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Air Fryer Tater Tots

Air Fryer Tater Tots are super crispy and delicious and even tastier than the drive in tater tots that we all know and love, just made a little healthier without all of the extra oil.

Y’all know I love my french friesdeep fried shrimpfried pickles and chicken fried steak sandwiches. That crunchy goodness that comes from deep frying is so easy to achieve with air frying and makes these golden brown tater tots my new favorite side dish.

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Ingredients for Air Fryer Tater Tots:

  • Frozen Tater Tots
  • Olive Oil or Vegetable Oil
  • Kosher Salt

Tater tots on an oval platter

How to Cook Frozen Tater Tots in Air Fryer:

Air fryer basket with frozen tater tots

  • Place frozen tater tots in a single layer in the air fryer basket. Do not over crowd, mine held 4 cups. 
  • Spray or lightly brush with olive oil. 
  • Sprinkle with salt.

Air fryer basket with browned tater tots

  • Cook in the air fryer at 400°.
  • Give the basket a good shake or use a spatula to flip the tater tots every five minutes. This is the best way to get crispy tater puffs on all sides. 

Air Fryer with cooked tater tots

  • Cook for a total of 15 minutes.

platter of tater tots with one dipped in ketchup

Air Fryer Cooking Time for Frozen Tater Tots:

15 minutes

How to Cook Frozen Tater Tots in Oven:

Cook tater tots on a baking sheet in a single layer at 425° for 12- 15 minutes. I’ve made oven fried tater tots for years, using bacon grease as the oil and they are crazy delicious. 

Best Dipping Sauce For Crispy Tater Tots:

Did I miss anything? What is your favorite dipping sauce?

How to Make Loaded Tater Tots:

Top crispy tots with cheddar cheese, sour cream, crispy bacon and green onions.

How to Store and Reheat:

Leftover tater tots are not usually an issue but they can be stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3 days.

Reheat in air fryer at 350° for about 5 minutes or 350° oven for about 10 minutes.

Tater tots on a platter served with ketchup

This air fryer tater tots recipe is so simple and it is one of the best recipes to make in the air fryer. It’s a great addition to burgersfried chicken strips and even breakfast!

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If you are considering getting an air fryer, I do think they are worth having. The best part is how quickly the food cooks without much mess or having to wait on the oven to preheat. Especially for our favorite snacks or a quick lunch.

The Cosori Premium 5.8 Quart Air Fryer is what I have and I love it. I received it as a review and we use it practically every day. 

This Accessories Kit is my Amazon wish list. It has a cake pan, pizza pan, baking racks, skewers, silicone mat, silicone egg bites mold.

This is the Oil Sprayer that I use in the video. It’s perfect for all of my air fryer recipes. It uses less oil than brushing the oil on and is easier to use than the air pump style. 

How Does an Air Fryer Work?

An air fryer circulates hot air all around the food to make it crisp and similar to deep fried food without the extra oil.

oval platter of tater tots with small bowl of ketchup

Add frozen tots to your grocery store list so you can make these crispy tots for an easy recipe to add to this week’s menu. The cook time is quick for busy weeknights and can be ready in about the same amount of time you can cook up burgers or chicken.




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Air Fryer Tater Tots

Air Fryer Tater Tots are super crispy and delicious and even tastier than the drive in tater tots that we all know and love.
Prep Time2 minutes
Cook Time15 minutes
Total Time17 minutes
Course: Side Dishes
Cuisine: American
Keyword: air fryer recipes, side dishes, tater tots
Servings: 4 servings
Calories: 276kcal
Author: Milisa


  • 4 cups frozen tater tots
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt


  • Add tater tots to air fryer in a single layer, not overcrowding.
  • Spray with olive oil.
  • Sprinkle with salt.
  • Cook in the air fryer at 400° for 15 minutes.
  • Every 5 minutes, shake the basket or use a spatula to flip the tater tots.
  • Serve with ketchup if desired.



Oven Method:
Place tater tots on a baking sheet in a single layer, spray with olive oil and sprinkle with salt.
Bake at 425° for 12- 15 minutes.
How to store and reheat;
Store leftover tater tots in an air tight container in the refrigerator up to 3 days.
Reheat at 350° in air fryer or oven for about 5 minutes.


Serving: 1g | Calories: 276kcal | Carbohydrates: 35g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 15g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 12g | Sodium: 857mg | Fiber: 3g


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