These air fryer balsamic potato wedges are fantastic when you want a satisfying snack, or eaten as part of a meal. Super simple and perfect every time.
Air fryers have taken the culinary world (at least the home cooking part) by storm, quickly becoming a staple appliance in many kitchens.
These innovative gadgets work by circulating hot air around the food, allowing for crispy, delicious results with minimal oil. This cooking method has several benefits, including reduced fat and calorie content, faster cooking times, energy saving from not having to use the oven and easy cleanup.
It’s no wonder that air fryers have become a go-to option for those looking to make healthier, yet still satisfying, meals at home.
One popular dish to prepare in an air fryer is potato wedges.
These tasty treats are a fantastic alternative to traditional deep-fried potato wedges or French fries.
Air fryer potato wedges offer the same crispy exterior and tender interior, but with significantly less oil and a much healthier nutritional profile.
With a variety of seasoning options and simple preparation steps, air fryer potato wedges can quickly become a favorite snack or side dish in your household.
Health Benefits of Air Fryer Potato Wedges
Comparing air frying to traditional frying methods
Traditional deep frying submerges food in hot oil, which can lead to a high fat and calorie content. Air frying, on the other hand, uses a minimal amount of oil—often just a light coating—while still achieving a crispy texture.
This results in a significant reduction in both fat and calories. For example, a serving of deep-fried potato wedges can contain around 14 grams of fat, while air-fried potato wedges may contain as little as 4 grams of fat per serving .
This makes air-fried potato wedges a much healthier choice for those looking to indulge without the guilt.
Nutritional benefits of air fried potato wedges and sweet potato fries
Air fried potato wedges offer more than just reduced fat and calories. Potatoes are a good source of fiber, potassium, and vitamin C, all of which are essential for a well-balanced diet .
Additionally, sweet potatoes are an excellent source of vitamin A and beta-carotene, which are essential for maintaining healthy vision and immune function .
By air frying potato wedges or sweet potato fries, you’re not only enjoying a tasty snack, but you’re also providing your body with valuable nutrients.
How to Make Air Fryer Potato Wedges
Ingredients and preparation
The first step in making air fryer potato wedges is selecting the right type of potato.
Russet potatoes are a popular choice due to their high starch content, which results in a crispy exterior and fluffy interior.
Sweet potatoes can also be used for a delicious and nutritious alternative, offering a slightly sweeter flavor and additional health benefits.
Seasoning options and variations
Feel free to get creative with your seasoning choices for air fryer potato wedges. Some popular options include garlic powder, onion powder, paprika, and cayenne pepper for a spicy kick.
For a cheesy twist, consider adding grated parmesan cheese. Don’t forget to season your potato wedges with salt and pepper to taste.
In the recipe below I use balsamic vinegar, which I find gives a beautiful slightly sweet acidic flavour.
Air fryer potato wedges cooking process and tips
- Soaking potatoes
Before air frying, it’s helpful to soak your potato wedges in cold water for at least 30 minutes. This step helps to remove excess starch, resulting in crispier wedges. After soaking, be sure to thoroughly pat the potatoes dry with a clean towel to ensure even cooking.
- Seasoning and oiling
Once your potato wedges are dry, toss them in a light coating of olive oil or avocado oil. Next, add your desired seasonings and toss again to ensure even coverage. Using a minimal amount of oil helps to achieve the crispy texture you desire without adding unnecessary fat.
- Cooking time and temperature
Preheat your air fryer to 200°C (390°F). Arrange the potato wedges in a single layer in the air fryer basket, making sure they don’t overlap. Cook the wedges for about 12 minutes, flipping halfway through to ensure even cooking. Keep an eye on the potato wedges, as cooking times may vary depending on the air fryer model and the thickness of the wedges.
Air fryer potato wedges variations
Air frying sweet potato fries
To make air fryer sweet potato fries, follow the same steps as you would for regular potato wedges, but use sweet potatoes instead. The cooking time and temperature may vary slightly, so be sure to monitor the fries to avoid overcooking.
Using different oils
Experiment with different types of oil to find your preferred flavor and nutritional profile. Olive oil offers a rich taste and contains heart-healthy monounsaturated fats.
While vegetable oil provides a more neutral flavor I advise to stay away from all vegetable seed oils because they are inflammatory. If you’re looking for a more neautral oil, get a refined olive oil that’s made exclusively for frying. It’s lighter in colour and taste.
Other options to consider include avocado oil, which has a high smoke point and a mild taste, or coconut oil for a subtle unique flavor. My friend Amy Levin uses beef tallow on hers to get them extra crispy.
