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How To Cook Frozen Tater Tots in the Air Fryer | Easy

Just imagine the steam coming off of yummy tater tots fresh out of the air fryer. Imagine smelling the savory salty aroma, then taking that first bite. The initial crunch of the perfectly crispy outside pairs perfectly with the soft and tender inside. Is your mouth watering yet? Mine too, so here is the scoop on how to cook frozen tater tots in the air fryer!

Tater tots are a favorite snack from childhood that everyone will enjoy. They are the perfect crunchy and salty snack that we all love so much!

But how can you cook tater tots in the air fryer? We are here to give you a step by step cook time and temperature guide to make these tasty snacks a staple in your home!

Now that you have an air fryer, you can enjoy this childhood snack again but in a healthier way without deep frying them! In fact, no oil at all is needed for this recipe.

What better way to start our day than with some warm tater tots straight from the air fryer? The air fryer does all the work for you and turns these cold tater tots into a hot and delicious snack.

Since so many of us have spent the last year inside, we are eager to get outside and enjoy the sun! Summer cookouts and picnics with friends are an excellent time to showcase your favorite foods. You can serve these tasty snacks with ketchup, chili sauce, or anything else you want. The sky is the limit!

These crispy tater tots are sure to be a hit at all of your picnics and barbecues this summer! Also, the best things about such a simple dish is that everyone can personalize it to their liking! You can easily add any toppings or seasoning you like and also dip these tater tots in all of your favorite sauces.

These air fryer tater tots are the perfect quick snack or side dish. Also, they will pair well with any entree or you can eat them as a main dish. From after school snacks to summer time side dishes, these air fryer tater tots will be perfect for every occasion. With a short cook time and easy cleanup, this recipe is a must try!

Air fryer tater tots

Air Fryer Tater Tots Ingredients

The best part of this easy recipe is that you only really need one ingredient: tater tots! Any toppings and sauces are up to you!

  • 1 Package tater tots: I used this 2Lb bag of tater tots and found that half (about 1Lb.) of it fits perfectly in my air fryer basket. This is great because half of the bag makes enough tater tots about 4 servings, and then you still have the rest of the package to make at a later date!
  • Dipping sauce (optional): If you like to dip your tater tots, you will need your sauce of choice. Personally, I am a fan of the classic ketchup and tater top combo, but you can easily use any sauce you want like bbq sauce, or parmesan garlic sauce!
  • Toppings (optional): Again, these ingredients are optional and completely up to you. This is your chance to be creative have some fun with this recipe! You can make loaded tater tots by topping them with cheese and bacon bits, or maybe add some spice by topping them with jalapeños.
Air fryer tater tots

How To Make Air Fryer Tater Tots

The best part of this recipe is how easy it is! Here are the simple steps that will give you crispy and delicious tater tots!

  1. Preheat Air Fryer: Set your air fryer temperature to 360 degrees F and allow it to heat up.
  2. Put Tater Tots in Basket: Place frozen tater tots in the air fryer basket in an even layer. If you are using this bag of tater tots, about half of the bag will fit in a 4 quart basket.
  3. Set Timer: Once the tater tots are in your air fryer basket, set the timer for 9-10 minutes.
  4. Shake Basket: Halfway through cooking (at the 4-5 minute mark) open your air fryer and shake the basket so that the tater tots can cook evenly.
  5. Plate and Enjoy: Once the time is up, remove the tater tots from the basket. You can serve them with whatever sauces or toppings you want, and enjoy!
Air fryer tater tots

Notes

Whether you are making these air fryer tater tots to snack on as is, or if you want them as a side dish you really have creative freedom. You can easily make these tater tots taste however you want with toppings and sauces, but you can also add more spices too!

This brand of tater tots comes seasoned already, but you can also add more. These will taste great with some lemon pepper or garlic salt on them!

Air fryer tater tots

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Air Fryer Frozen Tater Tots | Easy

Air Fryer Frozen Tater Tots | Easy
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes

Ingredients

  • 1 Package Tater Tots
  • Dipping Sauce (optional)
  • Toppings (optional)

Instructions

    1. Preheat Air Fryer: Set your air fryer temperature to 360 degrees F and allow it to heat up.
    2. Put Tater Tots in Basket: Place frozen tater tots in the air fryer basket in an even layer. If you are using this bag of tater tots, about half of the bag will fit in a 4 quart basket.
    3. Set Timer: Once the tater tots are in your air fryer basket, set the timer for 9-10 minutes.
    4. Shake Basket: Halfway through cooking (at the 4-5 minute mark) open your air fryer and shake the basket so that the tater tots can cook evenly.
    5. Plate and Enjoy: Once the time is up, remove the tater tots from the basket. You can serve them with whatever sauces or toppings you want, and enjoy!

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