These crispy air fryer diced potatoes are the perfect side dish, appetizer or snack! They are quick and easy, golden crispy, and versatile. Serve them as breakfast potatoes, with lunch and dinner, or eat by themselves. These diced potatoes in the air fryer are irresistibly delicious!

Crispy air fryer diced potatoes in white bowl

Why You’ll Love This Recipe

  • These air fryer diced potatoes are so crispy!
  • They are made with only a few ingredients.
  • The seasonings can be adjusted to suit your taste.
  • Try these Air Fryer Hash Browns as well!
  • Unlike oven roasted potatoes, the air fryer heats up quickly and yields extra crispy potatoes.
  • This recipe is Whole30 approved, Paleo, gluten free, dairy free, Vegan, nut free and sugar free.
  • Check out these Whole30 French Fries for another air fryer favorite recipe!
  • For added flavor, check out these Mexican Potatoes.

Ingredients & Substitutions

Red potatoes and Russet potatoes are great options for this recipe. They both maintain their shape and do not get soggy or mashed. In addition, they get nice and tender on the inside. Baby golden potatoes and Yukon gold potatoes are also great.

For the sweet potato version, check out these Air Fryer Sweet Potato Cubes.

A little olive oil helps the seasonings stick to the potatoes. Additionally, the olive oil yields crispier potatoes. Avocado oil, melted coconut oil, or vegetable oil can be substituted.

The seasonings all add a nice touch of flavor without being overpowering. Feel free to adjust amounts to your liking. These air fried potatoes are also great with a little paprika or cayenne powder for some spice

Air fryer diced potatoes in bowl

Best Potatoes To Use

Look for fresh potatoes that are firm and without any bruising. Here are some varieties of potatoes that air fry well.

Red potatoes are naturally high in sugar and low in starch. They crisp up nicely in the air fryer while maintaining a creamy fluffy inside.

Russet potatoes turn a beautiful golden color when air fried. They too will have a soft melt in your mouth inside.

Yukon gold potatoes are a desirable choice due to their low starch and high sugar properties. These potatoes are slightly softer than Russet potatoes, but equally as delicious.

All three of these types of potatoes are great options for air fryer diced potatoes. Use whatever you have on hand or whatever you prefer!

Taste & Texture

These air fryer cubed potatoes have the taste of a French fry. They are golden in color and have that signature potato taste.

These potatoes are crispy on the outside, and soft and pillowy on the inside. They are small enough to be reminiscent of breakfast potatoes.

How to Make

Step 1

First, preheat air fryer to 390 degrees Fahrenheit.

Step 2

Wash and pat dry the potatoes. Dice them into 1 inch cubes.

Diced red potatoes in bowl

Step 3

Add cubed potatoes to a large bowl. Add in remaining ingredients.

Cubed red potatoes in bowl

Step 4

Toss until potatoes are completely covered in oil and seasonings.

Oiled potatoes

Step 5

Arrange potatoes in one even layer in air fryer basket.

Cubed potatoes in air fryer basket

Step 6

Air fry for 15 minutes. Then, use fork to check if potatoes are fork tender. Add additional air frying time and flip potatoes if necessary.

Crispy golden diced potatoes

Step 7

Finally, once potatoes are tender on the inside, remove from air fryer. Serve with choice of dipping sauce.

Expert Tips & Tricks

For the best air fryer diced potatoes, dice potatoes into equal size. This ensures they will all be fried equally. See below for whether or not to soak the potatoes beforehand.

Toss potatoes with olive oil and seasonings until fully coated. This yields uniformly tasting potatoes.

Arrange potatoes in an even layer and avoid overlap. This ensures extra crispy potatoes.

Check if potatoes are fork tender. They might seem crispy on the outside but may not be fully cooked through. Insert fork into potatoes. If it slides in and out easily, potatoes are done. If the potatoes are still somewhat firm, flip potatoes and add more time.

To Soak Or Not To Soak

Soaking potatoes before roasting or air frying is a great idea in theory. This removes some of the starch from potatoes and yields the most incredible texture.

If you have time, I highly recommend soaking your potatoes in water for up to 1 hour.

I find when I’m throwing together an air fryer dinner, I do not always have an hour to soak the potatoes. These are still delicious without the pre-soak.

In conclusion, soak the potatoes if you have time. Then pat dry and begin recipe. If you do not have time, check to make sure they are fork tender and soft on the inside.

Fried golden potatoes

How to Serve & Store

Serve air fryer diced potatoes hot from the air fryer! These are definitely best eaten fresh and hot. Serve with your choice of dipping sauce!

These potatoes are great paired with Air Fryer Steak, Paleo Fried Chicken, and Air Fryer Chicken Nuggets.

For a fancy dinner, serve with this Air Fryer Filet Mignon.

Store leftovers in the fridge for up to 4 days.

Frequently Asked Questions

How long do I air fry the potatoes?

Depending on your air fryer, these potatoes need anywhere from 15 to 25 minutes.

Do I need to soak the potatoes before frying?

If you have time to soak the potatoes, then do so. It releases starch and aids in creating soft tender potatoes. If you do not have time, no worries!

What brand of air fryer do you have?

I have the Ninja Foodi indoor grill that doubles as an air fryer. Relatively speaking, it is powerful.

Are they gluten free?

Yes, this recipe is gluten free.

Air fryer steak and potatoes

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These easy and crispy air fryer diced potatoes are the best side dish! They are great for breakfast, lunch and dinner. These air fried potatoes are easy to make, quick, and so flavorful!
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  • First, preheat air fryer to 390 degrees Fahrenheit.
  • Wash and pat dry potatoes. Dice into 1 inch cubes.
  • Add diced potatoes to a large bowl. Add in remaining ingredients. Toss until potatoes are completely coated in olive oil and seasonings.
  • Arrange potatoes in a single layer in air fryer basket.
  • Air fry for 15 minutes. Test to see if potatoes are fork tender in the middle. Insert fork into a diced potato. If it goes in and out smoothly, remove potatoes from air fryer. If potatoes are still firm, cook another 5 to 7 minutes or until tender.
  • Finally, remove air fryer basket from air fryer. Serve potatoes with choice of dipping sauce.


  • If you have time, soak potatoes in a bowl of water for up to 1 hour before air frying.  Then pat dry and begin recipe.  This yields extra crispy potatoes but is not necessary in a time crunch.
  • Red potatoes and Russet potatoes tend to do best in an air fryer.  They maintain their shape but get tender in the middle.
  • Feel free to adjust seasonings to suit your taste.
  • My air fryer does a great job of evenly frying everything inside.  If desired, flip potatoes at the 15 minute mark when you test if they are fork tender.
  • Different air fryers have different power levels, so you may need to adjust your cooking time.
  • Store potatoes in the fridge for up to 4 days.
Calories: 122kcal, Carbohydrates: 14g, Protein: 2g, Fat: 7g, Saturated Fat: 1g, Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g, Monounsaturated Fat: 5g, Sodium: 596mg, Potassium: 371mg, Fiber: 2g, Sugar: 1g, Vitamin A: 8IU, Vitamin C: 7mg, Calcium: 13mg, Iron: 1mg

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