How to Make Frozen Tater Tots in the Air Fryer

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Tater Tots in the Air Fryer

If you know the Fabulessly Frugal channel on YouTube, then you know I love to teach about other ways you can use your air fryer that goes beyond cooking frozen French fries or tater tots. However, sometimes, all you need is a comforting dish of hot and crunchy tater tots. So, to satisfy that craving, here is how you can make the best batch of tater tots in your air fryer.

Read on to learn everything you need to know about air fryer frozen tater tots.

How To Make Air Fryer Frozen Tater Tots

One of the benefits of cooking frozen tempura tater tots in the air fryer is that there’s minimal work on your end. Plus, you will love how perfectly crunchy these tots are!

bag of Great Value Frozen Tater Tots

Ingredients You Need

  • 1 package frozen tater tots
  • Oil, optional (for extra crispiness)

Note: You can use any kind of frozen tater tots. I love to grab whatever is on sale at the store.

Air Fryer Instructions

Frozen tater tots in air fryer basket

As with any frozen air fryer food, you should always defer to the package instructions. That said, the general process for cooking frozen tater tots is to preheat your air fryer. (If your air fryer doesn’t have a preheat function, run it on empty at 400 degrees Fahrenheit or 200 degrees Celsius for 3-5 minutes).

cooked frozen tater tots in air fryer basket

Place the tater tots in a single layer in the air fryer basket. Then air fry for 12-15 minutes at 400 degrees Fahrenheit or 204 degrees Celsius. Be sure to shake the tater tots half way through cooking.

Do You Need Oil To Cook Air Fryer Frozen Tater Tots?

The air fryer is a technological marvel for many reasons, and one of them is that you don’t need a drop of oil to cook your food–frozen tater tots included.

While air fryers simulate deep frying, they work by circulating extremely hot air at a very high speed, browning food in the same way that a deep fryer would–all without the gallons of grease that the latter gadget entails.

However, if you would like your tater tots extra crispy, then you can spray on some oil (like avocado oil or olive oil from a reusable oil sprayer) before you start cooking it in the air fryer.

air fryer tater tots

How Do You Avoid Burning Frozen Tater Tots in an Air Fryer?

As with any food, the best way to avoid burning your frozen tater tots is to follow the package instructions, keep track of your cooking time, and diligently watch the air fryer.

However, not all air fryers are the same, so its possible cooking time may vary.

As such, be attentive to your cooking time–keep your tots in the air fryer for 10 minutes. Then use an instant read food thermometer to look at the internal temperature of the tots. Since we are making frozen tots from the store, the taters will be done at 165F/74C.

What Sauces Do You Use for Air Fryer Tater Tots?

bowl of air fried tater tots with bbq sauce on the side

The best part about this air fried tater tots is that it goes great with any kind of sauce. Try tots with:

Final Thoughts

You can now enjoy the savory taste of air fryer frozen tater tots without heating up your house or using a lot of oil. You can simply head out to the freezer section of your local supermarket, grab a package of frozen tater tots, and begin air frying them to your heart’s desire.

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Frozen Tater Tots in the Air Fryer

Tater tots are a tasty food that you can easily enjoy as a side or appetizer. With the air fryer, you can perfectly crunchy tots ready in minutes!
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Prep Time: 0 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 15 minutes
Serves: 4
Adjust Servings: 4



  • 1 bag frozen tater tots


  • Place the tots in a single layer in the air fryer basket.
  • Air fry for 12-15 minutes at 400 °F. Shaking at the halfway point.
  • Remove from the air fryer and enjoy!


Calories: 424kcal | Carbohydrates: 59g | Protein: 5g | Fat: 21g | Sodium: 1023mg | Fiber: 5g | Sugar: 1g



Ingredients: Tater Tots
Meal Type: Appetizers and Snacks, Popular, New Year's Eve, Summer, Super Bowl Party, Winter
Categories: Cook Frozen, Air Fryer
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