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Potato wedges made in the air fryer are wonderfully crispy on the outside and tender and fluffy on the inside, much like your favourite deep-fried wedges. Simple recipes like these puts a smile on many faces, and knowing the secret to making extra crispy, delicious potato wedges is not out of the ordinary. If you’re wondering how to cook these delightful air fryer wedges and how long they take to become beautifully crisp, then keep reading!
Table of Contents
- 1 What Potatoes are Best for Wedges?
- 2 How Do You Cut Potatoes into Wedges?
- 3 Should I Use a Little Oil?
- 4 How To Make Air Fryer Potato Wedges?
- 5 Should I Spray my Air Fryer Basket First?
- 6 Other Crispy Air Fryer Recipes
- 7 FAQs
What Potatoes are Best for Wedges?
Russet potatoes are the best type of potato to use when making wedges. They cook faster and crisp up wonderfully, compared to other potatoes. Red and white potatoes can work too, but the result will not achieve the crispiness you desire. The interior texture will be waxier, and they’ll take a little longer to cook, but that doesn’t mean that they’re not tasty!
How Do You Cut Potatoes into Wedges?
Slice the potato in half lengthwise, using a sharp knife. Then place the cut side down onto the cutting board and slice it in half again to make quarters. Place each potato quarter side up, then slice down the centre of the quarter to create wedges. The number of wedges you get from one potato will depend on its thickness and size. If you’re looking to make some extra crispy potato wedges, then place them in iced cold water for 30 minutes, patting them dry before proceeding with the next steps.
Should I Use a Little Oil?
If you’re afraid that your wedges have been thrown into the deep end without substance, then you can opt for some cooking oil spray, to spray the cooking basket so that the wedges can fry and crisp perfectly. Sometimes there’s the initial fear of the wedges sticking to the bottom of the air fryer basket, and while that’s a possibility, it’s nothing a little cooking oil spray can’t fix.
How To Make Air Fryer Potato Wedges?
Deep fried potato wedges are phenomenal, but have you ever tried ultra crispy air fried potato wedges? Well now is your chance, here’s what you’ll need to make this scrumptious evening snack:
- 2 medium russet potatoes cut into wedges
- 1 1/2 tbsp olive oil
- 1/2 tsp paprika
- 1/4 tsp garlic powder
- 1/8 tsp cayenne pepper
- 1 tsp sea salt
- 1/4 tsp ground black pepper
- 1/2 cup grated parmesan cheese
- 1 tbsp chopped parsley
- Place raw potato wedges in a bowl and add cold water and 2 cups of ice cubes, letting them soak for at least 30 minutes. Then pat them dry with paper towels.
- Preheat the air fryer, if recommended
- In a large bowl, combine olive oil, paprika, garlic powder, cayenne pepper, salt and black pepper. Add the potato wedges and toss to coat the potatoes with seasoning
- Place the wedges in the basket of the air fryer and cook for 15 minutes at 400F. Shake the basket every 5 minutes.
- In a bowl combine grated parmesan cheese and parsley. Transfer the cooked wedges into a bowl then toss until coated with the topping. Serve with ketchup or sour cream on the side.
Should I Spray my Air Fryer Basket First?
It’s recommended to always spray your air fryer basket with an oil cooking spray. This prevents the wedges from getting stuck to the bottom of the basket during air frying.
