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Air fryer tater tots in a little white metal bucket with a couple on the table.

📋 Air Fryer Tater Tots Recipe

Course: Side
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Air Fryer
Prep Time: 3 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 18 minutes
Servings: 4
Calories: 201kcal
Author: Marilyn
Easily make crispy, perfectly done air fryer tater tots in under 20 minutes. No need to heat up your oven for four servings of air fryer tater tots. Just spray them with a little oil, season with salt and pop them in the air fryer. After 15 minutes you will have the crispiest air fryer tater tots everyone loves.
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  • 16 ounce bag frozen tater tots
  • Cooking spray
  • Kosher salt


  • Preheat the air fryer to 400ºF.
  • Add the tater tots to the basket. Spray the tots with cooking spray, tossing gently coat. Sprinkle with salt.
  • Cook, tossing them halfway through cooking time, 15 minutes or until crispy and golden brown.
  • Transfer tater tots to serving bowl.


  • Check the Size: Frozen tater tots come in various sizes and sometimes different shapes. Check the baking time on the bag and reduce it by one-quarter. For example, the tater tots I used called for 20 minutes baking time. I reduced this time by ¼th and came up with 15 minutes air frying time  (20 x .25 = 5, 20 - 5 = 15)
  • Toss Gently. Halfway through the cooking time, toss your tater tots by gently shaking the basket from side to side and front to back. The tater tots are still very soft and could crumble if tossed another way.
  • Explore Different Seasonings. In place of the kosher salt, season with onion salt, garlic salt, seasoning salt, chili powder, paprika, or ranch dressing powder.
  • Dips and Sauces. Serve your air fryer tater tots with ketchup, mustard, ranch dressing, honey mustard, or a barbecue sauce such as this homemade Sweet and Tangy BBQ Sauce.


Calories: 201kcal | Carbohydrates: 29g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 9g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Sodium: 485mg | Potassium: 301mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 5IU | Vitamin C: 9mg | Calcium: 15mg | Iron: 1mg