- 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 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.
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 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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.