Air Fryer Baked Potato

Prep Time 5 minutes
Total Time 45 minutes
Servings 3 potatoes

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This Air Fryer Baked Potato recipe is incredibly crispy on the outside, fluffy and creamy on the inside, and couldn’t be easier! Simply seasoned and perfect for your favorite toppings.

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baked potatoes in air fryer basket.

All right, here’s the truth.

Baked potatoes aren’t really something I crave. Give me these Roasted Potatoes, give me a big bowl of these Slow Cooker Mashed Potatoes, give me the entire pan of these Scalloped Potatoes instead.

Baked potatoes?

They just never seemed very special, until I made them in the Air Fryer.

Air Fryer Baked Potatoes have a few things going for them: they are super easy and mostly hands off (no watching or flipping or stressing).

They have the crispiest skin of any baked potatoes I’ve ever eaten, with a perfectly fluffy interior to match.

baked potato in air fryer basket cut open with butter.

Pop it open and drop a dollop of salted butter inside with some cheese and crispy bacon?

Heaven. Especially when they’re served with this JUICY Air Fryer Chicken Breast, topped with some Crockpot Shredded Chicken and barbecue sauce, or with a pile of this Instant Pot Whole Chicken.

Let me show you how to make them!

No Air Fryer? Check out my oven Baked Potato recipe.

How to make an Air Fryer Baked Potato:

  1. Start with russet potatoes — they are the must-have potato for classic baked potatoes, but other potatoes cooked in this fashion will still be delicious.
  2. Wash and dry potatoes thoroughly — potatoes need a good scrub before you consume them, but things that are wet don’t crisp up. So we need to wash them well and then dry them thoroughly with a towel.
  3. Oil and season — while water won’t brown, oil is going to give us that incredibly crispy golden skin that cracks when we slice it. Rub the potatoes all over with canola oil (it has a high smoke point) or olive oil and season liberally with salt and pepper.
  4. Preheat your air fryer if needed — I always set mine to temperature for about 5-8 minutes before I want to put the food in so it goes in hot. We don’t want our food to sit in limbo while the air fryer heats up.
  5. Cook — put the potatoes in the air fryer basket, slide it in and cook for about 40 minutes. The exact cook time will depend on the size of your potatoes, but the great thing about the air fryer is that you can pull the basket out and check earlier if your potatoes are small, or you can turn it on for another 5-10 minutes if you find they’re not quite done.
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Should I wrap my baked potatoes in foil?

No!

Wrapping potatoes creates a steamy environment and the best part of an Air Fryer Baked Potato is that crispy skin.

Skip the foil, and save yourself a few extra minutes of prep, too!

Do I need to prick my potatoes before air frying?

It’s up to you.

When the steam in the potatoes tries to escape, it can cause your potatoes to “explode” or burst a hole out the side.

I don’t, and I haven’t had issues with mine exploding.

That being said, it’s an easy thing to do and won’t change your finished results, so if you are worried about it, you can definitely grab a fork and poke a hole into each one.

air fryer baked potato with toppings on blue plate.

Is it faster to bake a potato in the oven or air fryer?

The air fryer is much faster! This is one thing I love about my air fryer — it’s quicker to preheat and it cooks much more quickly, too!

While making a baked potato in the oven can take an hour or longer, these air fryer baked potatoes take just about 40-45 minutes.

How to reheat Air Fryer Baked Potatoes:

I prefer reheating these air fryer potatoes the same way I cooked them — in the air fryer!

This will only take about 5-10 minutes at 400 degrees F, depending on how hot and crispy you want them. I recommend drying any condensation on a paper towel before reheating.

How do I know when a baked potato is cooked through?

The easiest way to check is with a sharp knife — it should slide in and out smoothly and pretty easily if it is cooked.

What can I do with leftover baked potatoes?

There are so many things! Use them to make this Breakfast Potatoes for a weekend breakfast, or chop them up and use them in this Cheesy Ham and Potato Casserole.

