Spicy Tots

As the great upheavals continue, on a global, national, and personal level, I find myself seeking comfort in food. Quick and easy, tasty, spicy, crisp seem to be the requirements.

So to the quick, easy and crisp portion I’ll turn to my air fryer and some frozen (SHOCK), tater tots, (one could also use fries, or rings or insert veggie snake of choice). For the tasty and spicy, I’ll turn to my heritage of cultural misappropriation for a semi asian sauce to toss those tots in, almost like a buffalo wing, but more tasty.

Just to truly cause everyone from Buffalo to Chinatown agita, I’ll serve these with a blue cheese and hot sauce, dipper.

From Wikipedia:

Tater tots are a food made from grated and deep-fried potato, often served as a side dish. They are recognized by their compact cylindrical shape and crispy exterior. The name “tater tot” is a registered trademark of the American frozen food company Ore-Ida—which has been a subsidiary of Heinz since 1965—but has become so widely associated with the food that it is often used as a generic term. “Tater” is short for potato.

Spicy Tots

Crispy tater tots tossed in a spicy asian style sauce, the perfect quick snack
Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 10 mins
Total Time 25 mins
Course Snack
Cuisine Asian
Servings 2
Calories 82 kcal


  • Air Fryer


The Tots

  • 24-30 Each Tater tots or as many will fit into your air fryer, this is ~ 8oz.

The Sauce

  • 1 tbsp Sambal Oelek Garlic Chili Sauce, I also use chili crisp here
  • 1 tbsp Mirin
  • 2 tbsp Soy Sauce
  • 1 tsp Minced Ginger
  • 1 tsp Minced Garlic
  • 1 tsp Chili Powder
  • 1 tbsp brown sugar


The Sauce

  • Whisk all in nonreactive bowl, taste, season, and balance

The Tots

  • Air fry according to directions and taste


  • Toss crispy tots in sauce and serve.


A quick and dirty little snack.  Perfect to off set cravings of nicotine..
Feel free to adlib with the sauce or to make a dry seasoning.  (But that is another post)


Calories: 82kcalCarbohydrates: 17gProtein: 3gFat: 1gSaturated Fat: 1gSodium: 1142mgPotassium: 119mgFiber: 1gSugar: 9gVitamin A: 297IUVitamin C: 3mgIron: 1mg
Keyword Air Fry, Potato, Spicy
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  Filed under: Air Fry, Asian, Cultural-Misappropriation, Pub Food, Sauce, Vegan, Vegetarian

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