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Air Fryer Home Fries (Diced Breakfast Potatoes)

If you love breakfast as much as I do, you know that nothing beats a plate of crispy, golden air fryer home fries. These diced breakfast potatoes are the perfect sidekick to breakfast, brunch, or any meal of the day. They also make a great after-school snack for kids with just a dollop of ketchup.

air fryer home fries served in a bowl

And the best part? You can make them in your air fryer in just 20 minutes! They come out perfectly crispy without all the oil and fuss of traditional frying.

Please continue scrolling down to find the recipe card below, which contains the complete list of ingredients with measurements, detailed recipe instructions, additional notes, and nutritional information.

Air fryers have taken the kitchen world by storm, and for good reason. They make cooking so much easier and healthier. When it comes to home fries, the air fryer really shines. Here’s why:

  • Less Oil: You only need a small amount of oil to get that perfect crisp.
  • Even Cooking: The air fryer circulates hot air around the potatoes, ensuring they cook evenly.
  • Quick and Easy: In just about 20 minutes, you have delicious, crispy potatoes ready to eat.
  • Minimal Cleanup: No greasy pans to scrub!

Ingredients You’ll Need

labelled picture of ingredients for air fryer home fries
  • Potatoes – Yukon Gold potatoes are my favorite for home fries because they have a nice buttery flavor, but other floury potatoes such as Maris Piper, Russet, King Edward, or Desiree potatoes also work well and get super crispy.
  • Olive oil – I prefer cooking olive oil for the air fryer home fries. However, you can replace it with any other type of olive oil or vegetable oil.
  • Seasonings – Feel free to get creative with the seasonings. Sometimes I add a pinch of cayenne pepper for a little heat or some fresh thyme for a savory touch.

How to Make Air Fryer Home Fries (Diced Breakfast Potatoes)?

Important Note

Before you start cooking, note that times may differ among air fryers. I develop my recipes using a Cosori 6.8 air fryer. If you’re using a different air fryer, view my recipes as a general guide and tweak the cooking time—add a bit more or cook slightly less as needed.

Cooking perfectly crispy and deliciously seasoned home fries in air fryer is a straightforward process. 

However, you need to follow a few simple steps to achieve the best results:

Start by peeling the potatoes and dicing them into small, even-sized 1-inch (2 ½ cm) cubes.

Soak the potatoes in cold water for 30 minutes to remove excess starch. This step is essential for extra crispness and even browning. If you’re short on time, you can skip it, but I strongly recommend soaking the potatoes for at least 15 minutes.

soaking cubed potatoes in cold water

Drain the potatoes and dry them throughly with a clean kitchen towel or paper towel.

drying the soaked potatoes with a kitchen towel

In a large bowl, toss the diced potatoes with the olive oil, paprika, salt, and black pepper. Make sure every piece is well-coated with the seasoning.

adding seasoning to dried cubed potatoes

Preheat your air fryer to 383°F (195°C) for a few minutes. Preheating helps the potatoes start cooking immediately and ensures a nice crispy texture. Place the seasoned potatoes in the air fryer basket in a single layer.

Quick Tip!

For the crispiest potatoes, make sure they are in a single layer in the air fryer basket. Overcrowding can lead to uneven cooking.

seasoned and oiled potatoes are placed in air fryer basket in single layer

Depending on the size of your air fryer, you may need to cook them in batches. Cook for 15-20 minutes, shaking the basket halfway through to ensure even cooking. The potatoes should be golden brown and crispy when done.

Once the potatoes are cooked, transfer them to a serving bowl and garnish with chopped fresh parsley if desired. Serve immediately with Air Fryer Steak Bites and Mushrooms and Creamy Mushroom Sauce for Steak.

home fries served with steak and mushroom sauce

What to Serve with Air Fryer Diced Breakfast Potatoes?

Air fryer home fries (or breakfast potatoes) are incredibly versatile. Here are some ideas on how to serve them:

  • Breakfast Burrito: Add the home fries to a tortilla with scrambled eggs, cheese, and salsa for a delicious breakfast burrito.

