Air Fryer Baked Potatoes
on May 14, 2023, Updated Sep 28, 2023
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Air fryer baked potatoes are a game-changer for potato lovers everywhere. These crispy, fluffy potatoes are an alternative to traditional baked potatoes.
Baked potatoes in the air fryer are easy to make and require minimal prep time, making them so good for busy weeknights or lazy weekends.
The beauty of air fryer baked potatoes is that they can be customized to your liking. You can top them with butter, sour cream, chives, cheese, bacon, or any other toppings you like. You can even stuff them with your favorite fillings, such as chili, broccoli and cheese, or pulled pork.
Air fryer baked potatoes are not only delicious, you also won’t have to heat up your kitchen to make this recipe.
Another great thing about air fryer baked potatoes is that they are very versatile. You can serve them as a side dish, a snack, or even as a main course. They pair well with a variety of foods, such as grilled meats, roasted vegetables, or a fresh salad.
Table of Contents
- Russet potatoes
- Olive oil or vegetable oil
- Kosher salt or sea salt
- Topping suggestions: butter, sour cream, chives, cheese, bacon bits, chili
Keep scrolling to find a full, printable recipe with a detailed ingredient list.
- To start, you will need a few medium-sized potatoes. Wash them thoroughly and pat them dry with a paper towel. Prick each potato a few times with a fork to create air pockets that will help them cook evenly. Next, rub the potatoes with a little bit of olive oil and sprinkle them with salt and pepper.
- Preheat your air fryer to 400°F (200°C). Place the potatoes in the air fryer basket, making sure they are not touching each other. Cook the potatoes for 25-30 minutes, flipping them halfway through, until they are crispy on the outside and tender on the inside. You can eat as is or add some delicious toppings like cheese, bacon bits, sautéed mushrooms or chili.
Frequently Asked Questions
You can use any type of potato you like, but for the best results, we recommend using medium-sized Russet potatoes. They have a high starch content, which helps to create that fluffy texture we all love in baked potatoes.
Yes, you should always preheat your air fryer before cooking any food. This helps to ensure that the food cooks evenly and that you achieve that crispy texture that air fryers are known for.
You can cook as many potatoes as you can fit in the air fryer basket without overcrowding them. Just be sure to flip them halfway through cooking to ensure that they cook evenly.
Absolutely! Air fryer baked potatoes are a great canvas for all kinds of toppings, such as butter, sour cream, chives, cheese, bacon, or any other toppings you like.
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Air Fryer Baked Potatoes
For the Potatoes
- 2 large Russet potatoes,, scrubbed and dried (5-6 inch long potatoes)
- 1-2 tablespoons olive oil or vegetable oil
- 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt or sea salt
- Butter or sour cream
- Chopped chives or green onions
- Shredded cheese, (cheddar, mozzarella, or your favorite)
- Cooked bacon bits
- Steamed broccoli
- Sautéed mushrooms
- Preheat your air fryer to 400°F (200°C).
- Prick the scrubbed and dried potatoes all over with a fork or sharp knife. This will allow steam to escape and prevent the potatoes from bursting while cooking.
- Rub the potatoes with olive oil or vegetable oil, ensuring that they are evenly coated. Then, season the potatoes with salt.
- Place the potatoes in the air fryer basket, ensuring they are not touching each other. You may need to cook them in batches if you have a smaller air fryer.
- Cook the potatoes for 40-45 minutes or until they are tender and easily pierced with a fork. Depending on the size of your potatoes and your air fryer, cooking times may vary slightly. Check for doneness after 35 minutes and adjust the cooking time accordingly.
- Carefully remove the potatoes from the air fryer using tongs or a spatula. Allow them to cool for a few minutes before handling.
- To serve, use a knife to make a lengthwise cut in the top of each potato, then gently press the ends together to open the potato. Fluff the inside with a fork and add your desired toppings.
- The skin on these potatoes is SO good! It’s crispy and salty and my favorite part about making baked potatoes in the air fryer!
- You can top these with anything that you like or have on hand. I’ll often just do a little butter and salt but if I’m going to make a full meal out of this I’ll add more like chili and broccoli.
- If you cram too many potatoes in your air fryer the skin doesn’t get as crispy and they take longer to cook, be warned.
- If you are using a really big baking potato it’s going to take longer to cook. I have found that it’s better to cook big 8-12 ounce potatoes at 350 degrees for 50-75 minutes that way the outside doesn’t burn before the inside is done.