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.

New to the air fryer? Check out my Best Air Fryer Recipes for Beginners!

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?


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


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


  • 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. Charlene Creasman says

    No but I’m fixing to. Would please add me to your recipe list and start sending the air fryer ones to me. Thank you so much.

  2. Chris Binnington says

    I microwave my potatoes first for 6 mins which reduces the Airfryer time to 20 mins and they come out just as crisp. Also put them into an Airfryer baking liner leaves the fryer clean and doesn’t affect the crispness although I do turn mine after 10 mins

  3. Lori says

    Hi – I’m brand new to air frying. My air fryer has a trat in the basket. I’m looking at your photos every which way to see if you have your potatoes on a tray in the basket or just on the bottom of the basket without the tray (or if it even matters!). Also, my hubby got me a silicone basket to go inside my basket for easier cleanup. Will that affect crispness of the skin if I put the potatoes straight in the basket? This newbie would appreciate any guidance.

    • The Recipe Rebel says

      Hi Lori! The ones you see here in the picture are sitting directly in the basket. I have not used any silicone pieces so can’t attest to how they work. I’m not sure if you have an air fryer like the one pictured so I would refer to manual to see what it says about the tray. Hope you enjoy it!

  4. Lovette Elkow says

    I haven’t tried it yet, I’d like to know when you put your potatoes in the air fryer what setting do you use air fryer or bake

    • The Recipe Rebel says

      Hi Lovette! All of the directions are in the recipe card, above the area where you commented. Also you can click the “jump to recipe” button to help navigate you there. Hope you enjoy it!

  5. priya singh says

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    • The Recipe Rebel says

      Hi! So glad you enjoyed the recipe! Thank you for this review, I really appreciate the kind words!

  6. Janet says

    I have made my potatoes in the air fryer for several years. I soak my potatoes for about 30 minutes after scrubbing them. The potatoes are fluffier. I started soaking when I microwave them because they dried out so bad.

  7. Janet O says

    I have an IP Duo Crisp 8qt with air fryer lid but I find it’s pretty small and have to do several air frys to get a decent amount of whatever I’m cooking. What standalone air fryer (and maybe combined with toaster oven) would you recommend? I don’t have a lot of counter space but I’m ready to get rid of my very old toaster oven. Thanks for all the great recipes.

    • The Recipe Rebel says

      Hi Janet! I can only recommend the ones I have. I have two Chefman air fryers (a 3.7 quart and an 8 quart).

    • Kristina says

      I absolutely love the Gourmina that I have it’s all digital and it come from Walmart or im sure target too. It’s so easy to use great size basket, and easy clean up

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