Air Fryer Baked Potato Recipe

Prep 5 mins
Cook 40 mins
Total 45 mins

This Air Fryer Baked Potato recipe makes perfect baked potatoes with a crispy outside, and tender inside, every time! Plus, they cook quicker than they do in the oven! 

Looking for more baked potato recipes? Here are a few fun recipes: Buffalo Hasselback Potatoes, Pulled Pork Stuffed Sweet Potatoes and Marshmallow Stuffed Sweet Potatoes

Loaded Baked Potato cooked in an air fryer.

Air Fryer Baked Potato

A baked potato in an air fryer may seem counterproductive, but the air fryer takes the heavy grease and oils out of deep frying and leaves the best parts of a crispy skinned baked potato! It is not only very convenient, but it produces one of the best baked potatoes I have ever had!

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I used to make baked potatoes in the instant pot, but I really missed the crispy outside skin on a true baked potato. Then I tried them in the air fryer and never looked back!

Cooking a baked potato in an air fryer is faster and creates a perfect baked potato every time! A crispy outside and soft fluffy inside, with no need to preheat the oven. Read below for all my best tips and tricks on how to make the best baked potatoes in an air fryer! 

 Ingredients to air fry baked potato.

Why cook a baked potato in air fryer?

The perfect baked potato has to have 3 things:

  1. a wonderful flavorful crispy skin
  2. soft fluffy interior and
  3. it has to be served hot to be able to melt all that butter, cheese, sour cream or whatever you choose to put on it. The air fryer does all of that!

Typically the air fryer is meant to be a healthy alternative to fried foods because you’re using less fat. You can’t exactly make a baked potato healthier in that way, but you sure can save some time and that, my friends, is a win! It is also more energy efficient to cook a baked potato in an air fryer and requires no preheating.

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Whether you are making this air fryer baked potato topped with all of the fixings for your lunch or as a side to a nice juicy steak for your dinner, the most important question to ask yourself is, are you going to eat the potato skin? Or leave it? I am pro eating that delicious crispy and salty potato skin!

Ingredients to air fry baked potato.

What ingredients do I need?

You only need 4 ingredients to make the perfect baked potato in an air fryer. 

  • Potato – cleaned and patted dry
  • Oil – olive oil, avocado oil or canola oil 
  • Salt – larger kosher salt is great
  • Pepper – freshly cracked gives you the best flavor

And that is all that you need to make perfect baked potatoes! While you only need simple ingredients, using high quality ingredients will give you the best finished product.

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What kind of potatoes are best for baked potatoes?

Russet potatoes, also known as white potatoes as well as sweet potatoes are great to use as they contain a lot of starch and are absorbent. Other types of potatoes may become creamy and mushy as they don’t hold their shape as well.

What oil should I use in the air fryer?

You can actually use most types of oils in an air fryer. Choosing a high quality olive oil or avocado oil can actually up the nutrition level if that is what you are looking for. You can also use vegetable oil, canola oil or really whatever you have on hand.

Baked Potatoes in Air Fryer basket.

How to make baked potato in air fryer

  1. It’s important to scrub your potatoes well and then pat them dry before cooking to remove any dirt.
  2. Toss potatoes in enough oil to coat. Sprinkle with salt and pepper and place in the air fryer basket. You’ll want to make sure to give them enough room so that the air can easily circulate around each potato, so don’t over stuff the basket. 
  3. Cook until tender, turning approximately halfway through.
  4. Serve immediately with toppings of your choice. See below for some of the endless possibilities!

Topping Ideas

  • Butter
  • Chives, finely chopped
  • Sour Cream
  • Bacon
  • Broccoli
  • Chili
  • Taco Meat
  • Pico de Gallo
  • Cheddar Cheese, shredded or melted
  • Ham, diced
  • Red Onion, chopped
  • Ranch
  • Chicken
  • Green Onion, chopped

Can I reheat baked potato in the air fryer?

Yes! If you happen to have leftover potatoes and would like to crisp them back up toss them back into the air fryer for about 4 to 5 minutes, at 400°F, and enjoy all over again.

Baked Potato in air fryer filled with toppings.

If you want to save time (no preheating the oven!) and bake the best baked potato with a crispy skin and perfect fluffy inside, you need to try this easy recipe to bake potatoes in your air fryer! 

Please leave a review/comment below letting me know how they turn out for you! 

Yield: 4 Baked Potatoes

Air Fryer Baked Potato

Baked Potato in air fryer filled with toppings.

Looking for a quick and easy side dish? This air fryer baked potato recipe makes perfect baked potatoes with a crispy outside, and tender inside, every time!

Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 40 minutes
Total Time 45 minutes

Ingredients

  • 4 medium potatoes
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • salt and pepper, to taste

Instructions

  1. Add potatoes to large bowl. Toss well with olive oil, salt and pepper. Place in Air Fryer basket.
  2. Cook at 400°F for 30 minutes.
  3. Turn potatoes and cook for an additional 10 to 15 minutes, or until fork tender.
  4. Serve immediately with toppings of your choice!

Notes

Reheat leftover baked potatoes: If you happen to have leftover potatoes and would like to crisp them back up toss them back into the air fryer for about 4 to 5 minutes, at 400°F, and enjoy all over again.

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

4 servings

Serving Size:

1

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 221Total Fat: 7gSaturated Fat: 1gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 6gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 91mgCarbohydrates: 37gFiber: 4gSugar: 2gProtein: 4g

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Comments

34 Responses
  1. Bernie

    Mine took longer because I pulled them from the fridge instead of a potato box in the cupboard. The first round was just to get it to room temperature. After that the skin was crispy and the insides were hot, fluffy deliciousness!

  2. Barb

    I bought an air fryer for my daughter and her husband as my daughter sustained a brain injury a few years ago. They are thrilled with it. My daughter still has memory loss but sets the air fryer with help to do sweet potatoes or fish. She’s vegan so no meat ever goes near the air fryer. I’ll let them know about this receipt as they both love baked potatoes. Thanks

  3. Lisa

    You can also give it a head start in the microwave and then coat with oil and move to the air fryer to finish cooking it. Still tastes great!

  4. Erika

    I tried this and it took an hour — which is how long it takes when I do them in the oven so this really didn’t save any time or labor for me

    1. Kelly

      Yes, but…especially for about six months of the year, in the desert Southwest we don’t like to use our ovens – it just makes our A/C work harder. So Instant Pots (both pressure and air fryers) and slow cookers are our friends! Anything to avoid heating up the oven. 🙂

  5. Zack

    Ah this is so handy! I was in the same boat, using the instantpot for potatoes UNTIL I had the best salted crispy potato ever at a steakhouse with friends.

    I use the air fryer for everything now Just curious, how long will the potato last and stay crispy if I’m looking to make a few in advanced for the week ahead? Thanks!

    1. Jessica

      Hi Zack! If you want to make them ahead, they will not stay crispy after cooling and being refrigerated. However, you can re-crisp them in the air fryer! Usually only takes about 8 to 10 minutes to reheat the potato from being in the fridge and re-crisp the skin!

    1. Jessica

      400°F for about 30 minutes. You will see all that information and more in the recipe card at the bottom of the post. Thanks!

  6. Melinda

    I know you set the temp at 400 but what do u put it on as far as like my air fryer has lil pics of like French fries, chicken, vegetables etc.. what would I put it on for this?

    1. Jessica

      Hi Melinda! You should have just a regular air fryer button for the traditional air fryer setting! Mine has little wavy lines and says “Air Fry”. That’s what you want to do, just the standard traditional air fry setting!

    1. Jessica

      It will be about the same amount of time as multiple potatoes, I would check it about 5 mins before just to make sure!

  7. Sharron

    Did you leave the middle tool (the part that usually pushes things around inside) in the air fryer or does that get left out?

    1. Jessica

      Hi Sharron! My air fryer (and I have 3 haha) does not have this attachment. I would leave it out – it’s not needed!

      1. Bobbalicious

        Hi All! I have been cooking for close to 40 years and I Never prick my potatoes. Ever! However, when prepping for the oven or grill, I do like another poster said and I microwave 2 large potatoes wrapped in wet paper towels for 6 minutes. Wrap them in foil and proceed. Cuts cooking time to less than half of the norm. Going to do the same with the ones I am going to try in the air fryer tonight

  8. Mel

    I made the baked potatoes in my new air fryer and they turned out great and crispy. Although they took a little longer than the recipe said. I will definitely do them again in the air fryer.

    1. Barbara

      A person was angry that his meal burned
      A woman said adjust the temp to 325° at reheat. How long?
      I bought a air fryer because I could not clean my oven good enough being not able to get on my knees to get into the oven to clean the back from the oven spray is why i bought the air fryer yet I am having trouble adjusting the temp etc. Did not come with cooking instruction weird.

  9. Karen

    I do this regularly, except I speed the process up a bit by prewarming the potatoes a little in the microwave first…just long enough to warm, but not cook them. You get all the crusty skin and fluffy potato, but a little faster. It’s a trick I have used for a long time when doing baked potatoes on the grill.

    1. Jessica

      I don’t poke holes in my potato for the oven or air fryer and have not had an issue. (I do for a microwave.) However, if you are nervous go ahead and poke some holes in them! It won’t hurt them at all to poke a few holes in!

    2. Anthony D

      That’s only required for the microwave. The microwave heats the water in a potato so rapidly that they build pressure and can likely explode from it if the skin isn’t pricked. No such danger in the oven or air fryer.

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