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Stack of air fryer potato cakes on a plate with a dollop of sour cream and chopped chives on top.

Air Fryer Potato Cakes

  • Author: Leanne
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 30 minutes
  • Total Time: 40 minutes
  • Yield: 10 patties
  • Category: Side Dish
  • Method: Air Fry
  • Cuisine: American, Canadian


Air Fryer Potato Cakes are a great way to use up leftover mashed potatoes! They get crispy with just a little oil and stay light and fluffy in the middle.


  • 3 cups (600g) cold mashed potatoes
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1/2 cup (70g) all purpose white flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon fine sea salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh chives (plus more for garnish)
  • Oil (to spray or brush on patties)


  1. In a large bowl, add the mashed potatoes, eggs, flour, salt, garlic powder and pepper. Mix to combine. If your potatoes are extra thick, you may need to use a potato masher.
  2. Stir in the chopped chives.
  3. Use a 1/4 cup measuring cup or cookie scoop to portion out the mixture for the patties.
  4. Gently shape into 10 patties that are 1/2-inch thick.
  5. Grease your air fryer basket with spray oil and arrange the patties in a single layer. (Depending on the size of your air fryer, you’ll need to air fry the patties in 2-3 batches).
  6. Spray or brush the tops with oil.
  7. Air fry at 400F for 8-9 minutes. Carefully flip the potato cakes over and spray or brush more oil on the other sides. Continue air frying for another 6-7 minutes, or until the tops are browned and crispy.


  1. This recipe only calls for a small amount of seasoning as mashed potatoes are usually already seasoned. If your mashed potatoes are not seasoned, you’ll want to add more salt and pepper to the recipe.
  2. If your mashed potatoes are wet, you’ll need to add a little more flour to help the patties bind together.
  3. The potato cakes mixture will be sticky, so you may need to rinse your hands a few times while shaping them.
  4. For even cooking, these potato cakes should be air fried in a single layer. The recipe makes 10, so you’ll need to air fry in at least two batches.
  5. The cook time in the recipe is based on two batches.
  6. I used a Cosori 5.8 quart air fryer for this recipe. If you have a different size, brand or model, you may need to adjust the air frying time and temperature slightly.
  7. Be sure to check out the other sections above the recipe card for more detailed advice and suggestions for making this recipe.

Keywords: potato cakes, patties, pancakes, air fryer