Lazy Air Fryer Red Skin Potatoes

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by Eating Works @eatingworks
16 Potatoes
27 min

Lazy Air Fryer Red Skin Potatoes.” This recipe is a game-changer for anyone seeking a quick and effortless way to enjoy crispy, gluten-free, and healthy potatoes.

Air fryer red skinned potatoes in a dish with rice garlic butter and a spoon

With less than five ingredients, and just a few minutes of preparation time (no chopping), you can have a plateful of perfectly cooked red skin potatoes that are bound to satisfy your taste buds.

We all love the satisfying crunch of fried potatoes, but traditional deep-frying can be time-consuming and not the healthiest option.

That’s where the air fryer comes in. By using hot air circulation, it mimics the effects of deep-frying, allowing you to achieve that delightful crispiness without the excessive oil and calories. It’s a win-win situation for both your taste buds and your well-being.

Not only are these potatoes irresistibly crispy, but they also boast a wonderful gluten-free profile. This makes them an excellent choice for individuals with dietary restrictions or those looking to reduce gluten intake.

Red skin air fryer potatoes in a blue dish with white rice

You can indulge in the incredible flavors without worrying about compromising your health or causing any discomfort.

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Why You’ll These Love Lazy Air Fryer Red Skin Potatoes

You’ll love these lazy air fryer red skin potatoes because they use only 4 ingredients and zero prep. You don’t even have to slice them. They’ll still come out perfectly roasted and delicious! On top of that this recipe is:

  • Gluten Free
  • Vegan
  • Paleo Friendly
  • Soy Free
  • Dairy Free
  • Nut Free

Ingredients for Air Fryer Red Skin Potatoes

  • Baby Red Skin Potatoes
  • Chives
  • Fresh Rosemary
  • Olive Oil
ingredients for air fryer red skin potatoes, olive oil red potatoes chives and rosemary
Why Use Baby Red Skin Potatoes?

Red skinned potatoes are perfect for air frying. Their skin is thin and crisps up nicely in the air fryer. I like the baby ones because they’re more tender and easier to cook. Since they’re small you don’t have to cut them! If you want to cut them you can.

I also like using red skin potatoes because they are one of the only types of potato with edible skin. So you don’t have to peel them. That’s why I call these “lazy” air fryer red skinned potatoes!

Ingredient Substitutions For Air Fryer Red Skin Potatoes

  • Baby Red Skin Potatoes: If you don’t have baby red potatoes you can use full sized red potatoes instead. You’ll just need to cut them into 1 inch chunks before you air fry them. If you don’t have red potatoes you can use regular potatoes just make sure you peel them. Some other types of potatoes you don’t have to peel include Yukon Gold, French Fingerling, Creamers, Red Bliss, Red Adirondack and Russian Potatoes.
  • Rosemary: If you don’t have fresh rosemary on hand you can use 1 tbsp of dried rosemary instead.
  • Chives: Chives add a delicate onion flavor to the potatoes. If you don’t have chives you can use thinly sliced shallots or caramelized onions.

I made this recipe so simple because I wanted it to be a base for you to use when air frying red potatoes. You can always add more ingredients and make this basic recipe more elaborate to suit your tastebuds!

No Peel Potatoes

Types of Potatoes You Don’t Have To Peel

I chose red potatoes for this recipe because you don’t have to peel them. Here are some other types of potatoes you can use instead that also don’t require peeling. I did type this out in the recipe substitution section above but I think it’s important and so it deserves a section of it’s own.

  • Red Bliss
  • Russian Potatoes
  • Fingerling Potatoes
  • Creamers Potatoes
  • Yukon Gold Potatoes
  • Red Adirondack Potatoes

How to Make Air Fryer Red Potatoes at Home

  1. Soak the potatoes in a bowl of water for 20 minutes.
  2. Massage the red potatoes with olive oil. Combine with chopped chives, salt, pepper and rosemary.
  3. Place the potatoes in an air fryer basket at 425 degrees for 25 minutes.
  4. Remove from the air fryer and enjoy.
process photos showing how to make air fryer red skin potatoes
Tips to Make Great Red Skin Potatoes in the Air Fryer

  • Use tinfoil on the bottom of your air fryer to avoid a greasy mess.
  • Make sure to coat all of the potatoes in oil by massaging them.
  • Also rub all of the fresh herbs with oil so that they don’t burn.
  • For crispier potatoes soak them in water before cooking them. Then make sure they are fully dry before seasoning them with oil. If the potatoes are still wet the oil won’t stick and they’ll burn.

How Long Should I Cook Red Potatoes in the Air Fryer?

