One of the best bits about a roast dinner for me is the roast potatoes. I know some people tend to choose mashed potatoes instead but I’m quite happy cook both normally because I love them both. The problem for me though is that roast potatoes tend to take forever. If I cook them in the oven I par boil them first and then they still take a good 35-40 minutes to cook. We also have quite a small cooker and when you add in meat or sausages etc. and Yorkshire puddings, it doesn’t leave much more room. Luckily, air fryer roast potatoes are pretty amazing!
Unlike with regular roast potatoes these don’t need to be par boiled first and that’s something that saves a hell of a lot of time. Once they are peeled and chopped, the potatoes can be thrown into a pre-heated air fryer (190C) and covered with half a tablespoon of oil. You can also add herbs if you want to and garlic would also be a pretty awesome addition.
I like my roast potatoes quite small and this also helps them to cook quicker. On 190C the potatoes that you see in the pictures took around 25 minutes to cook, which is at least 15 minutes less than what mine take in the oven. The potatoes do need a shake half way through, and you can see how they roughly look at this point in the picture below.
I’m not someone who is picky about the kind of potatoes I use for certain things. To be completely honest, I get the second cheapest or even the cheapest sometimes from Sainsbury’s. I have never been able to taste the difference between these and the more expensive potatoes so it seems like a waste of money to spend more when I don’t have to. So, these roast potatoes you see in the pictures are made with Sainsbury’s second cheapest and how delicious do they look?!
Although you’re only using half a tablespoon of oil, it is still worth shaking the potatoes onto some kitchen paper once they are cooked to get rid of any excess there might be, which won’t be a lot! Since making these in the air fryer for the first time I have only cooked them this way.
These potatoes are crisp, piping hot and super fluffy in the middle. You don’t get that oily taste like you do with some cooked in the oven and they’re also better than frozen alternatives which are covered in duck fat or beef dripping, which also means they’re vegetarian friendly. There is no chance now that I’ll go back to frozen or cooking in the oven because these are just so tasty.
If you give them a try, please do let me know what you thought!
Air Fryer Roast Potatoes
- 1 bag potatoes
- 1/2 tbsp olive oil
- herbs and garlic ((if required))
Pre-heat the air fryer to 190C.
Peel roughly 2 medium sized potatoes per person.
Chop the potatoes into either 4 or 6, depending on the size.
Put potatoes in a bowl and cover with 1/2 tablespoon of olive oil.
As soon as the air fryer is hot, add the potatoes and leave for 12-13 minutes.
Shake potatoes well to ensure even cooking, leaving to cook again for another 12-13 minutes.
Serve immediately, or leave to cool and refrigerate. The potatoes can then be re-heated in the air fryer for about 4-5 minutes.