Air Fryer Potato Wedges From Scratch

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Potato wedges are a delicious and satisfying snack or side dish that can be enjoyed any time.

If you’re a fan of crispy potato wedges but want to avoid the excess oil of traditional deep-frying, then the air fryer is your best friend.

With the right techniques and a few tips, you can easily make crispy air fryer potato wedges at home.

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Choosing The Right Potatoes

To make crispy potato wedges, selecting the right type of potato is crucial.

Russet potatoes are excellent due to their high starch content and low moisture. The starch helps in achieving a fluffy interior, while the low moisture content gives a crispy exterior.

Alternatively, you can use Yukon Gold or red potatoes, which have a creamier texture but may result in slightly less crispiness.

How To Air Fry Potato Wedges

  1. Start by washing the potatoes thoroughly to remove any dirt or debris.
  2. Cut the potatoes lengthwise into wedges of consistent size. Aim for a thickness of around ½ inch.
  3. Place the potato wedges in a bowl of cold water for 30 minutes. This step helps remove excess starch and results in crispier wedges.
  4. After soaking, drain the water and pat the potato wedges dry using a clean kitchen towel or paper towel. Removing excess moisture will help achieve maximum crispiness.

Seasoning Options

When it comes to seasoning potato wedges, the options are endless.

Here are a few popular choices:

  1. Classic Seasoning: Toss the wedges with olive oil, salt, pepper, garlic powder, and paprika for a simple yet tasty combination.
  2. Spicy Kick: Add cayenne pepper, chilli powder, or Sriracha to the seasoning mix for those who enjoy a fiery taste.
  3. Herby Delight: Mix dried herbs like rosemary, thyme, and parsley with the seasoning for a fragrant twist.
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Preheating the Air Fryer

Before you start cooking the potato wedges, preheating the air fryer is essential.

This step ensures even cooking and enhances the overall crispiness.

Set the air fryer temperature to 200C /400F and allow it to preheat for 5 minutes.

How Long To Cook Potato Wedges In The Air Fryer?

  1. Lightly coat the preheated basket with cooking spray or a small amount of oil.
  2. Arrange the potato wedges in a single layer, making sure they don’t overlap. This allows the hot air to circulate properly.
  3. Set the temperature to 200C /400F and the cooking time to 20-25 minutes.

Shaking The Air Fryer Wedges

To achieve even crispiness, turn the potato wedges using silicon tongs or a spatula halfway through cooking time.

Additionally, give the basket a gentle shake to shuffle the wedges. This prevents sticking and helps to cook the wedges evenly.

Checking for Crispiness

Around the 20-minute mark, start checking the potato wedges for crispiness.

Use tongs to carefully poke a wedge. If it feels tender and the exterior is golden brown, it’s time to remove them from the air fryer.

For extra crispiness, you can extend the cooking time by a few minutes, keeping a close eye on them to avoid burning.

How To Serve The Potato Wedges

Once the potato wedges are cooked to perfection, it’s time to serve and enjoy them. Here are a few serving suggestions:

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  1. Sprinkle freshly chopped parsley or grated Parmesan cheese on top for added flavour.
  2. Serve them with your favourite dipping sauces such as ketchup, garlic aioli, or spicy mayo.
  3. Pair them with a juicy burger or enjoy them as a snack with a side of sour cream.

Tips for Perfect Air Fryer Potato Wedges

  1. For extra crispy wedges, try soaking the potato wedges in iced water for 1-2 hours before proceeding with the recipe.
  2. Avoid overcrowding the basket to ensure proper airflow and even cooking.
  3. Experiment with different seasoning blends to add flavour.
  4. Serve the potato wedges immediately after cooking for the best texture and flavour.

Storing Potatoes Wedges

If you have some leftover potato wedges and want to store them for later, proper storage techniques can help maintain their texture and flavour.

Here are some tips on storing potato wedges:

  1. Cooling: Allow the cooked potato wedges to cool completely before storing them. This helps prevent condensation and sogginess.
  2. Container: Transfer the cooled potato wedges to an airtight container. Make sure the container is suitable for refrigeration and freezer storage. Alternatively, you can use a zip-top freezer bag.
  3. Single Layer: Arrange the potato wedges in a single layer to prevent them from sticking together. If necessary, use multiple containers or separate them with parchment paper.
  4. Refrigeration: If you plan to eat the potato wedges within a day or two, store them in the refrigerator. They should stay fresh and retain their crispiness for up to 2 days.
  5. Storage Time: It’s important to note that while reheated potato wedges can still be enjoyable, they may not be as crispy as freshly cooked ones. It’s best to eat them within a few days after reheating.

Freezing Potatoes Wedges

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For longer storage, freeze the potato wedges in between some greaseproof paper in a suitable freezer container or freezer bag.

