Air Fryer Rosemary Potatoes

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Make Rosemary Potatoes in the air fryer to get the same crispy exterior you love with a fraction of the oil! Perfect for breakfast, brunch, or an easy dinner side, this rosemary potatoes recipe is ready in just 15 minutes.

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Rosemary Potatoes

Garlic and rosemary potatoes are ready in minutes, yet still so full of flavor!

The aromas that fill your kitchen while cooking these baby red potatoes in the air fryer will have your mouth watering in anticipation.

Want more air fryer potatoes? Toss in some frozen french fries whenever you have a craving!

No more checking the oven to see if they are crispy enough — they come out perfect every time.

Add some sweet and spicy chicken wings for an easy dinner. Or, try my cheesy sausage scalloped potatoes for a complete meal in one pan!

baby red potatoes in strainer surrounded by oil and seasonings

How to Cook Baby Red Potatoes in Air Fryer

Simply toss the chopped spuds with oil and seasonings, then add them to the basket in a single layer.

Overcrowding will prevent them from crisping properly, so leave space for the air to circulate.

Work in batches until every piece is fork-tender, and shake the basket about halfway through each frying cycle so your rosemary potatoes cook evenly.

chopped red potatoes in bowl with seasonings

Tips for Crispy Garlic and Rosemary Potatoes

  • Easy cleanup.

You can use foil or parchment paper at the bottom of the basket to prevent the garlic and rosemary from falling through most of the holes.

Place it inside with the food, not when it is preheating, and leave some of the outer holes uncovered to allow for circulation.

(See your brand’s manual for further instructions regarding foil and parchment paper.)

  • Which oil is best?

While any variety with a high smoke point is fine, I particularly like the flavor and crispness that olive oil adds to rosemary potatoes.

Good alternatives would be avocado, canola, or grapeseed oil. You can also melt some butter and mix that with your oil to help with browning!

  • Keep everything warm.

If you are working in batches, transfer cooked rosemary potatoes to baking sheet and place in a warm oven.

You could also cover them with foil in a serving dish, but they will lose some of that crispy texture.

  • Have leftovers?

Transfer them to a sealed container and refrigerate for 3 to 5 days.

Return baby red potatoes to the air fryer to get the skin nice and crispy again. Just a few minutes should do it!

pouring oil over seasoned red potatoes in bowl

Serving Suggestions

These are a great addition to almost any meal! Pair them with chicken, steak, pork, and even buttery shellfish.

You can also enjoy them as an easy lunch or afternoon snack. Sprinkle some freshly grated Parmesan over the top to take the flavor up a notch.

And don’t forget brunch! Spoon some onto your plate with a slice of ham and cheese quiche and some rainbow fruit salad.

stirring red potatoes with oil and rosemary

Rosemary Potatoes Recipe FAQ

Should you soak potatoes in cold water before cooking?

Typically, this is done for french fries to remove the excess starch, prevent browning, and help them crisp.

However, this step is not necessary for this rosemary potatoes recipe.

Baby reds are much lower in starch than other varieties and the air fryer does a great job of getting them nice and crispy!

Can I use different varieties for rosemary potatoes in the air fryer?

While the flavor of baby reds pairs exceptionally well with the fresh rosemary, you can use any kind you have on hand.

Yukon Gold and new potatoes are popular options. Just be sure they are cut into 1 ½-inch pieces for this recipe.

Why are my air fried potatoes soggy?

Likely from overcrowding the basket! Rosemary potatoes should be in a single layer, without too many pieces touching or overlapping.

This way, there’s room for the hot air to properly circulate.

You’ll also want to flip the spuds or give the basket a good shake halfway through cooking to ensure they crisp on all sides.

plate of crispy air fryer potatoes

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rosemary air fryer potatoes in bowl

Air Fryer Rosemary Potatoes

Donna Elick
Rosemary Potatoes come out perfectly crispy in the air fryer with a fraction of the oil. Enjoy garlic and rosemary potatoes in 15 minutes!
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Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes
Course Side Dish
Cuisine American
Method Air Fryer
Servings 5 – 6


  • 2 pounds baby red potatoes, washed and dried
  • 6 garlic cloves, minced
  • 2 tablespoons fresh rosemary, chopped (about 4 sprigs)
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon fresh ground black pepper
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil


  • finely chopped rosemary and flat leaf Italian parsley


  • Cut potatoes in half (or in quarters if larger) and place in a large bowl.
  • Add minced garlic, rosemary, salt, and black pepper to the potatoes.Top with olive oil and toss to coat. (Do not add any extra olive oil.)
  • Meanwhile, preheat the Air Fryer for 3 minutes at 400°F.
  • Once the Air Fryer is preheated, add a single layer of potatoes to the basket. (If you overcrowd the basket, they will not crisp properly). Set the Air Fryer to 400°F and cook for 8-10 minutes, stopping to shake the basket halfway through your cooking time. Work in batches until all potatoes are cooked.
  • Transfer potatoes to a serving dish. Garnish with more finely chopped rosemary and freshly chopped flat leaf Italian parsley.

Donna’s Notes

You can use foil or parchment paper at the bottom of your air fryer to prevent the garlic and rosemary from falling through most of the holes. Do not place this in your air fryer while it is preheating. Only place it in the air fryer when you have food on top of it. Make sure you leave enough space for the air to circulate, and do not cover all of the holes. (See your air fryer manual for further instruction regarding foil and parchment paper)
If you are working in batches, transfer to a serving dish and cover the finished potatoes with foil. Spritz lightly with olive oil spray if needed.
Leftovers can be kept in an airtight container in the refrigerator for 3-5 days.
Should I soak the potatoes in cold water before cooking in the Air fryer? Typically this is done for french fries to remove starch from the potatoes, helps prevent browning, and also helps with crisping. This is not necessary for this recipe.
I don’t have red potatoes. Is it ok to use another type? You can use any type of potato. Just make sure they are cut into small 1 ½ inch pieces for this recipe.
Olive oil is the best oil to use for this recipe. It adds flavor and crispness to the potatoes.


Serving: 1 | Calories: 196cal | Carbohydrates: 33g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 6g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 477mg | Sugar: 1g | Fiber: 4g | Calcium: 32mg | Iron: 2mg

All nutritional information is based on third party calculations and is only an estimate. Each recipe’s nutritional value will vary depending on the ingredients used, measuring methods, and portion sizes.

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Originally published February 2021, updated and republished October 2023

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