Home fries are a staple of any big breakfast and they can really steal the show. For this air fryer home fries recipe, we toss in some chopped fresh peppers and coat everything in bacon grease for a true all-star breakfast experience.Jump to Recipe
“Worth the carbs!”-Frankie
What are Home Fries?
Simply put, home fries are breakfast French fries. They’re diced or cubed potatoes served at breakfast. Traditionally they are salted in a skillet with oil or butter, but we’re doing em in the air fryer!
Country potatoes, peasant potatoes, house fries, or as the German call them Bratkartoffeln. There are just as many ways to cook them as there are ways to name them.
Sauté them with mushrooms or bell peppers. Throw in some protein like breakfast sausage or venison. Use whatever ingredients you like.
For his recipe we use hot peppers and coat everything in bacon grease. Because let’s be honest, if you’re making breakfast you’re frying bacon. So pour that grease over some potatoes and cook up this air fryer home fries recipe.
Best Potatoes for Air Fryer Home Fries
What are the best potatoes to make air fryer home fries you ask? Well for this recipe we use russet potatoes, and so should you.
Russet potatoes are high in starch and thats gonna give you a wonderful crispy outside while maintaining a soft tender inside. They’re also sturdy spuds and will hold their shape nicely when diced or cubed.
Yukon Gold and Red Potatoes have a lot less starch compared to russets and they taste great, but they don’t fry great. They’re baking and boiling potatoes, respectively.
You could also make sweet potato home fries. There super tasty and even a little healthier. Here we bake them with pork sausage and fresh herbs. Try our Sweet Potato Home Fries recipe.
AIR FRYER HOME FRIES
Air Fryer Home Fries Ingredients
Here’s a list of ingredients you’ll need to make these air fryer home fries.
- Potatoes: Russet potatoes are the best option for air fryer home fries, it’s what we use in this recipe. They’re high in starch and give you a crispy exterior and a creamy interior.
- Peppers: We like to use a red & green jalapeño for that nice kick and a fun color pop. If you wanna take it up a notch, reach for the Serrano peppers.
- Oil: I like to toss the potatoes in a little olive oil, AND bacon grease. The bacon grease is optional, but it really adds some nice flavor.
- Garnish: Toss some chopped fresh parsley right before serving.
- Salt & Pepper: As usual, season with salt & pepper, and if you like a little extra zip toss in some red pepper flakes.
How to Make Air Fryer Home Fries
Follow these step by step instructions to make air fryer home fries.
Step 1: Peel & Dice Potatoes
You can leave the skins on if you like, just make sure to give them a good wash. Otherwise, peel your potatoes and then dice them into 1/2 inch cubes. You can do 1 inch cubes, just adjust the cooking time by 5-10 minutes.
In a large mixing bowl, toss the potatoes in olive oil or bacon grease, and season with salt, pepper, and red pepper flakes.
Step 2: Fry Potatoes
Depending on how many potatoes you’re doing, you’ll probably have to work in batches. Pour a layer of the diced potatoes into your air fryer basket and fry for 15 mixtures at 380F degrees.
Pull them out half way and toss them for an even fry.
Transfer the first batch back to your mixing bowl and fry the rest.
Step 3: Add Veggies
While your potatoes are frying, chop your peppers and mince the shallot and garlic.
Once all your potatoes are light golden brown. Pull them out and transfer them back into your mixing bowl. Add the minced shallot & garlic, and the chopped peppers. Add another tsp of olive oil and mix.
Step 4: Second Fry
Return all of the potatoes back to the Air Fryer and cook for an additional 10 minutes at 400F degrees.
Toss at the 5 minute mark.
Step 5: Garnish & Serve Air Fryer Home Fries
The potatoes should be nicely browned on all sides. If you like them extra crispy cook for an additional 5 minutes at 400F degrees.
Transfer everything into a serving dish and garnish with sea salt and chopped fresh parsley. Serve air fryer home fries immediately.
What to Serve with Air Fryer Home Fries
Going all out and want to make an epic breakfast? Well you off to a good start with these air fryer home fries, but don’t stop there.
Keeping with the breakfast toast idea, you could serve our recipe for Wild Mushroom Toast or this crowd pleasing Cottage Cheese Toast with Peaches & Blackberry Vinaigrette.
Or keep it simple and just do scrambled eggs, bacon, and some fresh fruit.
Storing Leftover Air Fryer Home Fries
Got some leftover air fryer home fries? Well then you’re probablly serving emaciated ingrates! Or you could have gone all out and served them alongside bacon, eggs, fruit, toast, and pancakes. Which would render leftovers totally reasonable
Either way, just toss the air fryer home fries leftovers in an air tight container and keep them in the fridge. They should be fine for 3-4 days. Just zap them in the air fryer for a few minutes when you’re ready to eat them again.
Air Fryer Endorsement
I won’t lie, I fought the air fryer movement. I didn’t want another big ass kitchen appliance taking up space in my 700 square foot apartment. Then one year I was gifted one for Christmas.
That was the year I vowed to stop exchanging gifts. But it was also the year I started playing around with the air fryer. And I must say, in a very scroogey tone, they’re pretty great.
I had to make my cat an outdoor pet to find space for it, but I am formally endorsing the air fryer. This air fryer home fries recipe is a great representation of why the air fryer is so great.
Without needing to add any oil, the air fryer is much healthier than deep frying. Oven cooking in the heat of the summer can be miserable and warm your house to uncomfortable levels, the air fryer doesn’t.
It cooks everything in a flash, and is super easy to clean. The main knock on it being, and I know whiskers agrees with me, is the size. It’s like having a fat Yoda live on your countertop.
If you’re in the market, this is a great option. Air Fryer Link