side dish that goes with just about any main dish.
The best part of cooking with potatoes is that they are versatile and go well with any dish. I like to use fingerling potatoes, because they get nice and tender on the inside, almost creamy. They’re delicious made in the air fryer because they also get a little crispy on the outside.
For those times that you don’t have it in you to be creative with your side dish, or you’re in a hurry, just grab a few fingerling potatoes and throw them in the air fryer. It’s one of the easiest ways to get dinner done fast. You can even put them in with your main to cook at the same time, like pork tenderloin.
Ingredients You Need
If you keep a bag of fingerling potatoes in the pantry, you can make this dish any time on the fly. Just add a few spices and some olive oil to dress them up a little.
- Fingerling potatoes: Finger-shaped potatoes with a thin skin that doesn’t need to be peeled. I roast them whole, but you can also cut them in half. If you do, it will take less time to cook through.
- Olive oil: Any cooking oil works, but I prefer the extra flavor olive oil adds to the potatoes.
- Smoked paprika: Adds a hint of smokiness to the potatoes.
- Garlic salt: If you don’t have garlic salt, you can easily use garlic powder instead.
- Dried rosemary: I prefer dried over fresh as the flavor is more concentrated, but it is also less likely to burn while in the air fryer.
Why Use an Air Fryer
An air fryer is an incredibly easy way to cook just about anything. You place the food in a fryer-style basket and hot air rapidly circulates all around the food, making the food crisp – much like deep-frying, but without the oil. You can cook anything you’d make in the oven.
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How to Make Air Fryer Fingerling Potatoes
Wash and pat dry the potatoes to remove any dirt or impurities. Place the potatoes in a bowl. Pour on the olive oil and seasonings. Stir with a spoon to coat the potatoes evenly.
Place the potatoes in the air fryer basket. They can overlap, but you don’t want to fill up the basket so high that the ones underneath don’t get cooked properly. I like to stick with no more than 2 layers and make sure you shake the basket at least twice during cooking.
Cook on 400 degrees F for 15 minutes, shaking the basket halfway through cooking, or even a few times during cooking. This will help you see how well they’re coming along and if they might need a bit more time. Since every air fryer cooks at a different rate, you may need up to 5 minutes longer cooking time, especially for bigger potatoes.
They’re done when you can squish them easily between your fingers and have a nice crispy exterior.
Frequently Asked Questions
Can I reheat these potatoes?
You can definitely reheat these potatoes if you want. To reheat, add the potatoes back into the air fryer for about 4 minutes at 350℉. That’s usually enough time to heat the potatoes thoroughly, but you can leave them in for an extra few minutes to get crispy again.
Can you eat the skin of a fingerling potato?
Yes, it’s perfectly fine to eat the skin of the potato. Fingerling potatoes have a thin skin, so I prefer to leave it on to add extra crispiness to the potatoes. You do need to wash fingerling potatoes well before cooking, especially if leaving the skin on.
What sauces can I serve these air fryer fingerling potatoes with?
A simple side of ketchup is a great serving sauce for these potatoes. You might also like a sriracha mayo, Ranch dressing, or this Yum Yum sauce on the side. You can also turn these potatoes into a sort of deconstructed baked potato by adding sour cream, shredded cheese, and bacon bits.
Should I roast them whole or slice them in half?
I prefer to cook these potatoes whole. It helps to retain the moisture inside and prevents them from getting too dry. You can slice them or smash them however you like before serving. Leaving them whole also makes this a really effortless recipe. All you have to do is add oil and seasoning and put them in the air fryer. It doesn’t get any easier than that.
Can I make them in the oven instead?
Yes, of course. Anything you can make in the air fryer can also be made in the oven. Bake these in an oven safe dish in the oven at 400 degrees F for about 20-25 minutes or until they are crispy.
Tips & Notes
- Cook the potatoes in batches to avoid uneven cooking. Shaking the basket around the halfway point will help cook the potatoes more evenly as well. If you cook more than 2 layers at a time, they won’t get as tender and crisp on the outside and may need more time to cook through.
- Clean the fingerling potatoes thoroughly as you won’t be peeling the potatoes.
- This recipe is 100% vegan-friendly. It contains zero dairy or meat products, so everyone in the family can enjoy it.
- Instead of fingerling potatoes, baby potatoes will work just as well. Or you can cut big potatoes into smaller pieces.
- Most oils work for this recipe, but I don’t recommend coconut oil as it will give the potatoes a slight coconut flavor.
- If you don’t have garlic salt, you can easily make your own at home, or just use garlic powder.
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Air Fryer Fingerling Potatoes
- 1 pound fingerling potatoes
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- 1/2 teaspoon smoked paprika
- 1/2 teaspoon garlic salt
- 1/4 teaspoon dried rosemary
- Salt and pepper
- Place the fingerling potatoes in a bowl. Pour on the olive oil and seasonings. Stir with a spoon to coat the potatoes evenly.
- Place the potatoes in the air fryer basket. Cook on 400 degrees F for 15 minutes, shaking the basket halfway through cooking.
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.
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