These Air Fryer Fingerling Potatoes are seasoned generously with parmesan cheese and garlic for an easy and versatile side that can't be beat. Ready in less than 30 minutes and made with only 6 ingredients, you'll love how quickly this potato side dish comes together. Gluten-free, dairy-free, and vegan-friendly.
Looking for a new, healthy, and delicious way to enjoy potatoes?
Give these air fryer fingerling potatoes a try! These tasty little spuds are the perfect size for air frying. Plus, cooking them in the air fryer creates crispy, tender potatoes with minimal oil and maximum flavor.
In this air fryer recipe, fingerling potatoes are seasoned with olive oil, garlic powder, salt, and pepper, then topped with a sprinkle of parmesan cheese.
These air fryer potatoes are the perfect side dish for any meal, pairing well with both hearty meat-based entrées and light vegetarian dishes. They also make for a quick and easy snack.
So, whether you're an air fryer enthusiast or a first-time user, this recipe is sure to be a crowd-pleaser.
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Why You'll Love This Recipe
- Ready in Under 30 Minutes- You'll have this easy potato side dish on the dinner table in no time. Perfect for a quick weeknight meal!
- Only 6 Ingredients- Most of which are pantry staples like olive oil and spices. Just grab some fingerling potatoes and parmesan cheese at the store and you're good to go.
- Versatile Side Dish- Potato side dishes pair well with just about any meal. Serve these parmesan fingerling potatoes with chicken, steak, seafood, or tofu for a well-balanced meal.
- Flavorful- Parmesan and garlic are a classic flavor pairing that elevates these air fryer roasted fingerling potatoes to the next level.
- Healthy- Potatoes are a great source of fiber and potassium.
Here are some notes on the key ingredients. For the full list of ingredients, check out the recipe card below.
- Fingerling Potatoes- A small, elongated potato, fingerling potatoes are perfect for air frying and roasting. Cutting them in half lengthwise helps them cook more quickly and provides a lot of surface area for browning.
- Parmesan Cheese- Sharp, nutty, and complex in flavor, parmesan cheese adds a delicious contrast to the pungent garlic flavor.
- Olive Oil- Coating the potatoes in olive oil allows them to become golden brown and crispy as the air fryer works its magic.
- Garlic Powder- Adds a bold garlic flavor to the potatoes.
Here are some notes on any special equipment I used to make this recipe.
- Air Fryer- This recipe was made using a basket-style air fryer. I have not tested making fingerling potatoes in a toaster oven-style air fryer. However, I believe it would work about the same. Keep in mind, the potatoes may take a few minutes longer to cook in an oven-style air fryer. I use and love this 5.5-Quart Ninja Max XL Air Fryer.
Step by Step Instructions
Here is how to make these easy air fryer fingerling potatoes.
Step 1: Season the potatoes. Place the potatoes in a large mixing bowl. Drizzle with olive oil, garlic powder, kosher salt, and ground black pepper, and toss to coat.
Step 2: Air fry the potatoes. Preheat the air fryer to 375°F for 2 minutes. Add the potatoes and cook for 15 minutes, shaking the air fryer basket vigorously halfway through. Shaking the basket helps avoid uneven cooking.
Step 3: Add parmesan cheese. Sprinkle potatoes evenly with parmesan cheese and cook for an additional 2-3 minutes. Serve immediately.
Tips for Success
- Preheat the air fryer. Allowing the air fryer to warm up for a few minutes before adding the fingerling potatoes helps jumpstart the cooking process.
- Shake it up. Vigorously shaking the air fryer basket at about the halfway point allows the potatoes to brown and cook through evenly.
- Add parmesan cheese at the end. Grated parmesan cheese would burn if cooked for 15 minutes. Adding it at the end and only cooking it for 2-3 minutes lets it melt and get crispy without burning.
- Serve immediately. The parmesan cheese starts to harden as soon as it's removed from the air fryer. While they can be reheated, these garlic parmesan fingerling potatoes are best served fresh.
- No air fryer? No problem! Simply roast the fingerling potatoes in the oven at 425°F for 20-25 minutes instead.
Substitutions and Variations
Here are a few ways you can try customizing this air fryer fingerling potato recipe to fit your diet and taste preferences.
- Fingerling Potatoes- Swap out fingerling potatoes for diced red potatoes, Yukon Gold potatoes, baby potatoes, or new potatoes.
- Parmesan Cheese- Try asiago cheese, pecorino romano cheese, mozzarella cheese, or cheddar cheese.
- Olive Oil- Any neutral-flavored oil can be used in this recipe. Alternatively, try using melted butter instead of oil.
- Garlic Powder- Replace garlic powder with garlic-infused olive oil or two cloves of fresh minced garlic.
- Herbed- Mix fresh rosemary and thyme with the parmesan cheese or sprinkle with fresh chopped parsley, basil, or dill just before serving.