At 400 degrees you should cook red potatoes for 20-25 minutes until you reach your desired crispiness. After 20 minutes has passed make sure to check the potatoes every few minutes to make sure that you don’t over cook them.

Keep in mind that if you have enough oil on the potatoes chances are they won’t burn fast. They’ll just get more and more dehydrated and crispy. If you use a reasonable amount of time which is less than 27 minutes.

What Are Red Potatoes?

Red potatoes are a variety of potatoes known as Red Bless or Red Skinned Potatoes. These potatoes are one of the waxiest varieties out there.

This means that you don’t have to peel them before you cook them. They retain their shape even after you cook them. And the skin crisps up nicely.

Are red potatoes better for frying?

Yes red potatoes are better for frying because they’re one of the waxiest varieties. So they maintain their shape after you cook them.

Also the skin is edible so you can leave it on when you fry them. The skin fries up nicely and ads a bit of extra crispiness to the finished product.

You can fry sweet potatoes, or regular potatoes but you would need to peel the skin first since it isn’t edible. I would say that red potatoes are the easiest kind of potato to fry.

Red skin potatoes in a blue dish
Are Air Fryer Red Potatoes Healthy?

Yes air fryer red potatoes are healthy! Not only are potatoes a whole food with no processed ingredients but they aren’t even really fried!

Air fryer potatoes are a great alternative to traditionally fried potatoes because they use much less oil and have zero trans fat. Compared to traditionally fried potatoes that have tons of trans fats and are made with highly processed vegetable oil.

Some people confuse potatoes and assume they’re unhealthy. They are not unhealthy at all. They’re just high in natural carbohydrates and sugars. People who are trying to loose weight, eat low carb or keto avoid potatoes due to their high carb count.

Red potatoes are also high in potassium and are known to help regulate blood pressure.

Are Air Fryer Red Skinned Potatoes Keto Friendly?

No, unfortunately these air fryer red potatoes aren’t keto friendly because they aren’t low carb. Red potatoes have 16 grams of carbohydrates in just 100 grams! They’re pure carbs!

How to Store Air Fryer Red Skin Potatoes

I never have any leftovers of these potatoes but if you do here’s how to store them:

  1. Allow the potatoes to cool: After cooking the air fryer red potatoes, allow them to cool down to room temperature before storing them. This will help prevent condensation and moisture buildup, which can lead to sogginess.
  2. Store in an airtight container: Transfer the cooked potatoes to an airtight container with a lid. Ensure the container is clean and dry before placing the potatoes inside. A plastic or glass container with a tight seal works well for this purpose.
  3. Refrigerate promptly: Place the airtight container with the potatoes in the refrigerator as soon as possible. Refrigeration helps inhibit bacterial growth and maintains the potatoes’ freshness. Make sure your refrigerator is set to a temperature below 40°F (4°C) to prevent spoilage.
  4. Separate from other foods: If storing other food items in the same refrigerator compartment, try to keep the air fryer red potatoes separate to prevent the transfer of flavors or odors.
air fryer red potatoes
How Long Do Air Fryer Red Skin Potatoes Last?

These red potatoes will last for up to 5 days in the fridge in an air tight container.

Can You Freeze Cooked Red Potatoes?

Yes, you can freeze air fryer red potatoes for up to 4 months. Potatoes don’t have a high concentration of water content so they freeze quite well.

That’s why you see so many frozen potato products on the market! You can reheat the frozen air fryer red potatoes and still get a crispy final product.

How to Reheat Air Fryer Red Skinned Potatoes

There are a few ways that you can successfully reheat these air fryer red skin potatoes. Here are instructions on how to reheat them in the microwave, stovetop, air fryer and regular oven.

How to Reheat Air Fryer Red Skinned Potatoes in the Microwave:

While you can reheat air fryer potatoes in the microwave, I don’t recommend it. Because the microwave will warm them up but they’ll get soggy.

The best type of reheating method uses dry heat to help dry out the potatoes and make them crispy again. That way they’ll taste like they’re freshly cooked instead of frozen.

But sometimes the microwave is all you have so here’s how to do it…

  1. Place the potatoes in a microwave safe dish. If they look dry coat them with a teaspoon of oil and pinch of salt.
  2. Put the dish in the microwave and turn it on for 1 minute. After a minute is up stir the potatoes and continue to heat them up at 30 second intervals until you’ve reached the desired level of warmth.

How to Reheat Red Skinned Potatoes in the Air Fryer

  1. Turn the air fryer on to 400 degrees. Add a teaspoon of oil to the potatoes and place them in the air fryer basket for 3-4 minutes.

Instructions to Reheat Potatoes on the Stove:

  1. Heat up olive oil in a medium sized skillet over medium low heat. Once oil is warm add the potatoes and cover with a lid. Cook the potatoes stirring every few minutes for 5 minutes.

