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Potato Wedges In The Air Fryer (Crispy & Yummy)

Air fryers have become a necessary kitchen appliance as they cook multiple dishes in no time. You can try chicken breast, halibut, chicken steak, turkey meatballs, and many other recipes in the air fryer.

Today I thought I would share a very easy and quick recipe for air-fried potato wedges. It has fewer calories than the conventional deep frying method.

Not only do air-fired potato wedges taste delicious, but they have a crispier texture than the ones cooked in the oven. You can eat them as a snack or a meal with your favorite chicken steak.

Let’s have a look at the recipe!

Ingredients

You need a few ingredients for air-fried potato wedges. Here’s the list of the items required for making air-fried potato wedges.

  • 2 medium potatoes; washed, cleaned, and peeled. You can omit the peeling step if you like the skin.
  • 1/2 teaspoon of salt
  • 2 tablespoons each of avocado or olive oil.
  • 1/2 teaspoon of regular paprika 
  • 1/4 teaspoon of freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 2 tbsp. grated parmesan cheese (optional)
  • 1-2 tablespoons of freshly chopped parsley

Once you gather all these ingredients, follow the instructions below.

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Russet potatoes are rich in fiber

Directions For Cooking

Step 1: To begin, heat the air fryer for 2 minutes at 380 degrees Fahrenheit. Then, cut each potato in half lengthwise, then into 4-5 wedges, each about 1 inch thick.

Soak the wedges in water for 20–30 minutes, then dry them with a paper towel.

Step 2: Mix 1 tablespoon of olive oil with the seasonings. Cover the potato wedges with this mixture

Step 3: Place the wedges in the basket in a single layer. You might need to prepare them in several batches depending on the size of your air fryer.

Step 4: Cook the wedges for 10 minutes at 380 degrees Fahrenheit, flipping once in between the cooking time.

Step 5: Put the partially cooked potato wedges in the seasoning again and toss with the remaining 1 tablespoon of oil.

You can add parmesan or mozzarella cheese too. Spread them over the wedges in a single layer.

Air-fry it again with cheese! Let it cook for 10 minutes or until it becomes crunchy and the cheese gets melted.

Finally, garnish with garlic, parsley, or any dipping sauce you like, and enjoy!

Nutritional Information

This recipe of potato wedges contains 160 kcal in total. The calorie intake has been divided into several nutrients, such as:

NutrientsAmount (g/mg)
Carbohydrates20g
Proteins3g
Cholesterol2mg
Sugar1g
Calcium45g
Fat8g
Nutritional Information of 1 serving of potato wedges.

Russet Vs. Red potatoes: Which is better?

Russet potatoes are rich in vitamins and fiber. They are perfect for making air-fried baked potatoes. Their skin is dark brown, creating a lovely brownish texture after baking.

Red-skinned potatoes work well for dishes that call for shredding or scalloping. They have waxy flesh, which helps them maintain their shape better. They are, therefore, a suitable choice for potato salads but not for mashing because they quickly become gluey.

Moreover, red potatoes are smaller and rounder than the larger, more oval-shaped russet potato.

On the other hand, the flesh of russet potatoes ranges from white to yellow and has brown skin. They are fluffy and less waxy than red potatoes. In contrast to red potatoes, Russet potatoes have thicker skin and a more robust flavor.

White, red, yellow, and Yukon gold potatoes can also be used, but they won’t turn out as crispy as russet potatoes.

Tips

  • Types of potatoesRusset potatoes work wonders for this recipe. They have an oblong shape and thick skin that’s perfect for cooking golden brown wedges.
  • Preparation of potato wedges: When preparing the potatoes, remember to soak them in cold water before seasoning them. Soaking helps pull out the extra starch.
  • Drying the potatoes: Pat the potatoes dry completely after soaking. This will remove extra moisture from the potatoes. If the potatoes are not drained properly, they’ll steam up.
  • Size of wedges: To ensure that your potato wedges cook thoroughly and uniformly, cut them into the same sizes.
  • Seasonings: When it comes to seasonings, look beyond your taste! Cayenne pepper can be added to spice it up; ranch dressing can be substituted with Italian seasoning.

