Have you ever been disappointed by soft and soggy tater tots out of the oven or microwave? Well, those times are over! Follow our easy air fried tater tots recipe and you will never want to cook them any other way. Frozen tater tots cook up perfectly in the air fryer in only a couple of minutes. They are crunchy, golden and most likely the best tater tots you have ever eaten.
No more preheating the oven and heating up the house at the same time. Just turn on your air fryer and your tater tots are done in less than 15 minutes.
Tater tots can be served with a dipping sauce as a snack or quick lunch, but they also make a great side dish to many meals.
❤️ WHY YOU'LL LOVE FROZEN TATER TOTS IN THE AIR FRYER
✔️ Quick and easy! Cook up your tater tots faster than cooking in the oven. In just 12 minutes you'll go from frozen to crisp.
✔️ Perfectly crispy results. The tater tots get nice and crispy.
✔️ Uses less energy than your oven.
✔️ Easy for kids to use and turns off on it's own! This is a safer way for younger kids to cook.
How to Store Tater Tots After Cooking
Storing your food properly is important to prevent spoiling or food poisoning.
Refrigerate: Let any air fryer tater tots leftovers cool completely. Then store them in an airtight container or ziploc bag in the refrigerator for up to 5 days.
How to Reheat Tater Tots in the Air Fryer
Reheating tater tots in the air fryer is quick and super easy. Only a couple of minutes in the air fryer brings tater tots back to almost perfect crispiness.
Turn your air fryer to 400ºF, put your pre-cooked tater tots back into the air fryer basket and cook for about 3-4 minutes or until heated through. Your tater tots should once again be perfectly crunchy on the outside.
MORE CONVENIENCE FOODS TO COOK IN THE AIR FRYER
Your air fryer comes in very handy to prepare a quick after school snack, lunch or dinner for your kids. It perfectly cooks frozen foods like fish sticks, chicken nuggets, tater tots or bagel bites. The best part, it only takes a couple of minutes from freezer to plate. And we all know, when it comes to hungry kids, every minute counts! Take a look at some of our other frozen food air fryer recipes:
WAYS TO USE LEFTOVERS
If you happen to end up with a bunch of leftover tater tots, check out these delicious ways of using them up:
- TATER TOT PULLED PORK CASSEROLE: This insanely yummy comfort food is a great way to use up leftover pulled pork and tater tots. You only need a few simple ingredients and this family favorite comes together in no time. If you are looking for a new pulled pork recipe to try, check out our INSTANT POT CARNITAS.
- TATER TOT NACHOS: An amazing combination of tater tots and tex-mex flavors. Simply top your leftover tater tots with your favorite chili and cheese, pop them under the broiler for a couple of minutes and enjoy! This tasty dish is also a great way to use up leftover chili.
- 16 oz tater tots - frozen
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Cook your frozen tater tots at 400ºF for about 12 minutes. If you are preheating your air fryer, cooking time might be less. We recommend cooking your tater tots in a single layer so they cook evenly. A few overlaps are OK. If you want to make a large amount of tater tots you will have to cook batches.
Tater tots can be served in a lot of different ways. They can be a snack or easy meal by themselves or served with a dipping sauce. We like ketchup, BBQ sauce, ranch dressing or honey mustard sauce. They also make a great side dish to chicken nuggets, fish sticks or hamburgers. You can even use them in casseroles and bakes. We have included our favorite recipes in this post.