Other Crispy Air Fryer Recipes
Without limiting yourself to potato wedges, although they are particularly delicious when air fried; there are several other appetisers or snacks that can be cooked in an air fryer. From baked goods such as cookies and muffins, to the more savoury recipes such as chicken goujons, potato fritters, and curly fries. Let’s take a look at some of these delicious snacks or side dishes for you to try:
- Air-Fryer Garlic Bread
- Air-Fried Asparagus
- Chocolate Chip Oatmeal Cookies
- Battered Pickles
- Air Fryer Potato Chips
- Air Fryer Carrot Coffee Cake
Air-Fryer Garlic Bread
This air-fryer garlic bread, emerges perfectly toasted from the air fryer, perfect for when you’re in a hurry. You can use fresh garlic for impeccable flavours, or substitute with garlic powder. The choice is yours! Also we’ve found that adding a tablespoon of parmesan on top of the garlic makes the overall result tantalising. Garlic bread is so delicious, and you’ll find how well it pairs with almost anything! How about a side of marinara? Or perhaps you’d like to use the garlic bread as a dipping tool, dip it in your soups, to bring forth flavours you never thought to discover! Take a look at the recipe below:
- 1/4 cup butter softened
- 3 tbsp grated parmesan
- 2 cloves garlic minced
- 2 tsp minced fresh parsley or 1/2 tsp dried parsley flakes
- 8 slices ciabatta or French bread
- Preheat the air fryer to 350. In a small bowl combine softened butter, grated parmesan, minced garlic, and minced parsley or parsley flakes; spread them over a slice of bread.
- In batches, arrange the bread in a single layer on a tray in an air fryer basket. Let it cook until it gives a lovely shade of golden brown (2-3 minutes)
- Serve warm, and have your favourite sauce at the ready!
Air Fried Asparagus
This one might not be for everyone, but how exciting is it to have a plate of crisped greens. These air fried asparagus, complete with toasted spears, and lathered in your favourite lemony, garlicky dressing, are simply impeccable. You can even have these as a side to your main dish, whether you plan to enjoy this with a dribbling roast turkey, or a thick steak, these crunchy greens will undoubtedly have you coming back for more!
- 1/4 cup mayonnaise
- 4 tsp olive oil
- 1-1/2 tsp grated lemon
- 1 garlic clove minced
- 1/2 tsp pepper
- 1/4 tsp seasoned salt
- 1 pound fresh asparagus trimmed
- 2 tbsp shredded parmesan cheese
- Lemon wedges
- Preheat the air fryer to 375F. In a large bowl combine mayo, olive oil, grated lemon, minced garlic, pepper and salt. Add the asparagus and toss to coat. In batches, place the coated asparagus in a single layer in to an oil sprayed air fryer basket
- Cook until tender, and lightly browned for 4 to 6 minutes. Then transfer the cooked gleaming asparagus to a serving plate. Sprinkle the asparagus with parmesan cheese and serve with lemon wedges.
Chocolate Chip Oatmeal Cookies
Chocolate chip cookies, are the highlight of anyone’s day, especially when you have kids that enjoy them as much as you do. These tender, chocolate chip oatmeal cookies are not only appealing to the eyes, but they’ll make your stomach growl with satisfaction! Here’s what you’ll need to make them:
- 1 cup softened butter
- 3/4 cup sugar
- 3/4 cup packed brown sugar
- 2 large eggs (room temperature)
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 3 cups quick cooking oats
- 1-1/2 cups all purpose flour
- 3.4 ounces of instant vanilla pudding mix
- 1 tsp baking soda
- 1 tsp salt
- 2 cups semi sweet chocolate chips
- 1 cup chopped nuts
- Preheat the air fryer to 325F. In a large bowl combine cream butter, and sugars until they achieve a light and fluffy texture. Beat in the eggs and vanilla. In another bowl whisk oats, flour, dry pudding mix, baking soda and salt, then gradually beat this into the creamed mixture. Stir in the chocolate chips and nuts.
- Drop the dough by tablespoons onto baking sheets and flatten them slightly, using the back of the spoons if you wish. Place them in batches 1 inch apart on a greased tray in the air fryer basket. Cook until they’re lightly browned for 8 to 10 minutes. Remove them and place on wire racks to cool.
Ever tried deep fried pickles? You’ll love this version even more! You can try this with any type of pickle you like, preferably cutting the pickles as slices, and coating them in your favourite spices, followed by a generous thick layer of panko bread crumbs. Throw them in the air fryer, for a perfectly crisped texture, that will surely have you coming back for more. Dip them in some ranch dressing, for a decadent appetiser that you’ll never forget!
