Hassleback Potatoes in the Air Fryer

Try making a hassleback potato in an air fryer for crisper potato slices. Then, bake the potatoes in an oven. A hassleback has uniform slices cut into the potato while remaining intact at the bottom. The result is an accordion potato, a cross between chips and a baked potato.

Several hasleback potatos

Are you looking for a holiday side dish or a change from a traditional baked potato? I recommend a hassleback potato. Created by a Swedish chef, this potato has thin slices cut into it while keeping the bottom intact. The result is a flavorful baked potato that has a perfect crisp!

What are Hassleback potatoes?

Hasselback potatoes are special due to their unique presentation and texture. The potato is sliced thinly about 3/4 of the way through the potato. Once cooked, a hassleback looks like an “accordion potato.”

The result is a cross between a thick potato chip and a baked potato. This result is a potato full of flavor, textures, and a visually stunning side dish.

Why use an Air Fryer?

An air fryer creates a crispier potato with less butter and/or oil. An air fryer uses hot air circulation to cook the potatoes, creating a crisper exterior than an oven would achieve.

What is the Best Potato to use?

You can use any size potato, but the key is to use them as closely as possible. Russet and Yukon Gold potatoes are popular choices. You can also use sweet potatoes, fingerlings, or new potatoes.

Potato being sliced between two wooden spoons.

Ingredients

  • 4 medium-sized potatoes
  • 2 tablespoons melted butter em Two
  • 2 tablespoons melted butter
  • 3 cloves garlic
  • Sat and black pepper

Instructions

Russet potato between two wooden spoons.

PREP – Select potatoes that are uniform in size. Scrub, wash, and dry the potatoes thoroughly. Leave the peel on the potato. Preheat an air fryer to 350F.

CUT – Place wooden spoons, chopsticks, or dinner knives on each potato side to prevent them from cutting through it.

Adding butter to potato using a pastry brush and for.

BUTTER – Melt the butter in the microwave. I recommend lowering the power to 5 and melting in 10 – 20-second bursts. Add the garlic and seasoning, and mix all ingredients.

Divide the butter, oil, and garlic mixture and set one-half aside. Brush the butter mixture onto the potato slices using a pastry brush—season with salt and pepper.

5 potatoes in an air fryer basked with butter next to it.

4. REAPPLY BUTTER – Place potatoes in the air fryer basket and cook for 15 minutes. Remove the basket from the air fryer, brush the potatoes with the other half of the butter mixture, and brush into the slices. Use a fork or knife to get deeper into the wedges.

Cook for another 15 minutes or until the potatoes are cooked and fork-tender. Remove from the air fryer, and let the potatoes cool for a few minutes before serving. Garnish as desired.

Note: The second application of butter is a must to achieve the perfect crisp! That is because halfway through the cooking time, the potato opens up, allowing you to reach deeper into the potato.

Tips to making the perfect cut

  1. Place a barrier on each side of the potato to prevent you from cutting it all the way through. Popular barriers include wooden spoons, chopsticks, or knives. If you are sensitive to sounds, I recommend using wooden spoons or chopsticks. The blades will make a dinging sound when your knife comes in contact with them.
  2. Make straight cuts with the knife instead of angle cuts. This will keep the potato connected. If you make an angle cut and the chip becomes dislodged, stick the chip back in the potato.
  3. Make consistent-sized slices to ensure even cooking. Thin slices will result in a crispier texture.
Several potatoes on a tray

Frequently Asked Questions

Should I peel the potato?

Hasselback potatoes typically have not been peeled. The outer skin of a potato gives it a little more crunch. With that said, you can peel the potato if you like.

How do I store hassleback potatoes?

Store in an airtight container. They will last about three days in the fridge. To reheat, place in the air fryer at 350°F for 5 minutes.

Can I prepare these ahead of time?

I recommend prepping the potatoes, covering them, and keeping them in the refrigerator until ready to air fry them. They taste best fresh.

Several potatoes on a tray

Hassleback Potatoes in the Air Fryer

Make a hassleback potato in an air fryer for a crisper baked potato. A hassleback has uniform slices cut into the potato while remaining intact at the bottom. The result is an accordion potato, a cross between chips and a baked potato.
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Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: American, Sweedish
Servings: 6 potatoes
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 40 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour

Equipment

  • 1 air fryer
  • 1 Sharp knife
  • 2 chopsticks, wooden spoons or dinner knives

Ingredients

  • 6 medium russet potatoes
  • 2 tablespoons butter/vegan butter
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 3 garlic cloves
  • 2 teaspoons Italian seasoning (optional)

Instructions

  • PREP: Select potatoes that are uniform in size. Scrub, wash, and dry the potatoes thoroughly. Leave the peel on the potato. Preheat an air fryer to 350F.
    6 medium russet potatoes
  • CUT – Place wooden spoons, chopsticks, or dinner knives on each potato side to prevent them from cutting through it. Use your knife and make 1/4-inch slices leaving the bottom of the potato intact.
    Potato between two wooden spoons. Hand holding potato and the other hand has a knife slicing into the potato.
  • BUTTER – Melt the butter in the microwave. I recommend lowering the power to 5 and melting in bursts of 10 – 20 seconds. Add the garlic and seasoning, and mix all ingredients together.
    Divide the butter, oil, and garlic mixture in half and set one half aside. Brush the butter mixture onto the potato slices using a pastry brush—season with salt and pepper.
    Adding butter to potato using a pastry brush and for.
  • REAPPLY BUTTER – Place potatoes in the air fryer basket and cook for 15 minutes. Remove the basket from the air fryer and brush the potatoes with the other half of the butter mixture and brush into the slices. Use a fork or knife to get deeper into the wedges.
    Cook for another 15 minutes or until the potatoes are cooked through and fork tender. Remove from the air fryer, let the potatoes cool for a few minutes before serving. Garnish as desired.

Notes

The second application of butter is a must to achieve the perfect crisp! That is because halfway through the cooking time, the potato opens up, allowing you to reach deeper into the potato.
 
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Nutrition

Nutrition Facts
Hassleback Potatoes in the Air Fryer
Amount per Serving
Calories
 
245
Calories from Fat 81
% Daily Value*
Fat
 
9
g
14
%
Cholesterol
 
10
mg
3
%
Sodium
 
41
mg
2
%
Carbohydrates
 
39
g
13
%
Fiber
 
3
g
13
%
Sugar
 
1
g
1
%
Protein
 
5
g
10
%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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