The very first dish I made in the air fryer was potato wedges, and I’ve been looking for the ultimate air fryer potato wedges recipe ever since—one that promises flavor, a crunchy exterior, and a soft, fluffy center.
Here’s Why Instagram and TikTok Foodie Sheyna Patel Potato Wedges Air Fryer Recipe (opens in a new tab) It piqued my interest when it came up on my FYP. With over 10.8 million views and 1.1 million likes (and counting), it looks like I’m not alone.
The main difference between Sheyna’s recipe and the other best air fryer potato wedges recipes I’ve tried in the past is the use of an ice bath. Before you season and cook the wedges, Sheyna recommends soaking them in ice-cold water for 25-30 minutes.
I would have been pretty cynical about this seemingly needlessly long step; to me, potato wedges are the perfect “quick” snack or side dish. However, after testing this recipe many times with different seasonings, I really changed.
Here’s how to make Sheyna’s viral potato wedges at home.
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Air Fryer Potato Wedges Recipe
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Ingredients for Air Fryer Potato Wedges
The ingredients listed below make about 16 potato wedges. If you are using smaller or larger potatoes then obviously the amounts will vary so seasoning may need to be adjusted.
The seasonings listed below can be swapped out for different options depending on your taste. I made these wedges with Cajun seasoning and Chinese five spice, both options work equally well.
It should be noted that I’ve tried this recipe with both cold and ice water, and both yielded similar results, so don’t worry too much if you don’t have ice on hand.
- 2 medium white potatoes
- 3 tablespoons vegetable oil
- 1/2 tbsp onion powder
- 1/2 tbsp garlic powder
- 1 teaspoon smoked paprika
- 1 tsp salt
- 1 tsp black pepper
- 1 teaspoon cornstarch
Air Fryer Potato Wedges Recipe
i used Tower T17099 Vortx Eco Double Basket Air Fryer (opens in a new tab), set to 350ºF (175°C) for 20 minutes. Rotate the wedges after 10 minutes to ensure they cook evenly.
step 1: Cut each potato in half, then in half again, and in half again, to get 16 wedges.
Step 2: Soak these wedges in a large bowl of ice water for 25-30 minutes. The cold water will help remove the starch from the potatoes, keep them from puffing up and sticking together, and help achieve a crispy crust.
Step 3: Remove the wedges from the ice-cold water and pat dry with a kitchen towel or clean tea towel.
Step 4: Place the wedges in a dry bowl and add the seasoning, cornstarch, and vegetable oil. Cornstarch helps remove excess water during cooking, helping you achieve a crispier coating.
Step 5: Using your hands or a spoon, make sure each wedge is coated with the oil and seasoning as evenly as possible.
Step 6: Set the temperature of 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 top of the grill to help circulate air around them, but this is not required.
Step 7: After 10 minutes, turn on the air fryer and rotate the wedges. Set the timer for another 10 minutes. Turning on the air fryer will lower the heat, so if after 20 minutes your fries aren’t as crispy as you’d like, put them in for a few more minutes.
Step 8: Once cooked, remove wedges and serve with your favorite dip, as an evening snack or as a side dish to a main meal.
Air Fryer Potato Wedges Verdict
I’ve tried multiple recipes for cooking chips, fries, and fries in my air fryer, and while the results are always delicious, they’re rarely as crispy as I’d like them to be. So I was pleasantly surprised at the level of crunch provided by potato wedges cooked this way. All the while, the inside of the wedge remains soft and fluffy.
While the step of soaking the potatoes in the ice bath adds a lot of time to what should be a quick snack, it’s totally worth it for the extra crunch, in my opinion.
If you’re still on the fence about whether to buy an air fryer, you might want to read our article on Are Air Fryers Worth It? to help you decide.