- Spicy- Add a few shakes of cayenne pepper or red pepper flakes to give these fingerling potatoes a kick.
- Indian-Spiced- Skip the parmesan cheese and season the potatoes with a bit of garam masala, curry powder, and turmeric for an Indian-inspired flavor.
- Italian- Season with dried Italian seasoning and add a little shredded mozzarella cheese on top along with the parmesan.
What to Serve With Air Fryer Fingerling Potatoes
Fingerling potatoes are a delicious and easy side dish that pairs with just about anything. Here are a few of my favorite dishes to serve with these air fryer fingerling potatoes.
- Cast Iron Skillet Chicken Breast
- Air Fryer Chicken Sausage
- Lemon-Garlic Roasted Chicken
- Air Fryer Turkey Burgers
- Pesto Butter Salmon
- Parmesan-Crusted Air Fryer Halibut
- Braised Beef with Mushroom Gravy
- Meatballs in Tomato Sauce
- Vegetarian Stuffed Portobello Mushrooms
Storage and Reheating
How to Store
- Refrigerator- Store leftover fingerling potatoes in an airtight container in the refrigerator for 3-4 days.
- Freezer- Roasted potatoes freeze well, but may experience some texture change. Store leftover roast fingerling potatoes in a freezer-safe plastic bag or container in the freezer for up to 1 year.
How to Reheat
- Air Fryer- Preheat the air fryer to 350°F for 2 minutes. Add leftover fingerling potatoes and heat for 5-7 minutes, shaking the basket halfway through.
- Oven- Preheat the oven to 400°F. Spread leftover fingerling potatoes out evenly on a rimmed baking sheet. Cover with aluminum foil and heat for 15 minutes. Remove foil and heat for an additional 5 minutes to get the potatoes nice and crispy.
- Stovetop- Heat oil or butter in a skillet over medium heat. Add the potatoes to the skillet and reduce the heat to low. Cover the skillet with a lid and heat the potatoes for 5 minutes or until fully warmed through.
- Microwave- Place the potatoes in a single layer on a microwave-safe dish. Cover with a lid or a damp paper towel and heat on half power (50%) for one minute. Continue heating on half power in 30-second intervals until fully warmed through.
This air fryer fingerling potatoes recipe can be cooked in advance and stored in the refrigerator for up to 3 days. Then, when ready to serve, reheat them in the air fryer or oven for best results.
Frequently Asked Questions
No, I do not recommend using non-stick spray in your air fryer. Non-stick spray can damage the non-stick coating of the air fryer basket. For best results, only use oil or butter in your air fryer.
The oil used to coat the potatoes should prevent them from sticking. However, if you find the potatoes are still sticking to the basket, brush a little extra olive oil directly onto the surface of the air fryer basket.
Since these fingerling potatoes are cut in half, there is no need to pierce them before air frying.
If your air fryer fingerling potatoes turned out soggy, it might be a case of overcrowding the basket.
The potatoes should be mostly in a single, even layer on the bottom of the air fryer basket. Some overlap is okay, but you want air to be able to circulate throughout the basket as the potatoes cook.
Yes, if you don't have an air fryer, you can still make these roasted fingerling potatoes in the oven.
Preheat the oven to 425°F. Season the fingerling potatoes according to the recipe, then spread them out in a single, even layer on a parchment-lined rimmed baking sheet. Roast for 20-25 minutes. Sprinkle with parmesan cheese and cook for an additional 2-3 minutes.
More Potato Recipes
Air Fryer Fingerling Potatoes
- 1 pound (approx. 12-15) fingerling potatoes halved lengthwise
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- ½ teaspoon garlic powder
- ¼ teaspoon kosher salt
- ¼ teaspoon black pepper
- ¼ cup grated parmesan cheese
- Place the potatoes in a large mixing bowl. Drizzle with olive oil, garlic powder, kosher salt, and ground black pepper, and toss to coat.1 pound (approx. 12-15) fingerling potatoes, 1 tablespoon olive oil, ½ teaspoon garlic powder, ¼ teaspoon kosher salt, ¼ teaspoon black pepper
- Preheat the air fryer to 375°F for 2 minutes. Add the potatoes and cook for 15 minutes, shaking the air fryer basket vigorously halfway through. Shaking the basket helps avoid uneven cooking.
- Sprinkle potatoes evenly with parmesan cheese and cook for an additional 2-3 minutes. Serve immediately.¼ cup grated parmesan cheese
- Quick Tip: No air fryer? No problem! Simply roast the fingerling potatoes in the oven at 425°F for 20-25 minutes instead.
- Storage: Store leftover potatoes in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 4 days or in the freezer for up to 1 year.
- Make Ahead: Cook the potatoes up to 3 days in advance, then reheat them in the air fryer or oven.