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Air Fryer Potato Wedges


Author: Lisa Childs

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Air Fryer Recipes

Published Date: September 2, 2021

Updated Date: November 16, 2022

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Air Fryer Potato Wedges are fluffy and tender on the inside, while crispy and salty on the outside! This recipe is a perfect, easy side or appetizer for any occasion.

air fryer potato wedges next to a bowl of ketchup

Can you air fry potato wedges?

Yes! There are several benefits to cooking homemade potato wedges in the air fryer:

  • The air fryer doesn’t heat up the house, unlike the oven. Potato wedges are the perfect side dish for summer grilling, such as burgers, grilled chicken, and steak. Air frying is a great way to make this side without preheating the oven.
  • Save time! It takes less time to air fry potato wedges.
  • The air fryer creates the perfect texture for homemade potato wedges. Potato wedges should be fluffy on the inside and crispy on the outside. This recipe is different from regular fries because it’s lightly battered and tossed in seasoning to make extra crisp wedges.

Before I teach you how to make air fryer potato wedges, let me answer a few frequently asked questions!

Are air fryer potato wedges healthy?

I love potatoes, whether mashed, baked, cheesy, or fried! Potatoes make a hearty soup or side dish. However, potatoes often get a bad wrap as unhealthy and unhelpful for weight loss.

Top view of opened baked potatoes with scallions sprinkled on top. Next to sour cream and scallions

But potatoes are actually a fat free, filling, and low calorie food, rich in vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants! It really comes down to how the potato is prepared.

If it’s deep-fried, or smothered in cheese and heavy cream, while delicious, it’s not necessarily healthy.

Air fryer potato wedges are a healthier way to enjoy crispy potato wedges, while saving the added calories from traditional deep-frying. I find that the air fryer makes crispier potato wedges than the oven.

Which potatoes are best for air fryer potato wedges?

Russet potatoes are best for wedges. They cook quicker and crisper than other potatoes.

If you don’t have russet potatoes on hand, yellow, Yukon gold, red, and white potatoes work. However, although the flavor will still be delicious, it will affect the texture and increase the cook time.

Other varieties of potatoes make less crispy wedges with slightly waxy insides.

Air fried potato wedge being dipped in ketchup

Can you put raw potatoes in an air fryer?

Yes! This recipe does not require any pre-cooking. Simply batter, season, and toss the potatoes in the air fryer.

How to cut potatoes into wedges

It’s easy to cut a potato into wedges! The key is to keep the wedge size uniform, so they fry evenly.

  1. Cut the potato in half lengthwise.
  2. Take each half and cut down the center lengthwise to make two long quarters.
  3. Cut each quarter down the center to make a potato wedge.

One potato will be cut into 8ths. If your potato is larger, you can cut each quarter into thirds. I recommend preparing ¾ – 1 potato per person you’re serving.

How to air fry potato wedges

  • Preheat the air fryer to 400ºF.
  • Cut the potatoes into wedges. (See the steps above!)
  • Place the potato wedges into a large colander and rinse to remove any additional starch or dirt.
  • Shake dry, then place in a large bowl.
  • In a separate small bowl, combine the cornstarch, parsley, onion salt, garlic powder, paprika, and pepper.
  • Drizzle the potato wedges with oil and toss or mix to cover. *Sprinkle with all of the seasoning blend and toss to coat.
  • Place the potato wedges in the air fryer basket in a single layer, careful not to overcrowd. If your basket is smaller, you may need to do this in two batches.
  • Air fry for 20-25 minutes, shaking or flipping every 8 minutes until you reach the desired crispiness. I like to sprinkle a little extra salt on my hot potato wedges before serving.

*If you prefer unseasoned potato wedges, toss with oil and then sprinkle with salt and pepper. You can then follow the directions as written.

How to air fry potato wedges without oil?

There is a trick to making crispy air fryer potato wedges without oil! It just takes one extra step at the beginning.

  • Soak the cut potatoes in cold water for 30 minutes. This removes some of the starch, allowing the potatoes to fry better.
  • Be sure to dry the potatoes well. Otherwise, the excess moisture will steam the potatoes and they will be soggy.
  • Omit the oil and follow the recipe.

This trick actually works for the original recipe too, if you have the time to soak the potatoes beforehand.

 air fried potato wedge being pulled out of ketchup

How to store and reheat air fryer potato wedges

If you have leftovers, store in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 3-4 days. The potatoes will get soggy in the fridge so I recommend reheating them in the air fryer at 400º for 2-3 minutes or until crisp.

I actually use this same method to reheat any leftover fry! Before my air fryer, I never took home fries because they didn’t reheat well. Fries reheated in the air fryer taste much better than microwaved fries. Life changing!

What’s fry sauce?

I like serving my potato wedges and sweet potato fries with “fry sauce.” Fry sauce is Utah’s favorite condiment. Go here to learn the interesting history of fry sauce!

It’s basically equal parts mayonnaise mixed with ketchup. I also like to add just a touch of bbq sauce for a slightly smoky fry sauce!

If you enjoy this recipe, you’ll love my Air Fryer Sweet Potato and Baked Potatoes in the Air Fryer recipe.

graphic of lots of air fryer potato wedges with a white ramekin filled with ketchup.
air fryer potato wedges next to a bowl of ketchup

Air Fryer Potato Wedges

Yield: 5
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 25 minutes
Total Time: 35 minutes

Fluffy and tender on the inside and crispy and salty on the outside! Air Fryer Potato Wedges will become your new favorite easy side dish for any occasion!

Ingredients

  • 1.5-2lb russet potatoes, washed and scrubbed
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil (or other neutral flavored oil like avocado oil, grapeseed oil, or canola oil)
  • 1 tablespoon cornstarch
  • 1 teaspoon dried parsley
  • 1 teaspoon onion salt (or seasoned salt)
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon smoked or regular paprika
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper

Instructions

  1. Preheat air fryer to 400º.
  2. Cut potatoes in half lengthwise. Take each half and cut down the center lengthwise to make two long quarters. Cut each of those again down the center to make a potato wedge (one potato will be cut into 8ths. If your potato is larger, you can cut each quarter into thirds).
  3. Place the potato wedges into a large colander and rinse to remove any additional starch or dirt.
  4. Shake dry, then place in a large bowl.
  5. In a separate small bowl, combine the cornstarch, parsley, onion salt, garlic powder, paprika, and pepper.
  6. Drizzle the potato wedges with oil and toss or mix to cover. Sprinkle with all of the seasoning blend and toss to coat.
  7. Place the potato wedges in the air fryer basket in a single layer, careful not to overcrowd. If your basket is smaller, you may need to do this in two batches.
  8. Air fry for 20-25 minutes, shaking or flipping every ~8 minutes until you reach the desired crispiness. I like to sprinkle a little extra salt on my hot potato wedges before serving.

Notes

    • If you prefer unseasoned potato wedges, toss with oil and then sprinkle with salt and pepper. You can then follow the directions as written.
    • I like serving potato wedges and sweet potato fries with "fry sauce," which in Utah is equal parts mayonnaise mixed with ketchup. I also like to add just a touch of bbq sauce to mine for a little smoky fry sauce!

Nutrition Information:
Yield: 5 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 298Total Fat: 3gSaturated Fat: 0gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 2gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 398mgCarbohydrates: 61gFiber: 7gSugar: 3gProtein: 7g

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