Air-Fryer Potato Cakes

These potato cakes make a wonderful appetizer, especially for the holidays. Top them with an array of ingredients, from apples and sage to a red pepper aioli. With a crispy exterior and creamy center, these potato cakes will be the star of any gathering. For a colorful twist, try this recipe with purple potatoes.

a recipe photo of the Air-Fryer Potato Cakes
Photo: Adam Albright
Active Time:
15 mins
Total Time:
1 hr 20 mins


  • 1 ½ pounds Yukon Gold potatoes, peeled and cubed

  • 1 large egg

  • 1 tablespoon unsalted butter, melted

  • ½ teaspoon salt

  • Cooking spray


  1. Bring a large pot of water to a boil. Add potatoes and cook until fork-tender, 20 to 25 minutes. Drain and transfer to a large bowl; set aside to cool for 15 minutes.

  2. Mash the potatoes with a potato masher. Add egg, butter and salt; mix well. Form 1/4-cup portions of the mixture into 3-inch-diameter cakes. Place the cakes on a baking sheet or tray and refrigerate for 15 minutes.

  3. Transfer the potato cakes to the basket of an air fryer; coat with cooking spray. Cook at 400℉, flipping once, until golden brown and edges are crisp, 12 to 16 minutes. Top as desired (see Tip).


These potato cakes can be topped with an array of ingredients. Here are our favorite topping combinations to try.

Apple & Crispy Sage Topper

Place 10 to 12 fresh sage leaves in the air-fryer basket; coat with cooking spray. Cook at 300℉ until crispy, 5 to 7 minutes (the leaves will blow around in the basket). Transfer to a paper towel to cool. Divide 1/4 cup crème fraîche, 1 cup chopped apples and the sage leaves among the potato cakes. Garnish with ground cinnamon.

Berries & Cream Topper

Divide 1/2 cup sour cream, 1/2 cup blueberry jam and 1/4 cup toasted sliced almonds among the potato cakes. Garnish with snipped fresh thyme.

Roasted Red Pepper Aioli Topper

Combine 1/2 cup mayonnaise, 1/4 cup roasted red peppers, 2 tsp. minced garlic and 1/8 tsp. salt in a food processor; process until smooth. Spoon over the potato cakes. Garnish with ground pepper and fresh basil leaves.


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Nutrition Facts (per serving)

67 Calories
2g Fat
12g Carbs
2g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 10
Serving Size 1 potato cake
Calories 67
% Daily Value *
Total Carbohydrate 12g 4%
Dietary Fiber 1g 4%
Protein 2g 4%
Total Fat 2g 3%
Saturated Fat 1g 5%
Cholesterol 22mg 7%
Sodium 133mg 6%
Potassium 288mg 6%

Nutrition information is calculated by a registered dietitian using an ingredient database but should be considered an estimate.

* Daily Values (DVs) are the recommended amounts of nutrients to consume each day. Percent Daily Value (%DV) found on nutrition labels tells you how much a serving of a particular food or recipe contributes to each of those total recommended amounts. Per the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the daily value is based on a standard 2,000 calorie diet. Depending on your calorie needs or if you have a health condition, you may need more or less of particular nutrients. (For example, it’s recommended that people following a heart-healthy diet eat less sodium on a daily basis compared to those following a standard diet.)

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a special diet for medical reasons, be sure to consult with your primary care provider or a registered dietitian to better understand your personal nutrition needs.

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