Discover the trick to making perfectly crispy air fryer home fries. These fries are perfect for breakfast and come together in under 30 minutes!

A breakfast plate with home fries, eggs, greens and a fork.

Perfect home fries in minutes

Home fries are a great side option for any meal. They’re fast to cook so you can easily add them into your weekday breakfasts or dinners. 

What I love about making them in the air fryer is how quickly you can achieve the perfectly cooked potatoes. With that signature crispy crunchy exterior and buttery soft interior.

We all know that perfect potato texture I’m talking about. It usually takes anywhere from 30-40 minutes of cooking time to reach, but thanks to the air fryer that time is cut in half.

It’s also a super convenient breakfast/brunch recipe to have on hand for the warmer summer months, when turning on the oven feels like a major inconvenience.

The air fryer sits on your counter and keeps your kitchen nice and cool.

An air fryer basket with cooked potatoes, onions and bell peppers.

Cooking fries with your air fryer

If you’ve ever cooked with an air fryer before, you know there are a couple tricks that help the process. I’m using this Ovente Air Fryer but from what I’ve read, these tips will work with any kind of air fryer:

  1. Keep an eye on your basket! Food cooks faster in air fryers. This means you should be checking whatever you have in there more regularly. I like to go in and check every 5 minutes, giving the basket a good shake to make sure things aren’t sticking.
  2. Don’t overcrowd your fryer . Especially when cooking things like potatoes, overcrowding will result in unevenly cooked food. This can be prevented by…
  3. Cooking in batches! Start with an even layer of fries and cook fully. This recipe which calls for 3-4 potatoes usually only takes me 2 batches.
Veggies in a glass bowl next to small bowls of spices and oil.

Normal fries vs. home fries

When testing these air fryer home fries I tried making traditional fries a few times. While it’s definitely possible, I found that home fries win every time in the texture category.

Something about the long, skinny shape of traditional fries is just more fussy when cooking in the air fryer. That’s why I ultimately stuck to the cubed home fry shape.

That said, if you’ve got leftover fries or frozen, precut fries, the air fryer is the perfect vehicle to bring those babies to life!

A close up of home fries with onion and peppers.

Add ins

I like the classic combo of potatoes, bell peppers and onions for my home fries but you could totally take this in any direction.

Pretty much whatever veggies you have in your fridge would probably go great with these potatoes. I’m thinking chopped asparagus, broccoli or maybe even some squash!

Once you’ve picked your veggies, it’s time to think spices. I kept things simple with salt, pepper, garlic powder and smoke paprika, but again this could go in a lot of different directions. Add different seasonings to your potatoes like smokey bbq rub, taco seasoning or lemon pepper to make them your favorite.

Once your fries are done, they’re delicious with almost anything. Here are a few of my favorite dishes to pair them with:

A fork with eggs, avocado and home fries.


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A breakfast plate with home fries, eggs, greens and a fork.

Air Fryer Home Fries

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  • Author: Salima Benkhalti
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 20 minutes
  • Total Time: 30 minutes
  • Yield: 3-4 servings
  • Category: Potatoes, Breakfast, Home Fries
  • Method: Air Fried, Air Fryer
  • Cuisine: American
  • Diet: Vegan



  • 4-5 yukon gold potatoes, cut into ½ square inch cubes

  • 1 red bell pepper, cut into the same sized pieces as the potatoes

  • 1 yellow onion, cut into the same sized pieces as the potatoes

  • ½ tbsp salt

  • ½ tbsp pepper

  • ½ tbsp garlic powder

  • 2 tsp smoked paprika

  • 1 tbsp olive oil 


  1. Preheat your air fryer to 390 degrees. Toss the potato cubes in a large bowl with seasonings and oil, making sure they are evenly coating. 

  2. Arrange your potatoes in the air fryer in an even layer. Fry in batches to make sure they cook evenly.

  3. Fry for 10 minutes, tossing the basket after the first five minutes to make sure nothing is sticking. 

  4. After 10 minutes, toss in the onions and peppers and fry another 5-10 minutes, checking halfway through again to make sure nothing is burning or sticking. Once potatoes are golden brown on the outside and soft on the inside take them out and enjoy!