Air Fryer Baked Potatoes make the very best baked potatoes. Just like your favorite restaurant-quality baked potatoes with crispy skin and tender, fluffy insides.
Air Fryer Baked Potato Recipe
The air fryer is great for a lot of things but cooking steakhouse quality baked potatoes is probably one of its greatest features. Guaranteed perfect every time, air fryer baked potatoes have perfectly crispy, salted skin and tender, soft, fluffy insides. And although the result is similar to my oven-baked potatoes, there are huge benefits to using an air fryer instead of an oven. For starters, it’s way more energy efficient. Plus, come summertime, when you’re craving a grilled steak and baked potato for dinner, you won’t heat up the entire house by turning on the oven.
That said, I am not promising that the air fryer will cook your baked potatoes any faster than your oven. The skin turns out crispier in the air fryer, absolutely, but I have not noticed a significant difference in overall cooking time.
What Type of Potato is Best for Baked Potatoes
Baked potatoes are always made with russet potatoes (or Idaho potatoes). Considered a starchy potato, they are low in moisture and have a fluffy, crumbly, soft interior after baking. They are also fantastic at soaking up some of our favorite potato toppings like butter and sour cream.
Learn more: Potato Types: A Guide to Popular Types of Potatoes
How to Make Baked Potatoes in an Air Fryer
1. Prepare the potatoes. Scrub each potato under cold running water using a vegetable scrubber. Dry thoroughly (wet potatoes will steam, resulting in softer skin). Poke each potato several times with a fork then rub the surface with olive oil (or grapeseed oil or avocado oil). Season generously with coarse sea salt, using your hands to rub it all over the surface.
2. Cook the potatoes. Spray the inside basket of your air fryer with non-stick cooking spray. Add the potatoes in a single layer – do not overcrowd the basket. Cook at 400 degrees f for 30 minutes then flip and cook for an additional 20 minutes.
3. Check for doneness. You can check for doneness by gently squeezing the potato (make sure your hand is protected by an oven mitt or towel) or by inserting a fork through the thickest part of the potato. It should slide in easily. If the potatoes need additional cooking time, continue to cook, checking for doneness every 10 minutes or so.
How Long to Cook Baked Potatoes in the Air Fryer
It will take roughly 50-70 minutes to cook medium-sized russet potatoes in a 400 degree Fahrenheit air fryer. The total time depends on the overall size of your potatoes. More specifically, it depends on the diameter of your potato (or how fat your potato is). If you know you’ll be in a hurry to get dinner on the table, look for potatoes that are longer and leaner, rather than short and fat.
Air Fryer Baked Potato Recipe Tips
- Really dry your potatoes after washing. The unfortunate consequence of not drying your potatoes is skin that doesn’t get crispy. I like to use kitchen towels that are super absorbent.
- There is no need to wrap your potatoes in foil. Save the aluminum foil for the oven. Wrapping in foil is completely unnecessary and will prevent the potato skin from getting crispy.
- Do not overcrowd the air fryer basket. This is really important. After all, the air fryer works by circulating hot air around the food that it is cooking.
- You do not need to poke your potatoes…but I always will.
Serving Air Fryer Baked Potatoes
Serve these potatoes with steak, chicken, salmon, or pork chops! And don’t forget to add all of your favorite baked potato toppings like butter, sour cream, bacon bits, shredded cheddar cheese, chives, green onion, salt, and black pepper.
Have you tried making Baked Potatoes in the Air Fryer?
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Air Fryer Baked Potatoes
- 4 medium Russet potatoes
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- 1 teaspoon coarse sea salt
- non-stick cooking spray
- Scrub each potato under cold running water and dry completely. Carefully poke each potato with a fork all over, at least 6-8 times.
- Rub the entire surface of the potatoes with olive oil and sprinkle generously with coarse sea salt (add more or less to taste).
- Spray the inside basket of the air fryer with non-stick cooking spray. Place the potatoes on the inside of the air fryer basket in an even layer.
- Air fry at 400°F for 30 minutes. Flip and continue to cook for an additional 20 minutes. Check for doneness by inserting a knife through the thickest part of the potato (if it's fully cooked, a fork or knife will easily slide through the middle of the potato). If more time is needed, continue to cook, checking for doneness every 10-15 minutes.
- Carefully remove fully cooked baked potatoes using cooking tongs or oven mitts. Enjoy served with all of your favorite toppings.
- Total cooking time: The total cooking time will vary greatly, so use the time provided as an estimate. Larger, fatter potatoes will take longer to cook, so if you’re looking for faster-cooking air fryer baked potatoes, try to purchase smaller russet potatoes.
- Storage: Keep leftover potatoes stored in the refrigerator for up to 5 days.
(Nutrition information provided is an estimate and will vary based on cooking methods and specific brands of ingredients used.)
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