tater tots on plate with ketchup

Air Fryer Frozen Tater Tots

Air fryer tater tots are perfectly crisp without any of the greasiness of deep fried tater tots. I actually think cooking frozen tater tots in the air fryer come out with an even better texture than any I’ve had in a restaurant. With this method you’ll have the perfect appetizer or side in less than 20 minutes.

Tater tots on plate with ketchup

How to Make Air Fryer Frozen Tater Tots

1. Preheat your air fryer to 390 degrees F, if yours requires preheating

cooking frozen tater tots in air fryer

2. Cook for about 16-18 minutes. Toss tater tots every 5-6 minutes. Adjust cook time as needed for desired crispness.

Air fryer frozen tater tots

Air fryer tater tots are perfectly crisp without any of the greasiness of deep fried tater tots. I actually think cooking frozen tater tots in the air fryer come out with an even better texture than any I’ve had in a restaurant. With this method you’ll have the perfect appetizer or side in less than 20 minutes.

Air fryer frozen tater tots

What Air Fryer Did I Use?

I used the air crisping setting on my Ninja Foodi Deluxe to cook these. I think this appliance very easy to use and all of the 8 settings create amazing results.

frozen tater tots on a plate after being cooked in an air fryer

Recommended Seasonings, Toppings, and Dipping Sauces to Try on Air Fryer Frozen Tater Tots

Honestly, these are so good they don’t really need any extra seasoning, but sometimes it’s nice to mix up the flavors. Try these options below for some extra flavor!

Seasonings:

  • Garlic Parmesan: 1 tbsp grated parmesan and 1/8 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/2 tsp ground black pepper, dash of salt
  • Spicy: 1/4 tsp smoked paprika, 1/8 tsp red pepper flakes, 1/8 tsp garlic powder, and 1/8 tsp ground black pepper

Topping:

  • Chives
  • Cheese
  • Tomato
  • Onion
  • Bacon, pulled pork, ground beef, or shredded chicken
  • Black beans

Sauces:

  • Ketchup
  • Siracha or Hot Sauce
  • Salsa and Guacamole
  • Barbecue sauce
  • Garlic Aioli
  • Queso
air fryer frozen tater tots on plate
How long to cook frozen tater tots in air fryer?

Cook tater tots at 390 degrees F for about 16-19 minutes, depending on how crisp you like them. Toss occasionally.

What goes good on tater tots?

Tater tots are delicious served with seasonings like Cajun, parmesan garlic blend, or simple salt and pepper. You can also serve toppings on tater tots like onions, cheese, bacon, or queso. See above for a full list of recommended seasonings, toppings, and dipping sauces for tater tots.

How do I make my Tater Tots crispy?

Make sure to toss the air fryer basket of tater tots regularly to ensure they get crispy. The air needs to move about them to evenly cook and make them crispy. If you’re doing a big batch of tater tots, consider doing them at separate times to allow more space for air flow.

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tater tots on plate with ketchup

Air Fryer Frozen Tater Tots


  • Author: Ashley Braun, MPH, RD
  • Total Time: 20 minutes

Description

Air fryer tater tots are perfectly crisp without any added oil or cooking spray. Cooking frozen tater tots in air fryer is easy and ready in under 20 minutes. Serve with your dipping sauce of choice.


Ingredients

Scale

1 lb of frozen tater tots


Instructions

1. Preheat air fryer to 390 degrees F, if yours requires it

 

2. Cook tater tots at 390 degrees F for about 16-19 minutes, depending on desired crispness. Toss in basket 2-3 times during cooking.

Notes

  • Adjust amount of tater tots to meet your needs for serving size
  • Prep Time: 1
  • Cook Time: 19

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