These Air Fryer Fingerling Potatoes are crispy on the outside, tender on the inside and ready to eat in just 25 minutes. Serve alongside your favorite healthy protein and veggies for an easy side dish, or cook them up for a quick and easy snack.
📋 About the Recipe
- Simple yet delicious side dish. Potatoes make the perfect weeknight side dish because they are easy to make, affordable, and have a short cooking time. Just like my Instant Pot Boiled Potatoes, these crispy potatoes are ready to cook in 10 minutes or less!
- Made with pantry staples. If you have a bag of fingerling potatoes on hand, chances are you have everything you need to make these simply seasoned potatoes. In a pinch, you can get by with just a bit of salt and pepper or another type of small potatoes.
- Perfect for sharing. These crispy fingerling potatoes are a great finger food to serve when hosting game days, summer BBQs, dinner parties, and more. If you're interested in more of my healthy appetizer and snack recipes, check out my Air Fryer Lemon Pepper Wings, Sloppy Joe Sliders, Instant Pot Pork Butt and my Air Fryer Nachos next!
A few notes about the ingredients:
- Fingerling potatoes - These potatoes are called fingerlings because they are small potatoes that resemble fingers. I often purchase a mix of white, red, and purple potatoes - they all cook up the same and make for a pretty mix! You'll often find fingerling potatoes pop up in the grocery store in the fall and winter, but can also be found year round.
- Seasonings - I kept things simple and used garlic powder, onion powder, salt, and pepper. Feel free to use any seasonings you like.
⁉️ Substitutions and Alterations
- Use baby creamer potatoes if you don't have fingerlings: These potatoes are of a similar size and density and should cook up the same. Simply cut them in half, season, and air fry.
- Olive oil substitutions: Any high smoke point oil will work well. Try avocado oil, vegetable oil, canola oil, or refined coconut oil. Unrefined coconut oil will work, but it does have a slight coconut taste and aroma so keep that in mind.
- Change up the seasoning: I kept these potatoes simple but you can truly flavor these potatoes however you’d like. Try smoked paprika, Cayenne pepper, Old Bay seasoning, Italian seasoning, parmesan cheese, etc. Do avoid fresh herbs like fresh rosemary as it is likely to burn.
- Prep the potatoes. After giving the potatoes a good scrub and removing any dirt residue from the fingerling potatoes, cut them in half lengthwise and place in a medium mixing bowl.
- Season the potatoes. Pour the 2 tablespoons of olive oil over the fingerling potatoes and season with garlic powder, onion powder, kosher salt, and black pepper. Stir to coat the potatoes evenly in the oil and spices.
- Transfer to the air fryer. Lightly spray your air fryer basket or air fryer tray with nonstick spray. Place potato halves in a single layer in the air fryer basket or tray. Cook in multiple batches as needed.
- Air fry. Air fry the fingerling potatoes at 390 degrees F for 18 to 20 minutes, shaking the basket halfway through.
- Serve. Once the potatoes are crispy, golden brown, and fork tender, serve immediately while hot.
🍽 Serving Suggestions
These crispy air fryer fingerling potatoes are similar to french fries or potato wedges. They make a great appetizer, afternoon snack, or perfect potato side dish. Here are a few of my favorite mains to serve this easy recipe with:
- Air Fryer Turkey Burgers
- Instant Pot Pork Butt
- Apple Turkey Burgers
- Instant Pot BBQ Pulled Chicken
- Ground Chicken Sloppy Joes
- Cast Iron Skillet Chicken Breasts
❄️ How to Store
To freeze: Freezing is not recommended.
To reheat: Refrigerated potatoes will reheat well in the air fryer. Start with 3 to 5 minutes at 350 degrees F. Add additional time as needed until the potatoes are warmed through.
🔍 Recipe FAQs
Yes, absolutely! Unlike russet potatoes, fingerling potatoes have a thin skin which is very palatable. When air fried it gets nice and crispy and is delicious tasting. No need to peel.
I recommend ⅓ pound fingerling potatoes per person!
The most likely reason is that there were too many potatoes in the air fryer at once. When using an air fryer in any recipe, it is typically advised to only cook a single layer of food in one batch. When you pile potatoes in, it makes it more difficult for the air to circulate, so instead, the potatoes steam instead of roast.
Cut potatoes do not typically hold up well for very long. They turn brown quickly and become unappealing looking.
However, if you’d like to prepare a couple hours in advance, you can submerge cut potatoes in a large bowl of cold water. Store them covered in the refrigerator until ready to use, then drain and pat dry with a paper towel and pick up with recipe step 2.
💭 One More Tip
Adjust cook times based on the size of your potatoes. Although small, fingerling potatoes can vary in size. Poke the potatoes with a fork or knife after 18 to 20 minutes of cooking. If they are still hard in the center, add a bit of extra time and cook until they are tender on the inside.
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Air Fryer Fingerling Potatoes
- 24 ounces (1 ½ pounds) fingerling potatoes
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
- ½ teaspoon garlic powder
- ½ teaspoon onion powder
- ½ teaspoon kosher salt
- ¼ teaspoon black pepper
- Cut fingerling potatoes in half lengthwise. Add to a medium bowl.
- Pour olive oil over potatoes and season with garlic powder, onion powder, salt, and pepper. Stir to evenly coat the potatoes in oil and seasoning.
- Spray your air fryer basket or tray with nonstick spray. Add potatoes to the basket or tray in a single layer. You might need to cook in two batches, depending on the size of your air fryer.
- Air fry fingerling potatoes at 390 degrees F for 18 to 20 minutes, shaking the basket halfway through.
- Serve potatoes with ketchup or your favorite dipping sauces!
- This recipe should also work with baby creamer potatoes too. Simply, cut them in half, season, and air fry.
- Depending on the size of the potatoes, you might need to add a few more minutes to the cook time to ensure they are tender on the inside and crispy on the outside.
- Feel free to season the potatoes any way you'd like.
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