These Air Fryer Potato Wedges are so easy to make in the air fryer and the result is a potato with a satisfying crispy exterior and fluffy interior.
The air fryer is my new favorite thing. You can cook just about anything in under fifteen minutes. And potato wedges are one of those things.
I have always loved the crispy outside and soft insides of potato wedges. Served with this honey sriracha sauce or a side of honey mustard dressing, these have always been in my top 10 comfort foods. They are just as good as these crispy oven roasted potatoes that I always thought were the holy grail of potatoes.
But until we got an air fryer, it wasn’t easy to make crispy potato wedges at home without deep frying them. Now I use the air fryer to make them, and it’s so easy.
I’m obsessed and I think other people will be too after trying this recipe. Trust me, they turn out perfect.
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.
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Ingredients You Need
- Potatoes – Russet potatoes work really well. They have enough starch in them to get crispy and yet remain fluffy on the inside. You can experiment with other types, but these turn out the best.
- Salt and pepper – Season with just salt & pepper, or use a seasoning salt. To really kick it up a notch, we like to use our homemade dry rub or homemade Cajun seasoning.
- Cooking oil – For spraying the basket and potato wedges. It’s best to use pure oil such as avocado, canola, or vegetable oil. Don’t use a non-stick cooking oil spray, as it has other additives that can disrupt the air fryer.
Which Potato Is Best For Wedges?
Russet potatoes are best for making wedges as they have a high starch content, which gives them a fluffy texture when cooked. They also have a lower moisture content compared to some other varieties, which helps them achieve a crispy exterior when baked or fried.
Other varieties that work well include Yukon Gold and Kennebec potatoes. It’s important to note that the key to making great potato wedges is to cut them into uniform pieces so that they cook evenly.
How To Cut Potato Wedges
Place the potato on the cutting board and use a chef’s knife to cut it in half lengthwise. This will create two long halves.
Take one half of the potato and place it cut-side down on the cutting board. Hold it firmly with one hand to keep it steady. Use the chef’s knife to cut the potato at an angle to create wedge shapes. Start cutting from the thicker end of the potato towards the tip. Repeat this process with the other half of the potato.
However, for this recipe, I cut the potato into thrids because I wanted them thin and extra crispy.
Seasonings to Use For Air Fryer Potato Wedges
I like to season my air fryer potato wedges with just salt & pepper or use a seasoning salt. I find that a seasoning salt works work well for foods such as potato wedges as you don’t have to worry about finding the perfect balance of spices.
How to Make Air Fryer Potato Wedges
We use russet potatoes. They have enough starch in them to get crispy and yet remain fluffy on the inside. You can experiment with other types, but these turn out the best.
Start out by washing the potatoes and patting them dry. Cut them into wedges. I cut each potato into sixths so they were thin and crunchy.
You can leave the peel on your potato. It adds texture and there’s no reasy to remove it. However, if you don’t like the peel, it’s perfectly fine to peel them too.
Spray the potatoes with oil, and also spray the bottom of the air fryer basket to help prevent sticking. (Remember, don’t use a non-stick cooking spray! A reusable oil sprayer is the way to go!)
Place the potatoes in the basket, making sure not to crowd them so that they crisp on all sides. Air fry at 400° F for 7 minutes, flip them and then another 7 minutes at the same temperature.
Voila, beautifully crispy potato wedges waiting to be dipped in your favorite sauce. You might also like these Air Fryer Sweet Potato Fries or Air Fryer Hasselback Potatoes and for more great potato recipes check out Easy Air Fryer Potato Recipes.
How Long To Cook Potato Wedges In Air Fryer?
Cook the potato wedges at 400°F (200°C) for about 7-15 minutes, flipping them halfway through the cooking time to ensure they cook evenly. The exact time may vary based on your air fryer model and the thickness of your potato wedges, so keep an eye on them to prevent overcooking.
Tips For Making Crispy Potato Wedges in the Air Fryer
Many potato recipes, like french fries and hashbrowns, suggest soaking or rinsing the potatoes in water before baking to reduce the amount of starch. We tried it both ways and found the potatoes were just as crispy either way. Save yourself the extra step and skip right to air frying.
You can cut the potatoes into any thickness of wedge for this recipe but keep in mind that the times will change. If you cut the potato into quarters instead of 6th, the cook time will increase to 18 minutes total.
Likewise, if you cut the potatoes into cubes, which make a perfect popper size, they’ll cook in 10-12 minutes.
When spraying the potatoes and basket, use pure oil such as avocado, canola, or vegetable oil. Don’t use a non-stick cooking oil spray.
What To Serve with Potato Wedges?
How Store Potato Wedges?
To store potato wedges, use an airtight container with a tight-fitting lid to prevent air and moisture from getting in, which helps maintain the texture of the potato wedges. Place the airtight container with the potato wedges in the refrigerator within two hours of cooking.
Can You Freeze Potato Wedges?
You can freeze potato wedges to extend their shelf life and enjoy them later. However, keep in mind that freezing may slightly affect the texture of the potato wedges.
Frequently Asked Questions
Do I have to soak the potatoes first?
Many potato recipes suggest soaking or rinsing the potatoes in water before baking, to reduce the amount of starch. We tried it both ways and found that the potatoes were just as crispy either way. Save yourself the extra step and skip right to air frying.
Why do my potato wedges seem soggy?
The main reason for soggy fries is moisture. It’s best to pat them dry with a towel or paper towel to remove excess moisture before cooking. If you don’t, the oil traps the moisture in making them soggy.
Why don’t my potato wedges get crispy?
The best way to get a crispy fry is to spread them out in the basket so that there is room for the air to circulate around them. If there isn’t room for the air to circulate you end up steaming them rather than air frying. Spray the fries with a fine mist of oil to help them not stick to the basket but also get a crispy exterior. Flip them halfway through cooking and apply another fine mist of oil. If they aren’t crispy enough add another minute or two to the cooking time.
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Air Fryer Potato Wedges
- 1 pound russet potatoes
- salt and pepper to taste
- cooking oil
- Wash 1 pound of russet potatoes and cut into wedges.
- Season with salt and pepper.
- Spray basket lightly with cooking oil.
- Place wedges in air fryer basket making sure not to crowd them so air can circulate. Spray tops of potato wedges lightly with cooking spray.
- Cook at 400 degrees F for 7 minutes and then flip over and cook for 7 minutes more.
- Every air fryer is a bit different so make sure to check your manual for cooking times.
- You may need to adjust cooking times depending on the size of our potato wedges.
- You can peel or leave the peel on to the potato. It won’t affect it either way.
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Jillian Morris is the resident baker for A Food Lover’s Kitchen. She started baking when she was very little and found she had a great passion for it. She is a high-schooler in a small town in Oregon, where she enjoys music, writing, and baking in her spare time.