Air fryer baked potatoes will give you a crispier skin than a traditional baked potato. And once you try them, you won’t go back to the oven or microwave! Not only are these tastier than an oven-baked potato, but they’re also faster and they won’t heat up your whole house while they cook!
In my house, I am almost always cooking for two or four people. If I am making baked potatoes, I certainly don’t want to heat up my oven (and therefore my entire kitchen) just for a baked potato. I think this is why so many people microwave their potatoes. It avoids all the extra heat in the kitchen.
With an air fryer, you can do the same thing! They are so much smaller and more energy efficient than an oven and they are perfect for exactly this type of recipe!
But that isn’t even the best part…
The best part is how much better this baked potato is than one cooked in an oven. The skins are perfectly CRISPY!
How to make a baked potato in an air fryer:
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- Wash your potatoes thoroughly with a scrub brush and dry them.
- Preheat your air fryer to 400 degrees Fahrenheit.
- Coat the potatoes in olive oil then sprinkle kosher salt on them.
- Cook for 25 minutes then flip the potatoes and cook for an additional 20 minutes.
- Test with a fork or knife to ensure the potato is cooked all the way through.
- Slice in half and add your favorite toppings!
The best baked potato toppings:
In my humble opinion, the best approach for baked potato toppings is setting up a salad bar-like selection of toppings!
In my potato bar dreams there would be the following options:
- Cheese, usually shredded cheddar is the best
- Mo butta is mo betta!
- Pulled pork
- Sour cream
- Ranch Dressing
- Diced onions
- Grilled chicken
- Everything but the bagel seasoning
- Cream cheese
- Taco meat
Of course, I would never put all these toppings on one potato (or would I?), but it is nice to have these options for whatever I am in the mood for any given day!
Common Questions About Air Fried Potatoes
If you like a crispy skin it is 100% better in the air fryer! In your air fryer, the center of the potato will stay soft and cook evenly even while the outside gets crisp. As a bonus, after it is cooked through, you can put your toppings on the potato and drop it back into your air fryer while it is still warm and melt your toppings together. PERFECTION!
It is not necessary to poke holes in a potato before air frying it.
No, do not wrap potatoes in foil for air frying. We want the air to move all around the skin in the air fryer. This will help the skin be crispy instead of just soft like you get from a microwave or oven.
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Air Fryer Baked Potato
- 4 Russet potatoes
- 2 teaspoons olive oil
- 1 teaspoon kosher salt
- Preheat the air fryer to 400 degrees.
- Scrub the potatoes well and pat dry.
- Coat the potatoes in the olive oil and sprinkle with the sea salt.
- Arrange the potatoes in an air fryer basket and cook for 35-45 minutes, or until easily pierced with a fork, flipping the potatoes over about halfway through cooking.
- Slice potatoes in half and top with your favorite toppings.