Air Fryer Potato Wedges are a tasty appetizer that doubles as a side dish you can pair with anything! They’re seasoned with a few pantry staple spices and come together quickly.
Why You’ll Love This Air Fryer Potato Wedges Recipe
With a crispy exterior and a fluffy, tender interior, these golden-brown wedges offer a delightful blend of flavors. Not only are these potato wedges incredibly delicious, but they are also a healthier alternative to french fries while still offering the same satisfaction.
Cooked to perfection in an air fryer, they require less oil, making them a nutritious choice for any occasion. This recipe is perfect for those who are seeking a healthier alternative to deep-fried dishes without sacrificing crispiness or flavor.
The best part about this recipe lies in its simplicity; with just potatoes, a sprinkle of your favorite seasoning, a dash of salt, and a little bit of oil, you can recreate everything you love about traditional deep-fried potatoes in a much healthier way.
- Large potatoes: I used russet potatoes, but you can also use Yukon gold potatoes. Avoid waxy potatoes, red potatoes, and new potatoes because they won’t get as crispy and we only want crispy potato wedges here!
- Seasoning: I love seasoning my potatoes with garlic powder, Italian seasoning, smoked paprika, black pepper, and salt. You can add different seasonings as well like seasoning salt, onion powder, or even chili powder.
- For serving: I like to serve my homemade potato wedges with parmesan cheese, fresh parsley, and ranch dressing for dipping. A homemade dipping sauce like Bang Bang Sauce, Homemade Herb Ranch Dressing, or Avocado Crema would also be nice!
How to Cook Potato Wedges in the Air Fryer
1. Prepare the potatoes: Preheat the air fryer and cut the potatoes into thick wedges. You don’t need to peel them unless you want to. In a large mixing bowl, add the olive oil and cut potatoes. Coat the potatoes with the olive oil, then add the seasoning and mix to combine.
2. Air fry the potatoes: arrange the seasoned potato wedges in the air fryer basket with the skin down in a single layer. Be sure to leave room around each potato wedge. Air fry for 10 minutes, flipping halfway through. Work in batches until they are all cooked through.
3. Serve: remove the crispy potatoes, placing them on a cooling rack, and let them sit for 5 minutes. Top your potatoes with Parmesan cheese and fresh chopped parsley. Serve with a side of ranch or your favorite dipping sauce, like sour cream or Homemade Chick-Fil-A Sauce.
Want to make this recipe with a twist? Make easy sweet potato wedges using the same recipe. Depending on the size of your sweet potatoes, you might need a longer cook time to get that crispy outside.
Why Soak Potatoes Before Air Frying?
Soaking potatoes before air frying is actually an optional extra step, but it can make a difference in the texture of your final dish.
Soaking the potatoes in cool water helps remove excess starch from the potatoes, which can make them stick together while cooking. Plus, it gives you that even and crispy texture we all desire when air frying!
If you’re in a hurry or prefer a more traditional texture, you can skip this step and go straight to seasoning and air-frying your potato wedges. Just remember to pat them dry with paper towels before cooking to avoid any excess moisture in the air fryer.
What Happens If You Don’t Soak Potatoes Before Frying?
If you choose to skip the step of soaking potatoes before air frying, there are a few things that may happen.
First, without removing excess starch from the potatoes, they may stick together while cooking and not have as crispy of a texture. Additionally, without soaking, the potato wedges may cook unevenly and not be as evenly seasoned. It doesn’t mean they will, just that it can happen.
Can Raw Potatoes Be Cooked in an Air Fryer?
Yep, you can cook raw potatoes in an air fryer. But, depending on the recipe, it might be a good idea to soak or parboil them first for better texture and flavor.
For instance, if you’re making french fries or potato wedges, soaking or parboiling the potatoes beforehand can remove excess starch and give them that perfect crispy and evenly cooked texture. But if you’re making mashed potatoes or roasted potatoes, you can skip the soaking or parboiling step. No need to bother.
Why Are My Air Fried Potatoes Dry?
Air frying is a much healthier way to cook compared to deep frying. Deep frying uses a ton of oil! That’s why air-fried potatoes might seem a bit dry in comparison. There are a few things you can do to prevent that from happening.
First off, make sure you coat your potatoes evenly with oil before air frying. This will help them stay nice and moist, and avoid drying out. Also, remember not to overcrowd the air fryer basket. Give those potatoes some room to breathe and space to cook evenly, okay?
Now, here’s a little trick you can try. Add a tiny bit of liquid, like broth or water, to the air fryer basket while cooking. It creates steam and keeps those potatoes nice and moist. If you have the extra time, you can soak or parboil the potatoes beforehand. That’ll help prevent any dryness!
Can You Put Aluminum Foil in an Air Fryer?
You can line the bottom air fryer basket with aluminum foil but don’t cover the air fryer basket (the part with holes for the air to circulate).
The best way to line the air fryer basket is with air fryer parchment paper. It has holes already cut out to let the air flow freely all around your food.
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Air Fryer Potato Wedges
- Parmesan cheese, grated
- fresh parsley, chopped
- ranch dressing
- Preheat the air fryer to 400°F.
- Cut the potatoes into wedges, there is no need to peel them unless you want to. In a medium bowl, add the potato wedges and olive oil.
- Toss to coat all the potato wedges. Then sprinkle in garlic powder, onion powder, Italian seasoning, smoked paprika, black pepper, and salt onto the oily potato wedges and mix to combine.
- Arrange the potato wedges evenly in the air fryer basket with the potato skin facing down, leaving sufficient space between each wedge. Air fry for 10 minutes, flipping halfway through, until they’re crispy, and cooked through. You may need to work in batches.
- Remove your potato wedges from the air fryer, place them on a cooling rack, and let them cool for at least 5 minutes. Top them with Parmesan cheese and parsley, and serve with ranch dressing.