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Air Fryer Fingerling Potatoes

Fingerling potatoes come out perfect when cooked in the air fryer and are ready to serve in a fraction of the time. This is one delicious potato side dish!
Air fried fingerling potatoes on a white plate with fresh parsley garnish.

Last Updated on February 21, 2022 by Betty Davies

Serve up the most delicious fingerling potatoes with the help of your air fryer. Quick and easy to prep, these seasoned fingerlings have a delicious buttery flesh and have a rich and nutty taste. Ready to serve in 20 minutes, they are a delicious potato side dish for any meal.

Golden air fried fingerling potatoes on a plate with fresh parsley.

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When it comes to potatoes, it’s hard to choose a favorite, but fingerlings are definitely up there! These small waxy potatoes have a thin skin and a creamy flavorful flesh that’s quite irresistible.

Quickly cooked in the air fryer, the skins get nice and crisp and the middles are perfectly tender. Perfect to serve as a potato side dish for a weeknight dinner, but fancy enough that they wouldn’t be out of place on any holiday table.

Be sure to try my Air Fryer Potato Gratin and Air Fryer Baby Potatoes too!

Why you will love this recipe!

  • Quick and easy: Simple to prep and quick to cook, you can have these fingerlings ready to serve in 20 minutes.
  • Simple Ingredients: You just need your potatoes, some oil and then some everyday seasonings and you are good to go. You can easily add different seasonings to suit what you have to hand as well.
  • Dietary info: These air fryer fingerling potatoes are gluten-free, dairy-free and vegan.
Air fried fingerlings on a white plate with fresh parsley.

Ingredients

  • Fingerlings: Fingerlings are small potatoes that are oblong in shape, they look a little like mini Russets but with a waxy skin.
  • Oil: A little oil helps the skins to crisp up during cooking. Use a high heat neutral oil like vegetable, avocado or canola.
  • Seasonings: Garlic powder, salt and pepper.

How to air fry fingerling potatoes

Be sure to scroll down for the full recipe!

  • Cut the fingerlings in half and toss in the oil and seasonings (photo 1).
  • Cook in the air fryer til golden brown (photo 2).
Two step by step photos to show how to make the recipe.

Recipe Variations

This air fryer fingerling potato recipe is pretty simple, but you can easily adapt the seasonings to suit your tastes. Try adding a tablespoon of dried herbs, so some spices like paprika or turmeric. This recipe will also work well with baby potatoes.

Frequently Asked Questions

Do you have to peel the potatoes?

The skin of fingerlings is very thin, so there is no need to peel them first. Give them a wash under water to remove any loose dirt, then cut them in half, season and cook. They are so quick to prep!

Can you oven roast them instead?

I love cooking these in the air fryer as they are ready to serve in about half the time compared to oven roasting. If you don’t have an air fryer, once oiled and seasoned, place the fingerlings on a baking sheet and roast at 400F for 30 to 40 minutes, flipping halfway through.

In the air fryer, these are ready after just 15 minutes of cooking, so they are a great option for a quick and easy weeknight dinner.

Are there different varieties for fingerling potatoes?

Fingerling potatoes are a variety of finger potatoes, and they come in different shapes and colors. Other varieties are Austrian Crescent, Buttercream, French Fingerling, German Kipfler, Purple Peruvian, Ruby Crescent, and the Russian Banana. They are called finger potatoes because of their long and knobby appearance.

Halved cooked fingerling potatoes on a white plate.

Serving Suggestions

These air fryer fingerling potatoes are super versatile and will sit alongside most meals pretty well. Great with seafood, meat-free, chicken and beef dinners, there’s really no bad time for them! Try them with:

Make Ahead, Storage and Reheating

It’s best not to prep the potatoes too far ahead of time, as when you cut them in half they will slowly start to brown.

Perfect to serve as soon as they are ready, these air fried fingerlings also reheat quickly and easily. Once cooked, let them cool before storing in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 4 days. Reheat them in a preheated air fryer at 400F for 3 to 5 minutes to heat them through.

Recipe Notes and Tips

  • Preheat the air fryer before adding the potatoes, this will help them to cook more evenly. If your air fryer doesn’t have a preheat setting, just let it run for 5 minutes at 400F while you prep the potatoes.
  • Toss the potatoes well in the oil and seasonings. I find it easiest and quickest to do this with my hands.
  • Shake the basket halfway through cooking. If you are doubling the recipe, you may need to move the potatoes round a few times during cooking so that they brown evenly.
  • Air fryer models can run slightly differently, timings may vary slightly.
Parsley garnish on cooked potatoes.

These fingerling potatoes come out so perfectly in the air fryer, and in a fraction of the time. With crispy skins and creamy buttery flesh, these are hard to resist!

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Air fried fingerling potatoes on a white plate with fresh parsley garnish.

Air Fryer Fingerling Potatoes

Fingerling potatoes come out perfect when cooked in the air fryer and are ready to serve in a fraction of the time. This is one delicious potato side dish!
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Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Diet: Gluten Free, Vegan, Vegetarian
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes
Servings: 2 servings
Calories: 304kcal
Author: Betty Davies

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Ingredients

Instructions

  • Preheat the air fryer to 400F / 200c.
  • Cut the fingerlings in half lengthways and place in a large bowl.
  • Add the oil and seasonings to the potatoes and toss to coat.
  • Place the potatoes in the air fryer basket and cook at 400F / 200c for 15 to 18 minutes, shaking halfway through, til golden brown.

Notes

  • Preheat the air fryer before adding the potatoes, this will help them to cook more evenly. If your air fryer doesn’t have a preheat setting, just let it run for 5 minutes at 400F while you prep the potatoes.
  • Toss the potatoes well in the oil and seasonings. I find it easiest and quickest to do this with my hands.
  • Shake the basket halfway through cooking. If you are doubling the recipe, you may need to move the potatoes round a few times during cooking so that they brown evenly.
  • Air fryer models can run slightly differently, timings may vary slightly.

Nutrition

Calories: 304kcal | Carbohydrates: 41g | Protein: 5g | Fat: 14g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 4g | Monounsaturated Fat: 9g | Trans Fat: 1g | Sodium: 305mg | Potassium: 976mg | Fiber: 5g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 6IU | Vitamin C: 45mg | Calcium: 30mg | Iron: 2mg

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