Who doesn’t love a good potato recipe?! But sometimes the amount of oil and salt can make these dishes unhealthy. That’s why we decided to use the air fryer. These air fried potato balls are perfectly crispy on the outside and soft on the inside. Did we mention that they are bite size too?! We prefer these air fried potato balls with a squeeze of lemon juice and fresh parsley. Enjoying these as an appetizer? Sip on a rosemary kumquat whiskey sour while doing so!

air fried potato balls

how to make air fried potato balls


  • 3 large russet potatoes, peeled and cut into quarters
  • 4 T cornstarch
  • 3 T parmesan cheese, grated
  • 3 T fresh parsley, finely chopped
  • salt & pepper, to taste
  • lemon wedges, for garnish
  • preferred dipping sauce
ingredients for air fried potato balls


Place the peeled and cut potatoes into a large pot. Add cold water until the potatoes are covered by one inch. Then add a pinch of salt, turn the heat to high, and bring the water to a boil.

Once the water reaches a boil, reduce the heat to low to maintain a simmer. Then cook covered for fifteen to twenty minutes.

Remove the potatoes from the pot and begin mashing. Mash until the potatoes are smooth.

In a large bowl add the mashed potatoes, cornstarch, parmesan cheese, salt, and pepper. Mix until all ingredients are combined. Using your hands, shape the mixture into golf-size balls.

Set the air fryer to 425 degrees and place the potato balls on a foiled rack. Cook in the air fryer for fourteen to sixteen minutes.

Once the potatoes are cooked, place onto desired serving plate. Garnish with parsley, parmesan, and lemon wedges. Buon Appetito!

air fried potato balls

notes for air fried potato balls

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Air fryers are known to be an amplified countertop convection oven. They use little to no oil and cook in half the time. Making these air fried potato balls perfectly crispy after cooking!

air fried potato balls


Hi there, 
We are Elise and Evan and we're so glad you are here! Cheffing up tasty bites and sips is our love language and we are very happy to share these recipes with you. We both have valuable restaurant experience and have learned a thing or two about making tasty bites and sips. Through Carnelian Cooks we are sharing all of our tips and tricks! Please provide a comment or feedback below on any recipes that you give a try. 

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