Expert Tips From the Chef

  • Dice the potatoes into even-sized 1-inch (2 ½ cm) cubes to ensure all the potatoes cook evenly and brown uniformly.
  • Soak the potatoes in cold water for 30 minutes to remove excess starch.
  • For the crispiest potatoes, make sure they are in a single layer in the air fryer basket. Overcrowding can lead to uneven cooking.
  • Shaking the basket halfway through cooking helps the potatoes cook evenly and get crispy on all sides.
  • Feel free to tweak the seasoning to your liking. You can add garlic powder, try different spices, or even toss the potatoes with grated Parmesan cheese after cooking.

Storage and Reheating

Allow the home fries to cool completely at room temperature before storing. Transfer the cooled home fries to an airtight container. Store the container in the refrigerator. The home fries will stay fresh for up to 4 days.

To reheat leftover air fryer home fries and keep them crispy, I prefer using my air fryer. Simply set your air fryer to 375°F (190°C), spread the home fries in a single layer in the air fryer basket. Reheat for 3-5 minutes, shaking the basket halfway through, until they are heated through and crispy.

To reheat in the oven, Preheat your oven to 400°F (200°C). Spread the home fries in a single layer on a baking sheet. Bake for 10-12 minutes, flipping halfway through, until they are hot and crispy.

Air Fryer Home Fries are a game-changer for breakfast lovers. They’re quick, easy, and absolutely delicious. Plus, using the air fryer means less mess and less oil. Give this recipe a try, and you might just find yourself making home fries every weekend. 

Did you make this recipe? Please let me know how it turned out! Please give us a five-star rating and leave a comment below.

I hope you enjoy the process of preparing these Air Fryer Home Fries – Diced Breakfast Potatoes just as much as you enjoy eating them! 🙂 

Bon appétit! 

Air Fryer Home Fries (Diced Breakfast Potatoes)

Ayla Clulee
If you love breakfast as much as I do, you know that nothing beats a plate of crispy, golden air fryer home fries. These diced breakfast potatoes are the perfect sidekick to breakfast, brunch, or any meal of the day. They also make a great after-school snack for kids with just a dollop of ketchup.
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Course Breakfast, Side Dish, Snack
Cuisine American
Servings 4 people
Calories 175 kcal

Ingredients
  

  • 750 g potatoes (Yukon Gold, Maris Piper, Russet, King Edward, or Desiree potatoes)
  • 1 tbsp cooking olive oil
  • ½ tsp salt
  • ½ tsp paprika
  • ¼ tsp freshly ground black pepper

Instructions
 

  • Start by peeling the potatoes and dicing them into small, even-sized 1-inch (2 ½ cm) cubes.
  • Soak the potatoes in cold water for 30 minutes to remove excess starch. This step is essential for extra crispness and even browning. If you're short on time, you can skip it, but I strongly recommend soaking the potatoes for at least 15 minutes.
  • Drain the potatoes and dry them throughly with a clean kitchen towel or paper towel.
  • In a large bowl, toss the diced potatoes with the olive oil, paprika, salt, and black pepper. Make sure every piece is well-coated with the seasoning.
  • Preheat your air fryer to 383°F (195°C) for a few minutes. Preheating helps the potatoes start cooking immediately and ensures a nice crispy texture.
  • Place the seasoned potatoes in the air fryer basket in a single layer. Depending on the size of your air fryer, you may need to cook them in batches. Cook for 15-20 minutes, shaking the basket halfway through to ensure even cooking. The potatoes should be golden brown and crispy when done.
  • Once the potatoes are cooked, transfer them to a serving bowl and garnish with chopped fresh parsley if desired. Serve immediately and enjoy!

Notes

  • Dice the potatoes into even-sized 1-inch (2 ½ cm) cubes to ensure all the potatoes cook evenly and brown uniformly.
  • Soak the potatoes in cold water for 30 minutes to remove excess starch.
  • For the crispiest potatoes, make sure they are in a single layer in the air fryer basket. Overcrowding can lead to uneven cooking.
  • Shaking the basket halfway through cooking helps the potatoes cook evenly and get crispy on all sides.
  • Feel free to tweak the seasoning to your liking. You can add garlic powder, try different spices, or even toss the potatoes with grated Parmesan cheese after cooking.
Keyword air fryer, breakfast, potato side dish, side dish

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