Make These Tasty Homemade Tater Tots in the Air Fryer

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Air Fryer Tater Tots

I love making potatoes in the air fryer. From baked potatoes, to fries, hash browns, and melting potatoes, potatoes in the air fryer are so tasty. Let’s not forget to mention that its way faster to make potatoes in the air fryer than any other method.

Today, I am excited to add one more air fryer potato recipe to the list: tater tots in the air fryer! You will love this recipe because these tater tots aren’t your typical frozen tots. Nope, they are more delicious, adorable, and fluffy! You are going to love this air fryer recipe!

How to Make Tater Tots in the Air Fryer

To make tater tots in the air fryer, you only need three ingredients!

  • 3 medium russet potatoes
  • salt, pepper, seasoning of your choice
  • Avocado oil spray

Okay, technically speaking that is 5 ingredients, but I will add that these tots are full of potato flavor and really don’t even need much seasoning, so you could make them salt free. 

First, cut your potatoes in quarters and boil them in water for 5 minutes. Then, let them cool for 10 minutes.

How to Form Tater Tots

Next, it is time to form the tots. Grate boiled potatoes, including as much potato skin as desired. Then, mix in salt, pepper, or seasonings of choice.

Note: they were VERY sticky when I was trying to grate them. The longer the grated potato sat, the stickier it got as the starch broke down from boiling them.

But, don’t worry. The stickiness did make it easy to roll and shape the tots. Form the potatoes by spraying your hands with avocado oil and quickly rolling about 2 tablespoons of potato mixture between your hands into small ovals.

I first rolled it into a small ball, then gently added pressure as I rolled side to side to make it an oval shape. 

How to Cook Tater Tots in the Air Fryer

Lightly spray the air fryer basket, then place the tater tots into the air fryer basket, spaced ½ inch apart. Then, lightly spray the tater tots. Next, bake at 370°F/185°C for 14 minutes or until golden brown, flipping halfway through.

Carefully remove from the air fryer basket and enjoy with your favorite dipping sauce or as is!

Serve these tots at breakfast with:

Make it a side with one of these main dishes:

Final Thoughts

These tater tots in the air fryer aren’t as crunchy as the frozen tater tots you might be used to. They are more fluffy, which only adds to their charm. You will love these tots at any time of the day: breakfast, lunch, or dinner. Which meal of the day will you gobble up these air fryer tater tots? 

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Air Fryer Tater Tots

You will love these fluffy, charming, and simple tater tots in the air fryer. This air fryer tater recipe is the perfect side to any dish, any time of the day! You can even serve it as an after school snack for the kids (or yourself!)
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Prep Time: 30 minutes
Cook Time: 14 minutes
Serves: 2 people
Adjust Servings: 2 people

Equipment

Ingredients

  • 3 medium russet potatoes
  • salt to taste
  • pepper to taste
  • seasoning of choice to taste
  • avocado oil spray

Instructions

  • Scrub potatoes, and cut into quarters
  • Boil for 5 minutes, let cool for 10 minutes.
  • Grate boiled potatoes, including as much potato skin as desired.
  • Mix in salt, pepper, or seasonings of choice. (These tater tots are full of potato flavor and really don't need much seasoning. You could omit the seasonings and/or salt, if desired).
  • Spray bottom of air fryer with avocado oil.
  • Spray hands with avocado oil and quickly roll about 2 tablespoons of potato mixture between your hands into small ovals - they will be sticky.
  • Place tater tots into air fryer spaced ½ inch apart.
  • Lightly spray the tater tots again.
  • Bake at 370°F/185°C for 14 minutes or until golden brown, flipping halfway through.
  • Remove from the air fryer basket and enjoy!

Nutrition

Calories: 505kcal | Carbohydrates: 115g | Protein: 14g | Fat: 1g | Sodium: 32mg | Fiber: 8g | Sugar: 4g

Recipe adapted from: Colleen Christensen Nutrition

Ingredients: Pepper, Potatoes, Russet Potatoes, Salt
Meal Type: Appetizers and Snacks, Breakfast, Popular, Side Dish, Back to School, Fall, Spring, Summer, Super Bowl Party, Winter, Dairy Free, Egg Free, Gluten Free
Categories: Finger Food and Dips, Air Fryer

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