15 Minute Cook Time – The beauty of the air fryer is that it cooks foods SO much faster than the oven.
4 Ingredients – This home fries recipe uses only 4 ingredients (including the salt and pepper!)
Crispy, Crunchy, and Tender – Air Fryer Home Fries are crispy on the outside yet tender and fluffy on the inside.
Ingredients for Air Fryer Home Fries
You only need FOUR ingredients to make homemade home fries and they’re all pantry staples!
Russet Potatoes – these are the best for making any kind of small fried or roasted potatoes because they tend to hold their shape better than most other varieties.
Olive Oil – or other cooking oil of choice like canola oil or avocado oil
Lawry’s Seasoning Salt – a simple blend of salt, paprika, onion powder and garlic powder. Similar to my All Purpose Seasoning.
Ground Black Pepper
Air Fryer – Not an ingredient, but you’ll also need an air fryer.
How To Make Home Fries in the Air Fryer
This potato recipe takes a few minutes to prep, then just 15 minutes in the air fryer. Simple, quick, easy, yet amazing results!
Preheat – Start by preheating the air fryer. If your air fryer doesn’t have a ‘preheat’ button, then you can just let it run empty for a few minutes to heat up.
Cut Potatoes – For classic home fries, peel the potatoes and cut into ½ inch cubes. This will also help get the perfectly crispy on all sides.
Toss Potatoes – Add the diced potatoes to a large bowl and toss with the oil and spices until the potatoes are well coated.
Air Fry – Add the coated potatoes to the air fryer basket – make sure they’re in a single, even layer. Air fry for about 15 minutes, giving a toss halfway through. Cook until the potatoes are fork tender and crispy on the outside.
Spicy – Add a pinch of cayenne pepper to the seasoning blend.
Deluxe – Chop up some onion and bell peppers to add to the potatoes. Once cooked, toss with fresh minced parsley or chives, or even add some chopped up crispy bacon.
Kid friendly – These potatoes are already kid friendly! However, if you really want to win them over, serve with ketchup and ranch on the side.
Frequently Asked Questions
Why didn’t my home fries get crispy in the air fryer?
For the crispiest and crunchiest results, make sure your potatoes are in a single layer with some space in between the diced potatoes. If the potatoes are crowded then they will steam and won’t get as crispy.
If you’re making an extra large batch, you will need to air fry the potatoes in batches.
Can the potatoes be cut in advance?
If you want to prepare the potatoes in advance, you need to store the diced potatoes in water. You can do this up to a day in advance.
Potatoes will turn black if cut up in advance from being exposed to oxygen. Just soak the potatoes in a bowl of cold water in the fridge then drain and pat dry before tossing with oil and spices.
Storage and Reheating
Storage – Leftover home fries can be stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 4 days.
Freezing – While it’s technically possible, I feel like the potatoes get soggy if you freezing them after they’ve been fried so I don’t recommend it.
Reheating – To crisp up the leftovers again, I like to reheat the home fries in the air fryer for about 5 minutes until warmed.
Seasonings – In addition to adding other veggies or meat, you can toss the potatoes with different seasonings too! Ranch seasoning, taco seasoning, and cajun seasoning are some of my favorites, but you can use your favorite spices to mix things up.
Frozen Potatoes vs Fresh – While I prefer using fresh potatoes for the crispiest results, you can use frozen diced potatoes instead. The air fry time will be longer, so cook until they are fork tender and golden brown.
Types of potatoes – Although the recipe calls for Russets and I mentioned above they are my preference, any type of potato can be used. You can even leave the skin on, but classic home fries are usually peeled.
Don’t overfill the air fryer – I used an XL air fryer, and felt like mine was pretty maxxed out at 1 ½ pounds of potatoes. If yours is amaller, you may want to work in batches or toss more frequently.
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Kristin Maxwell is the creator and main recipe developer, writer, and photographer of Yellow Bliss Road. A self-taught cook and self-appointed foodie, she specializes in easy, flavorful and approachable recipes for any home cook.