Salty, addictive and way crispier than oven baked. These air fryer diced potatoes are the easiest side for any protein or veggie.
When I want potatoes, I want them CRISPY. In the oven, that takes around 40 minutes of roasting. These air fryer diced potatoes? Done and dirty in 20 minutes.
Potatoes don't get enough love but they're the staple food for so many cultures for a reason. They're good in virtually any form- nachos, classic wedges, and even dessert (seriously, try my sweet potato brownies!). But everyone needs a primary potato recipe to default to, aka these air fryer potatoes. They're the crispy diner homefries, perfect pairing to a protein/veg, and even a good salty snack.
I'm telling you, these crispy air fryer potatoes do it all!
Why This Recipe Is Dietitian Approved
- Nutritious. Don't let anyone tell you potatoes, especially white potatoes, are bad for you. They're an excellent source of vitamin C and potassium, plus some fibre if you keep the skin on. And let me remind you again: carbs are not bad, they give us energy to do the things we love.
- Easy side to meal prep. I love making a big batch of these diced potatoes to pair with different sides throughout the week. They're delicious alongside smashed broccoli and chicken at dinner, or an omelette at breakfast.
- Ready in 30 minutes. I used to never make potatoes in the oven because they took forever to get crispy, but air fryer diced potatoes are a game changer. Only 20 minutes of cooking time!
Potatoes. Use your favourite kind of potato. I recommend a white or yellow skinned potato. Think white potatoes, yukon gold , russet potatoes, yellow potatoes or even sweet potatoes. Just avoid red or purple skinned potatoes as they are slightly starchier and waxier.
Spices and seasoning. Potatoes are pretty bland so it's important to spice it up. I used salt, black pepper, rosemary, garlic powder and paprika, but use whatever you like.
Olive oil. Versatile and a great source of unsaturated fats! If you don't have olive oil, use whatever oil you prefer. I find you don’t really need to worry too much about using a ‘high heat cooking oil’ when using the air fryer, so the option is yours.
Parmesan cheese and lemon. Optional but highly recommended. There's nothing better than parmesan and lemon zest to add a hit of salt, umami and acidity to your potatoes.
Preheat air fryer to 400F.
Use a sharp knife to dice potatoes into ½’-¾; inch cubes. You do not need to peel them, just wash and dry them.
Add potatoes to a mixing bowl and toss with olive oil. Once fully coated, add spices and lemon juice.
Place potatoes in an air fryer liner or in the basket of your air fryer. This may need to be done in batches to ensure they fit.
Bake for about 15-20 minutes, shaking halfway way. If using, add parmesan in the last 5 minutes of cooking.
Substitutions and Variations
To make gluten-free: This recipe is naturally gluten-free.
To make vegan: Swap the parmesan for nutritional yeast or leave it out.
To make nut-free: This recipe is naturally nut-free.
These diced potatoes are a great base recipe to add to. Here's a couple ways I like to customize it:
- Adding an extra sprinkle of flakey sea salt and drizzle of white vinegar for 'salt and vinegar' potatoes
- Dip in my healthy Big Mac sauce
- Sprinkle of caramelized or crispy onions on top
- Top with sour cream, Greek yogurt or smooth cottage cheese
Leftover potatoes can be stored in the fridge for up to 5 days in an airtight container. To reheat, I recommend air frying at about 350F for 5-8 minutes.
To avoid overcrowding your air fryer, I recommend making this recipe in two batches. The potatoes should be spread in a single layer in the basket of the air fryer without overlapping.
If you don’t feel like waiting for each batch to cook you can easily halve this recipe!
Frequently Asked Questions
It depends on what nutrients you are looking at! Sweet potatoes are higher in vitamin A, calcium and fibre, whereas white potatoes are higher in potassium, vitamin C, and lower in sugar. I like eating a mix of both in my diet.
Yes! You can bake these at 425F for about 25-30 minutes.
Yes you can! If you are looking to air fryer diced frozen potatoes I would recommend adding them into your air fryer and baking at 375F for about 15-20 minutes!
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PS. I love seeing my recipes in action! If you decide to make these air fryer diced potatoes, don't forget to snap a photo and tag me on Instagram- @nourishedbynic or leave a comment and rating below letting me know how you liked it!
Easy Air Fryer Diced Potatoes
- 2 lbs white skinned potatoes 4 medium potatoes
- 2 tablespoon olive oil
- 1 teaspoon garlic powder
- 1 teaspoon paprika
- 1 teaspoon salt
- ½ teaspoon black pepper
- 1 tablespoon dried rosemary
- Juice + zest of ½ a medium lemon optional
- ¼ cup parmesan cheese optional
- Preheat air fryer to 400F.
- Use a sharp knife to dice potatoes into ½’-¾; inch cubes. You do not need to peel them, just wash and dry them.
- Add potatoes to a mixing bowl and toss with olive oil. Once fully coated, add spices and lemon juice.
- Place potatoes in an air fryer liner or in the basket of your air fryer (this may need to be done in batches). Bake for about 15-20 minutes, shaking halfway. If using, add parmesan in the last 5 minutes of cooking.