Place the container or freezer bag in the freezer and make sure it is sealed properly.

Frozen air fryer potato wedges can last for up to 2 months.

Thawing Potato Wedges

When you’re ready to eat the frozen potato wedges, thaw them in the refrigerator overnight.

This gradual thawing helps maintain their texture.

Avoid thawing them at room temperature to prevent the development of bacteria.

Reheating Frozen Wedges

To regain some crispiness, reheat the thawed potato wedges in the air fryer.

Preheat to 200C /400F and arrange the wedges in a single layer.

Cook them for 6-7 minutes until they are heated through and crispy again. Turning halfway through cooking time.

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Frequently Asked Questions

While fresh potatoes generally get a better result, you can use frozen potatoes for convenience. Thaw first before slicing.

Keep in mind that frozen potatoes may require slightly longer cooking times.

Popular dipping sauces for potato wedges include tomato sauce, ranch dressing, barbecue sauce and mayonnaise.

One of my favourites is a mix of mayo and tomato sauce (tastes like Marie Rose dressing).

Potato wedges are best enjoyed immediately after cooking for maximum crispiness.

If you have leftovers, you can reheat them in the air fryer at 200C / 400F for a few minutes to regain some crispiness.

While freshly cooked potato wedges offer the best texture, you can make them ahead of time and reheat them in the air fryer.

Note: Reheated wedges may not be as crispy as freshly cooked ones.

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Air Fryer Sweet Potato Wedges

Sweet Potato Wedges

Preparing the Sweet Potatoes

To start, you’ll need to select the right sweet potatoes. Look for ones that are firm and free from blemishes.

Organic sweet potatoes are a great choice if available. Learn more about sweet potatoes.

Once you have your sweet potatoes, wash them thoroughly under running water to remove any dirt or debris.

Next, peel the sweet potatoes using a vegetable peeler or a sharp knife. After peeling, cut the sweet potatoes into evenly sized wedges.

Aim for a thickness of about half an inch to ensure even cooking.

Soak the sweet potatoes in cold water for 30-60 minutes before cooking to remove the excess starch for a crispier result.

Coating The Wedges

To achieve that crispy exterior, you can coat the sweet potato wedges before air frying them.

One option is to lightly brush the wedges with oil. This helps create a golden crust without excessive greasiness.

Alternatively, you can use breadcrumbs or cornflour to coat the wedges.

How To Season Sweet Potato Wedges

For a sweet twist, try sprinkling cinnamon sugar over the wedges before air frying them.

If you prefer a spicy kick, consider using chilli powder or paprika.

For a more savoury option, a combination of rosemary, garlic powder and onion powder works wonders.

TIP: Spray oil on the wedges before seasoning. This will help the seasoning to stick.

Experiment with different seasonings to discover your favourite.

How To Air Fry Sweet Potato Wedges

Once your sweet potato wedges are seasoned and coated, preheat the air fryer to 200C /400F for 5 minutes.

Place the wedges in a single layer in the basket, making sure not to overcrowd them.

You may need to cook them in batches if your basket has a smaller capacity.

Cook the sweet potato wedges for approximately 15-20 minutes, turning them halfway through the cooking time to ensure even browning.

Tips for Crispy Sweet Potato Wedges

To ensure your sweet potato wedges turn out perfectly crispy, here are a few additional tips.

First, make sure to space the wedges evenly in the basket, allowing hot air to circulate each piece.

Crowding the basket can result in uneven cooking and a less crispy texture.

Second, turning the wedges halfway through the cooking time helps ensure both sides are equally crispy.

Lastly, keep an eye on the wedges as cooking times may vary depending on the thickness and moisture content of the potatoes. They can burn easily.

Adjust the cooking time as needed to achieve your desired level of crispiness.

The wedges also go well with a variety of dipping sauces such as garlic aioli, sriracha mayo, or tangy barbecue sauce.

You can sprinkle some fresh herbs like parsley or coriander over the wedges for added freshness. I would recommend using half a teaspoon of each.

Sweet potato wedges are best enjoyed immediately after cooking when they are at their crispiest.

However, if you have leftovers, you can store them in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 2-3 days.

Reheat them in the air fryer at 200C / 400F for a few minutes to restore some of their crispiness.

You can freeze leftover sweet potato wedges.

Place them in a suitable freezer-safe container or bag, making sure to remove as much air as possible.

When you’re ready, thaw the wedges in the refrigerator overnight and then reheat them at 200C / 400F for a few minutes to regain their crispy texture.

When slicing the sweet potatoes do not cut them too thinly. Also, make sure you top and tail the sweet potatoes. Place them in a single layer to allow the air to circulate around them.

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