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Crispy Air Fryer Potato Nuggets

Alia and Radwa
These nuggets are outrageously good! They are tender on the inside and crispy on the outside! A cross between a tot and a nugget!
Prep Time 20 mins
Cook Time 12 mins
Total Time 32 mins
Course Snack
  • 4 medium yellow potatoes
  • 2 tbsp sour cream
  • 1/3 rd cup freshly shredded Colby Jack cheese
  • 1/2 tsp kosher salt (more or less to taste)
  • 1/2 tsp black pepper (more or less to taste)
  • 1/2 tsp paprika
  • 1/4 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 cup panko Japanese bread crumbs


  • 1/2 cup ketchup
  • 1/4 cup mayonnaise
  • Peel yukon gold potatoes and cut them into slices.
  • Place the potatoes in a pot of water, making sure they are fully covered with water.
  • Bring the pot up to a boil and cook the potatoes for about 12 minutes, or until they are easy to pierce with a fork.
  • Drain the potatoes and place them in a large mixing bowl.
  • Add sour cream, freshly shredded Colby Jack cheese, salt, pepper, paprika, and garlic powder to the bowl. Mash the cream, cheese, and seasonings up using a potato masher or a fork. Mash until the texture is fully smooth.
  • Scoop some of the potato mixture into your hand and form them into nuggets. We like to use a small ice cream scooper or tablespoon to get them all to be the same size.
  • Place the shaped nuggets onto a parchment lined sheet pan or baking sheet and refrigerate for at least 30 minutes.
  • When you are ready to make them, dip each potato nugget in panko bread crumbs and set aside.
  • Place the nuggets in an air fryer at 400 degrees for 8-10 minutes. Flip halfway through!¬†When they are golden and crispy, they are done.
  • Combine ketchup and mayonnaise in a small bowl.
  • Mix thoroughly until they are smooth and a light pink color!
  • Serve with the potato nuggets.


Keyword air fried potatoes, mashed potatoes, tot recipe, yellow potatoes
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