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How to Cook Air Fryer Ore Ida Tater Tots (Potato Puffs)

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Enjoy crispy Ore Ida Air Fryer tater tots with the perfect amount of incredible crunch at the touch of a button.

If you're like me, you grew up eating Ore-Ida Tater Tots. And if you're like me, you loved them. But now that I'm all grown up and trying to eat healthier, I've had to say goodbye to some of my favorite childhood foods. Or have I? Thanks to the air fryer, I can enjoy crispy air fryer tater tots without feeling guilty.

Crispy golden brown tater tots on a white plate that were just cooked in an air fryer

Tater tots are perfect for a quick snack or a tasty potato side dish with an incredible crunch.

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Whether you have a larger air fryer, such as the Cosori air fryer, or one of the smaller air fryers like a Bella, this is the quickest way to go from frozen tots to golden brown perfection in less than 15 minutes without the use of a deep fryer.

๐Ÿ’ญ Why You'll LOVE this Recipe

We love air frying because it is a great alternative to using a deep fryer and you can enjoy perfect tater tots any time you want them. The hot air method insures that you will have crispy (not soggy) tater tots without the use of any extra oil.

This was inspired by the easy recipe for the Best Air Fryer Frozen Steak Fries on my sister site, The How-To Home, and pairs well with chicken nuggets and a simple Layered Pea Salad or my Mom's recipe for Fresh Creamy Cucumber Salad making it a great addition to your quick meals rotation.

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๐Ÿฅ˜ Ingredients

Overhead view of a large bag of Ore-Ida Tater Tots - the bag pictures cooked tater tots and the colors red and purple are dominant
  • Ore-Ida Tater Tots

For this easy recipe I used Ore Ida tater tots but if the extra cost is something you would like to avoid I've also used different brands and even some no name tater tots, i.e., store brands and I've always had the best results with the cook time and temp combination in the recipe card at the bottom of this page.

While the temperature and cooking time given are for tater tots specifically you can also use the information as a baseline to make potato puffs, tater puffs, tater rounds, tater crowns, potato gems, and potato royals which are all basically frozen tater tots but with different names.

๐Ÿ”ช Instructions

Overhead view of the basket of a Cosori Air Fryer - matte black with a frying grid in place

Start with a clean air fryer basket - no need to add oil or to spray with any cooking spray.

Overhead view of Frozen Ore-Ida Tater Tots Potato Puffs in a single layer in the basket of a Cosori air fryer

Place frozen tater tots in the basket of the air fryer in a single layer - no stacking!

About halfway through the cooking time - remove the basket and give the tater tots a good shake!

Ore Ida Tater Tots in the basket of a Cosori air fryer after being air fried and ready to serve - they are a beautiful golden brown

When the timer goes off, remove the basket from the air fryer, sprinkle with salt or any of your other favorite seasonings.

crispy air fryer tater tots on a plate ready to serve

Serve and enjoy!

Crispy Air Fryer Tater Tots on a white plate atop a black and cream striped napkin

๐Ÿ“– Variations

Sprinkle with your favorite seasonings while still hot to lock in flavor.

Serve with your favorite dipping sauce. Here are some ideas: barbecue sauce, ranch dressing, ketchup (of course!), and deli mustard just to name a few.

๐Ÿด Equipment

A good air fryer - my favorites are Cosori and the Ninja Foodi which doubles as a pressure cooker.

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๐Ÿ“– Recipe

Crispy Air Fryer Tater Tots on a white plate atop a black and cream striped napkin

Air Fryer Tater Tots - Ore Ida

Mary Beth Sharkey
Enjoy crispy Ore Ida Air Fryer tater tots with the perfect amount of incredible crunch at the touch of a button.
3 from 1 vote
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes
Course Appetizer, Side Dish, Snack
Cuisine American
Servings 4
Calories 212 kcal

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  • 16 ounces Ore Ida Frozen Tater Tots ยฝ of a 32 ounce bag


  • No preheating, extra oil or cooking spray is needed.
  • Set air fryer to cook at 400 degrees f.
  • Place as many tater tots as you would like in the air fryer basket in a single layer - no stacking!
  • Remove the air fryer basket and shaking halfway through the cooking time, approximately 5 minutes.
  • Cook for 10 minutes total.



Serving: 4peopleCalories: 212kcalCarbohydrates: 30gProtein: 2gFat: 10gSaturated Fat: 2gPolyunsaturated Fat: 4gMonounsaturated Fat: 4gSodium: 511mgPotassium: 295mgFiber: 3gSugar: 0.3gVitamin A: 5IUVitamin C: 8mgCalcium: 16mgIron: 1mg
Keyword Air fryer, Ore Ida Tater Tots
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Food safety

Don't leave food sitting out at room temperature for extended periods

Never leave cooking food unattended

See more guidelines at USDA.gov.

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