Home fries are one of those breakfast sides that not only fills your belly, but gives you those cozy, family feelings. There’s something very nostalgic about home fries for some reason. In the past, it would have been hard to imagine having a full “Sunday” breakfast as a vegan, but now, there are an infinite number of delicious vegan breakfast options.
You know what goes great with vegan home fries? Everything! Woo! Make a batch of these crisp on-the-outside, pillowy soft on-the-side potatoes and serve them with pretty much anything you love. Our favorite Bring On the Sunshine breakfast combo includes: tofu scramble, fresh fruit salad, cinnamon-encrusted crumb muffins, and a batch of these sensational, savory home fries. Serve this mouthwatering menu to your family to show them all the love!
Find your air fryer, pull out a bag of potatoes, arm yourself with an onion, and let’s get cooking!
This air fryer home fries recipe is pretty foolproof. It’s simply a matter of preheating, chopping, and cooking before you can dig into this downright delicious side. If you’ve got an air fryer, a knife, a cutting board, and some basic seasonings, you’re good to go. Keep in mind that these air fried potatoes are best served immediately, but you can easily reheat them in the air fryer if needed.
Even though there are only a couple of ingredients in this recipe, both of them are nutrient dense superstars! Potatoes and onions are inexpensive, easy to find, and chock full of vitamins and minerals. You can mix it up by changing the type of potato that you use (try red, white, yellow, russets, purple, and even sweet potatoes) to create different flavors and textures. Feel free to swap out the red onion for a yellow or white onion…even a shallot would work if cut into chunks.
Potato – Low calorie density, high in fiber, and also protein. Packed with vitamins C, B6, folate, potassium, manganese, magnesium, phosphorus, and niacin. Simple and satisfying!
Red Onion – High in antioxidants (particularly quercetin), full of prebiotics, and antibacterial, with a fair amount of vitamins B6 & C, manganese, biotin, and copper. Tasty and tangy!
This delightful home fries recipe is appetizing on its own (we’ve been guilty of eating the entire batch by ourselves!) or serving alongside a favorite breakfast dish like waffles, maple french toast, tofu scramble, or even with mouthwatering blueberry muffins fresh out of the oven. Here are a few other ideas to keep in mind:
Sure thing! We used an air fryer for this recipe to save time and add an extra crunch, but you can definitely use the oven instead.
Preheat your oven to 425 degrees and, while the oven is heating up, steam your potatoes (or do this the night before), and cut into chunks when cool.
Add the oil, seasonings, and onion. Mix well. Spread onto a parchment lined (or silicone) baking sheet and cook for 35-45 minutes or until desired crispiness. Turn halfway through cooking. Steaming your potatoes beforehand allows your home fries to be soft in the inside while perfectly crispy on the outside.
You can easily store any remaining breakfast fries in the freezer. If possible, place them in a single layer inside of a freezer-safe container or silicone storage bag. Make sure they are sealed tightly.
The leftover potatoes should last up to 3 months in the freezer. To defrost the frozen home fries, arrange them in a single layer in a preheated air fryer basket and cook at 400 degrees for 5-8 minutes or until desired crispiness.
This is completely up to you. Leaving the peel on saves prep time, allows the potatoes to steam more easily, gives an extra crunch to the cooked home fries, and adds lots of healthy fiber. But, if you like the smoother texture of the home fries without the skin, go for it!
Steaming or lightly cooking the potatoes ahead of time is what gives these home fries their soft inside and crispy outside texture. You can certainly skip that part if you wish, but you’ll need a longer cooking time overall because the potatoes will be raw. Sometimes, the longer cooking time makes the home fries burn prematurely and you may end up with slightly undercooked interior with an almost burnt exterior.
Sure! They’re actually really great with any type of potato. Keep in mind, though, that sweet potatoes need a longer cooking time, so you may wish to increase the steaming time or air fry cooking time so that the sweet potatoes are fully cooked, without the outside becoming burnt too quickly.
Thank you to our recipe testers for these homestyle fries, Kristen Sinch, Anandee Seshradi and Melanie Swanson!
This home fries in air fryer recipe was developed and written by Gina House and edited by Rachel Lessenden. This cottage fries content is copyright of World of Vegan, all rights reserved. Photos by J.J. Steele.