Parmentier potatoes is a classic French cubed potatoes recipe. This is an easy, quick and flavorful herbed potato dish that my family loves. Fluffy diced potatoes with crispy edges served with gravy are always a winner and the air fryer makes the best roasted potatoes.
Air fryer Parmentier Potatoes Recipe
Cubed and diced potatoes tend to cook faster than whole roasted potatoes for obvious reasons. That’s exactly why this potato dish is my go to recipe when we want a quick delicious side dish for dinner. These go with anything including sauces like ketchup.
Roasting potatoes parmentier in the air fryer vs the baking rack and oven is my favorite way to make these spuds. Why? The air fryer cooks faster than the oven in many cases and more often we’ve too hungry to wait for the oven.
What is Parmentier Potatoes
Parmentia potatoes are different from other French potatoes recipes like the French potatoes with onions and peppers and the French potato casserole.
They are simply herbed potatoes that are tossed in oil or butter, garlic and herbs. These were named after an 18th century French Pharmacist who made the consumption of potatoes popular in France.
Why you’ll love this air fried potatoes recipe
Raise your hands if you love quick and easy. These spuds do justice that phrase plus some. Here are some of the reasons why this recipe works and why we think you’d love these!
Family friendly: This is one recipe your family would love. Crowd pleasing is the just the perfect word to use and this cubed potatoes makes for a great side dish for the holidays. Thanksgiving and Christmas are around the corner and this should be in the menu.
Time saver: Doesn’t take much of your time to put these together including the time it takes to parboil the diced potatoes
Vegan / Vegetarian: This Potatoes Parmentier recipe is naturally vegan / vegetarian. I choose to swap out the butter in with oil to keep this recipe plant based for our vegan / vegetarian friends to enjoy and if you aren’t one, you can add this to your Meatless Monday Meal rotation. I’d say that’s a win-win situation.
Easily adaptable: Whether you use fresh herbs or dried herbs, it would still taste delicious.
- Garlic powder
- Olive oil or any oil of choice. Butter or vegan butter can also be used.
How to make Parmentier potatoes in the air fryer
This is an overview of the recipe with step by step photos. Scroll down to end of post for a printable recipe card with full recipe and instructions.
First you wash and scrub the potatoes especially if you want to cook it with the skin on. Next Peel with a knife or vegetable peeler. Cut into cubes. I have a detailed post on how to cut potatoes into cubes. Be sure to check it out if you need to.
Parboil the cubed potatoes and drain.
Then mix in the oil and spice blend till well combined. Transfer herbed potatoes into the air fryer basket and roast for 15 to 18 mins at a temperature of 400°F / 200°C
Preheat oven to 425°F / 220°C / Gas mark 7
Lightly grease the baking sheet then transfer coated potatoes to the baking sheet.
Bake for 15 mins, turn potatoes to the other side and bake for another 15 mins or until cooked through. Serve with your favorite side dish.
What to serve it with
Potato Parmentier can be enjoyed on its own. Pairing it with meats or veggies is also a great idea. Below are some of the sides we enjoy it with.
- Air fryer chicken quarters
- Boneless skinless chicken thighs
- Air fryer country style ribs
- Meatballs or meatball skewers
- Sunday roast
How to store
Roasted potatoes cubes or leftovers can be stored in an air tight container in the refrigerator for up to 3 days. Reheat in the microwave
- Parboil the potatoes till water begins to boil takes about 5-7 minutes.
- Salt the water for boiling the potatoes.
- Do not shake the potatoes while in the colander as this will scuff the edges making the potatoes lose its cubed shape.
- Recipe was made in a non preheated air fryer.
Frequently asked questions
Where do Parmentier potatoes come from?
Parmentier potatoes are potatoes. Potatoes were said to have been introduced to France by the Spaniards. It was formally regarded as animal feed and not good for humans until a pharmacist by the name Antoin-Augustin Parmentier shed more light on the benefits of potatoes after eating mostly potatoes during his stay in prison in Prussia.
Because of his influence in making potatoes popular in France, this potato dish was named after him.
Do potatoes need to be boiled before roasting?
Potatoes don’t necessarily need to be boiled before roasting. However boiling can help make it more fluffy in the inside with crispy edges.
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- Air fryer cubed sweet potatoes
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Air fryer Parmentier potatoes (cubed potatoes)
- Stainless steel pot
- Air fryer
- Kitchen tongs
- 2 lbs potatoes (Russet, Irish, Idaho Maris Piper would work)
- 2 teaspoons Salt divided
- 1 teaspoon dried Parsley
- 1 teaspoon dried Oregano
- ½ teaspoon Rosemary
- 1 teaspoon garlic powder
- 2 Tablespoons oil
- Wash and scrub potatoes then cut into cubes.
- Transfer potatoes into pot, add water and 1 teaspoon of salt and bring to boil for 5 to 7 mins
- Drain the parboiled potatoes.
Air fryer instructions
- Transfer drained potatoes into a bowl, add the oil, remaining salt and herbs then toss to coat the potatoes.
- Transfer coated potatoes to air fryer basket and roast at 400°F / 200°C for 15 to 18 mins
- When the cooking time is up, serve immediately.
- Preheat oven to 425°F / 220°C / Gas mark 7
- Lightly grease the baking sheet then transfer coated potatoes to the baking sheet.
- Bake for 15 mins, turn potatoes to the other side and bake for another 15 mins or until cooked through. Serve with your favorite side dish.
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