Easy Air Fried Baby Potatoes

Baby golden or red potatoes are lightly seasoned and baked in the air fryer for a simple side dish. Easy Air Fried Baby Potatoes have crispy skins, soft centers and are super delish!

Baked baby potato halves on a white tray

How to Cook Baby Potatoes in the Air Fryer

My kiddos love the light seasoning and fork tender centers on baby potatoes that are so much smaller and more fun to eat than a typical baked potato. I love potatoes because they are a great way to help fill up growing teenager.

Baby potatoes are also called fingerlings or new potatoes because they are harvested early while the skin is still thin and tender making them quick to cook and easy to chew.

Baked potatoes are a classic side dish that we enjoy regularly, but these baby potatoes are so much faster to make in the air fryer! There is no need to wrap in foil or fuss. Since they are pre-washed and so easy to season these potatoes only take 20 minutes to make!

We also love this spin on spuds by drizzling maple syrup on our Sweet Potato Air Fryer Cubes.

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Whole baby golden potatoes baked in the air fryer on a serving plate

Just like our Air Fryer Broccoli and Air Fryer Cauliflower these air fried potatoes go with so many meals and are regularly served at our family meals. We like to serve baby gold potatoes with Kielbasa & Sauerkraut, Stuffed Bell Peppers and other simple meals that feature meat.

Baby Gold Potatoes

Baby gold potatoes are velvety with a delicate golden skin and buttery sweet taste. Our family like baby gold potatoes the best because the soft skin and buttery flavor make them so versatile.

Halved baby potatoes and air fried on air fryer tray

While the classic olive oil, kosher salt and freshly ground pepper is the most common way to season baby potatoes we have tested several other options. Our favorite seasoning for petite gold potatoes is olive oil and seasoned salt. They also pair well with garlic accents.

Ingredients needed to make baby gold potato recipe

How Long to Air Fry Baby Gold Potatoes

Whole baby golden potatoes are air fried at 400°F for about 20 minutes and the tray is lightly shaken half way through frying.

When baby gold potatoes are cut in half and seasoned they will cook in about 15 minutes at 400°F.

Air fryer tray with roasted baby potatoes

Baby Red Potatoes

Baby red potatoes are very small potatoes with a light, fresh flavor with a creamy flesh and tender skin in baby red potatoes.

These potatoes are a bit more firm, neutral in flavor and pair well with dried green herbs like parsley, rosemary, or a mixture like Italian seasoning.

Ingredients to make baby red potato recipe

The best seasoning for baby red potatoes is olive oil, salt, pepper and parsley or Italian seasoning. The herbs add a nice accent to the other base seasonings.

Air fryer tray with small bag of baby potatoes

How Long to Air Fry Baby Red Potatoes

Baby red potatoes roast for 15 to 18 minutes at 400°F. The tray should be shaken lightly mid way through air frying.

To air fry at 350°F increase cooking time to 25 minutes. Once potatoes are fork tender they are done.

Using a Cuisinart Air Fryer Toaster Oven combo makes it very easy to check on the food’s doneness during the cooking process.

Whole baby potatoes generously seasoned with salt and pepper

Do Baby Potatoes Need Cut in Half?

Baby potatoes may be air fried whole or cut in half or quartered before air fryer. Halving potatoes decreases total air frying time by about 5 minutes.

Smaller pieces cook more quickly and save time cutting them up at the table. The cut surface also allows for an increase in surface areas to hold more seasoning.

Using whole baby potatoes saves time in the preparation process, but increases the need for a knife at that table. So deciding whether or not to cut the potatoes before cooking is a personal preference.

How to Air Fry Baby Potatoes

As long as the package says pre-washed and the potatoes look clean I do not wash the potatoes. If dirt is visible or the pre-washing status is unknown I always wash and dry the potatoes.

Pour potatoes into a mixing bowl and pour olive oil over the top. Use a wooden spoon to stir potatoes until they are coated with oil.

Add seasoning and stir again to evenly coat potatoes. The steps are the same regardless of type of baby potato used or whether they are cut in half before baking or not.

Petite gold potatoes being seasoned in a mixing bowl

Arrange in an even layer in the air fryer tray. Air fry for 20 – 25 minutes at 400°F until the potatoes are fork tender. Serve with your favorite meal and enjoy!

More Easy & Delicious Potato Recipes:

Whether our Twice Baked Potato Casserole is made in the oven or Crock Pot it’s loaded with bacon and cheese and always tastes amazing!

Baby Potatoes would also work well in this Sheet Pan Smoked Sausage, Peppers, Onions and Potatoes meal.

Creamy Potato Bake starts with a box of instant potato mix that is enhanced to make a simple, creamy side dish that goes great with several meals.

Printable Air Fryer Baby Potato Recipe

Close up air fried baby potatoes

Air Fried Baby Potatoes

Servings 5 servings
Jennifer @ Plowing Through Life
Baby golden or red potatoes are lightly seasoned and baked in the air fryer for a simple side dish. Easy Air Fried Baby Potatoes have crispy skins, soft centers and are super delish!
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes


  • 1 1/2 pounds Baby potatoes
  • 2 teaspoons olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon Koshor salt may be substituted for seasoned salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 teaspoon parsley optional, best on baby red potatoes


  • Coat potatoes in olive oil by tossing in a bowl.
  • Sprinkle seasonings on top and toss until all potatoes are coated in seasoning.
  • Arrange potatoes in a single layer on the air fryer tray and set to air fry. Fry for 20 to 25 minutes at 400°F until fork tender and shake tray about 10 minutes into frying. Serve warm and enjoy!


Calories: 119kcalCarbohydrates: 24gProtein: 3gFat: 2gSaturated Fat: 1gPolyunsaturated Fat: 1gMonounsaturated Fat: 1gSodium: 473mgPotassium: 576mgFiber: 3gSugar: 1gVitamin A: 6IUVitamin C: 27mgCalcium: 18mgIron: 1mg

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