Air Fryer Tater Tots Recipe

This super simple air fryer tater tots is one of my favorite finger food I like to cook on weekends. I cooked these over the weekend to serve while watching football and my buddies loved it.

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How to air fry tater tots

Air frying tater tots is quick and simple. Place one layer of tater tots in an air fryer. Do not overcrowd. Set temperature to 400F and cook for 10 minutes.

Scroll down below to see detailed recipe instructions on how to make super crispy tater tots.

How many tater tots can I cook in an air fryer?

This will depend on the size of the air fryer you are using. For most air fryers, half a bag or 10-15 pieces of tater tots is enough without overcrowding the basket.

how to air fry tater tots

Can I air fry frozen tater tots?

Yes, you can. My recipe calls for frozen tater tots. If you are cooking non frozen tater tots, I recommend lowering the time to 8 minutes.

Do I need to use oil to air fry tater tots?

I always use nonstick cooking spray on any food I cook in an air fryer. This will result in super crispy tater tots.

How to make homemade tater tots?

If you prefer to make your own tater tots, it can be done in just a few simple steps. Boil potatoes for about 7 minutes. Shred potatoes using a box grater. In a bowl, add salt, pepper, garlic powder, onion powder, and flour and mix with the shredded potatoes. Form into tots.

2 lbs Potatoes (peeled)
1 tsp Garlic Powder
ΒΌ tsp Onion Powder
1 tbsp Flour
Salt/Pepper (to taste)

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What to serve with tater tots?

Tater tots are perfect side dish for burgers and other sandwiches. You can also combine them into other recipes such as casseroles.

What kind of air fryer are you using?

I am using Power Air Fryer Oven. I love this air fryer because it is versatile. It comes with skewers, rotisserie spit, air flow racks, and mesh basket.

I used the rotating mesh basket to cook the tater tots.

Bonus Recipe: Tater tots with bacon

10-12 pieces Tater Tots (frozen)
6 pieces of Bacon

Slice bacon in half. Wrap each tater tots with bacon. Secure bacon using a toothpick. Place in the air fryer and cook for 10-12 minutes at 400F.

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air fryer tater tots

Air Fryer Tater Tots

Yield: 2
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 10 minutes

Crispy air fried tater tots cooked in just 10 minutes


  • 10-15 pieces Tater Tots, frozen
  • Nonstick Cooking Spray


  1. Spray tater tots with a little bit of nonstick cooking spray. This will help crisp the outer crust and avoid sticking to the basket.
  2. Place one layer of tater tots in the air fryer basket. This can range from 10-15 pieces of tater tots depending on the size of your air fryer. Do not overcrowd.
  3. Set air fryer temperature to 400F and cook for 10 minutes. Flip tater tots halfway cooking time for even cooking. No need to flip if using a rotating mesh basket (my Air Power Air Fryer Oven has this feature).

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