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Air Fryer Baked Potatoes

Air Fryer Baked Potatoes are crisp on the outside yet tender and perfectly cooked on the inside, making it the best cooking method for a baked potato.

The air fryer can cut your cooking time in half and provide super crispy results like our Air Fryer Chicken Wings and Air Fryer Bacon. You’ll love the crisp salty skins on these potatoes.

Air fryer baked potatoes topped with butter, bacon, and chopped greens.

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Air Fryer Baked Potato Recipe

You cannot go wrong with a baked potato as a side dish, appetizer, or even the main event. With this easy air fryer baked potato recipe, you are going to love cooking baked potatoes.

Just like you would bake the potato in the oven, you’ll get the same results with the air fryer but less cleaning and quicker cooking time. You also don’t have to wait for the air fryer to preheat like you would with an oven.

Cooked baked potato in the air fryer basket topped with salt.

Ingredients

This is such an easy recipe using only 3 basic ingredients you probably already have in your kitchen.

  • Potatoes – We recommend using Russet potatoes, also known as Idaho potatoes. You’ll want to make sure all your potatoes are the same size for even cooking.
  • Oil – The oil is what gives the skin its crispiness, we use olive oil for this recipe. You can easily use cooking spray instead of oil.
  • Salt – We like to add fine sea salt to the potatoes for flavor but you can use the salt you have on hand.
Step by step collage of how to make homemade air fryer baked potato.

How to make Air Fryer Baked Potatoes

  1. Prep – Start by scrubbing potatoes under running water then pat dry thoroughly. Poke potatoes all over with a fork.
  2. Oil and salt – Add the potatoes to the air fryer basket and drizzle in oil and salt and rub the oil so that all sides of the potatoes are coated.
  3. Air Fry – Cook the potatoes in a basket-style air fryer at 400˚F for about 30 minutes. Flip the potatoes and cook for an additional 5-15 minutes until a knife easily pierces through the center.

For a Toaster-style Air Fryer: reduce the temperature to about 375˚F, flipping halfway, and keep the timing the same.

How do you know when a Baked Potato is done?

The cook time of the baked potato will slightly vary depending on the size of the potato and your air fryer machine. Small potatoes will take less time while larger and thicker potatoes will take longer. Cook until you can easily pierce into the center of the potatoes with a knife. If your potatoes need a longer cooking time, just return the basket to the air fryer and cook another 3-5 minutes at a time.

Baked potato loaded with butter, bacon, and green onion in an air fryer basket.

Baked Potato Toppings

We love a fully loaded baked potato as a side dish, or even for lunch. It’s especially fun to make a baked potato bar. The toppings are endless and these are some of our favorites:

  • Salt – sprinkling on a little extra is always a good idea
  • Butter – dot cut potato with butter and let it melt over
  • Sour Cream – add a generous dollop
  • Bacon bits – chop up some Air Fryer Bacon
  • Shredded cheese – Mexican or cheddar
  • Everything bagel seasoning
  • Jalapeno – sliced or diced
  • Chives or green onion to garnish
Loaded baked potato sreved two different ways in a collage.

Tips for Potatoes in the Air Fryer

  • Test for doneness – Your potato is cooked through if a knife inserted into the center is easily pierced. You can easily continue cooking them in the air fryer if they need more time.
  • Scrub potatoes – The potato peels are edible and super tasty when you salt them. Just be sure to clean the potato under running water before cooking it.
  • Poke potatoes with a fork – air fryer potatoes don’t have to be poked with a fork, but there is a small chance your potatoes will burst and make a mess in your air fryer which is why we take 10 seconds to poke the potatoes.
  • Don’t overcrowd the air fryer. You want the air to circulate evenly around the potatoes.
  • Reheat the potato by cooking it in the air fryer at 400 until heated or use a microwave.
Two fully loaded with baked potatoes on a white plate next to sour cream.

Air fryer baked potatoes are so satisfying, especially when they are loaded up with all the fixings. I’d love to hear about your favorite toppings in the comments.

More Easy Air Fryer Recipes

Air Fryer Baked Potatoes

5 from 16 votes
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 40 minutes
Total Time: 45 minutes

This recipe for Air Fryer Baked Potato comes out perfectly every time. The skin of the potato is salty and crispy while the inside is tender and fluffy.

Author: Valentina Ablaev
Skill Level: Easy
Cost to Make: $1-$3
Keyword: air fryer baked potato
Cuisine: American
Course: Side Dish
Calories: 199
Servings: 4 servings

Ingredients

  • 4 medium russet potatoes
  • ½ tsp sea salt, or to taste
  • 1 Tbsp olive oil or use a cooking spray

Instructions

  1. Scrub potatoes under running water then thoroughly dry with a towel.

  2. Poke the potato all over with a fork, rub with oil and sprinkle all over with salt. Add the potatoes to the air fryer basket.

