One of my favorite things about hotel or restaurant breakfasts is these potatoes minus the sogginess. Good news: homemade is even better! Our recipe makes the best Air Fryer Breakfast Potatoes: hot, fresh and perfectly seasoned to bring you the flavors you love with that slightly crispy finish you crave.
🍽️ Why This Works
Fast and Easy. Put the potatoes in the air fryer and let it do it’s job. No skillet needed. You can use your time to work on other parts of a delicious homemade breakfast.
Less Oil. Since you won’t be frying these potatoes in oil, the result is much better for you than the skillet version of our air fryer breakfast potatoes recipe. It is also less likely to get soggy as it sits.
Versatile. Our easy breakfast potatoes in the air fryer aren’t just for breakfast or brunch. They work well as a side dish for any meal where potatoes would be a welcome addition to the table.
📝 Ingredient Notes
Potatoes – Large russets are a good choice for this dish. You could also use red potatoes, Yukon gold potatoes, or fingerlings.
Bell Peppers – We got one red and one green so that our breakfast potatoes would be more colorful. You can use what you have or get all the same colors if you like.
Olive Oil – Toss everything in this so that you get a little crispiness and that the potatoes don’t stick together.
Seasoning – We used salt, pepper, chili powder, garlic powder, onion powder, and parsley.
⏲️ Equipment and Tools
Mixing Bowl. We love a good large mixing bowl.
Sharp Knife. Yours doesn’t need to be as fancy as the one in our pictures, but I do have to admit I do love a good knife, we love Henckels knives. Everyone should have at least one good, sharp knife. Get the blade sharpened every six months to a year and a good knife will last a lifetime!
Step One: Clean, rinse and chop the bell peppers and potatoes. Make sure to remove the seeds, and white inside flesh from the peppers.
Step Two: Place the chopped pieces in a mixing bowl.
Step Three: Add seasonings. You can mix all the seasoning together in a small bowl if you wish.
Step Four: Stir until all of the seasonings evenly coats your veggies. Drizzle with oil.
Step Five: Place the mixture in the air fryer at 400ºF for 18 minutes. Shake them at the beginning to get the mixture fully settled into the basket, and then shake the basket vigorously every four minutes. You do not have to stop the air fryer to shake the basket.
Step Six: Serve hot! We usually like to add more salt and pepper or a dipping sauce.
❗ Recipe Tips and Tricks
This dish is even more special by keeping your knife cuts consistent so that all the pieces are the same size.
If you have time, soaking diced potatoes in ice water can pull out some of the extra starch and help them crisp up a little more. They can soak for anywhere from thirty minutes to twenty four hours. Drain and dry the potatoes off before continuing.
Preheating your air fryer will help your potatoes get more crispy.
Spraying the air fryer basket with non-stick cooking spray may help prevent the potatoes from sticking.
Check your potatoes at fourteen minutes when you go to give them that last good shake. They might be ready early!
🧑🍳 Storage and Reheating
Keep extra Air Fryer Breakfast Potatoes in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to one week.
Reheat the potatoes for a few minutes in the air fryer, or a hot skillet with butter. You could also microwave them for less than a minute but they might get soggy.
If you’d like to freeze your breakfast potatoes, you can use vacuum seal bags or plastic freezer bags.
The potatoes might change slightly in texture, but will still reheat nicely and have good flavor. Frozen potatoes work really well for a cheesy potato casserole later.
Dice the ingredients for this dish up to 24 hours in advance. Potatoes will brown but the flavor will not be affected. You can also dice up the potatoes and peppers and freeze them in freezer bags uncooked to use up to three months later.
Use leftover potatoes to make an easy cheesy potato casserole. Mix equal parts of sour cream and cream of chicken soup.
You can use as little as two tablespoons of each depending on how much potato you have. Add shredded cheddar cheese or a cheese blend until the creamy mixture is thick with cheese.
Stir it into the potatoes and add a tablespoon of melted butter. Place this mixture in a muffin tin or baking pan. Bake for fifteen to twenty minutes until the cheese mixture is bubbly and hot.
Additions and Substitutions
An onion would be a great addition to this dish. Dice it and add it to the mix with the other vegetables.
Instead of the seasonings we recommend, you could try other combinations. Old Bay would work well or “seasoned fry” seasoning mix you enjoy.
Adding a little minced garlic will bump up the garlic flavor if you like it to be stronger.
Leftover bacon can be crumbled and added to this dish for a special touch. Add it to the air fryer in the last four minutes to reheat the bacon.
Squeeze a little lemon over your potatoes on your plate to brighten them up and add flavor.
Top your hot breakfast potatoes with a handful of shredded cheddar cheese, Colby jack cheese, or a cheese blend.
This dish is traditionally served at breakfast as a perfect complement to eggs of any type (especially over easy eggs!) and a variety of breakfast meats such as our air fryer sausage links or air fryer bacon.
They also work well as a welcome addition to your breakfast burrito or breakfast bowl. Serve for breakfast or brunch with a little ketchup, sour cream, ranch or hot sauce on the side for those who want to amp up the flavor.
We find that air fryer breakfast potatoes also work as a side dish for hamburgers, hot sandwiches, and grilled, smoked, or roasted meats.
❓ Recipe FAQ
18 minutes. This time may vary if the potatoes are frozen or your air fryer doesn’t have a setting for 400ºF.
Yes. You may need to add extra time for the cooking process.
While these are not as crispy as they would be if fried in oil in a skillet, you will get some nice crispiness to the edges.
Some air fryers have a dial so that you can set it to an exact temperature. Others have fixed temperature options. If the latter is the case for your air fryer, just choose the time closest to 400ºF and then adjust the time up or down as needed.
This version of breakfast potatoes is certainly healthier than those deep fried or skillet fried in significant oil. All potatoes have nutritional value such as vitamins and minerals, but are also high in starchy carbohydrates.
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Air Fryer Breakfast Potatoes
- 2 bell peppers medium, any color
- 2 russet potatoes large
- 1 tsp garlic powder
- 1 tsp onion powder
- ½ tsp salt
- ½ tsp pepper
- 1 tbsp parsley
- ½ tsp chili powder
- 1 tbsp olive oil
Prep the Potatoes
- Scrub the potatoes under cold water to rinse them and remove any excess dirt. Many potatoes have residuals left on them so make sure to remove those as well.
- Using a sharp knife, chop the potatoes into 1/4”-1/2” pieces and add to a mixing bowl. Peeling the potatoes is up to you.
- Add in the peppers and mix well with your hands.
- In a small bowl, combine the spices.
- Drizzle the potatoes and peppers with the olive oil and toss until they are fully coated. Sprinkle the spices on the potatoes and mix again.
- Preheat the Air fryer to 400°f for 5 minutes.
- Fill the air fryer basket or trays, if using a oven version. Give the potatoes a good shake to force the potatoes and peppers to settle and separate from each other.
- Cook at 400 °F for 18 minutes, vigorously shake the potatoes and peppers every 3-4 minutes to make the potatoes crispy on all sides. Check the potatoes early as each air fryer is calibrated differently.