Perfectly seasoned roasted baby potatoes have a crispy edge and tender center. They’re easy to cook in the air fryer or oven and the incredible flavor of parmesan and garlic make them a crowd-pleasing side dish!

Ultra-crispy roasted baby potatoes are coated in simple seasonings and parmesan cheese and cooked in the air fryer or oven to golden brown perfection. These make a wonderful easy-to-make side dish for almost any meal from steak to grilled chicken. So good… you won’t be able to stop eating them!

Whether you roasted your baby potatoes in the air fryer or the oven, you’ll find that they’re just as delicious as deep-fried potatoes or even French fries! The circulating air of an air fryer crisps the outside edges with a gorgeous golden crust. The insides are soft, tender and creamy. Baking the potatoes in the air fryer or oven also reduces the amount of oil and you’ll need, making them a healthier choice.

Ingredients Needed

Just a few ingredients is all you need to make this roasted baby potatoes recipe for dinner tonight. It’s likely that you’ll have everything in your kitchen right now! Here is the lineup:

  • Baby Potatoes: Baby golden potatoes or baby red potatoes both cook up with a wonderful texture.
  • Oil: Use any oil that you have on hand to give the potatoes crispy edges. It will also help the seasonings adhere to the exterior. We like to use avocado oil, extra virgin olive oil or grape seed oil.
  • Butter: Melted butter adds richness and ensures the outside of the potatoes have a nice golden crust.
  • Parmesan cheese: For a sharp, cheesy flavor. Use finely grated cheese for the best texture.
  • Seasonings: A simple blend of Italian seasoning, garlic powder, salt and black pepper will pack a huge punch of flavor! If you’d like a little kick of heat, add about 1/8 to 1/4 teaspoon of cayenne pepper.

How to Make This Recipe

Roasted baby potatoes are beyond easy to make. Simply toss all of the ingredients together and then either roast in the air fryer or the oven! It’s super hands-off, leaving you time to finish other parts of dinner! Here’s how:

Air Fryer Instructions:

Prep: Preheat the air fryer to 400 degrees Fahrenheit and set the timer to 15 minutes.

Cut potatoes: While the air fryer heats up, cut each potato in half or forth. 

Toss in seasoning: To a large bowl, add the olive oil, melted butter, Parmesan cheese, and seasoning. Whisk to combine. Add the potatoes to the bowl and toss to combine until all the potatoes are fully coated in the mixture.

Air fry: Add the potatoes to the air fryer and cook for 15 minutes, shaking halfway through, or until the potatoes are golden and crispy on the outside, and soft on the inside. 

Serve: Remove from the air fryer and top with more parmesan cheese if desired. Serve immediately! 

Oven Instructions:

  1. Prep: Preheat the oven to 450 degrees Fahrenheit. Line a baking sheet with foil or parchment paper and set aside. 
  2. Cut potatoes: While the oven heats up, cut each potato in half or forth. 
  3. Toss in seasoning: To a large bowl, add the olive oil, melted butter, Parmesan cheese, and seasoning. Whisk to combine. Add the potatoes to the bowl and toss to combine until all the potatoes are fully coated in the mixture.
  4. Roast in the oven: Transfer the potatoes to the baking sheet and bake for 20 minutes or until the outside is golden and crispy and the inside is soft and cooked through.

Helpful Tips

Here are some tips to make sure you serve up perfectly crispy roasted baby potatoes every time!

  • Size of potatoes: Try to choose potatoes (or cut the them) that are approximately the same size so that they’ll cook evenly.
  • Roast in a hot oven: To ensure your potatoes are perfectly crispy, it’s important to cook them in a HOT oven. If the oven temperature is too low, it will take too long for the outside to brown, and the inside will get mushy.
  • Don’t crowd on the pan: If oven-roasting, use a large sheet pan. It’s best if the potatoes are not touching during the cooking process. If they’re too close, they may steam, instead of roast, and then they won’t get very crispy.
  • Work in batches: If air frying, it may be necessary to work in small batches, if your air fryer is smaller. The potatoes will have the best texture if they have enough space, so the air can circulate around them.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Is it necessary to boil potatoes before roasting?

