Chrispy Tater Tot Crowns in the Air Fryer


Tater Crowns in Air Fryer

Making tater tot crowns in the air fryer is super easy to do and they make a very delicious side dish or quick snack that you can enjoy for any occasion. They are also a delicious snack that you can enjoy. Crispy air fryer tater tots are a perfect alternative to traditional French fries, with these deliciously seasoned potatoes. 

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What are tater crowns? 

Like the original tater puffs, also known as the American classic tater tots, they are potato puffs made with a perfect blend of textures of seasoned potatoes. They come in these perfect golden potatoes, that are almost like French fries, but so much better.

Tater crowns are essentially a smaller version of tater tots. Tater crowns are also made with seasoned potatoes, cooked to crispy golden perfection. Tater crowns are different from tater tots and they are smaller around, having more of a crispy surface to them because they are smaller. If you love the extra crunchiness of tater tots, then you are going to love these crispy crowns!

Different Brands of Tater Crowns

When walking the aisles of your local grocery store, you can find these delicious tater crown potato jams in the frozen section of your grocery store. They are usually found with frozen tater tots and hashbrowns. 

The most common brand is Ore-Ida crispy crowns. Although Ore-Ida tater crowns are the most common way to enjoy these tater crowns, you may be able to find them in an off-brand as well.

Crispy Crowns In Air Fryer

One of the best things about these mini tater tots is their crispy texture. Although there are several different cooking methods you can use for these crispy crowns, one of our favorite ways to prepare them is by air frying them to perfection. 

Other types of cooking methods for these crispy crowns include baking them in the oven or microwaving them. There’s just nothing quite as comfortable as cooking them quickly in the air fryer for delicious, best results. 

Although, it’s fair to say that they also taste fabulous when baked in the oven or cooked on your grill as well. Let’s look at the air frying cooking method for these delicious tater crowns to make them to their crispy perfection.

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Easy Recipe for Tater Crowns in the Air Fryer

Ingredients Needed:

Frozen Tater Crowns. To make tater tot crowns in the air fryer, you’ll want to pick up one bag of frozen tater crowns, preferably Ore Ida Crispy crowns. 

Oil. We recommend using a drizzle of olive oil over the crowns before air frying them. This is not required, but it is recommended. You don’t need extra oil, just a little drizzle is perfect.

Seasoning Salt (Optional). Most tater crowns come pre-seasoned, but if you want to add a little bit of additional salt, or seasoning salt after the tater crowns are drizzled with oil, feel free to do so.

Cooking Time: Please note that all air fryers are different and may cook differently. Our recommended cook time is approximately 10 to 13 minutes, but you may need to add or subtract time depending on your specific air fryer.

How to make Frozen Crispy Crowns in the Air Fryer

Begin by preheating your air fryer to 400°F (200°C).

When the air fryer is preheated, remove the air fryer basket, and add the tater crowns into the basket in a single layer. 

Replace the air fryer basket into the air fryer, and air fry for approximately 5 minutes.

Remove the air fryer basket and give it a good shake. 

Return the air fryer basket and continue air frying for another 5 to 8 minutes depending on your air fryer.

After the cooking time is up, open the air fryer basket and check on the tater crowns to make sure they have turned a beautiful golden brown. 

When you have golden crispy crowns, they should be ready to serve and enjoy the delicious crispy perfection. 

The Perfect Side Dish

These tater crowns made in the air fryer are so simple to prepare, and they make a perfect side dish for any main meal. If you were looking for a quick and easy snack, or side dish, then be sure to try out this easy recipe

Favorite Dipping Sauce Ideas

Tater crowns are delicious by themselves, but if you want to take them to a whole new level, try and join the delicious potatoes with your favorite dipping sauce. Here are a few ideas for you: 


Sour cream

Barbecue sauce

Chick-fil-A sauce

Avocado cream sauce 

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Recipe Tips & Adaptations

Whole Bag. Depending on the size of your air fryer, you are not likely to be able to air fry a whole bag of tater crowns at one time. You will get the best results for air frying your tater crowns while only cooking a single layer of potatoes at one time. You might need to air fry more than one batch in order to cook an entire bag.

Air Fryer vs Deep Frying. Although using hot oil to deep fry potatoes is delicious, or even using an electric deep fryer, it takes quite a bit of time, and working with very hot oil to do this. Using the air fryer is a great alternative and has many health benefits. 

The cook time tends to be shorter when using an air fryer, and it circulates the hot air inside to warm the air fryer, rather than the tater crowns soaking up so much oil. We think that the results to air fry tater crowns are very delicious and hope you will too!


Loaded Crispy Crowns. Want to take your air-fried tater crowns to a whole new level?

Try making them into loaded crispy crowns, by adding different flavors to them. One of our favorite ways is to turn them into a version of a loaded baked potato.

Top your loaded crispy crowns with shredded cheese, sour cream, chives, and any other delicious topping you want to enjoy.

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How To Store and Reheat Crispy Crowns:


Room temperature. These potato crowns should be left at room temperature for no more than two hours when the room temperature is between 40°F and 90°F before they go bad.

If your room temperature is 90°F or above, then the tater crowns are only safe at room temperature for one hour or less.

In the fridge. If there happen to be any leftover potato crowns, then the best way is to store them in the fridge. First allow them to cool to room temperature, then store the tater crowns in an airtight container in the fridge, for up to 3 to 4 days.


The best way to reheat any leftover tater crowns is to put them back into the air fryer. Usually air frying them at 350F for 6-8 minutes will do the trick of reheating them, so that they are nice and crispy.

What to Serve with Crispy Crowns

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What are Ore-Ida Crispy Crowns?

Ore-Ida crispy crowns are tator tots that are half as thick, which allows them to have more surface area to get extra crispy.

What can you do with Crispy Crowns?

You can make anything you want with the crispy tater tot crowns. Tater crowns make a great side dish all by themselves after they have been air-fried. Or you can make loaded crispy crowns or even add them on top of other dishes, like the Tater Tot Casserole with cream of mushroom soup.

Tater Crowns Air Fryer Recipe

This delicious recipe for tater crowns in the air fryer is one of our favorite recipes to make, and we hope you will enjoy it too. These tater crowns are so easy and taste fabulous, you can add them as a delicious side for your next family meal. 

We hope that you have found a new favorite recipe that you can enjoy in just a few simple steps! Thank you so much for stopping by and for taking the time to read our recipe! 

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