Air Fryer Hasselback Potatoes

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These Air Fryer Hasselback Potatoes are so easy to make in the air fryer and they make a perfect side dish for your meal. All you need are potatoes, olive oil, salt and any toppings you like.

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Air fryer hasselback potatoes

I’ll admit I’m a little addicted to potatoes. I could eat them for nearly every meal and be happy. But you still want to dress them up. Let me tell you, these crispy little buggers never disappoint!

Why You’ll Love It

  • Super easy: Cook them in the air fryer in just 30 minutes and they turn out so tender in the center, with a super crunchy exterior.
  • Complimenting textures: The best part about potatoes is that they have two distinct textures that go so well together. They get soft and squishy on the inside, but really crispy on the outside.
  • No special tools required: All you really need is a sharp knife, so you can cut even slits in the potato, without cutting all the way through.

Guy says: 5 stars So fast easy and great tasting. There is no limit to what spices you can add to the butter oil mix. Try Cajun or old bay. Mmmmmm

Katherine says: 5 stars I love these! Such a fun way to serve up potatoes. Air fryers are such a time saver.

Ingredients You’ll Need

hasselback potato ingredients
  • Potatoes – Yukon Gold or medium sized russet potatoes work well. Don’t forget sweet potatoes or even small red potatoes. If all your potatoes are roughly the same size they will cook uniformly.
  • Olive oil – This is what helps the potatoes get really crispy on the outside.
  • Seasonings – Salt, ground black pepper, onion powder.
  • Toppings – Use any toppings you like, or just leave them plain. I like to add green onions, sour cream, cheese and bacon.

Equipment Information

  • Air fryer: I use this 4-quart basket-style air fryer. It’s large enough to fit a meal for 4-6. But some things need more space in the air fryer basket, so they cook evenly.
  • Kitchen tongs: It’s very easy to remove food from your air fryer with kitchen tongs. I use these kitchen tongs that are silicon coated so they don’t scratch the interior.
  • Basting brush: You’ll use a basting brush to coat the potato in the olive oil butter mixture before it cooks.

What Potatoes to Use

Choose a potato that can hold its shape and has a nice balance of starchiness and flavor. Yukon Gold and Russet potatoes are popular choices for hasselback potatoes. Their texture ensures they remain tender on the inside while developing a crispy, golden crust on the outside as they bake. Give them a try, and you’ll be treated to a delightful combination of creamy insides and a crunchy exterior in every slice.

You can use any size potato you want for this, but I prefer a smaller sized potato. One that’s about 3 inches around is perfect. The thicker it is in the center, the longer it will need to cook. I also find that a smaller potato is best for serving as a side dish.

Helpful Tips

  • You can cut the potatoes into any thickness but the slices won’t get as crispy when they’re cut wider.
  • If the tops of the potato aren’t getting as crispy as you like, turn up the heat to 380° F(193°C) for the last 5 minutes.
  • If you are having trouble keeping your potato still while you slice, try slicing a small piece off the bottom so it will sit flat.
  • You can use 2 chopsticks, one on either side of your potato, as a guide when cutting the slices. The chopsticks act as a guide and stop you from cutting all the way through the potato.

How to Make Air Fryer Hasselback Potatoes 

Step1: Prep the Potatoes

Start out by washing and scrubbing the potatoes and patting them dry.

Then cut 1/4″ slices in the potato, making sure not to slice all the way through. Just go about 3/4th of the way through. Try to make the cuts as evenly spaced as possible.

slicing potatoes

Pro Tip: You can use 2 chopsticks, one on either side of your potato, as a guide when cutting the slices. The chopsticks act as a guide and stop you from cutting all the way through the potato.

Step 2: Seasoning the Potatoes

sliced potatoes on plate with salt shaker

Mix the melted butter, olive oil, salt, and pepper in a small bowl. Use a basting brush the apply the mixture to the potatoes and into the slits. Do your best to cover the potato completely. It adds flavor and helps it crisp up.

Step 3: Baking the Potatoes

salted potatoes in air fryer

Preheat the air fryer for 3 minutes at 350° F (175° C). Place the potatoes into the air fryer basket and cook for 15 minutes.

Brush the potatoes again with the mixture and continue cooking for another 15 minutes. It might take longer for larger potatoes. Poke it with a fork to test the center. It should be quite tender

Step 4: Enjoy

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Remove the potatoes from the air fryer. Brush with the remaining mixture. Garnish with chives and sour cream, if desired.

What to Serve with This Dish

There are so many options for main dishes to serve with this dish. You can make these all in the air fryer or in the oven, if you wish.

20 Delicious Air Fryer Main Dishes to Try

How to Store and Reheat

Storage

Refrigeration: If you have leftover Hasselback potatoes, allow them to cool to room temperature, then store them in an airtight container in the refrigerator. They can be kept for up to 2-3 days.

Freezing: While potatoes can be frozen, Hasselback potatoes may lose some of their texture when thawed. If you want to freeze them, place them in a single layer on a baking sheet in the freezer until they’re firm, then transfer them to an airtight container or freezer bag. Use them within 2-3 months for the best results.

