These delicious Crispy Air Fryer Breakfast Potatoes With Onions And Peppers (also referred to as country potatoes) can be yours in just minutes. Simple ingredients, just a touch of oil and some seasoning and you'll have crispy breakfast potatoes on your plate.
If you've been following me for a while, you know that I LOVE a good breakfast. Overnight French Toast Casseroles, Creamy Scrambled Eggs, Easy Breakfast Flatbread, and this 5-Ingredient Cheesy Chicken Hash Brown Casserole are all regulars in my weekend breakfast lineup.
And the one thing that goes great with all of these dishes? Crispy country potatoes! Soft, creamy centers, crispy on the outside, and served with onions and bell peppers - they're just like how your favorite diner serves them. This easy country potato recipe is the perfect side dish for a hearty breakfast and one of my favorite breakfast dishes. And the air fryer makes it quick and easy to whip up while I'm working on other dishes.
Why This Recipe Works
Air fryer recipes are becoming my preference for so many dishes because of the speed you can make things and the relatively small amount of oil you need compared to baking or sautéing. Read on to see why this air fryer breakfast potatoes recipe is a favorite for this beloved appliance.
- Perfect texture. Air frying is a game-changer for making the best breakfast potatoes, and, IMHO, the best way to cook them. It allows you to achieve that coveted crispy exterior without drowning your potatoes in oil. The high heat and circulating air in the air fryer ensure even cooking, resulting in the perfect texture that's crispy around the edges and perfectly tender on the inside. The perfect country potatoes!
- Fast. These cook up quickly - the total cook time is just 15 minutes in the air fryer is all you need for perfectly crispy breakfast potatoes. And, because you don't need to stand around a stove, you can work on other things for your meal (or lounge on the couch with a cup of coffee while the air fryer does the work for you!).
- Simple ingredients. The best recipes really are the ones that use simple, everyday ingredients. No fancy seasonings here - just the delicious taste of the potatoes, onion and bell pepper, tossed with minimal oil, and seasoned with only a quick grind of salt and black pepper.
- Versatile. Sure, breakfast potatoes are great alongside eggs and bacon, but I love that I can use them as a base for a hash, stuff them into breakfast burritos, or even add them to a casserole. It's a crowd-pleasing side dish for almost any meal. Yum!
Here's all you'll need to make this perfect breakfast side dish.
- Yukon Gold potatoes. You could use any kind of potato you wish, but I love Yukon Gold potatoes because of their creamy texture and buttery flavor.
- Bell peppers and onion. The red and green bell pepper, combined with diced onions, adds a burst of color and a sweet, savory flavor to the potatoes. I used yellow onions for a sweeter flavor but red onions will work too.
- Neutral oil. Use a neutral oil here so that your simple ingredients shine through. I used Grapeseed oil, but you could also use avocado oil, canola oil or vegetable oil for this simple recipe.
- Salt and pepper. Simple yet essential, these seasonings bring out the natural flavors of the potatoes and peppers.
How To Make Air Fryer Breakfast Potatoes
Making this breakfast potato recipe is so easy. Here's how to do it.
- Preheat your air fryer to 400 degrees.
- Prepare the vegetables. Dice 3 lbs of Yukon Gold potatoes into small, ½-inch cubes. Dice 1 red pepper, 1 green pepper, and 1 yellow onion.
- Coat in oil. Add the cubed potatoes, bell peppers, and onions to a large bowl. Toss the diced vegetables in oil, ensuring they're evenly coated.
- Season. Add salt and pepper to taste.
- Air fry. Add the diced potatoes, onion, and bell pepper mixture to your air fryer basket in a single layer. Air fry the breakfast potatoes for 10 minutes. Shake the basket, then return for 5 minutes. Repeat until the potatoes are crispy around the edges and are golden brown.
- Serve. Plate up these delicious, crispy air fryer breakfast potatoes and enjoy!
Variations and Substitutions
As is, this recipe for air fryer country potatoes is super versatile and could be used in all sorts of recipes. But you can change it up based on what you're serving or how you're using the potatoes.
