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air fryer tater tots in a serving bowl alongside ketchup

Air Fryer Tater Tots

Easy homemade Air Fryer Tater Tots - perfectly golden and crispy in the air fryer every time! This recipe is gluten-free, kids-friendly, and made to a vegan-friendly recipe using Maris Piper potatoes alongside delicious seasonings. These tater tots are simply perfect served alongside tasty dips, such as tomato ketchup or egg-free mayo.
Prep Time 20 mins
Cook Time 15 mins
Total Time 35 mins
Course Side Dish
Cuisine American
Servings 4 people


  • 1 air fryer
  • 1 large saucepan
  • 1 grater or food processor
  • 1 mixing bowl


  • 35 oz Maris Piper Potatoes (1 kg)
  • 2 tsp salt
  • 2 tsp onion powder
  • 2 tsp dried thyme
  • 1/4 tsp nutmeg
  • 1/4 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/4 tsp black pepper
  • oil spray


  • Place the potatoes into a saucepan and cover with water, then add half of the salt. Cook the Maris Pipter potatoes for 9-10 minutes, then drain and carefully remove the potato skins. Allow for them to cool down until ready to handle.
  • Grate the potatoes into a large bowl and add the rest of the salt, onion powder, thyme, nutmeg, garlic powder, and black pepper. Mix to combine well.
  • Shape bite-size tater tots with your hands and preheat your air fryer to 400°F (204°C).
  • Spray a little oil spray into the basket of your air fryer and place a layer of tater tots across the air fryer basket without them touching. Spray a little oil onto the tater tots to lightly coat them and fry the tots for 15 minutes, turning them about every 5 minutes.
  • Once golden, remove them from the air fryer and enjoy alongside your favorite dips!


  • The best potatoes to use for this recipe are starchy potatoes, such as Russet, Maris Piper or King Edward potatoes.
  • The cooking time might vary depending on your air fryer. Check in on the tater tots every couple of minutes and add a few extra minutes, if needed, until they're golden.
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