Air Fryer Breakfast Potatoes

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These delicious air fryer breakfast potatoes make a wonderful side dish for just about any breakfast main course.

Breakfast potatoes are a homestyle classic, and for those of use who like to make them from scratch, each recipe is slightly different.

A side view of these Air Fryer Breakfast Potatoes in a white bowl.

This one uses garlic and rosemary, but if you prefer, you can leave them out and simply season with salt and pepper. Easy!

What Are Breakfast Potatoes?

Breakfast potatoes are usually made in a skillet with plenty of oil. They are basically dice potatoes that are fried. Sometimes with herbs and spices, and sometimes with just salt and pepper.

A popular version is known as Potatoes O’ Brien. This is a dish with potatoes, pepper and onions that gets cooked in oil in a skillet. It falls under the category of “breakfast potatoes”.

Today’s recipe is very simple, on purpose. All you have to chop are the potatoes!

Breakfast Potatoes In An Air Fryer

An air fryer is a great way to make breakfast potatoes because you get that crispy outside and soft inside with very little fat, unlike in a frying pan.

Frozen Breakfast Potatoes In An Air Fryer

If you prefer to purchase frozen breakfast potatoes in your local freezer section, they will still work well in an air fryer.

Simply air fry at 400 F. for 15-17 minutes, tossing the potatoes a few times during the cooking process.

How Do You Air Fry Sweet Potatoes?

If you’d prefer to do this with sweet potatoes, it’s a very easy adjustment. You’ll just want to cook at 400 F. for 10-12 minutes.

The trick with sweet potatoes is to cut them small. They are very dense, so smaller cuts equals quicker cooking times.

Remember to flip or toss them a few times during cooking.

How Long To Cook Potatoes In An Air Fryer

The length of time you have to cook potatoes in an air fryer will depend heavily on how thick you cut your potatoes. It can take a couple extra minutes to chop them on the smaller side, but with air frying, it’s worth the extra effort.

Why Do You Soak Potatoes In Water Before Air Frying?

The truth is, you don’t have to. But if you want to, here’s what it does and how to do it.

Soaking cut potatoes in water overnight removes some of the starch from the poatoes. This makes it much easier to get that crispy outside and soft center.

Typically, you can soak cut potatoes from 1 hour all the way up to 24 hours. If you are wanting to store cut potatoes for longer, you can do so by storing them in water for up to 3 days.

For this recipe, soaking is an option, but is not necessary and the recipe does not call for it. However, if you want to soak first, go for it!

An overhead view looking down into a white bowl filled with Air Fryer Breakfast Potatoes.

Why Is My Food Not Crispy In The Air Fryer?

When it comes to potatoes specifically, soggy fries usually indicate that you haven’t air fried them long enough or at high enough of a temperature.

However, one trick that works great as well is to give them a light dusting of cornstarch before air frying.

However, if you want to use cornstarch and your potatoes have been soaking in water, make very sure you dry them well before adding the cornstarch, or you’ll just end up with a soggy, starchy mess.

Once your potatoes are dry, you can add the starch BEFORE adding any oil. This makes a subtle but noticeable difference in the amount of crispiness you get on the outside.

Can You Make Eggs In An Air Fryer?

If you are wanting to make eggs to go with your breakfast potatoes, there are a few ways to cook eggs in an air fryer. We currently have a good quiche recipe in our Air Fryer Breakfast Recipes section, and will be adding more egg recipes soon.

What’s The Best Air Fryer For Making Air Fryer Breakfast Potatoes?

The truth is, any air fryer will do a decent job of making this type of potato recipes. Here are three suggestions for air fryers we really like.

Air Fryer Breakfast Potatoes Recipe

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A side view of these Air Fryer Breakfast Potatoes in a white bowl.

Air Fryer Breakfast Potatoes

Delicious potatoes that are easy to make are go great with just about any main course at breakfast!
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Course Breakfast
Cuisine American
Servings 2 servings
Calories 113 kcal


  • Air Fryer


  • 1 medium russet potato (approximately ¾ lb.)
  • 1 tbsp. oil
  • ½ tsp. garlic powder
  • ½ tsp. ground rosemary
  • ¼ tsp. salt (you can add more after they are done cooking)
  • ¼ tsp. ground black pepper


  • Clean and chop your potatoes to approximately 1 inch cubes.
    The chopped potatoes in a large mixing bowl
  • Spritz with a bit of oil using an oil sprayer (or just pour a little over the top).
    Spraying the potatoes with oil using an oil sprayer.
  • Put them in a mixing bowl and add all the seasoning.
    The seasoning sprinkled over the potatoes in the mixing bowl.
  • Toss well to coat the potatoes evenly.
    Stirring the potatoes to coat them in the oil and spices.
  • Transfer to your air fryer tray or basket.
    the potatoes spread out over an air fryer tray.
  • Air fry at 400 F. for approximately 10-15 minutes, tossing or flipping 2 or 3 times during the cooking process. Cooking time will vary slightly by air fryer. Cool a bit before servings.
    The finished Air Fryer Breakfast Potatoes cooling on the air fryer tray.
  • Serve with your favorite breakfast foods!
    Air Fryer Breakfast Potatoes in a white bowl.



Please note that the nutrition data given here is a ballpark figure. Exact data is not possible.


Calories: 113kcal
Keyword potatoes
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