I’ve Made Roasted Potatoes in the Fryer, Toaster, Oven and Oven

I’ve Made Roasted Potatoes in the Fryer, Toaster, Oven and Oven

I’ve tried a few different ways to make spicy roasted potatoes.
Priscilla Thomas

  • I made roast potatoes using a deep fryer, a toaster oven, an oven, and a regular oven.
  • The toaster-oven method was the slowest and produced the least hearty potatoes.
  • The oven came out on top for me, but the air fryer was quick and made good fries.

Potatoes are the pinnacle of comfort foods. Fried, mashed, mashed or baked, they all hit the spot when you want something tasty and filling.

But my favorite dish is a side of roasted potatoes.

The key to a perfect roast potato is a crisp, brown color with a soft, creamy interior. I usually boil my potatoes before baking them in the oven, but I wanted to see if there was an easier method out there.

I made fries in a deep fryer, a toaster oven, an oven, and a regular oven to see which appliance produced the best results with the least amount of effort.

Here’s how the spud show went.

I used the same type of potato for all four methods.

I like Yukon gold potatoes for their buttery flavor.
Priscilla Thomas

I used Yukon gold potatoes cut into 2 inch pieces for each of the devices.

I seasoned them with a mixture of olive oil, salt and pepper, garlic powder, and dried herbs.

First, I followed my traditional method for roasted potatoes.

I boiled the potatoes that will go to the oven.
Priscilla Thomas

The first step in my traditional oven-roasted method is to boil (partially cook) potato wedges in salted water with ½ teaspoon of baking soda.

I brought the water to a boil, added the potatoes and waited for the water to boil again before starting the 10 minute timer.

I threw spices on the first batch of potatoes and cooked them in hot butter and oil.

I heated the butter and oil before transferring the potatoes to the pan.
Priscilla Thomas

I melted the olive oil and butter in the oven for two minutes in a rimmed baking pan.

Then I arranged the seasoned, boiled potatoes neatly in a single layer and baked them at 450 degrees Fahrenheit for 20 minutes.

To finish, I flipped them over and baked the potatoes for another 15 minutes.

The oven-roasted results were perfectly crispy on the outside and soft and creamy on the inside.

You really can’t go wrong with traditional roasted potatoes.
Priscilla Thomas

After that I almost didn’t want to do anything else. The textures and flavors were spot on.

But I had a greasy baking pan and a pot to clean afterwards, so I wanted to try easier methods.

Next batch I went with my air fryer.

Before air-frying, I seasoned the diced potatoes with spices.
Priscilla Thomas

I washed and dried the potatoes while heating my air fryer to 400 F for 10 minutes.

Then I cooked the potatoes for 10 minutes, removed the tossing basket and cooked for another 10 minutes.

After 20 minutes, the potatoes looked pale and weak.

The fryer was not as fast as I expected.
Priscilla Thomas

After 20 minutes in the fryer, the potatoes looked a little dry, so I drizzled them with olive oil and baked them for another 10 minutes.

I didn’t want them to be overcooked and mushy so I took them out at the 30 minute mark.

The air fries weren’t crispy enough, but overall decent.

After 30 minutes in the fryer, I would have liked the fries to be crispier.
Priscilla Thomas

Most of the sticks were soft inside. And while they weren’t crispy on the outside, they had some texture.

I didn’t boil too much or use too much oil, so I had to wash the air fryer basket after I was done.

This method will certainly reduce the cooking time and effort for a quick meal.

My next attempt was on the stove.

I started by melting the butter and oil in a pan.
Priscilla Thomas

The oven is usually my shortcut to roast potatoes, so I wanted to compare it to the air fryer method.

I started by melting the butter and olive oil in a pan over medium heat, arranged the seasoned potatoes in a single layer and covered the pan.

I sauteed the potatoes for 20 minutes before turning them.

I made sure to turn each potato into a pan.
Priscilla Thomas

After leaving them covered for 20 minutes, I flipped each potato slice and baked for another 15 minutes.

Once both sides were cooked, I stirred in the potatoes and fried them until well browned – two more rounds of five minutes for me.

The oven-top fries were great and the process wasn’t too messy or time-consuming.

I’m still a fan of the oven method.
Priscilla Thomas

The finished fries were crispy on the outside and perfectly soft on the inside.

After 50 minutes of cooking, I only had one bowl left to clean. But the air fryer required more effort.

Finally, I preheated my toaster oven to 400F.

I’m usually a big fan of cooking in my toaster oven.
Priscilla Thomas

I preheated the baking sheet with my toaster oven for about 15 minutes so that it was nice and warm when I added the potatoes.

First, I planned to bake the potatoes at 400 F for 45 minutes – turning every 15 minutes. But after 30 minutes they looked barely cooked.

I raised the temperature to 450 F. But even after the last 15 minutes, they needed more time. I brushed them with oil and baked them for an additional 20 minutes.

The toaster-oven fries were the least satisfying of the lot.

I wanted a nice golden-brown color on the outside, but they were still pretty pale.
Priscilla Thomas

I expected the potatoes to be browner in the compact toaster oven, but the results weren’t crispy or crunchy.

They were also starting to dry inside.

Although cleaning is easy, I would prefer the oven method over this method for better and faster results.

I would use the oven for convenience and quality, but air fryers might come in handy.

I could see myself using the deep fryer again, but I’ll probably stick to the oven.
Priscilla Thomas

Oven-roasted potatoes are the gold standard, hands down.

But the oven method was faster and required a little less cleanup, so it’s a manageable alternative when I don’t have the energy.

When I’m really pressed for time, I’d probably use the air fryer because the results were pretty good and the cleanup was super quick.

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