Crispy Air Fryer Fingerling Potatoes

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Your family will go crazy over tender air fryer fingerling potatoes. They’re simple to prepare and require only 20 minutes in the air fryer. Plus, small potatoes are just cute!

You won’t believe how crispy the outside is while the inside is creamy, delicate, and rich in flavor. Toss these bite-sized crispy potatoes with fresh herbs for an elegant yet easy potato side dish on your dinner table.

Roasted potatoes make an amazing side dish because they are:

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  • inexpensive
  • minimal preparation
  • kid-friendly
  • delicious

These fork-tender potatoes give you baked potato taste in a fraction of the time!

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Check out some of my other favorite recipes! Make air fryer twice-baked potatoes or air fryer red potatoes for more delicious side dishes to serve with dinner.

What are Fingerling Potatoes?

They are small potatoes that are long and slender, like a finger. They are usually about 2-3 inches long and an inch in diameter. These come in many color varieties, including red, yellow, and purple potatoes.

They are different from baby potatoes because they are fully grown and are harvested when they are mature. They are a firm texture and mild taste.

Key Ingredients

For exact amounts needed see the recipe card below

Fingerling potatoes – These are the most crucial ingredient. I used yellow ones, which are soft and creamy inside after cooking.

Olive oil – A little bit of olive oil is used to help the food brown and crisp. While an air fryer cooks with less oil, most vegetables taste better with some added oil.

Seasoning – Season with salt, black pepper, and parmesan cheese. This allows the flavor of the potato to shine through. Although I prefer to keep it simple, you could add some garlic powder, Italian seasoning, or another seasoning blend.

ingredients for fingerling potatoes
Air fryer fingerling potatoes ingredients

How to Make Air Fried Fingerling Potatoes

1. Prep

Wash the potatoes and pat them dry with a kitchen towel. Then cut them in half lengthwise. You could also cook them whole, but I prefer the extra crispy surface you get when you halve them.

adding the parmesan to the potatoes
Adding the seasoning

Then drizzle them with olive oil and season potatoes with salt, pepper, and parmesan cheese. Toss them, so they are well coated in the seasoning.

2. Air Fry

Put the potato halves in the air fryer basket, keeping them mostly in a single layer. My air fryer can easily fit 1 pound of fingerling potatoes, but if you have a smaller one, then cook in batches.

fingerling potatoes in a basket before air frying
Fingerling potatoes in air fryer basket

Air fry them for 12-15 minutes, pulling the basket out once to flip them over. They are done when they are golden brown on the edges and soft inside. A fork will go in easily when they are done.

Serving Ideas

Garnish them with fresh rosemary, parsley, or thyme for added flavor. They are delicious served as is or with melted butter for dipping them. Sprinkle them with more parmesan cheese if desired.

These crispy roasted fingerling potatoes make the perfect side dish for almost any meal! I love serving them with a simple grilled dinner or ribeye steak. They are also great for a special occasion since their small size makes them seem elegant and fancy.

How to Store

Store leftover fingerling potatoes in an airtight container in the refrigerator. To reheat them put them back in the air fryer at 380 degrees F for 5 minutes.

top view of potatoes on a plate


Can I air fry fingerling potatoes whole?

Absolutely. They will be more like mini baked potatoes if you roast them whole. If you cut them in half, they will have more crispy edges. So it comes down to personal preference. If roasting them whole, add 2-3 minutes more cooking time.

Do you have to peel fingerling potatoes?

No, there is no need to peel the skin of fingerling potatoes. The potato skin is edible and contains fiber and nutrients.

Do fingerling potatoes taste different?

They have a mild buttery taste, which is very similar to standard potatoes. 

Are fingerling potatoes healthy?

Yes, they are healthy. They have slightly less starch than russet potatoes, so they are somewhat better if you want a low-carb side dish.

Key Tips for This Recipe

Be sure to check out the step by step instructions

Make sure to dry the potatoes off well, or they will not get as crispy.

Flip or toss these once during the cooking time so that they cook evenly.

Add fresh herbs after they are air-fried, or the herbs might burn.

This recipe will also work for baby potatoes.

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Air Fryer Fingerling Potatoes Recipe

Published By Anne
These air fryer fingerling potatoes are simple to make and delicious! They are crispy outside, creamy inside, and rich in flavor.
Prep Time5 minutes
Cook Time15 minutes
Servings: 4
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  • 1 pounds fingerling potatoes about 10
  • 1/2 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt or to taste
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper or to taste
  • 2 tablespoons Parmesan cheese


  • Scrub potatoes and pat them dry with a kitchen towel. Then cut them in half lengthwise.
    1 pounds fingerling potatoes
  • Put them in a medium bowl and drizzle with the olive oil.
    1/2 tablespoon olive oil
  • Sprinkle on the salt, ground pepper, and parmesan cheese.
    1/2 teaspoon salt, 1/2 teaspoon black pepper, 2 tablespoons Parmesan cheese
  • Air fry at 400 F for 8 minutes. Then take the basket out and flip them over.
  • Air fry for another 5-8 minutes until they are browned and crispy on the outside.


Sprinkle the cooked potatoes with fresh parsley, thyme, or rosemary.
If roasting them whole, add 2-3 minutes more cooking time.

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Nutrition Information

Calories: 113kcal | Carbohydrates: 20g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 3g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 2mg | Sodium: 338mg | Potassium: 483mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 23IU | Vitamin C: 22mg | Calcium: 45mg | Iron: 1mg

Nutrition facts are estimates.

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