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Crispy on the outside, tender on the inside, Air Fryer Ranch Potatoes are a simple side dish that packs tons of delicious flavor! Made with homemade ranch seasoning, these easy crispy potatoes are ready in 30 minutes and are a family favorite.
Crispy Air-Fried Potatoes with Homemade Ranch Seasoning
You don’t even need to hide the veggies for kids to love these super savory and delicious homemade ranch potatoes! Seriously, this could be my best ever recipe for crispy potatoes. I serve these for breakfast, lunch, dinner, you name it! The air fryer crisps them up perfectly and makes the flavors and texture just so incredibly tasty.
I could go on as to how unbelievable these air fried potatoes are. But that would take vital time away from you making them for yourself, as soon as humanly possible. This is one easy side dish you don’t want to skip!
What You’ll Need
All you need for these air fryer potatoes are the potatoes themselves, oil, and ranch seasoning. Here’s a roundup of the ingredients:
- Potatoes: Baby potatoes or another small variety are easiest, as you can halve them.
- Seasonings: Dried parsley, dill, onion powder, garlic powder, salt and black pepper make up the homemade seasoning mix for these ranch potatoes. It’s so easy to make yourself! Otherwise, you can also use a store bought ranch packet in a pinch.
- Olive Oil: For coating.
What Kind of Potatoes Are Best?
Most varieties of smaller, thin-skinned potatoes will work for this recipe. Baby potatoes, red potatoes, Yukon gold, Russet potatoes or fingerling are all good options. They’re easy to come by at most grocery stores, have great earthy flavor, and are excellent for roasting since these varieties aren’t too waxy or starchy.
If you do use larger potatoes, you’ll need to cut them into 1-1 ½ inch cubes in order to follow this recipe as directed.
How to Make Air Fryer Ranch Potatoes
Making these easy air fryer potatoes takes only a handful of steps!
Prep: Wash, dry, and halve the potatoes.
Season: Drizzle the potatoes with olive oil, add in the seasonings, and toss to coat.
Fry: Place the seasoned potatoes into the preheated air fryer to cook, giving the basket a shake about half way through. The potatoes are done when they’re golden and crispy on the outside, and tender in the middle.
What Air Fryer Do I Recommend?
The Cosori XL 5.8 Qt air fryer has a regular spot on my countertop because I use it several times a week. It has a nice, large and deep basket to fit lots of potatoes!
Can I Bake Them Instead?
If you don’t have an air fryer, no worries! You can roast these easy ranch potatoes in the oven instead, following these 3 steps:
- Coat the potatoes in seasoning. Place the potatoes and ranch seasoning in a gallon-sized resealable bag, along with the oil. Close the bag and squish the potatoes around to make sure they’re evenly coated.
- Arrange the potatoes on a baking sheet. Transfer the coated potatoes to an ungreased baking pan.
- Bake the potatoes in a preheated oven at 425°F for about 20-30 minutes, or until they’re golden brown and fork-tender. Baking times may vary depending on the size of your potatoes, so keep an eye on them!
Tips for Success
- Use Homemade Ranch Seasoning: Sure, you can make these with store bought ranch. But making your own homemade seasoning is so much better. I can’t recommend it enough! Not only is it healthier (homemade is free from all those weird packaged additives), it’s also crazy easy!
- Make the Ranch Seasoning Ahead: On that note, homemade ranch seasoning can be used on everything! Mix up the seasoning for these potatoes ahead of time, and make a big batch to store airtight. Use it on loads of other recipes like this Easy Homemade Ranch Dip or these Cheddar Bacon Ranch Roasted Potatoes! Store-bought, who?
- Don’t Use Cooking Spray on the Air Fryer: The potatoes for this recipe are already well coated in oil, so it isn’t necessary to coat the air fryer basket. Still, if you’re ever tempted to use cooking spray, avoid it! Agents in cooking sprays tend to damage the non-stick coating, so stick to coating foods in oil, or using an oil sprayer.
- Make Cheesy Ranch Potatoes: Sprinkle the tops of the roasted potatoes with parmesan or shredded cheddar cheese.
- Add Bacon: Crumble diced bacon over top of the roasted potatoes.
- Add Different Herbs: Mix up the seasoning using different dried (or fresh) herbs like thyme, rosemary, and oregano.
- Switch Up the Seasoning: You can swap out the ranch seasoning with other blends like Italian seasoning, Cajun spice, or Lemon & Herb seasoning.
- Mix In Other Veggies & Ingredients: Toss in freshly minced garlic, diced onions, cauliflower, broccoli and more for a delicious ranch-flavored medley!
Make it a Meal
When it comes to serving, the sky is the limit with these versatile ranch potatoes! Here are just some ideas for how to make them into a delicious meal:
- Enjoy these crispy ranch potatoes in place of home fries with breakfast, and serve them with Scrambled Eggs or Gluten Free Avocado Toast, bacon, and sausage. You can even add these into a breakfast bowl or burrito!
- Use these air fryer potatoes in an easy Skillet Potato Hash, or as a base for Pulled Pork or Buffalo Chicken.
- While they are cooking you can make a skillet of Chili Lime Cube Steaks that will be ready by the time they are done.
- Have a kid-friendly chicken dinner with Honey Mustard Chicken Bites and Buttered Peas and Carrots (as pictured here).
- Serve them alongside Salads, Roasted Veggies or a Vegetable Saute.
- Make homemade poutine with ranch potatoes topped with cheese curds and gluten free gravy.
- Serve these potatoes topped with nacho and taco toppings, like shredded cheese, salsa, sour cream, onions, and more!
- Serve ranch potatoes with easy dipping sauces like this homemade Cheese Sauce, Bourbon BBQ Sauce, Buffalo Ranch Dressing, or Homemade Ketchup.
Storing and Reheating Extras
Leftover ranch potatoes can be stored airtight in the fridge for up to 3-4 days. Reheat the potatoes in the air fryer or in the oven for a few minutes, or until they’re warmed through.
Can I Freeze These?
You can keep air fryer potatoes frozen for up to 3 months. Transfer the cooked potatoes to a freezer bag or freezer-safe container after they’ve cooled completely. Make sure to get all the air out and then store them frozen until you’re ready to eat them.
You won’t need to thaw the potatoes before you reheat them! Just toss them in oil and then pop them right into the air fryer at 400 degrees for about 15-20 minutes, shaking halfway through as usual. Once the potatoes are heated through, you can give them an extra sprinkle of ranch spice to revive the flavor.
More Potato Recipes You Have to Try
- Instant Pot Mashed Potatoes
- Roasted Dill Potatoes
- Cheesy Hashbrown Potatoes Casserole
- Air Fryer Truffle Fries
Air Fryer Ranch Potatoes
- Preheat the air fryer to 400°F. Wash and dry the potatoes and cut them in half.
- Place the potatoes in a large bowl. Drizzle them with olive oil and sprinkle the salt, parsley, dill, onion powder, garlic powder, and pepper over the potatoes. Toss to coat.
- Transfer the seasoned potatoes to the air fryer basket and cook at 400°F for 10 minutes. Remove the basket and shake, then cook at 400°F for another 5-10 minutes, checking and shaking again after 5 minutes to see if they are done. Potatoes should be crispy and browned on the outside and tender in the middle.
- Remove from the air fryer and serve immediately.