The snack of all snacks, the vegetarian appetizer of all appetizers, and the perfect side dish for burgers of all kids, sandwiches of all kinds, and all around loved by…everyone? I’m going with everyone. It’s tots!

Up close tater tot in pile.

And not just any tots. Frozen tater tots that crisp up in the air fryer beautifully. So much so that you’d think they’re actually fried. And you didn’t even need to grease up a pan or turn on the stove.

Whether you’re ready to dive into a plate full of golden brown, sizzling tater tots as they are, or add your favorite seasoning blend, or heck, even make loaded totchos (you know, all the best nacho toppings, but on tots), you’re gonna love these.

Making frozen tater tots in the air fryer is truly the best method, and it takes just 10 minutes until you have hot, crunch-to-creamy textured tater tots to dip and devour.

Ingredient Spotlight

Obviously, the spotlight is shining bright on frozen tater tots! Grab a bag of your favorite brand – or even try out a mini version!

Other than that, I’d recommend seasoning as desired. You’ll want to salt them, but why not jazz it up with one of these varieties? Pick and choose, and if you’re serving them with a meal, there’s definitely a spice mix to fit into it.

Seasoning Ideas

The list doesn’t have to end there, though. Just like crispy potatoes, tater tots make the perfect vehicle for spices, dips, and more.

How to Make Air Fryer Tater Tots

When it comes to favorite things tater tots in the air fryer is definitely on the list. If you’re going to argue that hot, crispy, tender, potatoes are not one of life’s greatest pleasures, then take that negativity elsewhere.

Even better, there’s no oil required, and you’ll be ready to enjoy in just 10 minutes or so – all without turning on the oven, preheating anything, and exerting too much effort.

So here’s the plan: spread tater tots on the crisper rack of the air fryer basket in as even of a layer as possible. If you want the *crispiest* outcome, trust me on the single-layer thing. If they are piled high, they won’t get as crispy. It’s worth the double batch if needed.

Once they’re in the basket, it’s as simple as turning the air fryer on to 400° and cooking for around 8-10 minutes. Be sure to shake halfway through to monitor their progress and ensure they’re evenly crisping up.

The cook time will vary slightly if you have a pile of tots instead of an even layer, as they’ll take longer to cook.

Cooking mini tater tots in the air fryer? They’ll need less time because they’re smaller, around 5-7 minutes.

That’s it! With the tots at your desired level of doneness, sprinkle on the seasoning immediately, so it sticks to their hot exterior. Give them another good shake so the spices you used get evenly coated. You might want to wait a minute before digging in if you can resist because they will be hot!

Plate of air fryer tater tots with ketchup.

Serving Suggestion for Tots

My other favorite thing? Dipping any sort of potato in any sort of homemade sauce. So you know there’s no doubt we’re going for it when serving up these little crispy bites of potato puffs. We’re not just talking about good old-fashioned ketchup and mustard either.

The best way to serve tater tots is with our 5-star (super easy) roasted garlic aioli! You will want to make it in advance but you can also roast garlic in the air fryer to keep things easy peasy!

Other delicious sauces and dip options include:

  • Creamy & Spicy Jalapeno Sauceit’s not just for tortilla chips, my friends!
  • Super Easy Tzatziki Saucemake it in 5 minutes while the tots cook; it would all be excellent together in a Greek gyro (yes, tots in place of the fries you often find in those pita sandwiches!).
  • Buffalo Saucehello! Of course we’re going here! Load them up with blue cheese crumbles (or drizzle on blue cheese dressing, too) and sliced green onion too and have yourself one heck of a meal.
  • Romesco Saucemaybe not traditional per se, but this roasted red pepper sauce works so well with potatoes, it’s a hit with tots.
  • Homemade Quesobecause why would you not want to drizzle, dip, and smother them in cheese sauce?

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Plate of air fryer frozen tater tots with little bowl of ketchup.
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Get the Recipe 10-Minute Frozen Tater Tots in Air Fryer

The only way to make frozen tater tots is in the air fryer – crisp on the outside, full of light, fluffy, creamy potato inside. You'll want to dip and devour these bite-sized perfect potato pillows, and you can quickly because they're ready in just 10 minutes!




  • In the basket of the air fryer, spread the frozen tater tots in an even layer on top of the crisper rack. It's important to not pile them too high so they have proper air circulation for crisping up! Other than that note, you can really add as many or as few tots as you'd like.
    2 cups frozen tater tots*
  • Set the air fryer to 400°F. Cook for 8-10 minutes, tossing halfway through. If you have a lot of tots, you may need more time. Mini tots will cook faster.
  • Once crispy and ready, toss immediately with seasoning of choice and serve with your favorite dipping sauces! Store any leftovers (if that's a thing?!) in an airtight container in the fridge for 3-4 days. Reheat in the air fryer.
    ½ teaspoon seasoned salt


  • *Use as many tater tots as desired.
  • Air Fryer: this recipe was tested with a 4-quart Ninja air fryer. The exact cook time may vary depending on the model of your air fryer.
Calories: 239kcal, Carbohydrates: 33g, Protein: 3g, Fat: 12g, Saturated Fat: 2g, Polyunsaturated Fat: 4g, Monounsaturated Fat: 5g, Sodium: 1159mg, Potassium: 333mg, Fiber: 3g, Sugar: 0.4g, Vitamin A: 5IU, Vitamin C: 9mg, Calcium: 18mg, Iron: 1mg
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