Air Fried Tater Tots Potato Puffs Recipe |

Air Fryer Frozen Tater Tots

Course: Side Dish, Snack
Cuisine: Air Fryer
Cook Time: 8 minutes
Total Time: 8 minutes
Servings: 2 Servings
Calories: 210 kcal

We cooked the fries in a 3.4 qt. Air Fryer. Different brands of potato puffs (tots) vary in size, so cooking times will vary. Air fryer sizes and models vary too, so you'll have to make slight time adjustments, adjust accordingly.

The tater puffs (tots) are great with our easy homemade queso too!



  • oil spray , for lightly coating the basket
  • 1/2 pound frozen tater tots® (tater puffs, potato puffs, etc.)
  • salt , to taste
  • ground black pepper , to taste optional


  1. Lightly spray with oil the surface of the basket or tray of your air fryer.

  2. Place the frozen tater tots® in air fryer basket and spread them evenly over the basket. (Make sure they are only in a single layer otherwise all the tots might not crisp up).

  3. Air Fry at 400°F for about 5-8 minutes. About halfway through cooking, shake the basket to toss the tots.

  4. If needed, cook for additional 1-3 minutes to get to your desired crispness.

Recipe Video

Recipe Notes

  1. No Oil Necessary.
  2. Cook Fries Frozen - Do not thaw first.
  3. Shake several times for even cooking & Don’t overcrowd fryer basket.
  4. If cooking in multiple batches, the first batch will take longer to cook if Air Fryer is not already pre-heated.
  5. Recipes were cooked in 3-4 qt air fryers. If using a larger air fryer, the recipe might cook quicker so adjust cooking time. 
  6. Remember to set a timer to shake/flip/toss the food as directed in recipe.