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If you are looking for an easy and crispy side dish, you have to try these flavorful air fryer roasted baby potatoes. Seasoned to perfection, and cooked until golden, you’ll want to make these over and over again.
The air fryer has made serving delicious and healthy meals in my home SO easy. Not only is the food ready in a fraction of the time, but it is so much more crispy when compared to oven-baked versions.
One of my favorite ways to use my air fryer is to prepare delicious and crispy vegetables like these baby potatoes. This makes serving more vegetables simple, delicious, and almost effortless with very little hands-on time.
Like my roasted air fryer broccoli recipe, these air fryer roasted baby potatoes are even more delicious when roasted. Crispy on the outside and tender inside, these seasoned potatoes make for a perfect side dish for any meal.
I’ve added my favorite blend of spices and seasonings to give this baby potato recipe a flavorful punch, but there are endless variations to these Ninja Foodi roast potatoes.
Reasons to love this recipe
- There is minimal chopping and no peeling required since baby potatoes have thin skins.
- This is the easiest way to make flavorful little potatoes – All you have to do is toss in the seasonings and oil, and cook until golden brown.
- A healthy side dish that also has a lot of flavors and goes well with a variety of dishes.
- Roasting or boiling potatoes can take a very long time, but this easy recipe for air frying baby potatoes takes just 20 minutes.
Baby potatoes: Fun fact
Baby potatoes are small potatoes with thin skins that are picked before they reach maturity. They are very tender and easy to include in a variety of easy recipes since they don’t need to be peeled.
Baby potatoes used to be a waste crop, as they were deemed not suitable for selling since their small size made them quite different from their full-size and mature counterparts. Eventually, some farmers and companies started offering them grouped together, which were perfect for roasting, boiling, and more.
There is now a huge demand for these adorable, flavorful, and tender potatoes as they are so easy to prepare and delicious to eat.
Here’s what you need to make the recipe
- Baby potatoes – These require no peeling, and only minimal chopping, making them perfect for the air fryer. If you can’t find baby potatoes, you can use diced russet, red potatoes, or Yukon gold potatoes instead.
- Oil – Either avocado or olive oil will work great for this recipe.
- Seasonings – salt, Kashmiri chili powder, coriander powder, cumin powder, dry mango powder, turmeric powder, and ajwain seeds (carom).
You’ll need an air fryer to make this recipe. You can use any style, including a Ninja air fryer, Philips, or even a Ninja Foodi. Here are the two that I recommend
- Basket style (Phillips 7 QT, 1725W) – easier to flip food but cooks a smaller amount (2-3 servings).
- Oven-style (Ninja Dual Heat Air Fryer – 1800W) – The oven-style ones usually take more space but what’s unique about this Ninja one is that it flips vertically for easy storage on the countertop. Most importantly, it allows you to cook six chicken breasts, 2 lbs roast, or 4 lbs of fries – perfect for families of 4 or more.
- Chop the baby potatoes the same size for even cooking.
- No overcrowding – Always arrange the baby potatoes in a single layer and cook in batches if needed.
- Toss or flip the food halfway during cooking to make sure the food is cooked evenly.
- The cooking times may vary depending on your air fryer.
- Pat dry the potatoes before adding the seasonings otherwise they won’t stick.
Variations to try
- Basic seasoning – Omit the combination of seasonings, and instead use 1 teaspoon of salt, 1 teaspoon of dried parsley, 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder, 1/2 teaspoon onion powder, and 1/4 teaspoon of ground black pepper.
- Butter and herb – Omit the combination of seasonings and reduce the oil to 1 tablespoon. Season with 1/2 teaspoon salt and 1/4 teaspoon black pepper. Once cooked, add to a large bowl and toss with melted butter and chopped fresh herbs of your choice (I like parsley or chives).
- Garlic parmesan – Omit the combination of seasonings and seasoning with 1 teaspoon of salt and 1/4 teaspoon of pepper. Add 2 cloves of minced garlic and 2 tablespoons of fresh chopped parsley. Once the baby potatoes are cooked, remove them from the air fryer and top them with 1/2 cup grated parmesan cheese, and fold it in. Garnish with additional fresh parsley, if desired.
