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Tater Tots in Air fryer

These air fryer frozen tater tots are delightfully crunchy and done in no time. No need to thaw or deep fry yet perfect every single time. Do try.
Course Appetizer, Side Dish
Cuisine American
Keyword air fryer tater tots, frozen tater tots in air fryer
recipe air fryer tater tots, frozen tater tots in air fryer
Cook Time 13 minutes
Total Time 13 minutes
Servings 4
Calories 183kcal
Author Rachna Parmar


  • 16 oz. tater tots or 450 gm.


  • Preheat the air fryer at 390 F or 200 C for 3 minutes.
  • Cut the packet of frozen tater tots and put in the entire bag into the air fryer basket.
  • Air fry at 390 F for 6 minutes. Shake the basket once in the middle. Check how they are doing.
  • I generally need about 4 minutes more at 390 F for crunchy outside and nice golden brown color. I pick out one and check for doneness.
  • Keep shaking the basket at 3-4 minutes intervals to ensure even cooking.
  • Your tater tots are done. They taste very close to deep fried minus the oil. So good. Serve them with your favorite dips or toppings.


1. Spray with oil and add a bit of salt before serving if your tots are unseasoned. Mine did not need additions spray of oil.
2. To make tater tots from scratch take 1 lb. boiled potatoes. Add 1 tsp. each pepper, garlic powder, onion powder and ½ tsp. cayenne or paprika (optional) with salt. Mix well. Form nugget shape and air fry after coating with oil. You can also freeze these to make later.
3. Keep an eye on your tots when air frying and shake the basket once every 3 minutes for even cooking. Mine normally take about 10 minutes at 390 F after preheating.
4. These are naturally vegan and vegetarian. They make for a delicious snack or side.
5. Have them hot straight after air frying.
6. You do not need to thaw the tots before cooking them.


Calories: 183kcal | Carbohydrates: 27g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 6.3g | Saturated Fat: 3.2g | Sugar: 0.2g