Air Fryer Roast Potatoes

If you’re after perfect roast potatoes to accompany your Sunday lunch, then look no further. Air fryer roast potatoes are super tasty, ready quickly and incredibly moreish!

Perfectly cooked air fryer roast potatoes, with rosemary and thyme

Roast Potatoes in the Air Fryer

Roast potatoes go hand in hand with a roast dinner. Not only do they bring a subtle, salty flavour, but they add an element of crunchy texture to the meal. It’s important to get them right – great roast potatoes should be light and fluffy on the inside with a satisfying and well-seasoned crunch on the outside.

Usually you need a hot oven, lots of oil and a good amount of salt to achieve this result. But when you have an air fryer, you can make roast potatoes with the same amazing results, but with half the amount of oil, and in half the amount of time.

The real icing on the cake? There is no oil ridden oven tray to wash up after!

What You’ll Need

A full list of ingredients and quantities can be found in the recipe card at the bottom of the post

  • Potatoes. Maris Piper potatoes are a floury potato which produce a beautifully crisp outside and light fluffy inside when cooked. Other floury varieties such as King Edward, Desiree or Russett will also work well too.
  • Thyme. Adds a beautiful earthy, floral aroma to the potatoes. Any other robust green herb will also work, such as sage or rosemary.
  • Salt and pepper. Don’t skip the seasoning. Salt also helps to dry out the potatoes making them crunchier.
  • Oil. Coat the potatoes in vegetable or a light olive oil to help them crisp up.

How To Air Fry Roast Potatoes

Air frying roast potatoes is very similar to making roast potatoes in the oven, except much quicker.

Step by step pictures of how to air fry roast potatoes
  1. Start by parboiling the potatoes. This ensures that once they’re in the air fryer, they are cooked through before the outside of the potato burns.
  2. Drain the water, then allow the potatoes to steam dry. You can use kitchen roll if it helps soak up excess moisture. Remove the kitchen roll and rough up the edges – it’ll add lots of texture and more crunch. Follow up by seasoning well, and coat with olive oil. This ensures they taste great, and the oil further promotes a lovely crispy outside.
  3. Air fry at 190C. The heat of the air fryer cooks the potatoes much quicker than in a conventional fan oven!

Top Tips

Dry the potatoes after parboiling. Ensuring the potatoes have steam dried and aren’t sat in excess water will guarantee super-crispy roasties.

Use plenty of oil. Don’t be tempted to scrimp on oil – you need them to have an even covering to ensure they crisp up nicely. Don’t worry – any excess will run off during air frying.

Turn them. Half way through the cooking time, pop open the air fryer and turn all the potatoes. If they’re piled into the air fryer, make sure the ones on the top end up on the bottom, and vice versa. This will help them to cook evenly and become super-crunchy!

Season well. Season with plenty of salt and pepper before cooking to ensure a great flavour!

Recipe Variations

Add garlic to the parboil water. Add some unpeeled garlic cloves to the parboil water for an extra dimension of flavour. You can also add these same garlic cloves to the air fryer for super-garlicky roast potatoes!

Add rosemary to the parboil water. Add a spring of rosemary to the water whilst the potatoes are parboiling. Any robust green herb will work well, but rosemary roast potatoes are a classic.

Overhead shot of roast potatoes on a wooden board, with sprigs of thyme and rosemary


Do I need to parboil roast potatoes?

Yes, don’t be tempted to skip it. Parboiling ensures that the potatoes are cooked through before the outside burns whilst roasting.

What potatoes are best for roast potatoes?

Maris Piper or King Edward potatoes are best for roasting. The perfect potato for roasting is a potato that’s flavoursome and floury (for that fluffy centre).

What’s the difference between waxy and floury potatoes?

Air Fryer Roast Potatoes
Yield: 6 servings

Air Fryer Roast Potatoes

Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 25 minutes
Total Time: 45 minutes

If you're after perfect roast potatoes to accompany your Sunday lunch,
then look no further. Air fryer roast potatoes are super tasty, ready
quickly and incredibly moreish!


  • 1.5kg Maris Piper potatoes
  • 2 tbsp vegetable oil
  • 2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp pepper
  • Sprig of fresh thyme


  1. Peel and chop the potatoes into golf ball sized chunks, and parboil the potatoes (see recipe note 1) in a saucepan for 15 minutes. Once parboiled you should be able to pierce the outside of the potato with a fork, but not push the fork all the way through.
  2. Empty the saucepan through a colander, discarding the water. Alternatively, use tongs to transfer the potatoes from the saucepan to a casserole dish. Allow the potatoes to steam dry for a minute or two.
  3. Rough the edges and sides of the potatoes up with a fork. This creates lots of lovely crunchy bits, so don't be tempted skip it!
  4. Toss the potatoes in oil, salt and pepper. Ensure that every potato has an even coating of oil.
  5. Transfer to the air fryer, and cook at 190C for 25 minutes, turning half way through.
  6. Serve with fresh thyme (see recipe note 2)


  1. Parboiling is used to partially cook and soften the potatoes before roasting them in the air fryer. Simply boil the potatoes in a saucepan until they are soft, but not cooked through.
  2. Herbs. Other robust green herbs also work well with roast potatoes, such as rosemary or sage.

Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:


Amount Per Serving: Calories: 273Total Fat: 5gSaturated Fat: 0gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 4gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 800mgCarbohydrates: 53gFiber: 6gSugar: 3gProtein: 6g

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