easy herbed baby potatoes in the air fryer
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Easy Herbed Baby Potatoes In The Ninja Foodi Airfryer.

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This easy air fryer recipe will make crispy, flavorful herbed baby potatoes in your Ninja Foodi or another air fryer. The skins on the small potatoes are a perfect crisp golden, with a fluffy soft white inside to sink your teeth into. Spiced with Italian herbs, the air-fried potatoes make a great side dish to any meal, whether it’s in the winter, spring, or summer. They take only a few minutes to prepare before adding to the air fryer basket, setting it, and forgetting it. So save this tasty side idea for your next busy weeknight dinner. 

I love simplicity in the kitchen as much as I love experimenting with new recipes. We don’t always have time or energy to make an elaborate meal, especially when our attention is divided between making more than one course. So, if you are planning to make a multi-step meat entree, this is a handy way to cook your potatoes with lots of flavor and still have them taste like a hero side dish. 

 If you love simple side potato recipes to accompany your tasty dinners, be sure to check out this easy dillweed potato salad.

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Why you will love these air fryer baby potatoes recipe. 

Customizable. You can easily customize the herb blend to make these potatoes, which is wonderful in my books.

It’s a fast, tasty side. Nothing beats a side dish that practically makes itself. With simple ingredients, prep time is minimal, and the air fryer does all the work within 20 minutes!

One bag is all you need. If you’re feeding a family of four, one baby of the mini potatoes is all you will need to make enough for four adults or a family of five to six with small kids. 

Let’s Make These Simple Air Fryer Potatoes.

The first thing to do is wash the small potatoes. Dry them off with a paper towel and remove the eyes and other blemishes. Potato eyes contain a chemical called glycoalkaloids, which can be toxic in high doses. While this doesn’t qualify as a high dose, we want to make our potatoes palatable. The eye of the potato (the little sprouted white bits) can be unpleasant visually. So removing them is the simplest solution. If you want to reduce the time spent picking at potato eyes, I recommend purchasing the tiny potatoes from the Little Potato Company, as they are a better quality than other off brands. (No, we are not sponsored to say that it’s my actual opinion)

Once the unpleasant bits are removed from the little potatoes, slice them in half lengthwise. Add them to a bowl as you do so. Next, we will drizzle three tablespoons of olive oil over the potatoes and add the herbs. I like using an Italian herb blend as it goes with most meals. However, you can add whatever herbs you prefer. In fact, I have also used dried parsley and chives for a breakfast potato side, which is also a tasty pairing. 

​When you’ve added the herbs you wish to use, toss the potatoes with the oil and dried herbs to thoroughly coat them evenly. Then, half of the small potatoes are added to the air fryer basket in the Ninja Foodi and the other half to the alternate basket. Make a single layer as close to it as possible with the little taters. 

Now close the drawers and set the Foodi for both baskets as follows: at a high temperature of 400F for 20 minutes. You can choose to let them cook one hundred percent of the time without shaking the basket, or you can stop them halfway through to shake. I’ve done it both ways with great success. 

When the time is up, open the drawers and see the small golden brown potatoes staring back at you, ready to be tested. That’s right; we are testing them to ensure they are no longer hard. Why? Some small potatoes sold in those mini bags are a lot larger than their counterparts. Which means those small potatoes will take longer to cook. So, pierce one of the larger potato halves using fork tines. If it’s fork tender, you can be satisfied they are all cooked and ready for plating. If it’s still a tad hard, return the drawers to the Foodi and continue with the same temperature for five more minutes. 

These small, crispy potatoes go great with so many dishes and are so cinch that you will make them more than winter mashed potatoes all through the summer. Potato lovers will adore the bite-sized herby potatoes with various herbs and seasoning.

Ingredients:

Baby Potatoes: These potatoes are sold in stores as mini, baby, or new potatoes. Usually sold in a package that is 1-1.5 lbs in weight. We’ve cut them in half for this recipe to speed cook time and to make them bite-sized. You can cook them with the same method for longer as whole baby potatoes for another delicious side dish. Your cooking time will double for entire potatoes. 

Italian Herb Blend: This is usually a blend of basil, oregano, rosemary, thyme, and marjoram. It goes well with many meat entrees and sides. 

Olive Oil: Why use oil in this baby potato recipe? It’s simple: We are using it to allow the herbs to adhere to the potato. Using a small amount of oil also helps the fryer make the skin golden. 

