Our Tater Tot and Egg Cups in the Air Fryer couldn’t be easier! Make a quick protein-packed on-the-go breakfast with melted cheese and crunchy tater tots under fluffy scrambled eggs.

Close-up of a scrambled egg cup with tater tots sprinkled with salt and pepper

Recipe Overview

This recipe is super easy to modify whether you’re feeding just you or a whole crowd and are mostly hands-off.

All you need are eggs, tater tots (frozen is fine!), and cheese! I also use silicone muffin holders because they fit easily into the air fryer basket.

I use Mexican blend shredded cheese for mine, but any cheese will work!

If you have an air fryer toaster oven, you can also use a conventional muffin tin if it fits.

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how to make them

Scrambled egg cups on a white plate with one bite on a fork

  1. Divide your tater tots between the silicone muffin holders, about 3 per cup. Put them in your air fryer basket — or on your air fryer tray! — and cook at 400 degrees F for about 6 minutes.
  2. Use the back of a spoon to mash the tater tots into the holders like a crust or base. Once mashed, cook for another 6 minutes
  3. Divide the cheese between the cups.
  4. Whisk your eggs in a pourable bowl or measuring glass and pour them into muffin holders. Try to get the same amount in each cup, but this will never be quite exact! You can add seasonings to your whisked eggs or at the end.
  5. Air fry the egg cups for another 5 minutes or until the eggs have set! Add another minute if still not ready.
  6. Sprinkle with salt and pepper and enjoy!
Steps to make scrambled egg cups with cheese and tater tots

freezing to serve later

You can refrigerate these for up to 3 days in an airtight container, or you can freeze them!

Once cooked, allow the cups to cool to room temperature. Then, put them on a baking sheet in a single layer and freeze a couple of hours until somewhat solid.

After that, you can move them to a freezer-safe ziplock bag or storage container for up to 2 months!

reheat instructions

If your egg cups are refrigerated, microwave them for about 20 seconds

Or…pop them back in the air fryer for about a minute.

If the cups are frozen, you can thaw them overnight in the fridge before reheating or you can microwave frozen cups for about 90 seconds or air fry them for a couple of minutes!

Once the top of the cup springs back slightly and the bottom feels warm, it should be reheated throughout.

Scrambled egg cups in an air fryer basket and on a white plate
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Air Fryer Tater Tot and Egg Cups

The perfect vegetarian breakfast on the go! Packed with protein and perfect for meal prep.
Prep Time5 minutes
Cook Time17 minutes
Total Time22 minutes
Servings: 3 people
Calories: 188kcal



  • 18 tater tots
  • 3 eggs
  • ¼ cup shredded cheese
  • Salt and pepper to taste


  • Divide tater tots into 6 silicone muffin holders. Place holders into air fryer basket and air fry for 6 minutes at 400 degrees F.
  • Carefully use the back of a spoon or fork to mash the tots into the silicone holders. Cook another 6 minutes at 400 degrees F.
  • Equally divide cheese between holders.
  • Whisk eggs in a pourable bowl or whisk and transfer eggs to a pitcher. Pour eggs into muffin holders over cooked tots and cheese.
  • Air fry at 400 degrees for 5 minutes or until eggs have set. Serve warm or refrigerate. Enjoy!



Pro Tip: This recipe can be made in the air fryer unit with a basket or the air fryer oven. If you are using the air fryer oven, use the middle rack and select the “Air Fry” function.


Calories: 188kcal | Carbohydrates: 14g | Protein: 9g | Fat: 11g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Cholesterol: 171mg | Sodium: 355mg | Potassium: 205mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 301IU | Vitamin C: 4mg | Calcium: 79mg | Iron: 1mg
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Air Fryers can vary greatly. Please take the time to learn your specific air fryer. You may need to adjust times and temperatures based upon your air fryer. All though this website attempts to provide accurate nutritional information, the information should only be considered an estimate. Varying factors such as different product types, different brands, etc. can change nutritional information. It is your responsibility as a consumer to read all labels to make sure the ingredients fit your dietary needs as well as calculate your own nutritional information as a double check.
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  1. 5 stars
    I am in love with this idea and think that they would be rather addictive! I will be making a batch this weekend. Super excited I will be able to freeze some for quick and easy breakfasts too.

  2. 5 stars
    Such a smart idea; love it. This makes the tots more nutritious. My children will fall over themselves over these; thanks for sharing!

    1. Thank you for coming back and letting us know. It helps others readers who might be on the fence for trying them. So glad you liked them!

  3. 5 stars
    I tried out this recipe today. My first time using my air fryer. They came out delicious AND the times suggested were perfect for my 4 qt air fryer. Thank you for making my first air fryer experience so successful!

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