Friday, April 16, 2021

Air Fryer Baked Potatoes + Video

Air fryer baked potatoes have the perfect crispy skin you love, without using any oil, and the insides are soft and fluffy! Make a baked potato air fryer style in about 30 minutes... less time than oven baking!

Potatoes are one of my family's favorite side dishes. There are almost infinite ways to make them, so they make the perfect side for light or hearty meals.

Air fried recipes have become incredibly popular over the past few years, and with good reason! Air frying is a healthier way to prepare foods that are typically deep fried, but without using huge amounts of oil.

It creates flavorful food with a lot less fat and calories, even with frozen mozzarella sticks and French fries!

Air Fryer Baked Potatoes

If you're tired of waiting an hour for baked potatoes to cook in the oven, an air fryer baked potato is the perfect solution! They cook to perfection in about 30 minutes, much less time than oven baked potatoes.

air fryer baked potatoes split open and buttered
If you don't own an air fryer, you could make Instant Pot baked potatoes, or cook them in a smoker.

If you want a completely different potato dish, try our baked potato soup. It's rich and creamy and has all your potato fixings cooked right inside.

Watch the video in this post to see how easy it is to make a baked potato in the air fryer!

Air Fryer Baked Potato ingredients

Tips for a Perfect Air Fryer Baked Potato

  • No Holes Required. 
    You don't need to pierce holes in the potato skin; they turn out perfectly without doing this.

  • Size Matters. 
    Be sure to use potatoes that are all about the same size. This ensures that they cook evenly and are finished baking at the same time.

  • Wash and dry them first.
    Using a potato brush makes it easier to clean your potatoes before you cook them. Also, be sure they are completely dry before you air fry them.

  • For crispy air fryer baked potatoes, always give your potatoes a light spritz with cooking oil before air frying them.

    You can use olive oil or bacon drippings, but don’t rub potatoes with butter, because it has a lot of moisture that can prevent the skins from crisping up.

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

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

Step by step. Drizzle oil and sprinkle with salt

Special Equipment

You only need a few simple tools to make air fryer baked potatoes.

Step by step: poke holes in potato and bake

Favorite Baked 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.

Of course, air fryer baked potatoes come out so perfectly, so all you really need to add is a pat of butter and your favorite sea salt.

Split potato along the top

Air Fryer Baked Potatoes FAQ

Should I use foil for air frying a baked potato?

Experts recommend not wrapping potatoes in foil, because it may present a risk of botulism. Instead, rub the potato with olive oil to create 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.

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, an 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. It's more about how much faster it is to make them this way.

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.

Air Fryer Baked Potatoes with butter and pepper


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Author: Donna Elick
Air Fryer Baked Potato

Air Fryer Baked Potatoes

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. Last updated Feb 15, 2022.

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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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