Frozen Tater Tots turn out just as good as deep-fried when cooked in the air fryer (with less mess and calories). 

Everyone loves a plate full of golden, crispy tater tots, and if you don’t have time to make homemade tater tots, cook up a batch of frozen tots! They’re perfect for game night, movie night, or serve alongside sloppy joes!

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How to Air Fry Frozen Tater Tots

Tater tots in the air fryer are easy peasy, especially from frozen!

  1. Preheat the air fryer to 400°F.
  2. Place the tots in a single layer in the basket & cook (per recipe below).
  3. Shake the basket halfway through the cooking time so they get crisped evenly all around.

Cook Times

  • cook frozen tater tots in the air fryer 14-16 min
  • reheat cooked tater tots for 3-4 minutes
  • cook homemade tater tots for 7-9 minutes

ingredients to make Air Fryer Frozen Tater Tots

Variations & Dips

SEASONINGS Homemade Cajun Seasoning, Adobo Seasoning, and a Homemade Ranch Seasoning  create a whole new flavor profile!

VARIATION For a fun twist, top cooked tots with cheddar cheese and green onions. Cook until the cheese is melted and bubbly. Serve with sour cream, salsa, guacamole, or other dips and dressings!

DIP Dips & dressings? Yes, please!

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Air Fryer Frozen Tater Tots

Frozen Tater Tots are so easy to make in the air fryer and come out perfectly crispy & golden every time!
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes
Servings 4 servings


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  • 32 ounces frozen tater tots (1 bag)
  • salt or seasoned salt to taste


  • Preheat air fryer to 400°F.
  • Place tater tots in a single layer in the air fryer basket cooking them for 8 minutes.
  • Shake the basket gently making sure not to break them, and cook an additional 6-8 minutes or until tater tots reach desired crispness. Season with salt to taste.
  • Serve immediately.


Cook in a single layer.
Do not overcrowd the air fryer or the tots won't cook well. Instead, cook in batches and reheat all tots together just before serving.
5 from 6 votes

Nutrition Information

Serving: 0.5cup | Calories: 401 | Carbohydrates: 57g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 19g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Sodium: 971mg | Potassium: 601mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 9IU | Vitamin C: 17mg | Calcium: 29mg | Iron: 1mg

Nutrition information provided is an estimate and will vary based on cooking methods and brands of ingredients used.

Course Appetizer, Side Dish, Snack
Cuisine American
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