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Substitutions and Add-Ins For This Easy Recipe:

Baby Potatoes: If you don’t have a small potato in your grocery budget, you can use this recipe to make cubed potatoes for a side. Peel large potatoes or scrub the skin to remove dirt and, of course, any eyes. Then, cut them into even-sized cubes. This recipe would work for 4 cups of cubed potato pieces. 

Italian Seasoning: You can use any single herbs typically found in a traditional Italian herb blend by itself or in combination with another, omitting any you don’t like. Alternatively, adding a little onion powder and black pepper can give the potatoes an entirely new flavor that the whole family will love. 

Olive Oil: Any neutral oil like canola, vegetable or sunflower, will work for this recipe. 

Add-ins can include any herb or seasoning blend with olive oil and potatoes. Fresh rosemary potatoes would go great with chicken or turkey, or add a little onion or garlic powder with paprika for a tasty flavor combination. Sprinkle the air-fried potatoes with a little parmesan cheese for a delicious way to enjoy new potatoes in any season. 

Baking vs Air-frying. Air fry baby potatoes will cook faster than a traditional oven while making them crispy. If you wish to make crispy potatoes in the oven instead, try this recipe, Crispy Baked Potato. 

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Expert Tips and Serving, Storing Suggestions For These Crispy Baby Potatoes. 

Tip #1: Even sizes are essential. If you have potato pieces of different sizes, they will cook at alternate times, making some extra crispy and some possibly undone. 

Tip #2: Dry completely. Excess water from washing will prevent the oil from coating the potato properly and make it harder for the herbs to stick. 

Tip #3: Test for doneness. Using a fork’s tines, poke the larger potatoes to see if they are fully cooked before serving. If not, return them to the air fryer for five additional minutes. 

These delicious baby potatoes make the perfect side dish, bursting with flavor from your favorite seasonings. Serve these tasty mini taters with grilled chicken, steak or even eggs for a hearty and satisfying meal. Their crispy exterior and tender interior will leave everyone wanting seconds!

Store any leftover potatoes in a food storage container in your fridge for up to 3 days to maintain their crispy skin. If you’re considering freezing them, thoroughly cool them before putting them in a freezer-bag. When ready to enjoy, reheat in the air fryer or oven for a quick and convenient side dish.

Seasoned baby potatoes can be frozen for up to 2 months without significantly compromising their texture or flavor. However, prolonged freezing might slightly diminish their crispiness upon reheating. To maintain quality, ensure proper packaging to minimize freezer burn and consider using them within the suggested timeframe for the best results.

If you’ve tried making these tasty baby herbed potatoes in your air fryer or oven, we’d love to hear about your experience! Leave a comment below sharing your tips, tricks, and any flavor variations you’ve explored. Your feedback helps us continue to provide mouthwatering recipes that delight your taste buds. Don’t forget to rate this recipe so others can discover the perfect side dish for their next meal!

easy herbed baby potatoes in the air fryer

Easy Herbed Baby Potatoes In The Ninja Foodi Airfryer

Amber Bondar
This easy herbed baby potatoes recipe is made with the Ninja Foodi airfryer. You can use the same principals to make in any air fryer. Simply follow the manufacturer's instructions for cook times to make this quick and simple air fried side dish recipe.
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Course Breakfast, Side Dish
Cuisine American, Canadian
Servings 3

Equipment

  • Ninja Foodi Air Fryer
  • Tablespoon
  • Teaspoon
  • Paring Knife
  • Small Bowl

Ingredients
  

  • 1.5 lbs Baby Potatoes Sold in small bags at grocery.
  • 3 Tbsp Olive Oil
  • 1 Tbsp Dried Italian Herb Seasoning

Instructions
 

  • Wash and dry with paper towel the small potatoes.
  • Using a paring knife remove potatoes eyes and blemishes, then cut in half lengthwise.
  • Add the halved potatoes to small bowl.
  • Measure the olive oil and herbs and toss to coat.
  • Divide potatoes in half and add half to one air fryer basket in single layer.
  • Add the remaining half potatoes to the other air fryer basket.
  • Set the air fryer for both sides to air fry 400℉ for 20 minutes.
  • *Optional stop the fry at half way and shake basket.
  • Test potatoes for doneness with fork. Testing largest piece of potato if not cooked return for an additional five minutes.
  • Serve the crisp golden skinned potatoes as an easy side to any breakfast, lunch or dinner.
Keyword Air Fried, baby potato, Ninja Foodi Air Fryer, Simple side dish

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