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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
Rosemary Potatoes Recipe FAQ
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!
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.
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.
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Air Fryer Rosemary Potatoes
- 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.
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.
Originally published February 2021, updated and republished October 2023
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