Air Fryer Tater Tots

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Air Fryer Tater Tots – make the BEST tater tots in the air fryer with this fool proof method. Frozen tater tots will turn out crispy and delicious every time!

I will admit it, I am a sucker for tater tots. If a restaurant has them on the menu, I will pick them every time. They deep fry them to get them so crispy, which is why mine never turn out that way at home!

Well, that problem is solved. Because making tater tots in the air fryer will totally change your mind and give you super crispy tots every time.

crispy tater tots on white plate with ketchup


How Long Does It Take To Cook Tater Tots In the Air Fyer

15 minutes. You can cook about half a bag of frozen tater tots in 15 minutes at 400 degrees F in the air fryer. So much faster than the oven, and they are so much crispier as well!

Can You Put Frozen Tater Tots In The Air Fryer

Absolutely. I always cook them from frozen. There is no need to thaw them or take them out of the freezer ahead of time. When you are ready to put them in the air fryer, just take out of the freezer and dump the bag in.

Air fryer tater tots on a plate with ketchup

How To Cook Tater Tots in Air Fryer

  1. Preheat the air fryer to 400 degrees F. This should take 5 minutes.
  2. Add about half a bag of tots to the air fryer. You want to cover the bottom of the basket, and not have too many stacked on top of each other. The more space between them the crispier they will get.
  3. Spray with with a little bit of oil (non-stick spray works great) and shake to coat the tots.
  4. Cook them at 400 degrees F for 15 minutes, shaking every 5 to mix up the tater tots and make sure they are cooking evenly. If you like your tots extra crispy you can add a couple minutes, just keep an eye on them.
  5. Once they are done remove from the fryer and sprinkle with salt or whatever seasoning you enjoy.
tater tots in the air fryer

Cooking frozen tater tots in the air fryer is one of the easiest side dishes that you can make. So if you are a sucker for them like I am, there is no turning back!

And want a super fun way to serve your tater tots? These Totchos will be a huge it!

To make this recipe I used a Cosori 5.8 Qt Air Fryer. It is big enough that you can fit plenty of food in, and the basket comes out so you can easily shake, stir, or flip whatever you are making.

close up air fryer tater tots

What To Serve With Air Fryer Tater Tots

Air Fryer Tater Tots - make the BEST tater tots in the air fryer with this fool proof method. Frozen tater tots will turn out crispy and delicious every time!
5 from 2 votes

Air Fryer Tater Tots

By Erin
Air Fryer Tater Tots – make the BEST tater tots in the air fryer with this fool proof method. Frozen tater tots will turn out crispy and delicious every time!
Prep: 5 minutes
Cook: 15 minutes
Total: 20 minutes
Servings: 4


  • 16 oz frozen tater tots
  • Vegetable Oil Spray
  • Salt


  • Preheat air fryer to 400 degrees F.
  • Toss tater tots with cooking spray and add to the hot air fryer.
  • Cook for 15 minutes, shaking every five minutes.
  • Remove from air fryer and season with salt to serve.


Serving: 1g | Calories: 248kcal | Carbohydrates: 31g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 14g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 11g | Sodium: 670mg | Fiber: 2g

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

Additional Info

Author: Erin
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes
Course: Side Dish Recipes
Cuisine: American
Servings: 4
Calories: 248
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  1. I love that they get that crisp on them on the outside while keeping them nice and fluffy on the inside. My kids love these and it’s such an easy way to get them on the table fast!

  2. Is there anything an air fryer can’t make better?? I’m a tot lover, too, so I’m sure I would flip over these! I need an air fryer!