Air Fryer Hasselback Potatoes

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These Air Fryer Hasselback Potatoes are so easy to make in the air fryer and they make a perfect side dish for your meal.

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You can cook these hasselback potatoes in the air fryer in just 30 minutes and they turn out so tender in the center, with a super crunchy exterior.

If you’re a fan of potatoes and haven’t tried these yet, you’re definitely missing out. The best part about potatoes is that they have two distinct textures that go so well together. The hasselback potato is the perfect way to serve potatoes because of that. They get soft and squishy on the inside, but really crispy on the outside. Try these potato main dish recipes.

You don’t need any special tools to make these potatoes. All you really need is a sharp knife, so you can cut even slits in the potato, without cutting all the way through.

You can use any size potato you want for this, but I prefer a smaller sized potato. One that’s about 3 inches around is perfect. The thicker it is in the center, the longer it will need to cook.

I also find that a smaller potato is best for serving as a side dish.

Ingredients You’ll Need

Potatoes – Yukon Gold or medium sized russet potatoes work well. Don’t forget sweet potatoes or even small red potatoes. If all your potatoes are roughly the same size they will cook uniformly.

Butter – salted butter,melted

Olive oil

Salt & pepper

Chives and sour cream – if desired

Air Fryer Hasselback Potatoes

Why Use an Air Fryer

An air fryer is an incredibly easy way to cook just about anything. You place the food in a fryer-style basket and hot air rapidly circulates all around the food, making the food crisp – much like deep-frying, but without the oil. You can cook anything you’d make in the oven.

Looking for a few other air fryer recipes to try? These jalapeno poppers are quick and easy and these pork belly bites are one of our favorite things!

How to Make Air Fryer Hasselback Potatoes 

Yukon Gold potatoes or medium sized russet potatoes work well for this recipe. They have enough starch in them to get crispy and yet remain fluffy on the inside.

A medium-sized potato that’s about 3-5 inches around the center is best because it cooks more uniformly. If you only have larger potatoes, you’ll need to adjust the cooking time to make sure they get cooked all the way through.

Start out by washing and scrubbing the potatoes and patting them dry. Then cut 1/4″ slices in the potato, making sure not to slice all the way through. Just go about 3/4th of the way through. Try to make the cuts as evenly spaced as possible.

cutting hasselback potatoes

Next, mix the butter, olive oil, salt and pepper in a bowl. Brush the mixture onto the potatoes and into the slits.

butter the potatoes

Preheat the air fryer for 3 minutes at 350 degrees C (175 degrees C). Place the potatoes into the air fryer basket and cook for 15 minutes. Brush the potatoes again with the mixture and continue cooking for another 15 minutes. It might take longer for larger potatoes. Poke it with a fork to test the center. It should be quite tender

potatoes in air fryer

Remove the potatoes from the air fryer. Brush with the remaining mixture. Garnish with chives and sour cream, if desired.

Tips For Making Potatoes in the Air Fryer

  • You don’t have to spray the basket before adding the potatoes. They won’t stick to the basket.
  • You can cut the potatoes into any thickness for this recipe but keep in mind that the slices won’t get as crispy when they’re cut wider.
  • If the tops of the potato aren’t getting as crispy as you like, turn up the heat to 380 degrees for the last 5 minutes.

Frequently Asked Questions

Why Are They Called Hasselback Potatoes?

Hasselbacking is a cooking method in which something is sliced not-quite-all-the-way through in thin layers. The Swedish name for it is hasselbackspotatis and they were first served in the Hasselbacken Restaurant in central Stockholm in the 1940s and 1950s.

How Will I Know When They Are Done?

They are done when a fork slides in to the center easily. You want them to be tender and browned with a slightly crisp exterior. It is doesn’t feel tender when you poke it with a fork then cook it for a few more minutes and check again. Cooking times may vary depending on potato size.

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Air Fryer Hasselback Potatoes

These Air Fryer Hasselback Potatoes are so easy to make in the air fryer and they make a perfect side dish for your meal.
4.23 from 35 votes
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Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Air Fryer, Potatoes
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 35 minutes
Servings: 2 Servings
Calories: 220kcal
Author: Laura

Ingredients

  • 2 medium Yukon Gold potatoes
  • 1/2 tablespoon melted butter
  • 1/2 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • Chopped chives and sour cream if desired

Instructions

  • Wash and pat dry the potatoes. With a sharp knife, slice ¼” slices down the potato, being sure not to cut all the way through.
  • Mix the butter, olive oil, salt and pepper in a bowl. Brush the mixture onto the potatoes and into the slits.
  • Preheat the air fryer for 3 minutes at 350 degrees C (175 degrees C). Place the potatoes into the air fryer basket and cook for 15 minutes. Brush the potatoes again with the mixture and continue cooking for another 15 minutes (longer for larger potatoes).
  • Remove the potatoes from the air fryer. Brush with the remaining mixture. Garnish with chives and sour cream, if desired.

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Nutrition

Calories: 220kcal | Carbohydrates: 37g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 7g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Cholesterol: 8mg | Sodium: 329mg | Potassium: 897mg | Fiber: 5g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 87IU | Vitamin C: 42mg | Calcium: 26mg | Iron: 2mg

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6 thoughts on “Air Fryer Hasselback Potatoes

  1. Beth Sachs says:

    5 stars
    My kids love hasselback potatoes. I hadn’t thought about making them in the air fryer so will give that a go next time I make them.

  2. Kalu Lor says:

    5 stars
    Yum! I love potatoes, so this is right up my alley. I have never tried cooking whole potatoes in an air fryer, so I will have to give it a try. Thanks for sharing this delicious recipe.

  3. Jennifer Allen says:

    5 stars
    I love using my air fryer but haven’t done potatoes in them before. I can’t wait to try this recipe – you make it look so easy!

  4. Malcolm says:

    The cooking time for Hasselbeck spuds is way more than 30 minutes.over an hour for medium size spuds

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