- Diced – If you do not have baby potatoes on hand, you can make diced potatoes in the air fryer instead. Dice cleaned russet or Yukon gold potatoes and toss with the seasoning mixture.
How to prep ahead
If you would like to prepare your air fryer baby potatoes ahead of time, you can very easily do that. While you cannot combine the potatoes with seasoning in advance, you can wash and cut the potatoes and store them in a bowl of cold water until needed in the fridge (up to 2 days), then drain and pat dry when you are ready to use them.
You’re also able to prepare the spice mixture in advance, by adding all of the seasonings to a small bowl and whisking them together. When you’re ready to make your potatoes, add in the oil and toss with the baby potatoes to coat.
Cooked potatoes – You may also prepare your Bombay potatoes in advance by cooking them completely, then allowing them to cool to room temperature. Once they are cool, transfer to airtight containers and store in the fridge for up to 3-4 days. Reheat them using the reheat function on the air fryer, roasting in the oven, or warming in the microwave. These fried potatoes are excellent for meal prep.
For the best results, allow your fried potatoes to cool to room temperature before storing them. This will prevent condensation in the container and give you a longer storage time.
Store in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 3-4 days.
I would not recommend freezing potatoes because they turn mushy when thawed.
Serve it with
These easy air fryer roasted potatoes can go with almost any meal, as they are very versatile. Here are a few of my favorites:
- Soft rotis or chapatis – These go with every meal, and pair perfectly with fried potatoes.
- You can also serve these crispy potatoes with Naan bread.
- Jeera rice and Tadka dal – Potatoes when served with dal, and rice make for a simple vegetarian meal.
- Air fryer chicken 65 – Serve the baby potatoes as an appetizer along with this chicken dish.
Frequently asked questions
Soaking potatoes in water before frying draws out any excess starch, which makes for a more crispy, browned potato after frying.
Air fried potatoes use a fraction of the oil and fat that a traditional deep fryer uses, so it is an excellent alternative for those who are looking for lower-calorie and lower-fat foods.
The easiest way to make Bombay potatoes is in the air fryer! All you have to do is slice your potatoes in half, coat in a mixture of spices and oil, and cook for 20 minutes, or until golden. Then, serve and enjoy.
A small amount of oil is used to help potatoes cook evenly and crispy in the air fryer. If you would like to cook them without oil, you can absolutely do that, but they will not cook as evenly or as crisp. Alternatively, you could spray them lightly with a small amount of olive or avocado oil to help them brown more nicely.
To get crispy fried potatoes, make sure to use a low starch variety of potatoes such as Yukon. Also, it is important that you don’t overcrowd the potatoes in the air fryer basket -that’ll make the potatoes soggy.
Other air fryer recipes to try
- Roasted air fryer broccoli
- Air fryer French fries
- Easy air fryer garlic bread
- Air fryer roasted sweet potatoes
- Crispy air fryer potato wedges
Air Fryer Roasted Baby Potatoes Recipe
Air Fryer Roasted Baby Potatoes (Bombay-Style)
- Wash the baby potatoes thoroughly. Chop them into half (no need to peel). If using regular potatoes, dice into 1-inch cubes.
- Add the oil, salt, chili powder, coriander powder, cumin powder, dry mango powder and carom seeds (if using) to a large bowl. Mix well to combine.
- Add the halved baby potatoes and toss in the oil and seasonings until completely coated.
- Place in the air frying basket – don't overcrowd. Depending on the capacity of your air-fryer, you may need two or more batches.
- Air fry for 10 minutes at 400°F. Stir the potatoes to ensure even cooking. If using a basket-style air fryer, shake the basket to toss the potatoes.
- Cook for an additional 8-10 minutes until the potatoes turn golden brown and crisp on the edges. The potatoes are done with they can be easily pierced by a fork.
- Serve hot with ketchup, or any dip of your choice.
Disclaimer: Approximate nutritional information is provided as a courtesy and can vary depending on the exact ingredients/brands used. If you have health issues, please work with a registered dietician or nutritionist.