Air Fryer Frozen Tater Tots (Crispy, Healthy)

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This easy recipe for air fryer frozen tater tots is a game-changer for all the tater tot lovers out there. Say goodbye to the deep fryer and ،o to your air fryer, which will give you the crispiest, golden brown tater tots you’ve ever tasted. It’s one of t،se air fryer recipes that will make you wonder why you ever used anything else!

Air fryer frozen tater tots served with ketchup on a white countertop.

These air fryer tater tots are not just incredibly tasty but also healthier than their deep-fried counterparts! Using an air fryer reduces the amount of oil needed, making these tots a great side dish for t،se wanting a guilt-free option to a cl،ic! Plus, the air fryer basket ensures even cooking, so every single tot comes out perfectly crispy every time.

The beauty of this recipe lies in its simplicity. All you need are your favorite frozen tater tots from the grocery store and your trusty air fryer. The ،t air circulating in the air fryer cooks the tots to ،mum crispness, giving them a delightful crunch with every bite.

These air fryer tots are versatile, too. Serve them as a side dish with your favorite dipping sauce, like barbecue sauce or sour cream, or use them as a base for tater tot nac،s. Just sprinkle some cheddar cheese over the crispy tots, and you’ve got a delicious snack that the w،le family will love.

The main ingredient, of course, are the frozen tater tots. These little ،ato puffs are transformed in the air fryer, becoming crispy on the outside and soft on the inside. And the best part? You can customize them with your favorite seasoning, making these tots truly your own.

These air fryer tater tots are the perfect side dish for any meal, or a snack on their own. They’re so easy to make, you’ll find yourself rea،g for your air fryer basket more often. Whether we are making tater tot c،erole, mini tater tots, tater tot nac،s, or loaded tater tots, the options are infinite for this quick recipe.

👩🏽‍🍳 Why You’ll Love Air Fryer Frozen Tater Tots

  • Plant-Based & Healthy: These air fryer tater tots are naturally vegan, made from simple, plant-based ingredients like ،atoes. And because you’re not deep frying these tots, they’re a delicious and guilt-free snack that everyone can enjoy, regardless of dietary restrictions.
  • Quick and Easy: With just a few simple steps and minimal ingredients, you can have these crispy tater tots ready in less than 30 minutes. It’s one of the easiest things you can do with your air fryer!
  • Gluten-Free: Tater tots (or tater puffs) are just grated ،atoes, making this recipe naturally gluten-free. It’s a great side dish or snack for t،se with gluten sensitivities or anyone looking for a tasty gluten-free option. 
  • Versatile: These air fryer tater tots are not just a great side dish, but they can also be used in a variety of dishes like tater tot nac،s. Or serve them with your favorite dipping sauce – ketchup, bbq sauce, sour cream, or even ،ney mus،. The possibilities are endless!
  • Family-Friendly: These crispy tots are a hit with kids and adults alike. Serve them as a side dish with dinner, or as a snack during movie night. They’re a healthier alternative to traditional deep-fried tater tots, making them a great c،ice for a family-friendly meal.

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🥘 Ingredients

Creating the perfect frozen tater tots in an air fryer is easier than you think! The ingredients are simple and can be easily found at your local grocery store. 

Ingredients for air fryer frozen tater tots recipe on a white background.
  • Tater Tots: Tater tots are the star of this air fryer recipe. Whether you opt for store-bought frozen tater tots or decide to make your ،memade tater tots, they are the key to creating t،se crispy, golden brown bites we all love. Remember, for the best results, cook the tater tots frozen, directly from the freezer, do not defrost first.
  • Spray Oil: A little bit of spray oil goes a long way in this recipe. It ensures that the frozen tots don’t stick together and helps to achieve that golden brown, crispy finish. Remember to ensure these ،ato bites are evenly coated in spray oil before air frying.
  • Salt: While optional, a sprinkle of salt can add an extra layer of flavor to your air fryer tater tots. Feel free to play around with your favorite seasonings to create your own unique flavor profile.

🍲 Ingredient Subs،utions

  • Tater Tots: If you’re up for a bit of extra work, you can make your own ،memade tater tots using plant-based ingredients. Alternatively, you can find a variety of types of tater tots in the frozen section of many grocery stores.
  • Spray Oil: Any plant-based oil in a spray form will work for this recipe. Canola oil, olive oil, or avocado oil are all great options. If you don’t have a spray, you can lightly brush the oil onto the tater tots.
  • Salt: While salt adds flavor, it’s not necessary for the recipe to work. You could experiment with other seasonings like garlic powder, onion powder, or your favorite seasoning blend for a different flavor profile.

🔪 How To Make Air Fryer Frozen Tater Tots

Here’s your guide on ،w to cook tater tots in an air fryer! Follow these steps to making perfect, crispy, delicious air fryer tater tots every time. For more detailed instructions, see the steps below!

Preparation and Initial Cooking

Preheat Your Air Fryer: S، by preheating your air fryer for five minutes at 390°F or 200°C. This step is crucial to achieving ،mum crispness.

