Air Fryer Baked Potatoes

Prep 5 mins
Cook 40 mins
Total 45 mins
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This Air Fryer Baked Potato recipe makes perfect baked potatoes with a crispy outside, and tender inside. They come out perfectly every time and are just waiting for your favorite toppings.

The Best Way to Make Air Fryer Baked Potatoes

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 convenient, but it produces one of the best baked potatoes I have ever had!

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 Potatoes in the 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 method checked every one of these boxes. And, it does all that faster than the oven would. That’s a definite win in my book.

Do I Need to Remove the Potato Skin?

Whether you are making baked potatoes for lunch or as a side to a juicy steak 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! I recommend leaving it on and devouring it along with the rest of your potato.

Plus, it’s easier to cook your potatoes with the skin on. No fuss is what I’m all about.

Ingredients to air fry baked potato.

What You’ll Need

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

  • Potatoes – 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

While you only need simple ingredients, using high-quality ingredients will give you the best finished product.

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 Air Fryer Baked Potatoes

Alrighty, let’s get down to the method. Here’s how to make the best baked potatoes ever using your air fryer:

  • Clean the potatoes. It’s important to scrub your potatoes well and then pat them dry before cooking to remove any dirt.
  • Add oil and seasonings. 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 overstuff the basket. 
  • Cook until tender. Turning approximately halfway through.
  • Serve immediately with toppings of your choice. See below for some of the endless possibilities!

Topping Ideas

In addition to making the best baked potatoes ever, consider what you want to top them with when they’re done cooking. Here are some tasty ideas:

  • Butter
  • Chives – Finely chopped
  • Sour Cream
  • Bacon – Cooked until crispy
  • Broccoli – Steamed or baked.
  • Chili – This chunky beef chili is fantastic on baked potatoes. Or, you could try venison chili!
  • Taco Meat – My mom’s taco meat recipe is a must-try.
  • Pico de Gallo
  • Cheese – Cheddar, Monterey Jack, even mozzarella.
  • Ham – Recommend leftover brown sugar ham.
  • Red Onion – Chopped
  • Salad Dressing – Believe it or not, ranch dressing is phenomenal with baked potatoes.
  • Chicken – Use leftover parmesan chicken or french onion chicken.

Can I Reheat Cooked Baked Potatoes 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 make 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

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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57 Responses
  1. Sheila

    I always poke potatoes 6 or 7 times with a knife blade to let steam escape and keep them from being gummy in the regular oven.. Is there a reason not to poke holes in them for the air fryer? I hate gummy baked potatoes.

    1. A woman holding a camera standing in front of some shelves.
      Jessica

      I have never needed to poke holes – have never had a potato explode in the air fryer! BUT if you want to poke holes, go ahead! It won’t hurt to poke holes in them!

  2. Ronaldo

    I cooked four potato’s as suggested . They came out crispy skin & fluffy inners . Consumed the potato’s with sour cream , butter , chives & shredded cheese . Everyone enjoyed immensely with rotisserie pork & cheese topped cauliflower .

    1. Dan

      I cook for a couple of minutes (depending on SIZE) in the microwave … SAVE’S 50% of the time needed in the air fryer … results are the same as this way.

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