The first dish I ever cooked in an air fryer was potato wedges, and I’ve been searching for the best air fryer potato recipe ever since – a dish that promises flavour, a crispy outer layer and a soft, fluffy center.
That’s why Instagram and TikTok foodie Sheyna Patel’s Air Fryer Potato Recipe piqued my interest when she appeared in my FYP. And with over 10.8 million views and 1.1 million likes (and growing), it looks like I’m not alone.
The main difference between Sheyna’s recipe and the other best air fryer potato recipes I’ve tried in the past is the use of an ice bath. Before marinating and cooking them, Sheyna recommends soaking them in ice water for 25-30 minutes.
I was originally very cynical about this seemingly unnecessary long step; For me, potato wedges were the perfect “quick” snack or the perfect side dish to throw together. However, having tested this recipe a few times with different spices, i am healthy and really converted.
Below you will learn how to make Sheyna’s viral potato wedges at home.
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Air fryer potato wedges recipe
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Air fryer potato wedges ingredients
The ingredients listed below make approximately 16 potatoes. If you are using smaller or larger potatoes, the number will obviously vary, and so you may need to adjust the amount of seasoning as a result.
The spices listed below can be swapped out for different choices based on your taste. I made these wedges using cajun seasoning, as well as chinese five spice, with both options working just as well.
It should be noted that I’ve tried this recipe with cold, ice, and water and they both produce similar results, so don’t worry too much if you don’t have ice cubes on hand.
- 2 medium sized white potatoes
- 3 tablespoons of vegetable oil
- 1/2 tablespoon of onion powder
- 1/2 tablespoon garlic powder
- 1 teaspoon smoked paprika
- 1 teaspoon of salt
- 1 teaspoon black pepper
- 1 teaspoon cornstarch
Air fryer potato wedges method
I used the Tower T17099 Vortx Eco Dual Basket Air Fryer, set at 350°F (175°C) for 20 minutes. The wedges were rotated after 10 minutes to ensure they cooked evenly.
Step 1: Cut each potato in half, then in half again, and then in half again to get 16 pieces.
Step 2: Place these wedges in a large bowl of ice water and let them soak for 25-30 minutes. Cold water helps remove starch from potatoes, which prevents them from swelling and sticking together, and also helps to get a crispy layer.
Step 3: Remove the wedges from the ice water and pat them dry with a clean kitchen or tea towel.
The fourth step: Place wedges in a dry bowl and add seasoning, cornstarch and vegetable oil. The cornstarch helps remove excess moisture during the cooking process to help you achieve a crispier coating.
Fifth step: Using your hand or a spatula, make sure that each wedge is coated with the oil and seasoning as evenly as possible.
Sixth step: Set the air fryer to 350°F (175°C), place the wedges in rows a few centimeters apart in the air fryer basket, and set the timer for 10 minutes. Ideally, the wedges should be placed on a grill rack to help air circulate around them, although this is not necessary.
Seventh step: After 10 minutes, open the air fryer and rotate the wedges. Set the timer for another 10 minutes. Opening the air fryer will lower the temperature, so if your wedges aren’t as crispy as you’d like them to be after 20 minutes, leave them out for a few minutes longer.
Eighth step: Once done, remove the wedges and serve with your favorite dipping sauce, as an evening snack or as a side dish to your main meal.
Air fryer potato wedges rule
I’ve tried many recipes for air fryer fries and wedges, and while the results are always good, they’re rarely as crispy as I’d like. Therefore, I was pleasantly surprised at the level of crunch provided by the potato wedges cooked in this way. All the while, the wedges on the inside remained soft and fluffy.
Although the step of soaking potatoes in an ice bath adds quite a bit of time to what should be a quick snack, in my view it’s totally worth it for that extra crunch.
If you’re still on the fence about buying an air fryer, you might want to read our article on whether an air fryer is worth it? to help you decide.