Air Fryer Baked Potatoes are an easy way to make potatoes that have a crispy skin and are fluffy and light on the inside. This easy Air Fryer Baked Potato recipe has just 3 ingredients and a few minutes of prep. Top these potatoes with your favorite baked potato toppings for the perfect side dish to any meal.
Air Fryer Baked Potatoes
If you are a potato lover, this is an easy recipe to use to get a perfect baked potato. My favorite way to cook a potato!
This recipe is especially nice as you don't need to use your oven to get the best baked potatoes. No need to heat up your kitchen or use more electricity (or gas). Especially if you only want to make 1 or 2 potatoes.
What is the Best Type of Potato to Use for a Baked Potato?
- The best potato is the one you like, however, my favorite are Russet Potatoes. They yield crispy potato skins and fluffy insides.
- You can also air fry sweet potatoes, Yukon Gold potatoes, red potatoes, baby potatoes, etc.
- The size of the potato will determine the cook time and temperature. A test is a good idea before cooking a batch of potatoes.
What Type of Air Fryer to Use?
I have a basket style air fryer, and it is what I use to make my air fryer recipes. I also sometimes use the toaster oven style air fryer.
Do I Need to Preheat My Air Fryer?
No you don't. I never do, honestly. You can if you want, but this recipe was not created using a preheated air fryer.
Do I Need to Peel the Potatoes Before Air Frying?
- No you don't. Leaving the skin on will help the inside of the potato become nice and fluffy. The skin gets crisp and is really tasty. But if you don't like the skin, just cook the potato with it on, then discard after cooking.
- The potato skin has all the nutrition, my mom used to say (I don't know if it does, but it's tasty!)! Just be sure to scrub the potatoes well before cooking the potatoes.
Ingredients to Make This Recipe
• Russet Potatoes
• Olive Oil or Avocado Oil
• Kosher Salt
Baked Potato Toppings
• Shredded Cheddar Cheese
• Bacon Bits
• Chives, Green Onions
• Sour Cream
Instructions to Make This Air Fryer Baked Potato Recipe
• Scrub the potatoes and pat dry with a paper towel.
• Poke holes into each potato several times, using a fork.
• Place the potatoes into the air fryer basket. Brush the potatoes with olive oil.
• Then sprinkle all sides of the potatoes with some salt (amount to your taste).
• Set the air fryer to 400° F and air fry the potatoes for 30 minutes. Then flip them over and air fry for another 5-15 minutes (this time will depend on the size of your potatoes).
*For the toaster oven style of air fryers, cook at 375° F for 20 minutes, then flip over and air fry for another 20 minutes, depending on the size of the potatoes.
• Potatoes are done when a sharp knife slides into the potato easily.
• Carefully remove from the air fryer (I use tongs) and make a slice along the top and fill with your favorite toppings, including salt and pepper.
Variations To Try
One of the best things about Air Fryer Baked Potatoes is how versatile they are. Here are some delicious versions of baked potatoes:
- Twice-Baked Potatoes: After the potatoes are done, carefully scoop out the insides and put in a bowl with cheese, sour cream, salt, pepper, and mix. Stuff the potato skins with the mixture and cook a few minutes to heat through.
- Loaded Baked Potatoes: Top your potatoes with butter, cheese, bacon, and sour cream for a traditional loaded baked potato.
- Greek Style Baked Potatoes: Top with tzatziki, feta cheese, garlic powder, olives, and lemon juice.
- Taco Baked Potatoes: Cook up ground beef or ground turkey and season with taco seasoning. Top the potatoes with the meat, shredded cheese, guacamole, sour cream, and salsa.
- Garlic Baked Potatoes: Add butter and sprinkle lightly with salt, and some garlic powder to taste. Top with parmesan cheese.
Tips and Tricks for the Best Air Fryer Baked Potatoes
• You don't need to use aluminum foil on baked potatoes in the air fryer.
• Be sure to rinse and scrub the potatoes very well before cooking to remove all of the dirt.
• Dry completely using paper towels so the oil sticks to the skin, and the skin gets crisp.
• Select potatoes that are similar in size so they all cook in the same amount of cooking time.
• Piercing the potatoes all over using a fork helps to release the steam while cooking.
• Don’t crowd the air fryer basket – cook the potatoes in batches if necessary (and keep warm in oven or a slow cooker on low).
• Test for doneness by inserting a knife into the center of the potato. If it slides through easily, they are done.
Storing Leftover Baked Potatoes
Put the leftover baked potatoes in an airtight container and keep in the fridge for up to 3 days.
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If you make this air fryer baked potatoes recipe, let me know! You can leave a comment below with a star rating. I'd love to know how you liked it!
Air Fryer Baked Potatoes
- Air Fryer
- Russet Potatoes
- Olive Oil
- Shredded Cheese
- Bacon Bits
- Chives, Onion
- Sour Cream
- Scrub the potatoes and pat dry with a paper towel.
- Poke holes into each potato several times, using a fork.
- Place the potatoes into the basket of the air fryer. Brush the potatoes with olive oil, then sprinkle all sides of the potatoes with some salt (amount to your taste).
- Set the air fryer to 400° F and air fry the potatoes for 30 minutes. Then flip them over and air fry for another 5-15 minutes (this time will depend on the size of your potatoes).
- Potatoes are done when a knife slides into the potato easily.
- Carefully remove from the air fryer and make a slice along the top and fill with your favorite toppings, including salt and pepper.
I wasn't sure this would work but they came out perfect!