- Add different seasonings. Add some garlic powder, chili powder, chipotle seasoning, or even cajun seasoning for a different take.
- Add some fresh herbs. Adding some chopped fresh herbs to these after they've finished cooking can be a great way to add some fresh flavor to the potatoes.
- Try a sauce. For a spicy kick, drizzle hot sauce over the finished potatoes. Or add a dollop of sour cream to this delicious breakfast side dish.
- Use a different type of potatoes. I prefer Yukon Gold potatoes here, but you can easily substitute those for russet potatoes or even red potatoes with equally great results.
- Cheese. One of my favorite finishers, Parmesan cheese on top of the potatoes makes for a gooey, savory touch.
- Make them into home fries! I diced the potatoes for this recipe and made air fryer potato cubes, but you could slice these a bit thicker and longer to make air fryer home fries if you prefer.
Frequently Asked Questions
Absolutely! Simply toss the seasoned potatoes in a preheated oven at 400 degrees for a crispy alternative.
No! In fact, I prefer to leave the skin on. I love how the skin gets extra crispy. Plus, the skin of a potato is super good for you - there are actually more nutrients in the skin than in the interior of the potato if you can believe it. (Also, it's just easier to not have to peel them!)
This may have happened for a couple of reasons. First, for best results, you need to make sure you don't try to air fry too many potatoes at once. They need room for the hot air to circulate throughout the air fryer basket. Second, be sure you shake the basket at the 10-minute mark so that the potatoes cook evenly. If you find your breakfast potatoes are still not crispy at 15 minutes, simply shake them again and cook for an additional 5 minutes. Repeat until you reach your desired level of crispiness!
Place any uneaten potatoes in an airtight container in the fridge for later enjoyment.
Yes, feel free to swap in sweet potatoes for a tasty twist on this classic recipe.
Crispy Air Fryer Breakfast Potatoes are a great side dish for any breakfast and are one of the best things to add to your breakfast plate. If you try these air fryer country potatoes, let me know what you think in the comments below. And don't forget to tag me on Instagram @frontrangefed so I can see your masterpiece!
More Easy Breakfast Recipes
- Huevos Con Chorizo Y Papas (Eggs and Chorizo Hash)
- Healthy Breakfast Flatbread With Eggs
- 5-Ingredient Cheese Chicken Hashbrown Casserole
- Overnight Baked Brioche French Toast Casserole
- Quiche Florentine (Spinach Quiche)
- Smoked Salmon Cream Cheese And Everything Bagel Pizza
- Avocado Toast With Egg
- Savory Oatmeal
- Sheet Pan Pancakes From Mix
- Breakfast Charcuterie Board
Crispy Air Fryer Breakfast Potatoes (Country Potatoes)
- 3 lbs yukon gold potatoes diced
- 1 red bell pepper diced
- 1 green bell pepper diced
- 1 yellow onion diced
- 1 tablespoon neutral oil (grapeseed, avocado, or vegetable oil all work)
- salt and pepper to taste
- Preheat your air fryer to 400 degrees.
- Prepare your potatoes by cutting them into ½ inch cubes. Dice the red and green bell pepper and onion.
- Add the potatoes, peppers, and onions to a large bowl. Add the oil and toss to coat. Season with salt and pepper to taste.
- Place the potato cubes, peppers and onions in your air fryer basket, being careful not to fill your basket too full (work in batches if you feel you have too many potatoes.) Air fry the breakfast potatoes for 10 minutes. Give them a good shake, then return to the air fryer for an additional 5 minutes. If needed, Shake again, and air fry for 5 more minutes, or until the potatoes are crispy around the edges and golden brown.
- Don't crowd the air fryer basket - if you add too many diced potatoes there won't be enough room for the hot air to circulate for them to get crispy. Cook in batches if your air fryer is too small.
- Don't forget to shake the potatoes at the 10-minute mark. This will help them all cook more evenly.
- Serve with eggs and bacon, french toast, or any other breakfast dish.