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Breakfast Air Fried Potatoes

These Breakfast Air Fried Potatoes are crispy on the outside and tender on the inside, just how breakfast potatoes should be. Step by step photos included to get the perfect breakfast potatoes in the air fryer. 

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I love to make a big breakfast for my little family on Saturday mornings. This breakfast can range from biscuits and gravy (yum), to buttermilk pancakes (double yum), to freezer waffles (I know, I know…not so yum). Our weekend morning breakfast wouldn’t be complete without some good old fashioned breakfast potatoes as a side.

breakfast potatoes in air fryer basket

Making breakfast potatoes was a stressful task and a tad bit annoying before I bought my air fryer. Fact is, multitasking when it comes to making a complete breakfast is just downright exhausting. The beauty about these breakfast air fried potatoes is that they can be made in the air fryer while you tend to the more fun part of breakfast, like toasting your frozen waffles 😉

How to Air Fry Potatoes

Air Frying potatoes is pretty simple and can be done in 5 easy steps.

  1. Chop the potatoes
  2. Soak the potatoes
  3. Dry the potatoes
  4. Season the potatoes
  5. Air Fry the potatoes

All 5 steps are critical in making the perfect breakfast potatoes in the air fryer, especially step number 2, soaking the potatoes. I’m sure many people will be dissapointed when they hear about doing this step but it’s necessary. Soaking potatoes in cold water removes the extra starch that potatoes have and results in a potato that is perfectly crisp on the outside and tender on the inside. It’s actually a method used by many chefs when it comes to frying a potato in hot oil. It makes sense that the same process would apply to the air fryer.

Optional Add Ins for Breakfast Air Fried Potatoes

Feel free to have fun with these breakfast potatoes. I like to keep my super simple and use dry seasonings. You can add onions and peppers if you like. You can also adjust the seasonings for taste preference. Just make sure to put a bottle of hot sauce on the table when serving because…hot sauce is amazing.

Recipe for Air Fried Potatoes

These Breakfast Air Fried Potatoes are crispy on the outside and tender on the inside, just how breakfast potatoes should be. Step by step photos included to get the perfect breakfast potatoes in the air fryer.  #airfryer #healthy #airfriedpotatoes #easy #airfryerrecipes #myforkinglife #potaesintheairfryer
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Breakfast Air Fried Potatoes

These Breakfast Air Fried Potatoes are crispy on the outside yet tender on the inside. Cook potatoes to perfection with this method. 
Course Breakfast
Cuisine American
Keyword air fryer potatoes
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Soaking Time 45 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 10 minutes
Servings 2
Calories 170kcal
Author Tanya


  • 2 medium Russet Potatoes
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 Tablespoon olive oil
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
  • chopped parsley for garnish


  •  Clean and scrub potatoes under running water. Dice potatoes into 1/2 inch cubes. 
  • Place potatoes in bowl and cover with ice cold water. Allow to soak for 45 minutes.
  • Remove potatoes from water and dry with paper towels. Add potatoes in dry bowl and add olive oil, salt, garlic powder. Stir potatoes ensuring that all pieces are covered in oil. 
  • Place in air fryer basket. Cook at 400 degrees Farenheit 20-23 minutes, shaking the basket halfway through. Potatoes are done when they are golden brown on the outside and soft on the inside. 
  • Top with parsley if desired. 


Notes on Breakfast Air Fried Potatoes

  • You can do more or less potatoes in the Air Fryer. Cook time will remain the same, just ensure to shake halfway through. 
  • Careful not to overcrowd the air fryer basket. A single layer of potatoes is ideal but some overlap is ok. Shake basket to ensure even cooking. 

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Need more air fryer recipes? Try my Perfect Air Fryer Steak , my Crispy Air Fryer Fish.

Looking for more air fryer breakfast recipes? try this Air Fryer Egg Frittata recipe or this Air Fryer French Toast.

If you’re looking for another way to make potatoes on your Air Fryer, these Air Fryer Potato WedgesAir Fryer French Fries , or these Air Fryer Baked Potatoes are sure to be a hit.

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Wednesday 27th of September 2023

Hi Tanya, I have some giant Yukon golds, will this recipe work those or does it need to be a russet? Thank you for all your fantastic recipes! Noreen


Monday 9th of October 2023


Thank You!


Friday 29th of September 2023

Hey Noreen, Yukon's would work just fine. Just make sure to cut them just like you would the Russets.


Monday 11th of April 2022

Can I cut up the potatoes and then put in water and refrigerate before going to bed, and then continue in the next morning? Or will that be too long of a soak?


Monday 11th of April 2022

Hi Earlene, that should be fine, especially if you are making them in the morning.


Friday 24th of December 2021

I can't wait to try this recipe. Thanks so much for sharing it!

Pat Wood

Sunday 23rd of February 2020

My husband loves breakfast potatoes with onion. My air fryer is new so any idea when to add onions to potatoes?


Monday 24th of February 2020

Hi Pat, I've done this a few times, i just add it all at the same time. The onions are prefectly roasted and tender.


Monday 16th of December 2019

My husband loves breakfast potatoes and following your recipe I used my IP air fryer and they were a hit. I have a question about soaking the potatoes. Can they be put in cold water and left in the refrigerator overnight?


Monday 16th of December 2019

Hi Sarah. So glad you liked the recipe. And yes, soaking overnight in the fridge works fine.