Air Fry Tator Tots are easy and quick to use your air fryer. A great benefit is that you can serve them as it is or add some seasonings for a flavor boost. These air fryer tater tots are always delicious in both ways!
Crispy Tater tots are such kids-friendly frozen foods that appeal to everybody. They’re very popular for a good reason: For example, they’re easy to make, versatile, and make a quick side to burgers, sandwiches, or even steak. Tater tots are wrapped in bacon, used to top crockpots, or as an enthusiastic, individual appetizer like Blue Cheeseburger Totchos.
- 3 lb. russet potatoes, peeled
- 1 1/2 tsp. kosher salt, plus more for finishing
- 1/2 tsp. garlic powder
- 1/4 tsp. onion powder
- Freshly ground black pepper
- Air fryer
- Oil spray
Place potatoes in a large pot of boiling water and cook until potatoes are easily pierced with a knife, about 7 minutes. Take out and let cool.
When the potatoes are cool enough to touch, mash them through the center hole of a can. In a large bowl, mix together the diced potatoes, salt, garlic powder, onion powder, and black pepper. Use your hands to form about 2 tablespoons worth of mixture into a tater tot shape, gently squeezing the mixture as necessary.
Working in batches, place tater tots in the basket of an air fryer. Cook at 375° for 20 minutes, stopping to shake the basket halfway through, until golden.
Remove from the basket. Then sprinkle with salt.
What to serve with Air Fry Tator Tots
- Air- fried tater tots make a great side dish with burgers, sandwiches, or indeed steak.
- Season them with some taco seasoning before cooking and serve them alongside tacos.
- Skip the hash browns and serve them with a breakfast casserole or bacon and eggs.
- Try them with a bowl of beanless chili – so well!
- No matter how or with what you serve potatoes to children, try adding some grated cheese, turn off the air and let the child blink a few times until the potatoes are moist. Be done. They are like the chic French at a banquet!
TIPS & TRICKS
- You don’t need to peel the potatoes first – once you peel them, the skin comes off easily.
- To quickly cook the potatoes – cut them into smaller pieces and microwave for 2 minutes.
- You can use a food processor to grate potatoes and mix them with the seasoning.
- Make the tots pretty even in size to help them cook evenly.
- Dip your hands in cold water before making the tots, to avoid the dough sticking to them. Repeat when the dough starts to stick again.
- Fry in a puff of air for even cooking.
- You can also bake them in the oven: place them on a baking sheet lined with aluminum foil and bake for 20 minutes at 400°F (200°C). Carefully turn them after 10 minutes.
- Serve them immediately, as they will lose their crispiness quickly.
- Store leavings in the fridge in an watertight container for over to 4 days.
- Heat leftovers in the air fryer for 5 minutes at 350°F (180°C) (shake once halfway) or fry them in some butter in a pan.
- Deep freeze residue to keep them for over to 3 months.
- If you want to freeze the whole batch bake them for just 6-8 minutes per side, then freeze them individually before placing them in plastic bags in the freezer.
WHY YOU WILL LOVE THIS RECIPE
- It’s easy not as easy as firmed tots, but nearly.
- It’s enough hot, with just 20 twinkles of active cuisine.
- It’s cheap and made with closet masses.
- They are so succulent seasoned with garlic and onion greasepaint.
- They come out crisp on the outside and soft on the inside- just like how a tater tot should be!
Q1: What are tater tots?
A1: Tater tots are bite-sized cylindrical pieces made from grated or finely diced potatoes. They are typically deep-fried to achieve a crispy texture and served as a snack or side dish.
Q2: Do I need to preheat the fryer?
A2: Yes, it’s recommended to preheat your air fryer for a few minutes before adding the tater tots. This helps ensure even cooking and better crisping.
Q3: Should I thaw the tater tots before air frying?
A3: Most frozen tater tots can be air fried directly from frozen without thawing. However, it’s always a good idea to check the instructions on the packaging to see if any specific thawing is required.
Q4: Can I use homemade tater tots in the air fryer?
A4: Yes, you can use homemade tater tots in the air fryer. Simply form the grated or finely diced potatoes into tot shapes, freeze them for a while to hold their shape, and then air fry them according to the recipe instructions.
Q5: Do I need to add oil when air frying tater tots?
A5: Most frozen tater tots are pre-coated with a thin layer of oil, so you generally don’t need to add any additional oil. However, if you are making homemade tater tots or prefer a little extra crispiness, you can lightly spray or brush them with oil before air frying.
Q6: Can I season tater tots before air frying?
A6: Yes, you can season the tater tots with various spices and seasonings before air frying. Popular options include salt, pepper, garlic powder, paprika, or any other seasonings of your choice.
Q7: Can I cook a large batch of tater tots in the air fryer?
A7: Yes, you can cook a large batch of tater tots in the air fryer. However, make sure not to overcrowd the basket or tray, as this can prevent proper air circulation and result in uneven cooking. Cook in multiple batches if necessary.
Overall, air fry tater tots are a great side dish form to try. It’s simple to prepare and requires only one component, while the flavor can be enhanced with a variety of gravies and seasonings. You can also cook large batches of Tater Tots much faster than the traditional frying system. So get your little air range ready, and you