How to Reheat Tater Tots in an Air Fryer

Reheating tater tots in an air fryer is an excellent way to bring back their crispy exterior and warm, fluffy interior, making them taste as good as freshly cooked. The air fryer’s rapid air circulation ensures the tater tots reheat evenly without becoming soggy, as they might in a microwave. Here’s how to do it:

Instructions for Reheating Tater Tots

1. Preheat the Air Fryer

  • Begin by preheating your air fryer to 350°F (about 175°C). Preheating helps to ensure that the tater tots start reheating immediately and evenly.

2. Arrange the Tater Tots

  • Place the tater tots in the air fryer basket in a single layer, ensuring they’re not touching too much. This arrangement allows the hot air to circulate around each tater tot, promoting even reheating and crispiness.

3. Reheat

  • Cook the tater tots for about 3-5 minutes. Since air fryer models can vary in their heating elements and fan strength, it’s a good idea to shake the basket halfway through the reheating process to ensure even crispiness.

4. Check for Crispiness

  • After the initial reheating time, check the tater tots for your desired level of crispiness. If they’re not as crispy as you’d like, you can continue to reheat them in 1-minute increments, checking after each minute to avoid overcooking.

5. Serve Immediately

  • Once the tater tots have reached the perfect level of crispiness, carefully remove them from the air fryer and serve immediately. They are best enjoyed hot and crispy.

Tips for Perfectly Reheated Tater Tots

  • Avoid Overcrowding: Reheat the tater tots in batches if necessary to ensure they’re not overcrowded in the air fryer basket. Overcrowding can lead to uneven reheating and less crispy tater tots.
  • Shaking Is Key: Shaking the basket halfway through the reheating process helps the tater tots reheat evenly and become crispy all around.
  • No Need to Add Oil: The tater tots already contain oil from their initial cooking, so there’s usually no need to add more oil when reheating. However, if you find your tater tots are too dry, a light spray of oil can help.


Using an air fryer to reheat tater tots is a quick and effective method to enjoy this delicious snack with a texture that’s close to freshly fried. By following these simple steps, you ensure your tater tots are evenly reheated, crispy on the outside, and warm on the inside, making for a delightful snack or side dish.

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