These flavorful air fried potatoes are perfectly crispy on the outside but soft and tender in the middle. They are easy to make and come together in just 20 minutes.
These air fried fingerling potatoes are the perfect easy side dish to compliment your favorite meal.
They are incredibly easy to make using just a few basic ingredients and several simple steps. The best part is that you can make this flavor-packed potato side dish without ever turning on your oven!
Why You'll Love This Recipe
- Gluten-free & plant-based: This entire recipe is made without any gluten or animal products.
- 20 minute recipe: You can make this entire dish in just twenty minutes from start to finish including prep time and cook time.
- Easy side dish: You'll only need a few basic ingredients and follow simple instructions to cook these tiny potatoes.
Potatoes: This recipe calls for fingerling potatoes. These are small slender potatoes that make a perfect bite-sized side dish.
Oil: I prefer to use a high quality extra virgin olive oil for flavor.
Seasoning: We're keeping things nice and simple with salt and pepper to season our potatoes.
See the recipe card below for a full list of ingredients and quantities.
Substitutions & Variations
There are plenty of ways to make these air fryer fingerling potatoes your own.
Add extra seasoning: If you're looking to add extra flavor I would add a dash of garlic powder and Italian seasoning.
Use fresh herbs: Adding finely chopped rosemary or thyme would bring these potatoes to the next level when it comes to fresh flavor.
Make spicy fingerling potatoes: To make your air-fryer fingerling potatoes spicy simply add half a teaspoon of crushed red pepper flakes.
Make them extra crispy: If you want your potatoes to be even crispier you can add ¼ teaspoon of cornstarch when tossing the potatoes with the olive oil.
Top Tip: If you have extra time, soak the potatoes in a bowl of ice cold water for about 30 minutes before you slice and cook them. This will allow them to absorb extra water and will give you that perfectly tender middle.
Step by Step Instructions
Image 1: Start by scrubbing the potatoes, cutting them in half the long way, and pulling out your other ingredients.
Image 2: Combine the potatoes with the other ingredients in a large bowl and toss them all together until the potatoes are well coated in the olive oil and seasoning.
Image 3: Preheat the air fryer to 350 degrees for about two minutes before adding the potatoes. Once preheated, pause the air fryer and add the potatoes in a single layer then cook them for 15 minutes.
Image 4: Pause the air fryer halfway through cooking and toss the potatoes so they will all cook evenly. Return them to the air fryer to finish cooking for the 15 minutes.
How to Serve Fingerling Potatoes
There are tons of great ways to add these air fried fingerling potatoes to your meals!
- On their own: If you're looking for an easy warm snack, these potatoes are filling, full of flavor, and sure to satisfy your hunger.
- As a side dish: These air fryer potatoes are great for a filling side dish. They compliment many main dishes and have a great neutral flavor.
- In a salad: If you want to add some extra veggies to your favorite salad or power bowl add a scoop or two and try it out!
- Potato salad: If you really want to elevate your next potato salad, use these potatoes in place of what your original recipe calls for.
- Cut into similar sizes: by slicing your potatoes into uniform pieces (or as close as you can get) you'll ensure that they cook similarly and you won't have half your batch undercooked and half overcooked.
- Soak before cooking: if you have extra time I highly recommend soaking the potatoes in a bowl of ice water for 20-30 minutes before cutting and cooking them. This will give you an incredibly tender inside of the potato.
- Toss halfway through cooking: As with most things you cook in the oven, stovetop, or in the air fryer, you'll want to give the contents of the basket a toss in the middle of your cook time. This will help everything get evenly cooked.
Frequently Asked Questions
No, fingerling potatoes do not need to be peeled. In my opinion they are actually far more delicious when they have the skin on them. It will give you that crispy outer layer that we know and love.
Allow the potatoes to cool completely before storing them in a covered container in the refrigerator. They will last 3-4 days when stored properly.
You can reheat them in the microwave, on the stovetop, in the oven, or even right back in the air fryer.
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Air Fryer Fingerling Potatoes
- Air Fryer
- 1 pound fingerling potatoes halved
- 1 teaspoon olive oil
- ¼ teaspoon salt
- ¼ teaspoon pepper
- Scrub the potatoes with a scrubber and warm water. Then sliced them in half the long way. While you're prepping the potatoes preheat the air fryer to 350 degrees.
- Toss the potatoes in a large bowl with the olive oil, salt, and pepper until well coated.
- Pause the air fryer and add the potatoes. Cook for 15 minutes total removing the potatoes half way through cooking to toss them. Then return them to the air fryer to continue cooking.