Air Fryer Baked Potato Recipe
The best Air Fryer Baked Potato recipe! This easy cooking method makes perfect baked potatoes with fluffy insides and crispy skins. Serve them as a side dish or load them up with toppings to make them a meal.
Air fryer baked potatoes, where have you been all my life? While I am still a huge fan of the ease of Instant Pot Baked Potatoes and oven baked potatoes are always a trusty standby, you just can’t beat the extra crispy skins of air fryer baked potatoes.
Since an air fryer cooks by circulating hot air around the food in the basket, it is amazing at crisping up everything from Air Fryer Broccoli to Air Fryer Sweet Potato Fries and Air Fryer Fried Chicken. So it’s no surprise that air fryer potatoes have the crispiest skins around.
And the centers of the potatoes? They cook up perfectly soft and fluffy, ready for savoring with a pat of butter, a dollop of sour cream, and a sprinkle of salt and pepper, or whatever toppings your taste buds are craving. (Crispy bacon crumbles, anyone? You can even make the crumbles with Air Fryer Bacon!)
Serve these air fryer baked potatoes as a side dish with Air Fryer Salmon, Baked Chicken Thighs or steak (here’s my favorite Steak Marinade). We also love to make a meal out of baked potatoes, serving them with toppings including sour cream or plain Greek yogurt, shredded cheese and Roasted Broccoli.
How to Make Air Fryer Baked Potatoes
- Preheat the air fryer at 400° F for 5 minutes.
- Scrub the potatoes and pat them dry.
- Rub the potato skins with a little bit of olive oil. Then sprinkle all sides of the potatoes with salt. I prefer to use kosher salt or sea salt, but any salt will work. The oil and salt aren’t necessary for cooking, but they add lots of flavor if you plan to eat the skins.
- Put the potatoes in the air fryer, with a bit of room between them.
- Air fry until the centers of the potatoes are soft when pierced with a fork, using the cook time below as a guide.
Find the full recipe in the recipe card below.
Air Fryer Baked Potato Cook Times
The cook time for a baked potato in the air fryer will depend mainly on the size of the potato. Smaller potatoes of course cook faster than larger potatoes. The cook time may also vary slightly between air fryer models.
In my Cosori air fryer, medium russet potatoes take 45-50 minutes to cook at 400° F. One benefit to using an air fryer to bake potatoes is that it is really easy to check for doneness, just open the air fryer and test the potatoes by poking with a fork or knife. If they aren’t yet tender, you can continue air frying until they are cooked through.
Note that the skin gets so crispy in the air fryer, that it can be hard to pierce. The toughness of the skin is not an indication of doneness, so be sure to poke through all the way to the center of the potato to see if it is soft in the middle.
- I find that three medium russet potatoes fit nicely in my air fryer. Depending on the size of your air fryer and potatoes, you can cook more or less potatoes at once. Arrange the potatoes in a single layer in the basket so that air can circulate around them.
- It is not necessary to prick the potatoes with a fork before cooking.
- If your potatoes are cold from the refrigerator they will take about 5 minutes longer to cook.
A baked potato is a delicious, healthy (depending on the toppings you choose) side dish for Baked Salmon, Pork Tenderloin, Baked Pork Chops and more. You can keep your potato toppings on the simple side (think butter, chopped chives, salt and pepper) or go all out.
If you want to make a meal out of these potatoes, you can load them up with toppings. A baked potato bar is always a fun dinner, and everyone can top their potato the way they like it. Try:
- Turkey chili or vegetarian chili, sour cream, green onions and shredded cheese.
- Black beans, salsa, guacamole, chopped red onion and cheddar cheese.
- Chopped grilled chicken, avocado and shredded Monterey jack cheese.
- Broccoli, shredded cheddar and sour cream.
Air Fryer Baked Potato
- 3 medium russet potatoes*
- olive oil
- coarse Kosher salt
- toppings, as desired, such as butter, sour cream, salt, pepper, chives, etc.
- Preheat air fryer at 400° F for 5 minutes.
- Scrub the potatoes and pat them dry. (It is not necessary to prick the potatoes with a fork.)
- Rub potatoes with olive oil and then sprinkle all sides with salt.
- Place potatoes in the air fryer in a single layer with a bit of room between them.
- Cook medium sized room temperature potatoes at 400° F for 45-50 minutes, flipping the potatoes over about half way through the cook time. Smaller potatoes will cook faster and larger potatoes will require more time to cook. Potatoes are done when a fork easily pierces through the center (the crispy skins may be tough to pierce but the centers should be soft).
- Serve potatoes with toppings, as desired.
- You can cook fewer potatoes, or more, as long as the potatoes fit in a single layer in your air fryer with a bit of room in between them.
- If your potatoes are cold from the refrigerator they will take about 5 extra minutes to cook.
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