These air fryer home fries are an easy to make breakfast side dish that's ready in just 15 minutes! Serve these breakfast potatoes alongside your favorite morning main for a hearty and tasty start to your day!Jump to Recipe
Growing up, my dad was the primary cook of the house.
On Sundays before church, he would make us a giant breakfast which included home fried potatoes.
Unfortunately, these tasty breakfast potatoes were greasy little buggers just like the ones you get at the diner.
I honestly can't even remember if he cooked them in butter or oil, or perhaps a combination of both.
Either way, I learned to cook them with a lot of fat because the potatoes soaked it up quicker than they could cook all the way through.
The only way to really get around this was to boil or microwave them for a couple of minutes first.
Then I could get away with using less oil because the potatoes would cook faster.
But even so, I still had to use more oil than the amount needed for this air fryer version.
Plus, there's no need to boil or microwave the potatoes first when using the air fryer.
Easy, crispy home fries with less oil...what's not to love? So, let's get to it...
- Yukon Gold Potatoes
- Extra Virgin Olive Oil
- Onion Powder
How to make home fries in the air fryer - step by step
First, peel the potatoes and cut them into 1-inch chunks. Add them to a mixing bowl.
Combine paprika, onion powder and salt in a small bowl.
Add olive oil and the seasoning mixture to the potatoes and mix until well combined.
If your air fryer has a separate elevated crisping tray or plate, be sure to insert it. For example, my Ninja air fryer comes with a crisper plate that fits right into the basket.
Lightly grease the crisper plate or bottom of air fryer basket with olive or avocado oil or non-aerosol, propellant-free spray.
Then, add the potatoes to the air fryer.
Air fry at 390° F for 12-15 minutes until potatoes are cooked throughout and are browned to your liking, shaking the basket every few minutes to prevent sticking and so that the potatoes cook evenly.
- Potatoes: You can use russet potatoes instead, but I find the Yukon's flavor to work better for this dish.
- Oil: You can substitute avocado oil for the extra virgin olive oil.
What do I serve with breakfast potatoes?
This side dish pairs perfectly with tofu scramble and a slice of gluten-free toast.
You can also serve alongside some tempeh bacon or vegan "eggs" Benedict.
These potatoes are also super tasty topped with our vegan cheese sauce.
You can also mix in some sauteed veggies such as spinach or bell peppers.
How do I store and reheat the leftovers?
Store leftover potatoes in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3 days.
They are best reheated in the air fryer at 350° F until warmed, approximately 5 minutes.
Alternatively, you can bake them in the oven on a parchment-lined baking sheet at 350° F until heated throughout.
You can microwave them too, but they will no longer be crispy.
More Air Fryer Potato Recipes
- Air Fryer Mashed Potato Balls
- Air Fryer Hash Browns
- Air Fryer Frozen Tater Tots
- Air Fryer Frozen Sweet Potato Fries
Air Fryer Home Fries
- 1 ½ lb Yukon Gold potatoes, peeled and cut into 1-inch chunks
- ½ teaspoon paprika
- ½ teaspoon onion powder (or garlic powder or ¼ teaspoon of each)
- ¾-1 teaspoon sea salt or kosher salt, depending on taste
- 2 teaspoon extra virgin olive oil or avocado oil if preferred, plus more for greasing the air fryer
- Add potato chunks to a mixing bowl.
- Combine paprika, onion powder and salt in a small bowl. Add olive oil and the seasoning mixture to the potatoes, and mix until well combined.
- If your air fryer has a separate elevated crisping tray or plate, be sure to insert it. Lightly grease the crisper plate or bottom of the air fryer basket with olive or avocado oil or non-aerosol, propellant-free spray.
- Add the potatoes and air fry at 390° F for about 15 minutes *or until potatoes are cooked throughout and are browned to your liking, shaking the basket every few minutes to prevent sticking and so that the potatoes cook evenly. You can also stir around with a silicone spatula if desired.
(Please refer to the post above for instructional photographs and other helpful information for this recipe)
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Sounds delicious and easy!
(I'd make a low-salt or no-salt version, however, to suit my dietary needs.)
Thanks so much! Yes, they are super easy to make and you can totally leave off the salt if you'd like. 🙂
These are delicious, best and so easy.
My husband and I made these, so delicious .
Thanks so much, Carol! So happy you both enjoyed these home fries! 🙂
Love detailed instructions and recipe is delicious!
Thank you so much! Glad you found the instructions helpful and are enjoying the potatoes! 🙂
These came out so AWESOME! Thank you for sharing this amazing recipe!!
Thanks so much, Adam! So glad you enjoyed the home fries! 🙂
These are just perfect. I was intimidated to try potatoes in the air fryer for a while. 🙂 So glad I tried this recipe. Thank you, Sherri!
Thank you so much, Lori! So happy you enjoyed the home fries! 🙂
I followed recipe they were great just weren’t too brown I cooked 3 minutes longer still didn’t brown more I didn’t want to over cook ?♀️
Thanks for sharing that, Lorraine. I am glad they came out good even though they didn't brown too much. I will make a note of that and adjust the cooking time as I think it may be due to variations in air fryers, such as the model and the size. Hope you have a good one! 🙂
Hi! Do you preheat your air fryer before cooking?
Hi Cat! You don't always have to preheat the air fryer depending on the recipe. If during testing I find it needs to be preheated I will note that in that particular recipe. This particular recipe does not require the air fryer to be preheated. Hope that helps and have a great day! 🙂
Used ninja food exactly as recipe. No spices since malt vinegar and ketchup added at the end.perfect.
Thanks Karen! I am so glad you enjoyed the home fries! And I love the idea of the malt vinegar and ketchup...yum! 🙂
Perfect recipe! Doesn't get any easier! Thank you so much for sharing!
Thank you so much, Amy! I'm so happy you enjoyed this recipe! Hope you enjoy your weekend! 🙂
These Air Fryer Home Fries sound amazing and I love how they're simple made with a delicious spice mix!
Thanks so much, Christie! I do love me some potatoes any time of the day! 😉