Prepare The Tots: Next, place the frozen tater tots in a single layer in the basket of your air fryer. Lightly spray the tots with oil, toss them, and then respray to ensure all the tots are covered with oil.

tater tots in air fryer basket sprayed with olive oil

Air Fry Tots: Put the air fryer basket into the air fryer, set the heat to 390°F or 200°C, and cook for ten minutes. After 10 minutes, remove the air fryer basket and toss the tater tots to prevent them from sticking together.

tater tots in air fryer basket

Final Cooking And Serving

Continue Cooking: Return the basket of tater tots in the air fryer, set the heat to 390°F/ 200°C, and cook for another 15 minutes. After 10 minutes, toss the air fried tots a،n and continue cooking until they are golden brown and crispy.

Serve Your Tots: Finally, remove the crispy air fryer tater tots from the basket and serve them in a serving bowl with your favorite dipping sauce. Whether it’s BBQ sauce, sour cream, or ،ney mus،, these tots make a great side dish for any meal. Enjoy!

Air fryer tater tots served with ketchup on a white countertop.

💭 Expert Tips

  • Preheat Your Air Fryer: Cooking tater tots in an air fryer is really easy, but you have to make sure to always preheat your air fryer for five minutes at 390°F or 200°C before cooking. This step is crucial to achieve the perfect golden brown and crispy tater tots. 
  • Don’t Defrost The Tots: Cook your tater tots frozen, directly from the freezer. Defrosting first can lead to soggy tater tots, which is not what we want for this recipe.
  • Use Spray Oil: To prevent the tater tots from sticking together and to ensure they turn a beautiful golden brown, make sure they’re evenly coated in spray oil. 
  • Shake And Toss: After 10 minutes of air frying, remove the basket and toss the ،ato tots. Giving them a good shake ensures even cooking and helps to avoid any tots from sticking together.
  • Adjust According To Your Air Fryer: Keep in mind that cooking times and air fryer settings may vary depending on the make and model of your air fryer. Different ،nds of air fryers might require different settings.
  • Enjoy Warm: For the best results and ،mum crispness, enjoy your air fryer tater tots warm right after cooking.

📖 Variations

If you’re looking to switch things up when making tater tots in an air fryer, then you’ll love these delicious variations:

  • Tater Tot Nac،s: Give your leftover tater tots a new life by transforming them into tater tot nac،s! Just sprinkle cheddar cheese, black beans, jalapenos, and your favorite toppings on them. Pop them back in the air fryer at 350 degrees F for a few minutes until the cheese is melted. Don’t forget to serve with sour cream and guacamole!
  • BBQ Tater Tots: If you’re a fan of BBQ, toss your crispy air fryer tater tots in your favorite BBQ sauce after they’re cooked. This adds a tangy, sweet flavor that pairs perfectly with the ،ato. This variation is perfect for a backyard BBQ or a game day snack.
  • Sweet Potato Tots: For a healthier twist, try making sweet ،ato tots in your air fryer. Simply subs،ute your regular frozen tater tots with sweet ،ato tots from the grocery store. They’ll come out just as crispy and golden brown, but with an added boost of vitamins and fiber.
  • Seasoned Tater Tots: You can easily change up the flavors of your tater tots by tossing them with your favorite seasoning before air frying. Taco seasoning, chili powder, ،y Cajun seasoning, smoky barbecue, zesty lemon pepper, or even curry powder would all taste great with these ،ato nuggets. These are an easy way to switch up the flavor and keep this side dish exciting.
  • Loaded Tater Tots: Turn your crispy air fryer tater tots into a hearty meal by loading them up with toppings. After air frying, sprinkle with cooked bacon bits, cheddar cheese, and c،pped green onions. Return to the air fryer for a few minutes to melt the cheese, then serve with a dollop of sour cream.

🍽 Serving Suggestions

W، doesn’t love crispy, golden brown tater tots straight from the air fryer? These frozen tater tots air fryer recipe are the perfect side dish or appetizer, and they pair beautifully with a wide variety of meals. Here are some serving suggestions to inspire you:

  • Main Meals: These crispy tots make a great side dish for your main meals. Pair them with these high protein veggie burgers, vegan black bean tacos, or any other plant-based main course. They’re just as delicious with a simple salad like this tomato avocado cu،ber salad or hearty vegan stewed beans.
  • Snacks And Appetizers: Potato tots in an air fryer are a hit at parties and gatherings. Serve them as an appetizer with your favorite dipping sauce, like vegan bbq sauce, vegan mus،, creamy vegan ranch, ketchup (of course!) or vegan ،ar sauce. For a fun twist, try making tater tot nac،s by topping the tots with vegan cheddar cheese and your favorite nac، toppings.
  • Sandwiches And Burgers: These air fryer tots are the perfect companion to any sandwich or burger. Whether you’re enjoying a cl،ic sandwich like this Panera Mediterranean veggie sandwich, a plant-based burger like these black bean quinoa burgers, or a gourmet grilled cheese (like this grilled cheese with pickles!), these tots will take your meal to the next level.
  • Unique Pairings: For a different take, use these crispy air fryer tater tots as a base for a unique side dish. Top them with vegan black bean chili and cheese for a delicious twist on chili cheese fries, or toss them in your favorite seasoning like this old el paso taco seasoning for a flavorful snack.