You can also stir them into this easy Potato Soup recipe, Ham and Potato Soup or Crockpot Potato Soup — simply leave out the potatoes until the end.

Baked Potato Toppings:

  • shredded cheddar cheese or another favorite cheese
  • sliced green onions
  • salted butter
  • crispy cooked bacon
  • sour cream
  • Minced fresh onions
  • Chives and other fresh, chopped herbs
  • Prepared tomato salsa
  • Queso
  • Steamed broccoli
  • Crispy fried onions
  • Prepared chili
close up image of air fryer baked potato with cheese green onions and bacon.

Other things to serve with Air Fryer Baked Potatoes:

If your air fryer potatoes are a side dish, here are a few ideas for a main:

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Air Fryer Baked Potato recipe

5 from 40 votes
This Air Fryer Baked Potato recipe is incredibly crispy on the outside, fluffy and creamy on the inside, and couldn't be easier! Simply seasoned and perfect for your favorite toppings.
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 40 minutes
Total Time 45 minutes
Cuisine American
Course Air fryer, Side Dish
Servings 3 potatoes
Calories 292cal

Ingredients

  • 3 russet potatoes (mine were 300 grams)
  • 3 tablespoons canola oil
  • salt and pepper

Instructions

  • Preheat air fryer to 400 degrees F according to manufacturer directions if required.
  • Wash and dry potatoes thoroughly.
  • Rub all over with oil and season well with salt and pepper.
  • Place in the basket of the air fryer, place the basket into the air fryer and cook for 40 minutes (a little less if your potatoes are smaller than mine, a little more if your potatoes are larger than mine).
  • Check doneness be inserting a knife into the center of the potatoes — if it goes in and comes out easily, they are done. If it seems to get stuck, give them 5-10 more minutes.

Nutrition Information

Serving: 1potato | Calories: 292cal | Carbohydrates: 38g | Protein: 5g | Fat: 14g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 11mg | Potassium: 888mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin C: 12mg | Calcium: 28mg | Iron: 2mg
Keywords air fryer baked potato, air fryer baked potatoes

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  1. Kellie says

    Prepare and cook as above; except…Try rubbing them with olive oil, sprinkle all over with smoked paprika and salt. They will be the best tasting skins you’ve ever had.

  2. Monica Bruns says

    Getting ready to remodel my kitchen and looking for recipes to eliminate going out to eat everyday. This sounds great. Thanks

  3. Sam says

    I will be trying these, yum!

    My father in law had a potato explode and it’s not fun. I would suggest poking them, just to be safe πŸ™‚

  4. Miranda says

    We are also going to try this in ours. We have several settings. I have the pampered chef air fryer! I love my air fryer and love it! I would prefer to use it over my oven!

  5. Nikki says

    I’m making these as I type this comment review… I’ll leave a real review after we eat tonight…let’s see how great these come out…..fingers crossed.lol

  6. Ron says

    I just bought a Elite Platinum 3.5QT digital air fryer…….I have done pork chop, hamburgers, french fries and so far nothing has come out bad……..How did I ever get along without one of these things before

  7. Jan says

    If I am in a hurry, I precook the potatoes for 5 or 6 minutes in the microwave and then finish for 10 minutes in the airfryer

  8. Geese says

    I wonder if this will work with a reheated potato? Basically I’m asking because I’m doing resistant starch diet (means cooking potatoes twice).

    Maybe the first time boil and then once I cycle it the 2nd reheat would be in the Air Fryer.

      • David Hoffman says

        I have the PowerXl toaster oven type air fryer, and found it is not the same as the round. I tried bake potato in that and the center does not come out so “fluffy”. I suggest microwaving a few minutes, than finishing with air fryer

      • The Recipe Rebel says

        Hi Joyce, I’ve only made this with 3 so it would be hard to say. First you’d have to see if you can fit 6 in your air fryer. If you decide to experiment, let me know how it goes!

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