Once you taste a baked potato in the air fryer, you will never eat them another way again! Fluffy potato on the inside and crispy seasoned skin on the outside, there is virtually no cleanup, and they only take 40 minutes to make! Load them with your favorite toppings for an easy side dish or main course meal if you stuff them with protein!
Using the air fryer is the best way to get the perfect baked potato! From the crispy outside to the fluffy insides – you couldn’t ask for anything better! If you have leftover Russets, dice them up for a batch of bacon cheeseburger soup or creamy chicken stew.
Potato recipes make some of the best side dishes because they go great with just about anything. We love serving air-fried potatoes with this French Onion Chicken Skillet, Crockpot Steak Bites, or Chicken with Sundried Tomatoes and Spinach. Did you know that you can even make this homemade gnocchi recipe using baked potatoes?
Why You’ll Love Air Fryer Baked Potatoes
- Takes a fraction of the time compared to oven-baked potatoes.
- Only 3 simple ingredients are needed.
- Goes great with many different meals.
- Perfectly cooked every time!
What Ingredients do I Need for the Air Fryer Baked Potato Recipe?
- Russet potatoes – these make the best-baked potatoes! Yukon gold potatoes can also be used.
- Vegetable oil – olive oil or avocado oil can be substituted if desired. Since we are cooking at 400 degrees F, you want to use an oil with a high smoke point.
- Coarse salt
Pro Tip: Leave room between the potatoes while cooking. Overloading the basket will increase the cooking time and the outsides will not be as crispy.
How to Make a Baked Potato in Air Fryer
PREP: Scrub potatoes, then pat dry with a paper towel. Use a fork (or sharp knife) to poke holes in each one. Brush or rub each one with oil and sprinkle with sea salt.
AIR FRY: Place potatoes in the basket in a single layer and cook for 30 minutes at 400 degrees. Use tongs to flip each one then continue cooking for another 10-15 minutes or until they are fork-tender.
SERVE: Slice them open and serve with your favorite potato toppings!
- The cook time may vary depending on the size of your potatoes and the number you are cooking. Small potatoes will cook much faster, but you could use this same method to make baby potatoes.
- Oiling the potatoes makes for a perfectly crispy skin. If you choose to skip the oil, you will have to omit the salt as well because it will not stick.
- You can also rub coarse black pepper on the outer skin.
- There’s no need to use a paper liner or use cooking spray on the basket of the air fryer. For the best results, place the potatoes in directly so the hot air can swirl around.
- If you are using larger potatoes and are cooking in batches, simply wrap the cooked potatoes in aluminum foil so they stay hot until you are ready to serve.
In the UK, baked potatoes may also be referred to as jacket potatoes.
Potato Topping Ideas
- Loaded – This is a classic combo of butter, sour cream, chives (or green onions), cheddar cheese, and bacon bits.
- Veggie – Add sauteed or roasted vegetables of your choice. This makes a great vegetarian meal.
- Broccoli Cheddar – Roast or steam the broccoli, then pile it on with cheddar cheese or melted Velveeta.
- Protein Packed – add chicken, steak, bbq, or smoked salmon.
Store leftovers in the refrigerator for 3-4 days.
Yes! Lower the temperature to 300-350 degrees and air fry until it’s warmed through.
Baked Potato in Air Fryer
- 3-4 Russet potatoes depending on how many will fit in your air fryer
- 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
- Sea salt to taste
- Clean potatoes well by scrubbing them under running water. Pat dry with a clean towel.
- Prick the potatoes all over with a fork
- Brush or rub oil over the entire outside of the potatoes and sprinkle with sea salt (sprinkle salt as liberally as you’d like.)
- Place the prepared potatoes in a single layer in the basket of the air fryer (there should be a bit of room between the potatoes, do not overcrowd.)
- Cook at 400°F for 30 minutes, then turn and continue cooking 10-15 minutes more.
- Cook time will vary slightly depending on the size of the potatoes and the number of potatoes in the air fryer basket.