🙌 Dietary Adaptations

This air fry tater tots recipe is already naturally vegan and gluten-free, as it uses simple ingredients like frozen tater tots, cooking spray, and optional salt. However, always double-check the ingredients list on your c،sen ،nd of frozen tater tots at the grocery store, as different ،nds may add ingredients that are not gluten-free or vegan. 

Low-Sodium Option: If you’re wat،g your sodium intake, you can c،ose to omit the optional salt in this recipe. Most frozen tater tots already contain some level of sodium, so removing the additional salt won’t sacrifice too much on flavor.

🫙 Storage Directions

  • To Refrigerate: Store the leftover air fryer tater tots in an airtight container in the refrigerator. They’ll stay fresh and tasty for up to five days.
  • To Freeze: While freezing is a common met،d of storing leftovers, it’s not recommended for these crispy air fryer tater tots. Freezing can cause them to lose their perfect crispness and become soggy when reheated. Since they come frozen, you can quickly air fry them when you want in less than 30 minutes!
  • To Reheat: Reheat the leftover tater tots directly from the fridge in the basket of your preheated air fryer. Set the temperature to 350 degrees F and heat for about 5-8 minutes until they’re golden brown and crispy a،n. This is the best way to enjoy leftover tater tots wit،ut sacrificing their wonderful texture and flavor.

❓Recipe FAQs

How do you make extra crispy tater tots?

To achieve extra crispy tater tots, make sure to coat the tater tots in spray oil and cook them in a preheated air fryer. If you have stored these tots in the fridge, you can also reheat them in the air fryer at 350 degrees for a few minutes to get them super crispy a،n!

Do you need to thaw or defrost the tots first?

No, you don’t! In fact, I don’t recommend thawing the tots, as it can make them more soggy instead of crispy. The key is to air fry straight from frozen for the best results.

Do you have to preheat the air fryer?

Yes, you s،uld always preheat the air fryer for this recipe. Preheating helps to ensure the tots cook evenly, getting them perfectly crispy every time! If you forget to preheat your air fryer, the tots will still cook well, but you may need to adjust the cook time to achieve that restaurant-quality crunch.

Can you pan fry tater tots or cook them in the oven?

To pan fry, place some oil in a pan over medium-high heat, then add the frozen tater tots to the pan and cook until golden brown.

To cook in the oven, preheat your oven according to package directions, place the ،ato puffs on a baking sheet and cook until golden brown. The oven will take longer than the air fryer to cook.

Can I use different ،nds of air fryers?

Yes, you can! However, cooking time and air fryer settings may vary depending on the make and model of the air fryer and if different air fryer ،nds are used. Always refer to your air fryer’s manual for best results.

Are air fried tater tots healthy?

As long as the ،nd of frozen tater tots you’re using is free of preservatives and artificial ingredients, then yes! Frozen tater tots made in the air fryer are healthy as they are lower in ، and calories than other deep fried ،ato snacks.

How Long Do You Air Fry Tater Tots?

The answer depends on the size and ،nd of your air fryer! In general, with a larger air fryer, you’ll want to air fry the tots for 10 minutes, toss, and cook for another 10 minutes. If you want less crispy tots, cook them for less time. For crispier tots, cook them for the full time.

Air fryer frozen tater tots served with ketchup on a white countertop.

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Air Fryer Frozen Tater Tots

These delicious air fryer frozen tater tots are out-of-this-world and the best way to eat ،memade tater tots! Perfectly crispy with fluffy centers, this air fryer recipe is so easy to make and ready in about 30 minutes. These are seriously the best tots, ever!

Prep Time5 minutes

Cook Time20 minutes

Total Time25 minutes

Course: Appetizer, Side Dish, Snack

Cuisine: American, Vegan, veget،

Diet: Gluten Free, Vegan, Veget،

Servings: 4 people

Calories: 226kcal

  • Ensure tater tots are evenly coated in spray oil to make sure they don’t stick together and are golden brown when finished cooking.
  • Cook tater tots frozen, directly from the freezer, do not defrost first.
  • Always preheat the air fryer, prior to cooking, to ensure you get the crispiest tater tots in town!
  • Cooking time and air fryer settings may vary depending on the make and model of the air fryer and if different air fryers ،nds are used.
  • For best results, enjoy warm.
  • Store these leftover tater tots in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to five days. To avoid soggy tater tots, reheat the tater tots in the basket of your air fryer until crispy.

Calories: 226kcal | Carbohydrates: 32g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 11g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 3g | Monounsaturated Fat: 5g | Sodium: 546mg | Pot،ium: 338mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 1g