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Easy Air Fryer Breakfast Home Fries

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These air fried breakfast potatoes are the classic home fries. Crispy and golden on the outside, light and fluffy on the inside. Air fryer home fries aren’t just for breakfast, they go with everything… especially Air Fryer Eggs Benedict!

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Why you’ll love this recipe for air fryer home fries

Making home fries can go terribly wrong pretty quickly: You can over-cook or under-cook the potatoes. You can burn them and still have the centers raw. I think this is why we have these at diners more often than at home, despite them being called “home fries”. The good news is that making them in the Air Fryer solves that problem – they’re perfect every time! Cut up the potatoes, season them, and pop them in the Air Fryer for a perfect breakfast potato!

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Side view of a white plate of delicious home fries on a blue napkin.

What kind of potatoes are best for home fries?

In my opinion Yukon Gold potatoes are the perfect potato for home fries – they’re, versatile, delicious, and have just the right amount of starch to make just about any potato dish. You will notice that I use Yukon Gold potatoes in many other of my recipes, like my top-rated Shepherd’s Pie recipe. Because of their soft flesh, you don’t need to peel them (which is a big time saver) and they fry up perfectly in the air fryer!

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Ingredients for air fryer breakfast potatoes

Top view of home fry ingredients: diced potatoes, cajun seasoning, and olive oil.

I’m a big fan of recipes that only use pantry ingredients – and this recipe does not disappoint! You can make this with only four pantry staples:

  • Yukon gold potatoes
  • Olive oil
  • Cajun seasoning
  • Salt to taste

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How to make home fries in the air fryer

  1. Dice large Yukon Gold potato into small bite sized squares.In a bowl, drizzle olive oil over diced potato, toss to coat potatoes.
  2. Sprinkle cajun seasoning and salt over potatoes and again toss to coat potatoes.
  3. Pour potatoes into air fryer basket and “fry” for 10 min at 390. Take out tray and shake often while cooking to prevent potatoes from burning and sticking together.
  4. Serve with your favourite main dish and enjoy!!

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Why do you keep the skin on home fries?

There’s a two reason why I don’t peel the skin from my potatoes to make home fries:

  1. I’m lazy – peeling takes soooooooo much effort!
  2. The skin is where all the nutrients are in a potato.

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Why are my home fries mushy?

Improperly cooked home fries can be limp, greasy, or soggy and often over-browned. This problem arises when the surface starch absorbs nearby moisture and seals the surface. If you don’t dry the potatoes, you won’t get a dry surface that seals. Thankfully this problem can be alleviated by making home fries in an Air Fryer. Air fryers rely on the circulation of hot air instead of oil to produce crispy food. While they do use some oil (only a tablespoon or two), it’s not enough to be absorbed into the potato.

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Top view of easy air fried home fries on a white plate on a blue napkin with a gold fork to the right of the plate.

Easy Air Fryer Breakfast Home Fries Recipe

Yield: 2 servings
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 15 minutes

These air fried breakfast potatoes are the classic home fries. Crispy and golden on the outside, light and fluffy on the inside. Air fryer home fries aren't just for breakfast, they go with everything... especially Air Fryer Eggs Benedict!

Ingredients

  • 1 large Yukon Gold potato
  • 1 Tablespoon Olive oil
  • 1 Tablespoon Cajun seasoning
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt

Instructions

  1. Dice large Yukon Gold potato into small bite sized squares.
  2. In a bowl, drizzle olive oil over diced potato, toss to coat potatoes.
  3. Sprinkle cajun seasoning and salt over potatoes and again toss to coat potatoes.
  4. Pour potatoes into air fryer basket and "fry" for 10 min at 390. Take out tray and shake often while cooking to prevent potatoes from burning and sticking together.
  5. Serve with your favourite main dish (like my top-rated Air Fryer Eggs Benny) and enjoy!!

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Nutrition Information:
Yield: 2 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 145Total Fat: 0gSaturated Fat: 0gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 0gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 1904mgCarbohydrates: 33gFiber: 4gSugar: 2gProtein: 4g

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