If you haven’t tried air fryer Hasselback potatoes, you’re missing out! With thin, almost potato chip-like slices, they are crispy on the outside with a fluffy, tender middle.
Let me show you how to make perfect Hasselback potatoes in your air fryer with my easy step by step guide.
They are amazing served as a side dish to many main courses or with a dipping sauce such as Sriracha mayo or sour cream and chive dip.
I’ve been sitting on this recipe for quite a few months and thought it was about time I posted it. I make these Hasselback potatoes just as much, if not more than I make roast potatoes.
My family practically trip over themselves to get to the table if there’s a bowl of Hasselbacks on offer. I can never make enough of them!
What are Hasselback potatoes?
A Hasselback potato is a baked potato that has been sliced almost, but not quite all the way to the base. This technique is achieved by placing the potato on a wooden spoon and making lots of little cuts with a sharp knife.
Hasselback potatoes were (apparently) created in 1953 in a Swedish tavern named, you guessed it, Hasselback.
why you’ll love this recipe
Resturant quality potatoes at home: My favourite thing about Hasselback potatoes? They look so impressive and fancy, but they’re actually very simple to make.
The thin slices of potato become crispy and golden while the interior stays nice and fluffy. They are more delicious than you can imagine! Try them once and you won’t look back.
Cheap to make: They are also a very budget friendly recipe. You just need a few basic ingredients – potatoes, oil, salt, pepper, garlic and dried herbs.
Suitable for everyone: Hasselback potatoes, are of course vegan, so absolutely everyone can enjoy them.
- potatoes. I find firm, waxy “new” potatoes are the best for Hasselbacks. I keep them quite small and roughly the same size so they cook evenly. Common varieties of new potatoes in the UK are Charlotte, Jersey Royal, Anya and Nicola.
- Salt and pepper. I use flaky sea salt such as Maldon and freshly ground black pepper.
- Olive oil (not extra virgin) is my favourite, but any neutral flavoured oil will work, such as sunflower, vegetable or corn oil.
- Garlic granules add lovely flavour to the potatoes. I usually advocate using fresh garlic, but I’ve found it burns very easily in the air fryer (in this recipe) and gives the potatoes a bitter taste. You’ll find garlic granules in the herbs and spice section of most supermarkets.
- Dried rosemary is so lovely with potatoes. If you have any fresh, you could use that instead.
How long do Hasselback potatoes take to cook in an air fryer?
Hasselbacks can take up to one hour to cook in an oven, but they take just 20 minutes in an air fryer. I use quite small potatoes, so they take slightly less time than my air fryer roast potato recipe.
It’s very easy to ring the changes with different flavourings and seasonings. I use a simple seasoning mix of salt, pepper, garlic granules and dried rosemary. Here’s a few more ideas:
- Sprinkle the potatoes with grated parmesan cheese to make Parmesan Hasselback potatoes.
- Add some grated lemon zest and chilli flakes for chilli-lemon Hasselback potatoes
- Melt garlic butter over the hot Hasselbacks – my favourite!
- Sprinkle with chopped cooked bacon and grated mozzarella cheese
- Top with oregano and crumble over some feta cheese
how to make air fryer hasselback potatoes
Step one – slice the potatoes. The easiest tool to help you do this? A wooden spoon. This is another good reason for using small potatoes – they sit perfectly in the spoon!
Now you can start slicing the potato from one end, making as many slices as you can until you reach the other end of the potato.
You’re trying to create something like a fan shape. Keep the slices as close together as possible. These tiny slices will open up in the heat of the air fryer and turn so crispy!
Step two – Once you’ve sliced all the potatoes, place them in a bowl and pour over two tablespoons of olive oil, salt, freshly ground black pepper, garlic granules and dried rosemary. Stir well until the potatoes are well coated in the oil and seasoning.
Step three – Place the potatoes in the preheated (180C) air fryer. Using a pastry brush, brush the potatoes with the remaining oil and seasoning left in the bowl. Cook for about 20 minutes until the potatoes are very golden, crispy and tender on the inside.
- For parties – Hasselback potatoes make a great addition to a buffet! Serve on a platter with spicy Sriracha mayo, homemade bbq sauce or a sour cream or ranch dip. I think you’ll find they disappear very quickly.
- As a side dish – I serve Hassleback potatoes as a side dish to so many main courses. They are great for soaking up sauce, so Hunter’s chicken, or slow cooker bbq chicken would be perfect. I also love them with this crispy homemade Southern fried chicken and creamy coleslaw!
Reheating leftover Hasselback potatoes
Reheat the potatoes in the air fryer at 180C for 5-7 minutes
I’ve mentioned this already but it’s important so bears repeating. Make sure your potatoes are of a similar size so they all cook evenly. I like smaller potatoes for hasselbacks.
For extra indulgence, brush some melted butter over the potatoes before serving.
Do I need to peel the potatoes?
You don’t need to peel potatoes for Hasselback potatoes. The skins crisp up so beautifully that, in my view, it would be a crying shame to do so!
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- 400g new potatoes
- ½ teaspoon flaky sea salt
- ¼ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
- ½ teaspoon garlic granules
- ½ teaspoon dried rosemary
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
- Place a potato on a wooden spoon. This is to prevent you from cutting all the way through to the base. Using a small sharp knife and starting from one end, start slicing the potato. Make as many slices as you can, very close together. Do be careful and take your time.
- Preheat the air fryer to 180C.
- Once you’ve sliced all of the potatoes, place them a bowl and drizzle over the oil, salt, pepper, garlic granules and rosemary. Stir until the potatoes are coated in the oil and seasoning.
- Place the potatoes in the air fryer basket and cook for 20-25 minutes or until they are golden brown, crispy on the outside and tender on the inside.
Handy tips - keep the potatoes roughly the same size so they cook evenly. I use small "new" potatoes such as Charlotte, Nicola or Jersey Royal.
Reheating leftover Hasselback potatoes
Reheat in the air fryer at 180C for 5-7 minutes.
Ring the changes by switching up the herbs - swap the dried rosemary for oregano, thyme, or Italian mixed herbs.
For a spicy kick, add some dried chilli flakes.
Nutrition Information:Yield: 3 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 205Total Fat: 9gSaturated Fat: 1gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 8gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 366mgCarbohydrates: 29gFiber: 3gSugar: 2gProtein: 3g
Calories and nutritional information are provided by a third party application and should be viewed as indicative figures only.