Air Fryer Pesto Roast Potatoes

  • 10MINS
  • 28MINS
  • Serves 2
  • 300KCAL

Speedy roasties with a zesty pesto coating? Yes please! These easy-to-make roast potatoes are crisped up in the air fryer and finished with a drizzle of pesto and fresh lemon juice for extra zing. They’re a slimming-friendly side dish for any day of the week.

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NutritionPer Serving

  • Calories300
  • Carbs35g
  • Protein5g
  • Fat15g
  • Saturates2.2g
  • Sugars2.4g

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Put your air fryer to good use and rustle up these gorgeous, golden roasties the next time you’re making dinner. Coated in pesto and lemon juice, they bring big, bold flavours to the table to switch up your Sunday roast or complement other Italian-inspired dishes. 

You’ll be pleased to hear that they’re great when you’re counting calories or following a diet plan like Weight Watchers. 

For this recipe we’d recommend using a floury potato such as King Edwards or Maris Piper – these are the best ones when you want them to be nice and fluffy on the inside, but golden and crispy on the outside. 

We’ve chosen to toss our potatoes in a dairy-free, vegan pesto, although you can use a non-vegan version if you prefer (just make sure you work out the additional calories, if you’re counting). 

If you don’t have an air fryer, you can find the oven method for this recipe right here

What diets are these Air Fryer Pesto Roast Potatoes suitable for?

This Air Fryer Pesto Roast Potatoes recipe is suitable for vegetarian, vegan, gluten-free and dairy-free diets as long as you make sure the pesto you are using is dairy-free and vegan. 

As always, take extra care when cooking for people with allergies and be sure to use different utensils, cookware and preparation areas.

Do you need any special ingredients to make Air Fryer Pesto Roast Potatoes?

We’ve used a dairy-free, vegan pesto for this recipe, such as Sacla Free From Basil Pesto. You should be able to pick this up in your usual supermarket, although you can also order it online. The recipe will work just as well with regular pesto, although you may want to make note of any additional calories. 

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This Sacla Free From Basil Pesto is suitable for dairy-free and vegan diets. 

You’ll need an air fryer with a decent sized basket to give your spuds room to crisp up. 

How many calories are in these Air Fryer Pesto Roast Potatoes?

There are 300 calories per portion in this Air Fryer Pesto Roast Potatoes recipe, which means it falls into our Everyday Light recipe category. If you’re counting calories or following one of the popular diet plans like Weight Watchers, this recipe fits in perfectly!

NHS guidelines suggest men should aim for 2,500 calories per day to maintain a healthy body weight, and women require around 2000 calories. Each person has different calorie requirements depending on their goal, so you may want to adjust your daily calorie intake according to your own personal goal.

Step 1

Preheat the air fryer to 190°C. Peel the potatoes and dice into pieces around 5cm in length. Place in a pan filled with cold water and add plenty of salt.

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Step 2

Bring the pan up to the boil and cook for 5-8 minutes, until they start to soften but are still firm.

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Step 3

Drain in a colander and leave them for 5 minutes. After 5 minutes give them a shake to fluff up the edges. Add back into the pan and add 6 tsp of pesto. Toss to coat.

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Step 4

Add the potatoes to the air fryer basket and spray with low-calorie cooking spray. Cook for 20 minutes, making sure to turn halfway.

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Step 5

In a small bowl combine the lemon juice with the remaining 1 tsp pesto. Once the roast potatoes are cooked, drizzle over the lemon juice and pesto and toss to coat.

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What could I serve with these Air Fryer Pesto Roast Potatoes?

These are delicious on your Sunday roast, although they’re versatile enough to go with lots of different dinner recipes. Why not try serving them alongside the following dishes?

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How do you know when Air Fryer Pesto Roast Potatoes are cooked?

You should cook these Air Fryer Pesto Roast Potatoes until the insides are fluffy and the skins are crips. This will take around 5-8 minutes of par-boiling and 20 minutes in the air fryer.

Here in the UK, the standard advice is to cook food until it has reached 70°C and maintained that temperature for 2 minutes. This is to keep you and your family safe! 

How long can you keep Air Fryer Pesto Roast Potatoes in the fridge?

Once you’ve put them out, ideally you should eat them within 4 hours.

If you have any leftovers, allow them to cool before popping them in a container with a lid and refrigerating. Leftover Air Fryer Pesto Roast Potatoes can be kept in the fridge for around 3 days.

Can I freeze Air Fryer Pesto Roast Potatoes?

Yes! This recipe CAN be frozen, but please do remember to do the following:

  • Make sure that you freeze it as soon as it is cold enough.
  • Choose a container or a bag that is suitable for freezing.
  • Label your dish with the name of the recipe and the date that you froze it on.

How do I reheat Air Fryer Pesto Roast Potatoes?

From chilled: Place in a microwavable container with a loosely fitting lid and heat for 4-7 minutes, or reheat in a moderate oven or your air fryer until piping hot. 

From frozen: Allow to defrost overnight and reheat from chilled. 

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Air Fryer Pesto Roast Potatoes

Speedy roasties with a zesty pesto coating? Yes please! These easy-to-make roast potatoes are crisped up in the air fryer and finished with a drizzle of pesto and fresh lemon juice for extra zing. They’re a slimming-friendly side dish for any day of the week.
  • Prep Time
    10 MINS
  • Cook Time
    28 MINS
  • KCals 300
  • Carbs 35G

Ingredients

  • 2 large potatoes, approx. 370g
  • 7 tsp dairy-free pesto
  • 2 tsp lemon juice
  • salt
  • low-calorie cooking spray

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Instructions

  1. Preheat the air fryer to 190°C. Peel the potatoes and dice into pieces around 5cm in length. Place in a pan filled with cold water and add plenty of salt.
  2. Bring the pan up to the boil and cook for 5-8 minutes, until they start to soften but are still firm.
  3. Drain in a colander and leave them for 5 minutes. After 5 minutes give them a shake to fluff up the edges. Add back into the pan and add 6 tsp of pesto. Toss to coat.
  4. Add the potatoes to the air fryer basket and spray with low-calorie cooking spray. Cook for 20 minutes, making sure to turn halfway.
  5. In a small bowl combine the lemon juice with the remaining 1 tsp pesto. Once the roast potatoes are cooked, drizzle over the lemon juice and pesto and toss to coat.

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