Check the video below for more information:

How to make crispy air-fried potato wedges

Suggestions for Serving

These roasted potato wedges pair well with ketchup, ranch, fry sauce, sriracha mayo, and cilantro jalapeno sauce as a snack or an appetizer.

You can serve them with veggie burgers, salmon patties, tandoori chicken wings, bbq ribs, or any of your favorite main dishes.

Alternatives for Seasonings

Indian seasoning: Toss the potato wedges with various Indian flavors such as chili flakes, chat masala, and garlic mayo sauce.

Italian seasoning: In addition to the seasonings already mentioned, use Italian seasoning. It may include basil, thyme, and oregano.

Jerk Seasoning: To make a jerk seasoning, combine smoked paprika, cinnamon, cumin, cayenne pepper, nutmeg, and allspice.

Parmesan Potato Wedges

I sprinkle parmesan over potato wedges. Parmesan gives potato wedges a beautiful, cheesy taste. Additionally, potato wedges’ lovely, crisp exterior is enhanced by baking them with parmesan.

For seasoning the parmesan potato wedges, you’ll need the following ingredients: Paprika, garlic powder, thyme, chili powder, salt, black pepper & avocado oil.

For adding parmesan to your potato wedges;

  • Make a mixture of oil and spices. Then apply it to the potatoes.
  • Add the grated parmesan to the potatoes. Give it a slight stir!
  • Cook in the air fryer for 7-8 minutes at 380 degrees Fahrenheit
Air-fried potatoes are better than deep-fried ones
Fried potato wedges

Frequently Asked Questions

Why do you need to soak potatoes?

The potatoes become crispier after being soaked in cold water. After cutting the potatoes, soak them to extract the excessive starch that is naturally present in them.

To soak the potatoes, put them in a dish of cold water. Allow them to sit for at least 30 minutes, then use paper towels to pat them dry.

Can you store air-fried potatoes in the fridge?

Serve the wedges right out of the air fryer. If there are any leftovers, you can freeze them for five to six months or keep them in the refrigerator for up to four days.

If you’d like to reheat the frozen potato wedges, air fry them at 380 F for 2-3 minutes or until thoroughly cooked and crisp.

Air-fried potato wedges
Serve potato wedges while they are hot for the best flavor.

Do you need to pierce the Potatoes before air frying?

You don’t need to pierce the potatoes to air fry them. It’s a requirement when baking them in the oven. However, piercing helps them to cook faster.

Why are my potato wedges soggy?

Potato wedges tend to inhabit the moisture content. To avoid this, drain out the water from the wedges and let them rest for 5 minutes. This would help the moisture escape from the wedges.

Do the wedges need to be parboiled before baking?

The process of parboiling aids in the removal of starch present in the potatoes. Moreover, it shortens the baking time.

It’s also better to soak the potatoes before boiling or baking them.

How Should Potato Wedges Be Cut?

To make potato wedges, split the potato in half lengthwise. 

Place the potato cut side down on the cutting board and cut it in half again to make quarters. Repeat with the second half. Place each potato quarter cut side up, and cut down the center of each quarter to make a wedge. Repeat with the remaining quarters until the potato is completely cut into wedges.

How Long It Should Take The Potato Wedges To Cook in an Air Fryer?

After around 15 minutes, these potato wedges should be delightfully crisp (10 minutes on one side, five minutes on the other).

If your wedges aren’t crispy enough, air fries them for a few minutes longer on each side, being careful not to burn them.

Cook times vary substantially between brands of air fryers in our research. As a result, our advised cook time ranges are wider than usual. Begin checking at the first time listed and make any necessary adjustments.

Final Thoughts

To conclude, I’d say that;

  • Air fryers are the best equipment for making potato wedges. They’re a lot healthier than deep-frying potato wedges.
  • They are rich in proteins with no compromise on taste and crispiness.
  • I like parmesan potato wedges, but there are plenty of sauces and combinations you can try.
  • In addition to reducing moisture, soaking the potatoes reduces sogginess.
  • Air frying at 380 degrees Fahrenheit for 15 minutes is a key point of the recipe.
  • Depending on your taste, you can alter the Italian seasoning with Indian and Jerk seasoning.
  • Overall, potato wedges are great for snacks with tea or coffee.

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