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The Best Air Fryer Tater Tots

Air Fryer Tater Tots – It’s super easy to air fry perfectly crisp and crunchy tots in less than 15 minutes! This no-fail recipe uses frozen tater tots and your favorite seasoning blends.

Bowl of crispy air fryer frozen tater tots.

Why We Love This Recipe

Seriously, who doesn’t love a basket of hot and crunchy tater tots?! This classic kid-friendly – and inner-child friendly – snack and side dish is always a winner.

Speaking of winners, this Air Fryer Tater Tots recipe is hands-down going to be your favorite cooking method for all things “fried.” Although frozen tater tots are great baked in the oven, they are even crispier and faster to make in the air fryer!

Plus, you can season them with any sort of salt a seasoning blend. So it’s an easy recipe to customize the flavors for your meal!

Top down bowls of tots with ramekin of ketchup.

3 Ingredients You Need

  • Frozen tater tots – no need to thaw!
  • Olive oil – or canola, avocado, or grapeseed oil
  • Seasonings – your choice, see suggestions below
Bag of ore-ida frozen tater tots.

Seasoning Suggestions

You can certainly choose to not season the frozen tater tots before air frying. No judgment here!

If you do want to add some pep to the tots, there is really no limit to the different seasoning blends you can use! Here are a few ideas to get you going:

  • Lemon pepper seasoning – a slightly sour and bold blend, great to pair with fish main dishes
  • Old Bay – everyone’s favorite seafood spice blend
  • Tajin – a classic Mexican spice blend that is made with lime and peppers
  • Creole or blackened seasoning – for a slightly spicy batch of tater tots
  • Adobo seasoning – gives the snacks a savory, almost smoky flavor
  • Ranch seasoning – from the classic packet we all know and love

Or any Montreal salted seasoning blend!

Bottles of different spice options.

How to Cook Tater Tots in Air Fryer

First, preheat the air fryer to 400°F. 

Set out a mixing bowl. Place the frozen tater tots in the bowl, and drizzle olive oil over the top.

Bowl with frozen tots, drizzling oil on them.

Toss well. Then sprinkle with 1 teaspoon of your favorite salted seasoning blend. Toss again to coat in seasoning.

Frozen seasoned tots in a owl.

Spread the tater tots across the bottom of the air fryer basket in an even layer. Be careful that they do not overlap!

Get the Complete (Printable) Air Fryer Tater Tots Recipe Below. Enjoy!

Seasoned frozen tots in the air fryer basket.

Air fry for 6 minutes. Then gently shake the basket, and air fry for another 3 to 5 minutes.

Air fried tots in the basket.

When they are perfectly golden and crunchy, transfer them to a paper towel-lined plate.

Keep the tater tots in a warming drawer or in the oven on low heat if making multiple batches.

Close view tater tots.

What to Serve with Tater Tots

Air Fryer tots are delicious to enjoy with ketchup or barbecue sauce. Or match the dipping sauce with your seasoning blend for a more “elevated” snack or side dish. A few of our favorite sauces include:

Enjoy on their own for a snack, or as a side with classic American comfort foods!

Serve alongside hamburgers, hot dogs, shrimp rolls, and grilled cheese sandwiches. Or go all in on the fried food-stravaganza! Pair with chicken nuggets or fried fish fillets or sticks.

Bowls with ramekin of ketchup and fried tots.

Frequently Asked Questions

Do you have to thaw frozen tater tots before air frying?

Nope! They go straight from the freezer to the air fryer.

How long to air fryer tater tots?

Fry them for a total of 9-11 minutes, with a shake a little over halfway through.

Are Air Fried Tater Tots healthy?

They are healthier than deep frying. However, even in the air fryer, I would not call tater tots healthy. Like most frozen snacks there does tend to be a good bit of fat, calories, and sodium in each serving. So enjoy in moderation!

Hand holding crispy tater tot close to camera.

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The Best Air Fryer Tater Tots

Prep Time: 3 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 13 minutes
It's super easy to air fry perfectly crisp and crunchy tots in less than 15 minutes! This no-fail recipe uses frozen tater tots and your favorite seasoning blends.
Servings: 5 servings

Ingredients

  • 16 ounces frozen tater tots
  • 2 teaspoon olive oil or canola, avocado, or grapeseed oil
  • 1 teaspoon seasoning salt Cajun, Tajin, Adobo, Old Bay, Montreal

Instructions

  • Preheat the air fryer to 400°F.
  • Set out a mixing bowl. Place the frozen tater tots in the bowl, and drizzle olive oil over the top. Toss well. Then sprinkle with 1 teaspoon of your favorite salted seasoning blend. Toss again to coat in seasoning.
  • Spread the tater tots across the bottom of the air fryer basket in an even layer.
  • Air fry for 6 minutes. Then gently shake the basket, and air fry for another 3 to 5 minutes, until golden and crispy. Serve warm.

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Notes

Try with Lemon pepper seasoning, Tajin, Creole or any other salted seasoning blend you like!

Nutrition

Serving: 2.5oz, Calories: 184kcal, Carbohydrates: 24g, Protein: 2g, Fat: 10g, Saturated Fat: 2g, Polyunsaturated Fat: 3g, Monounsaturated Fat: 4g, Sodium: 874mg, Potassium: 236mg, Fiber: 2g, Sugar: 0.3g, Vitamin A: 4IU, Vitamin C: 6mg, Calcium: 13mg, Iron: 0.5mg
Course: Side Dish, Snack
Cuisine: American
Author: Sommer Collier

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5 comments on “The Best Air Fryer Tater Tots”

  1. This recipe sounds delicious! I would like to know if the sprinkles can be omitted and if so would I need to add/substitute some other ingredient? Thanks.

  2. These turned out perfect! I’ll never make tater tots another way now. Thanks for the recipe :)

  3. Cooking tater tots in the air fryer is the only way I will make them from now on. These tater tots were so good, and the kids loved them.

  4. My kids could eat tater tots everyday! The air fryer makes them nice & crispy! Love the extra seasoning added for more flavor!

  5. this is the best way to make tots and I will never go back to baking them in the oven