While you can boil potatoes al dente before roasting to speed up the cooking process, we have found it is not necessary to get the perfect texture and crispiness.

Why do you soak potatoes in water before air frying?

While not essential, you can take the extra step of soaking the potatoes in water for about 10 minutes prior to cooking them in the air fryer or oven. The water removes excess starch, allowing the potatoes to really get crispy. Cold water or hot water works just fine.

Are potatoes better in the oven or air fryer?

Baby potatoes will get crispy on the outside and fluffy inside in the oven or air fryer. However, the air fryer is about 5 minutes faster and they do seem to crisp up a bit more than when cooked in the oven.

Customize This Recipe

There are many ways to customize this recipe to make it your own or to use ingredients that you may already have available. Here are some ideas:

  • Different cheese: Mix things up and swap out the parmesan for asiago, pecorino or romano cheese.
  • Change up the seasonings: Experiment with flavors and season with any favorite spices like chili powder, cumin, onion powder, ranch seasoning, taco seasoningcajun seasoning, dried basil or smoked paprika. Choose one or use a combination of several.

Serving Suggestions

Pair roasted baby potatoes with almost any main dish or enjoy them as an appetizer with ketchup, honey mustard, BBQ sauce, Cane’s dipping sauce, spicy mayo or yum yum sauce. We enjoy them with so many different entrees! Here are some ideas to get you started:

Storage Recommendations

  • Storing leftovers: These roasted baby potatoes might not be quite as crispy as when they are freshly made; however, they will keep in the fridge for up to 4 to 5 days and 3 months in the freezer. Once completely cool, store them in a sealed, airtight container or bag.
  • To reheat: Bring refrigerated or frozen potatoes close to room temperature. Reheat at 425ºF in the oven or in the air fryer for about 5 minutes, or until they are the texture and temperature you want.
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Roasted Baby Potatoes (Air Fryer or Oven)

Perfectly seasoned roasted baby potatoes have a crispy edge and tender center. They’re easy to cook in the air fryer or oven and the incredible flavor of parmesan and garlic make them a crowd-pleasing side dish!
Prep10 minutes
Cook15 minutes
Total25 minutes
Servings 5 servings

Ingredients 

  • 1 ½ pounds baby potatoes, cleaned and dried
  • 2 tablespoons oil of choice
  • 2 tablespoons butter, melted
  • 1/4 cup grated parmesan cheese
  • ½ teaspoon EACH Italian seasoning, garlic powder, salt, black pepper

Instructions 

Air Fryer Instructions:

  • Preheat the air fryer to 400 degrees Fahrenheit and set the timer to 15 minutes.
  • While the air fryer heats up, cut each potato in half or forth.
  • To a large bowl, add the olive oil, melted butter, Parmesan cheese, and seasoning. Whisk to combine. Add the potatoes to the bowl and toss to combine until all the potatoes are fully coated in the mixture.
  • Add the potatoes to the air fryer and cook for 15 minutes, shaking halfway through, or until the potatoes are golden and crispy on the outside, and soft on the inside.
  • Remove from the air fryer and top with more parmesan cheese if desired. Serve immediately!

Oven Instructions:

  • Preheat the oven to 450 degrees Fahrenheit. Line a baking sheet with foil or parchment paper and set aside.
  • While the oven heats up, cut each potato in half or forth.
  • To a large bowl, add the olive oil, melted butter, Parmesan cheese, and seasoning. Whisk to combine. Add the potatoes to the bowl and toss to combine until all the potatoes are fully coated in the mixture.
  • Transfer the potatoes to the baking sheet and bake for 20 minutes or until the outside is golden and crispy and the inside is soft and cooked through.

Nutrition

Serving: 1serving, Calories: 215kcal, Carbohydrates: 24g, Protein: 4g, Fat: 12g, Saturated Fat: 4g, Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g, Monounsaturated Fat: 6g, Trans Fat: 0.2g, Cholesterol: 16mg, Sodium: 364mg, Potassium: 584mg, Fiber: 3g, Sugar: 1g, Vitamin A: 186IU, Vitamin C: 27mg, Calcium: 62mg, Iron: 1mg

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

Additional Info

Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Keyword: air fryer roasted potatoes, baby potatoes, roasted potatoes
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