Air Fryer Baked Potato

5 from 73 votes

Learn how to make air fryer baked potatoes with perfectly crispy skin with a soft and pillowy inside. Air fryer baked potatoes are easy to make!

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Air fryer baked potatoes… once you go air fryer, you’ll never go back! Seriously, If you’re a fan of crispy potato skin with a moist, fluffy, soft, and pillowy middle that welcomes butter and toppings like sour cream, cheese, and chives, this recipe is for you!

Two baked potatoes on plate topped with sour cream and chopped chives.

Do you love potatoes? Do you love your air fryer? Well, I’ve got good news for you! You can make delicious, crispy potatoes in your air fryer. I will show you how to make the perfect baked potato in your air fryer that will leave your oven in tears.

why you’ll love this air fryer baked potato recipe

  • Easy to make without heating your whole house. You don’t have to heat the house with your oven, making it perfect for hot summer days when you’re craving a good baked potato and grilled steak!
  • Crispy skin. The contrast of the crispy skin with the fluffy potato is unbeatable.
  • Clean-up is a breeze. Just wipe out your air fryer basket, and you’re done!

Ingredients to make baked potatoes in the air fryer

  • Russet Potatoes: Traditionally, baked potatoes are made with russet potatoes, and for a good reason. They are the perfect size for a big appetite, and they have that classic potato flavor we all know and love.
  • Olive Oil: This is optional, but I like to brush my potatoes with olive oil before cooking them in the air fryer. It helps to get that nice crispy skin.
  • Salt: You’ll need some salt to season your potatoes. I like to use kosher salt, but you can use whatever kind of salt you have on hand.
  • Toppings: This is where you can get creative! Some of my favorite toppings for baked potatoes are sour cream and chives.
Ingredients for recipe: 2 potatoes, chives, oil, butter, and salt.

How to make baked potatoes in the air fryer

Making baked potatoes in the air fryer is really simple. Most people get tripped on the time, which is about the same as a regular oven depending on the size of the potato.

Prepare Potatoes for Air Fryer

  1. Scrub the potatoes under running water and dry with a paper towel.
  2. Use a fork to poke the potatoes all over.
  3. Rub with olive oil.
  4. Sprinkle the outside with salt.
4 image collage preparing 2 potatoes to cook by drying with a paper towel, piercing with a fork, and covering with olive oil and seasoning.

Air Fryer Potatoes

  1. Place the potatoes in the air fryer basket.
  2. Air fry, flipping halfway through. Use a knife to poke the potato and check for doneness.
Before and after of 2 potatoes being cooked in an air fryer.

Split Potatoes

  1. Use a sharp knife to slice the potatoes lengthwise down the center without cutting all the way down.
  2. Gently pinch the sides of the potatoes to open and add toppings of choice.
2 image collage cutting a baked potato in half with a knife and then pinching the sides to open the potato.

Tips for making BAked Potatoes In The Air Fryer

  1. Look for potatoes that are similar in size. This will help ensure that they all cook at the same time.
  2. Check for doneness with a knife, not a fork. While you can probably poke a fork through the potato easily towards the end of cooking, you want to make sure you can pierce a knife through it instead. That’s what ensures perfectly soft and airy potatoes.
  3. Use foil if you want to keep your potatoes warm after cooking. Just place them on a plate and cover them with foil until you’re ready to eat. This helps keep the heat in without overcooking the potato.
2 baked potatoes in an air fryer basket split open with butter, salt, and pepper.
  • Replace the olive oil. You can use any oil you have on hand that has a high smoke point, like avocado oil or canola oil.
  • Try a different type of potato. If you don’t have russet potatoes, you can use Yukon gold potatoes or red potatoes. You’ll want to adjust the cooking time depending on the size and type of potatoes you use.
  • Add some flavor to the skin. Before air frying, you can sprinkle the potatoes with some garlic powder, onion powder, or paprika for extra flavor.

what to serve with Your Air Fryer Baked Potatoes

Air fryer baked potato topped with butter and chives on plate with a steak filet sliced halfway.

how to store & reheat baked potatoes

You can store baked potatoes in the fridge. To reheat, preheat your oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit and bake the potatoes for about 15 minutes, or until heated through. You can also reheat them in the microwave. Just make sure they’re wrapped in a damp paper towel to prevent them from drying out.

how long will baked potatoes last in the fridge?

Properly stored, baked potatoes will last for up to four days in the fridge.

can I freeze baked potatoes?

Yes, you can freeze baked potatoes. Just make sure they’re wrapped tightly in plastic wrap or aluminum foil. Frozen potatoes will last for up to three months.

When you’re ready to eat, thaw the potatoes overnight in the fridge and then reheat them in the oven or microwave.

Frequently asked questions

Should I wrap my potato in foil before air frying?

The jury is still out on this one. Some people swear by wrapping their potatoes in foil, while others say it’s not necessary. I’ve found that wrapping the potato in foil prevents the skin from getting too crispy. If you’re not worried about the skin, then you can wrap your potato in foil. Otherwise, feel free to cook it without the foil.

Can I make sweet potatoes in the air fryer?

Yes, you can! Just follow the steps above and adjust the cooking time as needed.

Why is my baked potato not cooked through?

There are a few reasons why this could happen. First, make sure you’re using a knife to check for doneness and not a fork. A fork will pierce the potato too easily and might give you a false sense of doneness. Second, make sure your potato is the right size. If it’s too big, it won’t cook through. Lastly, check the temperature of your air fryer. Some air fryers run hotter than others, so you might need to adjust the cooking time accordingly.

Two baked potatoes on plate topped with sour cream and chopped chives, cutting into one of them with knife and fork.

I hope this post has helped you learn how to make baked potatoes in the air fryer! If you have any other questions, feel free to leave them in the comments below.

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Air Fryer Baked Potato

Learn how to make air fryer baked potatoes with perfectly crispy skin with a soft and pillowy inside. Air fryer baked potatoes are easy to make!
5 from 73 votes
Servings 2
Course Side, Side Dish
Calories 230
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 45 mins
Total Time 55 mins

Ingredients
  

  • 2 medium russet potatoes
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • ½ teaspoon salt plus more to taste
  • Sour cream for topping
  • Chives for topping

Instructions

  • Scrub the potatoes under running water and dry with a paper towel.
  • Use a fork to poke the potatoes all over. Rub with the olive oil and sprinkle with salt.
  • Place the potatoes in the air fryer basket and air fry at 400°F for 40-50 minutes, depending on the size, flipping halfway through. Use a knife to poke the potato and check for doneness.
  • Use a sharp knife to slice the potatoes lengthwise down the center without cutting all the way down. Gently pinch the sides of the potatoes to open and add toppings of choice.

Notes

Tip: Use potatoes of similar size for even cooking. 

Nutrition

Calories: 230kcal, Carbohydrates: 39g, Protein: 5g, Fat: 7g, Saturated Fat: 1g, Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g, Monounsaturated Fat: 5g, Sodium: 592mg, Potassium: 890mg, Fiber: 3g, Sugar: 1g, Vitamin A: 24IU, Vitamin C: 12mg, Calcium: 29mg, Iron: 2mg

Nutrition information provided is an estimate. It will vary based on cooking method and specific ingredients used.

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Two baked potatoes on plate topped with sour cream and chopped chives.

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