Air Fryer Baked Potatoes

Potatoes. I love you so.

Fork digging into a fluffy baked potato


 

Air Fryer Baked Potatoes make the fluffiest potatoes with the crispiest skin in a fraction of the time of an oven!

Potatoes in general are great, but baked potatoes are magical. Crispy outside with a soft, fluffy inside.

Make sure you PIN Air Fryer Baked Potatoes!

Making baked potatoes in the oven used to be the best way. Fluffy insides with crispy skin outside. I get all excited thinking about them.

Then the Instant Pot came on the scene and made electric pressure cooker cooking a safe way to prepare food fast. Instant Pot Baked Potatoes are much faster, but lack the crispy skin. If that isn’t a priority for you, then this is an excellent option.

raw potatoes on a marble board

But now I have an Air Fryer. I resisted the movement, but finally broke down and got one for Christmas.

After mastering two of my favorite Air Fryer recipes for Air Fryer French Fries and Air Fryer Zucchini Chips I decided to give baked potatoes a whirl.

Potatoes in an Air Fryer

All of the ease and speed of pressure cooking with the crunch of an oven. What’s not to love?

In fact, dare I say that the skins might even be crisper than the oven? Without oil will still give crispy skin, but with oil will give you AMAZING SKIN!!!!

Side view of an Air Fryer Baked Potato

They do take about 40 minutes to cook, but you won’t have preheating time and this still shaves about 25-30 minutes off total cook time compared to the oven.

Best oils for making Air Fryer Baked Potatoes:

  • Avocado Oil
  • Olive Oil
  • Vegetable Blend Oil
  • Coconut Oil
  • Peanut Oil
Air Fryer Baked Potato on a Plate

Tips for making baked potatoes in the Air Fryer:

  • Don’t crowd the pan. Like making anything else in the Air Fryer, the more surface space for hot air to hit your food, the better.
  • Flip your taters halfway through. This ensures even baking.
  • Medium potatoes work best to make sure they don’t under or over cook.
  • Use a coarse sea salt, not a fine salt otherwise it will be too salty.

How Long to Bake a Potato in an Air Fryer

Cooking a baked potato in an air fryer takes between 30 and 40 minutes for a medium potato. Medium potatoes are about 2-3 inches in diameter and 5-7 ounces in weight.

Cooking times will vary depending on the size of potato, size of your Air Fryer and how many you managed to shove in there.

fork digging into a baked potato

They will be light and fluffy at 205º, you can check it with a digital thermometer. You can also just pierce it with a fork or knife and if it slides in and out easily, they are done.

The beauty of an Air Fryer compared to the Instant Pot is that you can easily just pop them back in for a few minutes if needed.

Questions you might have about how to make baked potatoes in the Air Fryer:

What are the best potatoes for baked potatoes?

Russet Potatoes are the best for baking. The skins are thicker and the starchy interior has a sweet flavor and fluffy texture. They are hardy and can hold lots of toppings (or none at all). Russet potatoes are also fairly large, so one can suffice for a whole meal or a solid side dish.

Other types of potatoes can be baked, but they have less starchy flesh or a thinner skin that makes them not as ideal.

Loaded Baked Potato

What are the best baked potato toppings?

  • butter
  • shredded cheese
  • chives or scallions
  • crumbled bacon
  • sour cream

Are baked potatoes healthy?

I hate the word “heathy” these days. It means something different to everyone. What I will say is that potatoes (before being dressed) are a low fat and low calories food. Most of the nutrient are in the skin, so don’t skip those!

Making them without oil and salt or at least with avocado or coconut oil will make them healthier than other types of fat. I once knew a woman who slathered hers with Crisco. Delicious, but man, high in fat!

Can I use aluminum foil on potatoes in the Air Fryer?

You can, but you don’t need to. In fact, the skins won’t get as crispy if you don’t.

Loaded Air Fryer Baked Potato for Pinterest

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fork digging into a baked potato

Air Fryer Baked Potatoes

4.89 from 9 votes
Air Fryer Baked Potatoes make the fluffiest potatoes with the crispiest skin in a fraction of the time of an oven!
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 40 minutes
Total Time: 45 minutes
Servings: 3

Ingredients

Instructions

  • Preheat air fryer to 400 degrees.
  • Brush potatoes with desired oil and sprinkle with coarse salt.
  • Place them in the air fryer for 40 minutes.
  • Test for doneness and add another 5 minutes if they are still a little taunt.
  • If you’ve tried this recipe, come back and let us know how it was!

Notes

Large potatoes can take up to 1 hour. 

Nutrition

Calories: 210 kcal, Carbohydrates: 38 g, Protein: 5 g, Fat: 5 g, Saturated Fat: 1 g, Sodium: 2336 mg, Potassium: 888 mg, Fiber: 3 g, Sugar: 1 g, Vitamin C: 12 mg, Calcium: 28 mg, Iron: 2 mg
Author: Jessica Formicola
Calories: 210
Course: Side
Cuisine: American
Keyword: air fryer baked potato
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About the Author

Jessica Formicola

Jessica the mom, wife and chef behind Savory Experiments. You might see her on the Emmy- nominated TV show Plate It! or on bookshelves as a cookbook author. Jessica is a Le Cordon Bleu certified recipe developer and regularly contributed to Parade, Better Homes & Gardens, The Daily Meal and more!

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Questions and Reviews

  1. 5 stars
    This air fryer method worked out perfectly! The potatoes turned out great and was such a huge time saver!

  2. 5 stars
    Making these potatoes in the air fryer is so easy, and the potatoes came out perfectly. I’ll be making my baked potatoes like this from now on.

  3. 5 stars
    I am obsessed with baked potatoes and these turned out wonderfully. I served them with cheese and green onions and it was heaven on a plate. Thanks for sharing!

  4. 5 stars
    This is a great idea! They turned out beautifully. Nice crisped skin and velvety interior. Will definitely be making these again!

  5. 5 stars
    Awesome! I’m always looking for new ways to put my air fryer to tasty use and this recipe’s a keeper!

  6. 5 stars
    Who knew that the air fryer could be such a magical kitchen appliance! lol
    I LOVED baked potatoes made this way. So easy and yes – that potato skin is PERFECT.