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Looking for a faster way to bake potatoes? This air fryer baked potato recipe is one of the quickest methods to do it. (Instant Pot baked potatoes are even faster, but you don’t get the crispy skin that you get by cooking baked potatoes in the air fryer!) These are perfectly fluffy on the inside, with a seasoned crispy skin. They make classic sides to savory steak and chicken recipes, or as a hearty vegetarian main dish, all in less time.
Why You’ll Love This Air Fryer Baked Potato Recipe
- Crispy skin on the outside
- Soft, fluffy inside
- No foil required
- Quick 5-minute prep time
- Much faster total time than using a conventional oven
- All the ease of roasted potatoes, with less chopping
Ingredients You’ll Need
This section explains how to choose the best ingredients for air fryer baked potatoes, what each one does in the recipe, and substitution options. For measurements, see the recipe card below.
- Russet Potatoes – Technically any potato can be baked, but the best potatoes for baking are Russet (a.k.a. Idaho potato) due to their starchy and absorbent texture. Get potatoes similar in size, so they’ll cook at the same rate, and scrub excess dirt off the skin. You can also mix Russets with sweet potatoes, as long as they are roughly the same size.
- Olive Oil – Helps create the crispy skin! However, any neutral cooking oil works for baking potatoes in the air fryer. Avocado oil is another great option.
- Sea Salt – My preference for elevating the flavors in all my recipes, but kosher salt or any other salt will do. You can also add a sprinkle of black pepper if you like.
- Butter – For topping. See other topping ideas below.
How To Bake A Potato In The Air Fryer
This section shows how to make baked potatoes in the air fryer, with step-by-step photos and details about the technique, to help you visualize it. For full instructions, including amounts and temperatures, see the recipe card below.
- Prep. Prick the potatoes all over with a paring knife or fork. This allows steam to escape, so they don’t explode.
- Season. Rub or brush oil all over each potato and sprinkle with sea salt. Place potatoes in the air fryer in a single layer.
TIP: Don’t crowd the basket.
Leave space between the potatoes, so that skins crisp up and each one cooks evenly.
- Air fry. Bake potatoes in the air fryer until tender, turning them halfway through.
- Serve. Remove the potatoes with tongs and place them in bowls to cool slightly. Slice lengthwise, fluff the centers with a fork, and top with butter. See more topping ideas below.
How Long To Cook Baked Potatoes In The Air Fryer?
Cook baked potatoes in the air fryer at 400 degrees F for about 35 to 45 minutes, or until fork tender, turning halfway through.
TIP: How to check for doneness?
Cook time can vary depending on the size of your potatoes and your air fryer brand. Start checking for doneness around 30-35 minutes just in case. They are done when a fork goes in with very little resistance, and the skin will be a little puckered.
Air Fryer Baked Potato Toppings
Set out small bowls of everyone’s favorite toppings and let people create their own dinnertime masterpiece. Here’s the list of popular options:
- Butter – I prefer unsalted butter, but you can also use salted butter or even compound butter. If you’re sensitive to dairy, try ghee or butter flavored coconut oil.
- Sour cream – Greek yogurt also works as a similar substitute.
- Greens – Sliced green onions or chives are the most popular options, but other chopped fresh herbs are also great.
- Cheese – Cheddar cheese, parmesan, bleu cheese or feta crumbles, or even a melty cheese sauce.
- Bacon – Crumble fresh oven baked bacon or air fryer bacon, or use store-bought bacon bits for a shortcut.
- Taco Toppings – Trade the shell for a potato and add salsa, guacamole, shredded cheese, and/or sour cream.
- Veggies – For a vegetarian main dish, stuff air fryer baked potatoes with vegetables, like sauteed mushrooms, sauteed broccoli, roasted zucchini, or caramelized onions.
- Meats – Pile pulled pork, Mexican chorizo, or chili on top of potatoes.
- Sauce – Drizzle caesar dressing or ranch dressing on top for a delectable flavor.
- Store: Keep air fryer baked potatoes in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3 days.
- Meal prep: Make in advance and use all week long, alone or in other recipes.
- Reheat: To reheat a baked potato in the air fryer, simply set it to 350 degrees F for 3-5 minutes. The microwave also works.
- Freeze: Cool the potatoes (without toppings), wrap in plastic wrap, and freeze for up to 8 months.
What To Serve With Air Fryer Baked Potatoes
Air fryer baked potatoes truly go with everything!
- Steak – Make a classic steakhouse meal by serving the potatoes to go with New York strip, grilled or oven baked chuck eye steak, tender filet mignon, or ribeye for special occasions, or sirloin steak or London broil for any day. You can make the steak while you have the baked potatoes in the air fryer.
- Chicken – Try chicken leg quarters, pan-fried chicken thighs, or make the fryer pull double duty with crispy air fryer chicken wings or air fryer chicken legs. If you want to impress that special someone, try my marry me chicken or paprika chicken.
- Seafood – Make easy everyday fish recipes like baked salmon, rainbow trout, or cod. Or prepare a fancy meal with crab legs, Chilean sea bass, or even air fryer lobster tails.
- Salads – A spinach bacon salad, cucumber salad, or simple kale crunch salad pair perfectly with these potatoes.
- Vegetables – Balance out the richness with veggie sides like creamed spinach, air fryer green beans, roasted brussels sprouts, or romanesco.
More Easy Air Fryer Side Dishes
The air fryer is a handy appliance for lots of other veggies. Try these easy favorites!
- Air Fryer – My go-to for all my air fryer recipes. It has a roomy basket and is easy to clean!
Air Fryer Baked Potatoes Recipe
Air Fryer Baked Potato (Fluffy Inside, Crispy Skin!)
This air fryer baked potato recipe creates a soft, fluffy inside and perfect crispy skin. They are faster than the oven and so easy!
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Preheat the air fryer to 400 degrees F (204 degrees C) for about 5 minutes.
Prick the potatoes all over with a knife or fork.
Drizzle the potatoes with oil and rub in, or brush the oil on with a brush. Sprinkle with sea salt.
Place the potatoes in the air fryer basket in a single layer. Make sure there is space between them to allow the skins to crisp up nicely.
Bake potatoes in the air fryer for 35-45 minutes, turning halfway through with tongs. (Cook time can vary depending on the size of the potatoes.) They are done when a fork pierced into the potatoes goes in easily.
When done, move potatoes to bowls and cool slightly. Slice lengthwise down the middle, fluff with a fork, and top each potato with ½ tablespoon of butter. See the post above for more topping ideas.
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Serving size: 1 air fryer baked potato
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