Our air fryer Hasselback potatoes are an easy way to get your potato fix. They’re golden brown crispy perfection on the outside and tender on the inside. And this beautiful presentation of the humble potato is surprisingly simple to make.
Fancy enough for special occasions yet easy enough for a weeknight dinner it’s the perfect side dish. You’ll need just 5 simple ingredients, plus salt and pepper, to make fun accordion potatoes.
And I’ll walk you through the process with simple step-by-step instructions. This air fryer potato recipe is sure to become your new favorite side dish.
Something about the Hasselback technique is fun to me. You may have even seen this technique with baking potatoes, sweet potatoes, and even chicken breasts. The trick is easy once you get used to it, and you’ve got to admit they look pretty fancy too.
What is the Hasselback Technique?
It’s a cooking technique where you cut thin slices that don’t go all of the way to the bottom of the potato (or chicken). This technique creates a crispy outer skin while the inside cooks up tender.
The Trick to Cutting the Perfect Hasselback Potatoes
Some people get frustrated when they’re trying to cut the potatoes because the knife ends up going all the way through the potatoes, which ends up in potato slices. And that’s not what we’re going for here.
You can purchase special Hasselback cutters that are simple to use, but if you don’t own one of these I’ve got a workaround for you. And it’s the easiest way I’ve found to make the potato slices.
- Place two chopsticks or wooden spoons lengthwise about 1-2 inches apart on a cutting board and place the potato in between.
- Using a very sharp knife, start at one end of the potato and make 1/4-inch slices. The “slices” should be thin and as even as possible.
- When you press the knife down to slice, the wooden spoon or chopsticks will stop the blade from going all of the way through the potato.
- Repeat this process until the whole potato is cut into even slices.
Ingredients for Hasselback Potatoes in the Air Fryer
russet potatoes – make sure they are close in size and not too large
salt and pepper
Parmesan cheese – I used grated but you can also use shredded
How to Make Hasselback Potatoes – Air Fryer and Oven Instructions
Air Fryer Hasselback Potatoes
After you’ve washed the potatoes and patted them dry, soften them up by microwaving for 1-2 minutes.
Slice the potatoes into ¼ inch slices by using a Hasselback cutter or the chopstick/wooden spoon method I mentioned before. The slices should go ¾ of the way through the potato.
While the air fryer is preheating to 400 degrees F, spritz the potatoes with oil (I use an oil mister) and season with salt and pepper.
Place the potatoes in the air fryer basket and cook for 18 minutes. Check the potatoes at the 12-minute mark and continue cooking. Depending on the size of your potatoes, the cooking time may vary and you may not need the full 18 minutes.
They are done when a fork or knife can be pushed into the potato easily.
Melt the butter in a small bowl in the microwave while the potatoes are air frying. Remove from microwave and combine butter with the cheese, garlic and parsley to the melted butter. Stir to mix well.
Brush the garlic butter mixture onto the cooked potatoes and they’re ready to serve.
Oven Baked Hasselback Potatoes
Preheat your oven to 450 degrees F. Spray a baking sheet with cooking spray and set aside.
Follow all of the prep instructions mentioned previously then carefully place potatoes on the baking sheet. Cook for 45 minutes to one hour.
Remove from oven then brush potatoes with the butter mixture and enjoy.
How to Store Leftovers
Store leftover accordion potatoes in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 4-5 days.
How To Reheat
Place the potatoes in the air fryer basket or oven and cook at 350 degrees F for a few minutes until they are warmed through completely.
You can increase the temperature if you want crispier potatoes, just keep an eye on them since you’re only warming them up.
- sour cream
- bacon bits
- chopped fresh chives or green onion
- chopped fresh parsley
- extra Parmesan cheese and butter
Air Fryer Side Dishes
Air Fryer Hasselback Potatoes
- 4 medium Russet potatoes
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1 teaspoon pepper
- 6 tablespoons butter
- 1/4 cup Parmesan cheese
- 2 tablespoons minced garlic
- 1 tablespoon parsley, chopped
- Wash the potatoes and pat dry.
- Place potatoes in the microwave and cook for 1-2 minutes, to slightly soften them.
- Using a Hasselback cutter or a buffer, cut ¼-inch slices 3/4 of the way through potatoes.
- Preheat your air fryer to 400 degrees F.
- Spritz potatoes with oil and rub to cover the potato. Season with salt and pepper to taste.
- Cook at 400 degrees F for 18 minutes. Check at the 12 minute mark and adjust cooking time accordingly. Potatoes are done when a fork or knife pushes in easily.
- While potatoes are cooking, melt the butter in the microwave. Add the cheese, garlic, and parsley and stir to combine. Brush the butter mixture onto the cooked potatoes and serve.
- Create a buffer by using two chopsticks or wooden spoons in place of the Hasselback cutter. See the blog post for step-by-step directions and a photo.
- It’s important to cut even-sized pieces for even cooking.
- Store cooled leftover potatoes in an airtight container in the refrigerator for 4-5 days.
Nutritional information is provided as a reference, using an online calculator. We recommend verifying the information independently for accuracy.