These Air Fryer Potato Wedges are so easy to make in the air fryer and the result is a potato with a satisfying crispy exterior and fluffy interior.
The air fryer is my new favorite thing. You can cook just about anything in under fifteen minutes. And potato wedges are one of those things.
I have always loved the crispy outside and soft insides of potato wedges. Served with a side of honey mustard dressing, these have always been in my top 10 comfort foods. They are just as good as these crispy oven roasted potatoes that I always thought were the holy grail of potatoes.
But until we got an air fryer, it wasn’t easy to make crispy potato wedges at home without deep frying them. Now I use the air fryer to make them, and it’s so easy. Frozen French fries are so easy to make and come out crispy and crunchy!
I’m obsessed and I think other people will be too after trying this recipe. Trust me, they turn out perfect.
Looking for a few other air fryer recipes to try? These jalapeno poppers are quick and easy and these pork belly bites are one of our favorite things! And for something a little different try these pizza rolls.
Ingredients You’ll Need
- Potatoes – You can use whatever potato you like. We are using russet potatoes in this recipe. You could also use Yukon gold or red potatoes.
- Cooking oil – You can use canola oil, extra virgin olive oil, or avocado oil.
- Salt and ground black pepper – Seasoning to taste.
- 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.
Best Potatoes For Making Wedges
Russet potatoes are the ideal choice for making potato wedges. They have a faster cooking time and achieve a better crispiness compared to other potato varieties.
While yellow, Yukon Gold, and red potatoes can also be used to make wedges, it’s important to note that they may not turn out as crispy. Additionally, their interior texture might be waxier, and they may require a few extra minutes of cooking time. Nevertheless, they will still be delicious!
How To Cut Potato Wedges
Cutting potato wedges is a simple process that can be done in just a few steps.
To prepare potato wedges, start by slicing the potato in half lengthwise. Then, place the cut side of the potato down on the cutting board and slice it into thirds. Repeat the process with the other half of the potato.
You should end up with 6 wedges. If you want thinner wedges cut each potato into quarters and then cut those quarters in half giving you 8 wedges.
How to Make Air Fryer Potato Wedges
We use russet potatoes. They have enough starch in them to get crispy and yet remain fluffy on the inside. You can experiment with other types, but these turn out the best.
Start out by washing the potatoes and patting them dry. Cut them into wedges. I cut each potato into sixths so they were thin and crunchy.
You can leave the peel on your potato. It adds texture and there’s no easy to remove it. However, if you don’t like the peel, it’s perfectly fine to peel them too.
Season with just salt & pepper, or use a seasoning salt. To really kick it up a notch, we like to use our homemade dry rub.
Spray the potatoes with oil, and also spray the bottom of the air fryer basket to help prevent sticking. (Remember, don’t use a non-stick cooking spray! A reusable oil sprayer is the way to go!)
Place the potatoes in the basket, making sure not to crowd them so that they crisp on all sides. Air fry at 400° F for 7 minutes, flip them and then another 7 minutes at the same temperature.
Seasonings To Try
While we are just seasoning these wedges with salt & pepper you can kick them up a notch with one of these great seasoning choices.
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.
- I use a Ninja MaxXL air fryer (pictured left). If you don’t have an air fryer yet, check out these options to find one that fits your needs.
- See reviews and prices for air fryers on Amazon.
- Here’s a printable Air Fryer Cooking Times Cheat Sheet to get you started.
- Click to find more recipes to make in your Air Fryer.
- Learn how to make fun things in the air fryer, like potato wedges, pork belly bites, and chicken wings.
Tips For Making Potato Wedges in the Air Fryer
- Many potato recipes, like french fries and hash browns, suggest soaking or rinsing the potatoes in water before baking, to reduce the amount of starch. We tried it both ways and found that the potatoes were just as crispy either way. Save yourself the extra step and skip right to air frying.
- You can cut the potatoes into any thickness of wedge for this recipe but keep in mind that the times will change. If you cut the potato into quarters instead of 6th, the cook time will increase to 18 minutes total.
- Likewise, if you cut the potatoes into cubes, which make a perfect popper size, they’ll cook in 10-12 minutes.
- 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.
- You can peel or leave the peel on to the potato. It won’t affect it either way.
What Oil & Oil Sprayer is Best for the Air Fryer?
The biggest issue most air fryer lovers face is finding the right oil and oil sprayer to use on food cooked in the air fryer. A fine mist of oil will help the entire piece of food crisp evenly, so it’s very important.
My personal preference is to use canola oil, extra virgin olive oil, or avocado oil. I use both a refillable spray bottle like the Evo one pictured below and non-propellant extra virgin olive oil, which has not harmful aerosols or chemicals.
How To Store, Freeze, and Reheat
Once the wedges have cooled, transfer the leftover to an airtight container or a ziplock bag. Store them in the refrigerator for up to five days. When you’re ready to enjoy them again, you can reheat them in the air fryer at 400° F for 5-8 minutes.
To freeze place the wedges in an airtight freezer bag, removing any excess air before sealing it. Don’t forget to label the bag with the date of freezing. The potato wedges can be stored in the freezer for up to three months. The best part is that you don’t need to thaw the frozen wedges before reheating them. Just add them to the air fryer and cook at 400° F for 15-18 minutes.
Frequently Asked Questions
Do you need to soak potatoes before air frying?
We tried cooking these potato wedges both ways, soaking them and not soaking them. We found that the potatoes were just as crispy either way. Save yourself the extra step and skip right to air frying.
How long should potato wedges be in the air fryer?
These potato wedges cook in just 14 minutes though that time could change a bit depending on the size of your potato wedges. We always recommend shaking the basket half way through cooking. When the cooking time is up test the wedges to make sure they are soft on the inside and crisp on the outside.
Why are my potato wedges not crispy?
There are several things that will help ensure crispy potato wedges. Make sure to pat dry your potatoes well to remove excess moisture before adding them to the air fryer. Spray the wedges with cooking oil before you begin air frying them and again after you shake the basket half way through cooking. The oil will help them get crispy.
More Great Potato Recipes to Try
- Air Fryer Sweet Potato Fries
- Air Fryer Hasselback Potatoes
- Air Fryer Steak Bites & Potatoes
- Easy Air Fryer Potato Recipes
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Air Fryer Potato Wedges
- 1 pound russet potatoes
- salt and pepper to taste
- cooking oil
- Wash 1 pound of russet potatoes and cut into wedges.
- Season with salt and pepper.
- Spray basket lightly with cooking oil.
- Place wedges in air fryer basket making sure not to crowd them so air can circulate. Spray tops of potato wedges lightly with cooking spray.
- Cook at 400° F for 7 minutes and then flip over and cook for 7 minutes more
- Every air fryer is a bit different so make sure to check your manual for cooking times.
- You may need to adjust cooking times depending on the size of our potato wedges.
- You can peel or leave the peel on to the potato. It won’t affect it either way.
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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