Friday, April 16, 2021

Air Fryer Baked Potato + Video

An air fryer baked potato has crispy skin without any oil and it's fluffy on the inside! Make this recipe in less time than oven baking!

Air Fryer Baked Potato split with butter
Potatoes are one of my family's favorite side dishes. There are almost infinite ways to make them.

If you want more potato recipes, why don't you try my Baked Potato Soup. It's rich and creamy and has all your potato fixings cooked right inside.

Or, you can try my Easy Soup Recipe for Leftover Baked Potatoes. It's fully loaded and ready in just twenty minutes.

Air Fryer Baked Potato ingredients

Tips for the Perfect Air Fryer Baked Potato

  • You do not need to poke holes in the potatoes. They will come out perfectly without doing this.

  • Make sure that your potatoes are all about the same size. This is important to be sure that they are all cooked evenly at the same time.

  • Using a potato brush makes it easier to clean your potatoes before you cook them. Make sure that they are completely dry before you start cooking them.

  • Always give your potatoes a light spray of cooking oil before you bake them. It helps make the skins crispy.

  • You can use olive oil or bacon drippings but don’t rub potatoes with butter, butter contains a lot of moisture and can prevent your skins from crisping up.

  • Check the potatoes partway through. If the skins are starting to look too brown, you can flip them over using a pair of cooking thongs.

  • Don't cook more than 4 potatoes at a time. You don't want them to be crowded because they won't cook as well.

Step by step. Drizzle oil and sprinkle with salt

Tools to make an air fryer baked potato 

You only need a few simple tools to make this recipe.

If you don't have an oil spray bottle, you can put the olive oil on your hands and rub the outside of the potato that way.

Just make sure that they are evenly coated.

Step by step: poke holes in potato and bake

Favorite potato toppings

There are so many different toppings you can use on your baked potato. While we all have our own personal favorites, here are a few more potato topping ideas you might want to try.
  • Chives or chopped green onions
  • Cheese sauce
  • Sour Cream
  • Everything bagel seasoning
  • Crumbled bacon
  • Shredded cheese
  • Salsa
  • Guacamole
  • Chili
  • Alfredo sauce
  • Blue cheese
  • Sauteed mushrooms 
Of course, these air fryer baked potatoes come out so perfectly that all you really need to add is a pat of butter and your favorite sea salt.

Split potato along the top

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Frequently asked questions

Wrapping potatoes in foil - yes or no?

Experts recommend that you not wrap your potatoes in foil because it may present a risk of botulism. Instead, rub your air fryer baked potatoes in olive oil for a crispy exterior.

Can you use aluminum foil in the air fryer? 

You can use aluminum foil in the basket of your air fryer. But, you should never use it on the base of the air fryer. It may end up scratching the surface and will interfere with cooking.

Air Fryer Baked Potatoes with butter and pepper

Are air-fried potatoes healthy? 

Air-fried foods are healthier than deep-fried foods because they are lower in fat and calories.

But, because they do have some type of added oil, they may not be as healthy as their broiled or steamed alternatives.

So, this air fryer baked potato is better than fried potatoes. But, it may not be as healthy as boiled potatoes.

The benefit of making baked potatoes in the air fryer isn't necessarily that they are healthier. But, it is so much faster to make them this way.

It takes about 20 minutes less time to make air fryer baked potatoes.

Air Fryer Baked Potatoes 

What type of potatoes are best for baking?

The best potatoes for baking are russets. You can use other types if you want air fryer baked potatoes, but these give the best results.

Storing and reheating leftovers 

Place the baked potato in an airtight container or a resealable bag. It will stay good for 3 to 5 days this way. To reheat it, place it in the oven at 350F for about 15 to 20 minutes or until heated through.


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Yield: 4
Author: Donna Elick
Air Fryer Baked Potato

Air Fryer Baked Potato

An air fryer baked potato has crispy skin without any oil and it's fluffy on the inside! Make this recipe in less time than oven baking!
Prep time: 5 MCook time: 35 MTotal time: 40 M


  • 4 medium Russet potatoes
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons olive oil (or bacon drippings)
  • 2 teaspoons kosher salt


  1. Scrub potatoes until they are dirt-free, rinse and pat completely dry.
  2. Preheat your air fryer to 400°F for 3 minutes while you prep the potatoes.
  3. Poke the potatoes a few times with a fork, all over.
  4. Place the potato in a large bowl and drizzle oil over top. Rub the potato with the oil until completely coated.
  5. Sprinkle salt all over the potatoes.
  6. Place the potatoes in the preheated air fryer with room around them for the air to circulate. Bake for 30-40 minutes (depending on the size of the potatoes) until they are cooked through and soft in the center.
  7. At 30 minutes open the air fryer and check the tenderness of the potato. Squeeze the potato with the tongs or an oven mitt if it feels crisp on the outside and soft on the inside, it is done. You can alternatively use an instant-read thermometer when the potatoes reach 210°F they are done.
  8. Remove potatoes with tongs and place on serving dish.
  9. Use an oven mitt to hold the potato and give it a little squeeze to help separate the potato from the skin. Then immediately cut them open. Use a knife to slice the potato long ways down the middle (about 3-4 inches) and then do the same thing crossways. use a clean kitchen towel and both hands to push them open from each end.
  10. Immediately top with fixin’s! Enjoy.
  1. You do not need to poke holes in the potatoes
  2. You can use olive oil or bacon drippings to coat the potatoes but don’t rub potatoes with butter, butter contains a lot of moisture and can prevent your skins from crisping up.
  3. Garnish with a pat of butter and pepper.

Air Fryer Baked Potato

Originally published July 2020

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  1. This is great! Have you tried the Quisinart Toaster oven air fryer?

  2. would this work for sweet potatoes


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