How to Reheat Air Fryer Red Potatoes in the Oven

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Place the potatoes on a foil lined baking sheet and put them on the middle rack. Roast the potatoes for 15 minutes.

Recipe Variations for Air Fryer Red Skin Potatoes

  1. Spicy Cajun Potatoes: If you prefer a bit of heat, sprinkle your potatoes with Cajun seasoning before air frying them. The combination of paprika, cayenne pepper, garlic powder, and other spices will give your potatoes a spicy kick and a tantalizing flavor.
  2. Parmesan Roasted Potatoes: After air frying your potatoes, sprinkle them with grated Parmesan cheese while they’re still hot. The cheese will melt and create a deliciously crispy and cheesy crust on the potatoes. You can also add a sprinkle of dried parsley or Italian seasoning for added depth.
  3. Smoky Barbecue Potatoes: Toss your potatoes in a smoky barbecue seasoning mix before air frying them. The blend of smoky paprika, brown sugar, garlic powder, and other spices will infuse your potatoes with a mouthwatering barbecue flavor.
  4. Lemon and Herb Potatoes: Squeeze fresh lemon juice over your air-fried potatoes and sprinkle them with fresh herbs like parsley, dill, or chives. The citrusy tang combined with the aromatic herbs will give your potatoes a refreshing and zesty twist.
  5. Truffle Oil Potatoes: Drizzle your air-fried potatoes with a touch of truffle oil for a gourmet touch. The earthy and luxurious flavor of truffle oil pairs beautifully with crispy potatoes, creating a truly indulgent variation.

What to Serve with Air Fryer Red Skin Potatoes

Potatoes are one of the most common side dishes in the United States. They go well with everything! If you’re looking for some ideas you can serve them along side:

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Should you soak red potatoes before air frying?

You don’t have to soak red skin potatoes before putting them in the air fryer. But if you want extra crispy potatoes its a good idea. Soaking the potatoes helps remove some of the starch from the potato. Removing starch leads to crispier air fryer red potatoes.

Why soak potatoes in water before air frying?

Soaking potatoes in water before air frying potatoes helps to reduce the amount of starch in the potato. The reason removing starch will make the potatoes more crispy is..

Starch prevents water from evaporating off of the surface of the potato. So the result is a crumbly moist potato. This works well for mashed potatoes and baked potatoes.

However for a crispy French fry or roasted red potatoes removing the starch will allow more water to cook off of the potatoes and lead to crispiness.

Is it better to boil potatoes before roasting?

Yes it is better to boil potatoes before you roast them to remove the starch. Keep in mind that boiling the potatoes first will alter the cooking time. Because the wet potatoes will have to dry out in the oven. Even though the potatoes will be more cooked.

If you do decide to boil potatoes before you cook them make sure not to boil them for more than five minutes. Or else they will get mushy before you cook them.

Can you parboil potatoes and leave them before roasting?

Yes you can parboil potatoes and leave them before roasting. This will help cook them faster and create a crispier potato.

How do you parboil potatoes quickly?

The best way to parboil potatoes quickly is to add salt to the water and hike up the heat to high. Place a lid on the pot to trap the heat.

Keep an eye on the pot to make sure that the water doesn’t bubble over.

Once the salted water has come to a nice rolling boil (big bubbles). Toss the potatoes inside in groups of 5.

Boil them for 2 minutes and remove them with a spider (slotted spoon). Repeat this process until you’ve boiled all of the potatoes.

Why not parboil all of the potatoes at once?

If you try to boil all of the potatoes at once the water will not boil. The potatoes are much cooler in temperature than the boiling water.

So the potatoes won’t actually boil they will simmer in cool water until the temperature heats up enough to boil both the water itself and the potatoes.

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Lazy Air Fryer Red Skin Potatoes
Recipe details
  • 16  Potatoes
  • Prep time: 2 minutes Minutes Cook time: 25 minutes Minutes Total time: 27 min
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  • 1 lb Baby Red Skin Potatoes
  • 3 Tsp Olive Oil
  • 2 tbsp Rosemary chopped
  • 2 tbsp Chives thinly chopped
  • Salt to taste
  • Pepper to taste

Soak the potatoes in a bowl of water for 20 minutes.
Massage the red potatoes with olive oil. Combine with chopped chives, salt, pepper and rosemary.
Place the potatoes in an air fryer basket at 425 degrees for 25 minutes.
Remove from the air fryer and enjoy.
  • These red potatoes will last for up to 5 days in the fridge in an air tight container.
  • Turn the air fryer on to 400 degrees. Add a teaspoon of oil to the potatoes and place them in the air fryer basket for 3-4 minutes.
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