Reheat

Oven: Preheat your oven to 350°F (175°C). Place the Hasselback potatoes on a baking sheet and reheat for 15-20 minutes, or until they’re warmed through. This method helps maintain their crispy texture.

Air Fryer: Reheat in an air fryer at 350°F (175°C) for about 5-10 minutes. This will help retain their crispiness.

Microwave (if necessary): While it’s not the best option for maintaining crispiness, you can use the microwave for convenience. Cover the potatoes with a damp paper towel and heat in 30-second intervals until they reach your desired temperature. Keep in mind they may lose some crispiness when microwaved.

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Questions About the Recipe

Should potatoes be soaked before air frying?

There’s no need to soak Hasselback potatoes before air frying. Soaking potatoes is typically done to remove starch for a crispier texture and to prevent oxidation, but neither of these factors applies to Hasselback potatoes.

Are potatoes better in the oven or air fryer?

The air fryer stands out as our top choice for cooking potatoes. It not only speeds up the cooking process compared to the oven but also effortlessly achieves the perfect combination of a crispy exterior and a fluffy interior.

Should I peel the potatoes before cooking?

Peeling Hasselback potatoes before cooking is a matter of personal preference. The choice to peel or not largely depends on the texture and appearance you desire in the final dish.
Leaving the skin on can add a rustic, earthy flavor to your Hasselback potatoes. The skin also contains nutrients and fiber, making the dish a bit healthier. Plus, it contributes to a lovely, crispy texture when baked or air-fried.

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Air Fryer Hasselback Potatoes

These Air Fryer Hasselback Potatoes are so easy to make in the air fryer and they make a perfect side dish for your meal.
4.8 from 105 votes
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes
Course Side Dish
Cuisine American
Servings 2 servings
Calories 187 kcal

Equipment

Ingredients
 

  • 2 medium Potatoes
  • 1/2 tablespoon (7 ml) melted butter
  • 1/2 tablespoon (7 ml) olive oil
  • 1/4 teaspoon (2 g) salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon (0.3 g) ground black pepper
  • Chopped chives and sour cream if desired

Instructions
 

  • Wash and pat dry the potatoes. With a sharp knife, slice 1/4” slices down the potato, being sure not to cut all the way through.
  • Mix the butter, olive oil, salt and pepper in a bowl. Brush the mixture onto the potatoes and into the slits.
  • Preheat the air fryer for 3 minutes at 350° F (175° C). Place the potatoes into the air fryer basket and cook for 15 minutes. Brush the potatoes again with the mixture and continue cooking for another 15 minutes (longer for larger potatoes).
  • Remove the potatoes from the air fryer. Brush with the remaining mixture. Garnish with chives and sour cream, if desired.

Notes

    • You don’t have to spray the basket before adding the potatoes. They won’t stick to the basket.
    • You can use 2 chopsticks, one on either side of your potato, as a guide when cutting the slices. The chopsticks act as a guide and stop you from cutting all the way through the potato.
    • You can cut the potatoes into any thickness for this recipe but keep in mind that the slices won’t get as crispy when they’re cut wider.
    • If the tops of the potato aren’t getting as crispy as you like, turn up the heat to 380° F(193°C) for the last 5 minutes.
    • If you are having trouble keeping your potato still while you slice, try slicing a small piece off the bottom so it will sit flat.
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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: 187kcalCarbohydrates: 30gProtein: 3gFat: 6gSaturated Fat: 2gPolyunsaturated Fat: 1gMonounsaturated Fat: 3gTrans Fat: 1gCholesterol: 8mgSodium: 326mgPotassium: 718mgFiber: 4gSugar: 1gVitamin A: 92IUVitamin C: 33mgCalcium: 22mgIron: 1mg
Keyword Air Fryer, Potatoes
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14 thoughts on “Air Fryer Hasselback Potatoes

  1. Beth Sachs says:

    5 stars
    My kids love hasselback potatoes. I hadn’t thought about making them in the air fryer so will give that a go next time I make them.

  2. Kalu Lor says:

    5 stars
    Yum! I love potatoes, so this is right up my alley. I have never tried cooking whole potatoes in an air fryer, so I will have to give it a try. Thanks for sharing this delicious recipe.

  3. Jennifer Allen says:

    5 stars
    I love using my air fryer but haven’t done potatoes in them before. I can’t wait to try this recipe – you make it look so easy!

  4. Deanna says:

    Great recipe I had these for the first time made by a friend.
    She added a tip for me to use shave off part of the bottom of the potatoes so it sits flat – place a wooden chopstick on each side of the potato before you slice it this helps even slices and not going all the way through it worked beautiful.

    • Laura Lynch says:

      Hi David, perhaps you missed the second 15 minutes? They need at least 30 minutes, or longer for larger potatoes. The recipe says, “Place the potatoes into the air fryer basket and cook for 15 minutes. Brush the potatoes again with the mixture and continue cooking for another 15 minutes (longer for larger potatoes).”

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