Easy Air Fryer Tater Tots

January 18, 2021Kristy
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Make these easy Air Fryer Tater Tots in just 10-15 minutes, great crispy texture without all the oil!

If you love making these Air Fryer French Fries with Frozen Fries, this recipe will use the same method for Air Fryer Tater Tots. 

air fryer tater tots

Making these frozen tater tots in the air fryer can be done easily in just 10-15 minutes, but first please remember that all air fryers heat differently.  That means the cooking time is going to vary based on the heat your air fryer puts off.

When I use my Ninja Foodi Air Fryer, I like to cook these for closer to 20 minutes but many air fryers will be done around 15 minutes. 

air fryer tater tots

I do suggest watching them closely if it’s the first time that you have made any frozen tater tots or french fries in your air fryer until you get the exact time down for yours.

Can you cook frozen tater tots in the Air Fryer?

air fryer tater tots

These can easily be cooked in the air fryer.  There is no need for lots of oil, it’s easy to make these with some cooking oil spray, we prefer olive oil cooking spray.  I also like to add some garlic salt to our fries too.

I prefer Olive Oil Cooking Spray; however, there is some controversy about using olive oil due to the smoke point.  We have never had any issue with olive oil cooking spray, but if you prefer you can use oil with a higher smoke point.

air fryer tater tots

Other oils would be Avocado Oil, Grapeseed Oil, or Coconut Oil, any of these work well for this recipe too. 

It is also best to spread the tater tots out in an even layer, this allows them to fully cook evenly on all sides.  That means you may need to do batches to prepare the entire bag.

We use this method and are able to make about 1/2 of the bag in one batch.

What do you need for Air Fryer Tater Tots?

air fryer tater tots

The only thing you need is a bag of frozen tater tots, a cooking spray of your choice, and seasonings.  We prefer to add a little garlic salt to ours, but you can add salt or pepper.

Another quick tip is if you prefer, once you get the tater tots done, just place a few hot dogs in for about 5 minutes and serve those up with the tater tots.  It makes for a very quick and easy lunch or dinner.

air fryer tater tots

Easy Air Fryer Tater Tots

Easy Air Fryer Tater Tots

Yield: 6
Prep Time: 2 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 17 minutes

Use frozen tater tots to make these EASY Air Fryer Tater Tots in just 15 minutes!


  • 1 Bag Frozen Tater Tots
  • Cooking Spray
  • Salt
  • Toppings of Choice


  1. Spray the air fryer basket evenly with air fryer safe cooking spray (olive oil spray, coconut oil spray, grapeseed oil, etc.)
  2. Spread the tater tots evenly on the bottom of the basket in a single layer.
  3. Cook at 400*F for 10-15 minutes or until golden brown. This will vary a bit depending on your air fryer.
  4. Remove the tater tots and serve with toppings of choice.
Nutrition Information:
Yield: 4 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 5Total Fat: 0gSaturated Fat: 0gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 0gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 155mgCarbohydrates: 1gFiber: 0gSugar: 0gProtein: 0g
air fryer tater tots

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