- 32 dill pickle slices
- 1/2 cup all purpose flour
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 3 large eggs lightly beaten
- 2 tbsp dill pickle juice
- 1/2 tsp cayenne pepper
- 1/2 tsp garlic powder
- 2 cups panko bread crumbs
- 2 tbsp snipped fresh dill
- Cooking spray
- Ranch salad dressing (optional)
- Preheat the air fryer to 400F. Let the pickles rest on the paper towels until the liquid has absorbed, this should take about 15 minutes.
- Meanwhile, in a shallow bowl combine flour and salt. In another shallow bowl, whisk eggs, pickle juice, cayenne and garlic powder. Combine panko and dill in a third shallow bowl.
- Dip the pickles in a flour mixture to coat both sides, shaking off the excess. Dip them into the egg mixture, then into the crumb mixture, patting to help the coating stick to its pickle. In batches, place the pickles in a single layer on an oil sprayed tray, of the air fryer basket.
- Cook until they’re golden brown and crispy (7-10 min). Then turn the pickles, spraying them with cooking spray, and cook until they’re golden brown and crispy. Serve while they’re steaming hot, with a tiny bowl of ranch dressing, if you wish.
Air Fryer Carrot Coffee Cake
The most splendid thing about an air fryer, is that it is the perfect little candidate when it comes to making sweet little treats for you and the family. Much like this carrot coffee cake. This little sponge of dreams bakes in about 30 minutes, achieving a beautifully crumbly, spongy texture, pair this with a glass of milk, or your favourite hot beverage for ultimate satisfaction.
- 1 egg, lightly beaten
- 1/2 cup buttermilk
- 1/3 cup sugar plus 2 tbsp sugar
- 3 tbsp canola oil
- 2 tbsp dark brown sugar
- 1 tsp grated orange zest
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 2/3 cup all-purpose flour
- 1/3 cup white whole wheat flour
- 1 tsp baking powder
- 2 tsp pumpkin pie spice
- 1/4 tsp baking soda
- 1/4 tsp salt
- 1 cup shredded carrots
- 1/4 cup dried cranberries
- 1/3 cup chopped walnuts, toasted
- Preheat the air fryer to 350. Grease and flour a 6 inch round baking pan. In a large bowl whisk egg, buttermilk, 1/3 cup sugar, oil, brown sugar, orange zest and vanilla. In another bowl whisk flours, baking powder, 1 tsp pumpkin pie spice, baking soda and salt. Gradually beat into the egg mixture, and fold in the carrots as well as the cranberries. Pour this into the prepped baking pan
- In a smaller bowl, combine walnuts, 2 tablespoons of sugar, and 1 teaspoon of pumpkin spice. Sprinkle this evenly over the batter. Gently place the pan in the basket of a large air fryer
- Cook until an inserted toothpick in the centre of the cake emerges clean. After 35 to 40 minutes remove the cake from the air fryer, cover it tightly with a foil, and allow it to cool for 10 minutes in the pan. Serve warm, with your desired beverage.
A Final Note:
For those who enjoy deep fried foods as much as I do, using an air fryer to cook up your favourite meals, minus the inevitable grease that soaks your fingers when deep frying, is almost like discovering a whole new world. With foods that are healthier, but just as delicious, there really is no turning back from here!
Why do You Soak Potatoes in Water Before Air Frying?
The key to achieving the ultra-crispy French fries that many of us know and adore, is through soaking the potatoes in water for 10 minutes, which will help tenderise the centre leaving the outer parts beautifully crispy.
Do you Have to Soak Potatoes Before Air Frying?
You can choose to soak the potatoes if you wish, as this will help achieve the perfect texture once they’ve been air fried.
How Long Should You Soak Potatoes before Air Frying?
The potatoes can be soaked for up to an hour or longer, some may keep them soaked for 24 hours. The result will always be impeccable.
Should you Boil Potatoes before Air Frying?
The time spent in the air fryer is what dries the potatoes which is not what we want. Instead bring a pot of water to the boil and let the potatoes heat for 4 minutes, which is just enough time to preheat the air fryer.