Tater tots are a beloved snack made of deep-fried, grated potatoes. They are often served as an appetizer or side dish in restaurants and are a freezer staple in many homes. In this article, I will instruct you how to cook frozen tater tots in 3 different ways.

1. How To Cook Frozen Tater Tots in Air Fryer


  • 1 bag (32 oz) frozen tater tots
  • 1 tbsp vegetable oil or olive oil
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp pepper
  • 1/2 tsp garlic powder (optional)


Pre-heat air fryer to 400°F.

Next, coat air fryer basket lightly with oil or nonstick cooking spray. Then add frozen tater tots in a single layer, being careful not to overcrowd. Cook for 6 minutes.

Remove basket and shake to flip and rotate tots. Return to air fryer and cook 6 more minutes. Check for desired crispness. Cook 1-2 minutes more if needed.

Transfer tater tots to a bowl and toss with seasonings while hot. Serve warm and enjoy!

2. How To Cook Frozen Tater Tots in Oven


  • 28-32 oz frozen tater tots
  • 1-2 tbsp olive oil or vegetable oil
  • 1 tsp seasoning salt or to taste


Preheat oven to 450°F. Line a baking sheet with parchment.

Next, spread frozen tots on sheet and drizzle with oil. Toss to coat evenly.

Bake for 10 minutes then flip and rotate tots on pan. Bake 10 more minutes until crispy and browned.

Remove from oven and immediately toss with seasoning salt. Enjoy oven baked tater tot perfection!

3. How To Cook Frozen Tater Tots in Microwave


  • 32 oz frozen tater tots
  • 1-2 tsp olive oil or vegetable oil
  • Salt and pepper, optional


Place tots on a microwave-safe plate in a single layer.

Microwave on HIGH 2 1/2 minutes. Carefully remove and flip tots. Microwave 2 more minutes.

Check to make sure heated through. Cook 30 secs more if needed.

Toss hot tots with a bit of oil and desired salt and pepper. Enjoy microwaved tater tots within minutes!

Tater tots are the ultimate snackable comfort food. With their crispy outer shell and soft, potatoey interior they are hard to resist right out of the freezer. I hope that after this article, you know how to cook tater tots from frozen properly at home.

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