Air Fryer Potatoes O’Brien: How to Prepare This Quick and Delicious Dish 


Last Updated: August 5th, 2023

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Are you curious about how to cook air fryer Potatoes O’Brien? Consider yourself lucky! I’m here to share how you can do so and talk about other tips, including serving and pairing suggestions. 

An American dish, Potatoes O’Brien is a popular country breakfast. The specific ingredients can vary from recipe to recipe, but the star of the dish is potatoes. They are mixed with bell pepper, onions, and other ingredients or seasonings for something mouthwatering and filling. 

Traditionally, Potatoes O’Brien is cooked in a skillet. Nonetheless, not many of you will have the luxury of time and energy for such. Hence, an air fryer presents the perfect alternative. Keep on reading and learn from the insights I’ll share in this quick guide. 

Air Fryer Potatoes O’Brien

Benefits of Cooking Potatoes O’Brien in an Air Fryer 

Some of you are probably wondering why the air fryer should be your best bet when cooking Potatoes O’Brien. To start, you must understand how air fryers work. If you’ve been reading my blogs, you’re probably aware of this by now. And if not, here’s how it works. Air fryers use convection heating. It heats the interior evenly. In turn, heat circulates throughout the air fryer. 

Convection cooking brings several benefits. You might have heard of this concept in ovens, but it’s the same principle behind the magic of air fryers. It can cook your food quickly, making it ideal for those who always lack time. In addition, it will also cook consistently. Meaning, no parts are under or over-cooked. 

Further, it’s healthier. This is probably one thing most of you are already aware of, but it’s still worth mentioning. You don’t need to use oil. If you want to, then you can use just minimal oil. This means that you can also enjoy less saturated fats in this dish while indulging in the same mouthwatering goodness. 

Not to mention, cooking in an air fryer is convenient. This is especially the case if you hate messy cleanups. And if you want to learn a trick, one thing you should consider is using parchment paper as lining in your air fryer basket or rack. This will lessen the mess, making it easier to clean once you’re done cooking. 

A Step-by-Step Guide for Making Air Fryer Potatoes O’Brien 

Now, you generally have two options for this. One is to start from scratch and the other is to use a frozen bag of Potatoes O’Brien. If you have the time, you can do it from scratch. In that case, here are the ingredients you will need, followed by the instructions. 

  • 1 pound golden potatoes 
  • 1 cup chopped onions 
  • 1 cup chopped bell peppers 
  • ¼ teaspoon onion powder 
  • ¼ teaspoon garlic powder 
  • 3 teaspoons olive oil 
  • Black pepper 
  • Salt 
  1. Preheat the air fryer. Set the temperature to 380 degrees. While waiting for the air fryer to heat up, prepare the ingredients. 
  2. Cut the potatoes. Dice them into the sizes you’re most comfortable eating. 
  3. Use a paper towel to pat them dry. 
  4. Put the potatoes in a bowl. Add the olive oil, onion powder, garlic powder, salt, and pepper. 
  5. Add the potatoes to the air fryer. Avoiding putting more than what the basket can handle. Do not layer. 
  6. Cook the potatoes for ten minutes. 
  7. While waiting for the potatoes to cook, toss onions and bell peppers in a bowl with olive oil, salt, and pepper. Add them to the air fryer after 10 minutes of cooking. 
  8. Now, let them cook for 10 minutes. Once you’re halfway through, shake the air fryer basket. 
  9. Take them out of the air fryer and serve immediately. 

I understand that not everyone can make Air Fryer Potatoes O’Brien manually. After all, the point of using an air fryer is to make things quicker, right? No need to worry. All you need is a frozen bag of Potatoes O’Brien. Here’s how you can cook it in an air fryer. 

  1. As always, start by preheating the air fryer. Set the temperature to 400 degrees Fahrenheit and wait at least five minutes. 
  2. Next, pour the frozen Potatoes O’Brien into the basket in a single layer. The good news is you no longer need to thaw, which will let you save time. 
  3. Cook for 15 to 20 minutes. Halfway, shake the air fryer basket. 

Air Fryer Potatoes O’Brien Serving Suggestions 

Sure, you can eat Potatoes O’Brien on its own, but where’s the fun in that? To make it even more delicious, here are some things you might want to try. 

If you’re eating Potatoes O’Brien for breakfast, you might want to consider pairing it with scrambled eggs. For lunch or dinner, you can eat it with grilled chicken, fish, or even steak. 

It can also make a nice ingredient in other dishes. For instance, you can mix it with your salad for a heftier serving. Alternatively, it can even be a filling for your DIY burrito. 

Meanwhile, to make Potatoes O’Brien more flavorful, consider different types of sauces. You can enjoy it with sour cream chive sauce and a squeeze of lemon. Chipotle aioli will also be a delicious accompaniment. And if you want to keep it simple and classic, it’s hard to go wrong with ketchup.

Mistakes to Avoid  

For the best outcomes, here are some mistakes that you should not commit when air frying Potatoes O’Brien: 

  • Putting More than Necessary in an Air Fryer Basket: Anyone who has been using an air fryer for a long time will know that overcrowding is a big no. If you need to cook a large serving, you should air fry in batches. 
  • Not Drying the Potatoes: Patting the potatoes is a must to dry them before cooking. You can use a kitchen towel or paper towel to do this. This will help draw excess moisture and will make the results crispier. 
  • Using Too Much Oil: Pouring liberal oil will not do your dish any good. It will make the potatoes greasy and soggy. Not to mention, they will end up being unhealthy, especially if you’re not mindful of the oil to use. 


Air Fryer Potatoes O’Brien are delicious and filling. Even better, it’s easy to prepare. You can also eat it beyond breakfast. It can even make a good appetizer or side dish. With your trustworthy air fryer, preparing this dish will take only a few minutes.

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Thomas S.

Hey there! I've been cooking for myself and loved ones since the age of 18. In our busy world I've always looked for ways to be more time efficient when it comes to preparing food but also creating tasty and healthy dishes. That's when I came accross air fryers a few years ago and eversince I am trying to spread the word of the benefits of these wonderful machines.