Advanced Air Frying Techniques
Using cornstarch for crispiness
For an even crispier texture, consider lightly coating your potato wedges with cornstarch before air frying. Toss the wedges in a mixture of cornstarch and seasonings to create a thin, even layer. This technique can help to absorb any excess moisture and promote a crispier exterior.
Pre-boiling potatoes before air frying
Pre-boiling your potato wedges can help to achieve a tender interior while maintaining a crispy exterior. To do this, simply bring a pot of water to a boil, add the potato wedges, and cook for 3-4 minutes. Drain the potatoes and let them cool slightly before tossing them with oil and seasonings. Then, proceed with air frying as usual. This extra step can help to reduce the overall cooking time in the air fryer and ensure a more even texture.
Using foil or parchment paper in the air fryer
If you’re concerned about sticking or want to make cleanup even easier, consider using foil or parchment paper in your air fryer basket. Just be sure to leave enough space for proper air circulation and avoid covering the entire basket. Some air fryers have parchment made in the shape of the basket with some small holes in to facilitate air flow.Print
- 250 g new potatoes
- 1 tsp olive oil
- 2 tbsp balsamic vinegar
- 1/2 tsp salt
- Mix all ingredients in a bowl.
- Cook in an air fryer on 200c (390F) for 13 minutes, shaking halfway through.
- It can be helpful to soak the wedges in water for 30 minutes before cooking, to get a crispier end result.
- Prep Time: 2 minutes
- Cook Time: 13 minutes
- Category: dinner, lunch, Snack
- Calories: 128
- Sugar: 3
- Sodium: 593
- Fat: 2
- Saturated Fat: 1
- Carbohydrates: 25
- Fiber: 3
- Protein: 3
Troubleshooting Common Air Fryer Potato Wedge Issues
Achieving crispy potato wedges
If your air fryer potato wedges aren’t as crispy as you’d like, there are a few potential solutions:
- Ensure that your potato wedges are completely dry after soaking and before air frying.
- Use cornstarch, as mentioned in the advanced techniques section, to promote crispiness.
- Make sure the potato wedges are arranged in a single layer with space between them in the air fryer basket.
- Increase the cooking temperature slightly or extend the cooking time, keeping a close eye on the wedges to prevent burning.
Preventing soggy and bland potato wedges
To avoid soggy and bland potato wedges, follow these tips:
- Soak the potatoes in cold water for at least 30 minutes before air frying to remove excess starch.
- Ensure that the potato wedges are well-seasoned with your choice of spices and a light coating of oil.
- Avoid overcrowding the air fryer basket, as this can lead to uneven cooking and a lack of crispiness.
- Check on the potato wedges during the cooking process and adjust the time or temperature as needed for optimal results.
Air Fryer Models and Features
Best air fryers of 2023
Some of the top air fryers of 2023 include:
- Philips Premium Airfryer XXL
- Instant Vortex Plus 6-in-1 Air Fryer
- COSORI Air Fryer Max XL
- Ninja Air Fryer Max XL
- Cuisinart AirFryer Toaster Oven
When selecting an air fryer, consider factors such as size, cooking capacity, ease of use, and available features to find the best fit for your needs.
Comparing air fryers to other cooking methods
- Convection ovens
Air fryers and convection ovens both use hot air circulation to cook food. However, air fryers are generally smaller and have a more compact cooking space, leading to quicker cooking times and better crisping. Convection ovens, on the other hand, offer a larger cooking capacity and more versatility in terms of cooking methods, such as baking, roasting, and broiling.
- Grill ovens
Grill ovens use radiant heat to cook food, resulting in a different texture and flavor compared to air frying. Air fryers provide a more even heat distribution and a crispier texture, while grill ovens can impart a smoky, charred flavor that some people prefer. Ultimately, the choice between an air fryer and a grill oven will depend on your personal taste and cooking preferences.
Air fryer potato wedges offer a healthier alternative to traditionally fried potato wedges, with the same crispy texture and delicious flavor. By using an air fryer, you can reduce fat and calories while still enjoying a satisfying snack or side dish. The versatility of air fryers allows for a wide range of seasoning options and cooking techniques to suit your taste preferences.
With the numerous benefits and ease of use, air frying potato wedges at home is a great way to enjoy a tasty and healthier treat. Experiment with different potato varieties, seasonings, and cooking techniques to find your perfect air fryer potato wedge recipe.
If you’re looking for something to team these up with, I’d highly recommend these: air fryer chicken tenders.
Let me know how you get on with this recipe in the comments. Happy air frying!