Air Fryer Tater Tots

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These air fryer tater tots take less than 15 minutes to make and come out perfectly crisp for the perfect quick and easy weeknight side dish!


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  • 16 oz. frozen tater tots
  • olive oil cooking spray
  • Lawry's seasoned salt or just regular Kosher salt


  1. Heat air fryer to 400 degrees.
  2. Spread tater tots in an even layer in the air fryer basket or tray.
  3. Spray with with a thin layer of olive oil cooking spray.
  4. Sprinkle with Lawry's seasoned salt or Kosher salt and toss to coat evenly.
  5. Cook for 15-20 minutes or until they reach your desired crispiness. Shake them every 5 minutes or so to prevent sticking.
  6. Serve with ketchup and enjoy!



  • Don’t thaw the tater tots. Tater tots cook best right from the freezer, so there’s no need to thaw them before throwing them in the air fryer.
  • Cook them in batches if you're cooking a lot of tots. The tater tots will cook best when they're spread in a single layer, with a bit of space in between. If you pack the tray or basket too tightly with tots, they will steam instead of crisp. Spread them out a bit to get perfectly crispy air fryer tater tots.
  • The cooking time may vary depending on what type of air fryer you're using. I use the Instant Vortex and since I like my tots a little more on the crispy side, I usually cook them for the full 20 minutes.
  • Use whatever seasonings you like for these air fryer tots! Tater tots are a blank canvas and while Lawry’s is our absolute favorite, you can use any blend of flavors you like to spice these air fryer tater tots up. Italian seasoning, garlic powder, onion powder, or taco seasoning are some of our other favorites.
  • This air frying method will work with any tater tot or type of potato. Depending on what brand you get, they might be called potato puffs or potato crowns. You could also use any type of fry shape.


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