Boil the potatoes for 8 minutes, then pour off the water and set the potatoes aside to cool for at least 15 minutes
Grate the potatoes.
Mix together corn starch, garlic powder, onion powder, salt and pepper in a small bowl.
Place grated potatoes and the mixed seasoning in a bowl and mix together. Use your hands and knead it like a dough for about 1 minute. When it holds together and resembles a dough, it's done.
Divide the dough into 25 parts and create tots by grabbing a piece of dough and squeezing it gently in your hand. Use a tiny bit of water on your fingers to avoid the dough sticking to them. Repeat until you've made all the tots. Meanwhile, preheat the air fryer to 400°F (200°C).
Place the tots in a bowl and pour over the oil. Mix gently to avoid breaking apart the tots.
Place tots in a single layer in the air fryer basket and air fry at 400°F (200°C) for 15 minutes. Remove the basket every 5 minutes and shake gently to turn them.
Serve immediately with your favorite dipping sauce!
2 servings of this recipe makes 25 tater tots.
Ingredient notes & substitutions
Potatoes - any kind works, but Yukon Gold, Russet and King Edward make the best tots in my opinion
Vegetable oil - any neutral variety works great, I always use rapeseed oil
Corn starch can be swapped for potato starch
Seasonings can be adjusted to suit your taste - for example, you can double the amount of black pepper for a more peppery version
Tips & tricks
You don't have to peel the potatoes first - the skin will come off easily when you grate them
Make the tots pretty even in size to help them cook evenly
Dip your fingers in water before making the tots, to avoid the dough sticking to them. Repeat when the dough starts sticking again.
Preheat the air fryer for best results. Do this by running it with an empty basket for 5 minutes at 400°F (200°C). This helps make really crispy tater tots.
Air fry in a single layer for an even cook. I have a small air fryer where 2 servings of this recipe fits perfectly in one layer, but if you want to double the recipe you might need to fry them in batches.
Serve them immediately as they will loose their crisp quickly
Store leftovers in the fridge in an airtight container for up to 4 days
Heat leftovers in the air fryer for 5 minutes at 350°F (180°C) (shake once halfway) or fry them in some butter in a pan