  3. Cook the potatoes in a basket-style air fryer* at 400°F for 30 minutes. Flip the potatoes and cook them for an additional 5-15 minutes depending on size, or until the fork easily slides through to the center. Small potatoes will take less time and larger potatoes may take longer. Use tongs to transfer potatoes to a plate.

Recipe Notes

*Note: If using a toaster-oven style air fryer, reduce the temperature to 375˚F, flip halfway, and keep the timing the same. 

Nutrition Facts
Air Fryer Baked Potatoes
Amount Per Serving
Calories 199 Calories from Fat 36
% Daily Value*
Fat 4g6%
Saturated Fat 1g6%
Polyunsaturated Fat 1g
Monounsaturated Fat 3g
Sodium 301mg13%
Potassium 888mg25%
Carbohydrates 38g13%
Fiber 3g13%
Sugar 1g1%
Protein 5g10%
Vitamin A 2IU0%
Vitamin C 12mg15%
Calcium 28mg3%
Iron 2mg11%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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Valentina Ablaev

I am Valentina, the creator behind the food blog Valentina’s Corner where I share our family’s favorite recipes. When I am not in the kitchen, I enjoy spending quality time with my husband and 5 children. We invite you to join us on our blogging journey!

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  • Barbara Goodrich
    September 18, 2021

    Love the baked potatoes this way , and love watching Natasha cook . She’s easy to watch and fun

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    • Natashas Kitchen
      September 18, 2021

      I’m so glad you’re enjoying my recipes & videos, Barbara! Thank you for your excellent feedback!

      Reply

  • Lucylu
    September 16, 2021

    I made this tonight adding shrimp as an extra topping…these were lovely. Very creamy on the inside, a hit with the family definitely a keeper

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    • Natashas Kitchen
      September 16, 2021

      Great idea, Lucylu! I’m so happy you enjoyed this recipe!

      Reply

  • Marlene
    September 6, 2021

    My oven has air fryer feature, will this work the same.

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    • Natasha's Kitchen
      September 7, 2021

      Hi Marlene, I’m not really sure as every device is different but I think it’s worth giving it a try!

      Reply

  • Olga
    September 6, 2021

    #2 and #3 have same instructions 🤷‍♂️

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    • Natasha's Kitchen
      September 6, 2021

      Hi Olga, thank you for noticing that. We’ll edit that as soon as possible!

      Reply

  • Cherie B
    August 30, 2021

    Oh wow…thank you for sharing this wonderful recipe. I made them for dinner tonight. My kitchen did not heat up because of your recipe. They were moist and the outside was delicious too. I made mine in the ninja cooker with your recommended temps & timetable. Thank you Natasha! Another winner!

    Reply

    • Natasha's Kitchen
      August 30, 2021

      You are very welcome, Cherie! Glat that it was a success, thanks for sharing that with us.

      Reply

  • Deb Judisch
    August 29, 2021

    Hi, Natasha! Two quick questions…I heard that the perfect “temperature” for a baked potato is 195-210 degrees. Have you ever heard of that? Also, when the potatoes are done, to fluff the inside, I heard you are supposed to throw them down on the counter several times, with a bit of force! Have you ever heard of these or are they just “old-wives-tales”? LOL

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    • Natasha
      September 2, 2021

      Hi Deb, Usually poking the potato with a knife works fine, but it’s not a bad idea to check the internal temperature of the potato. It’s the same thing with a pie, if you want to be sure, you can check the internal temperature with a thermometer. I haven’t heard about throwing the potato on the counter, but that would be a funny thing to include in a video one day!

      Reply

  • Carol
    August 17, 2021

    I will never put my potatoes in my oven again. The skin was so delicious I ate the whole potato. My potatoes were good size and it did take the 40 minutes plus the 15 for the other side. I have a great Air Fryer “ Ninja” so Used the 400 degrees setting and they turned out perfect.

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    • Natashas Kitchen
      August 17, 2021

      I’m so glad you gave this a try, Carol! Thank you for your wonderful review!

      Reply

  • Kris
    August 14, 2021

    Question for you Natasha: is there a particular type or brand of air fryer that you would recommend? I love your recipes and videos and I trust your judgement 🙂

    Reply

  • Beth Butler
    August 14, 2021

    What is your favorite basket type air fryer, well also toaster type? I’ve been researching but would appreciate a recommendation. Thank You

    Reply

  • irene salas
    August 11, 2021

    Hello Natasha,

    I love the recipe for the baked potatoes. my family love
    it. Excellent!!

    Thank you

    Reply

    • Natashas Kitchen
      August 11, 2021

      I’m so happy you all enjoyed that. Thank you for sharing that with us, Irene!

      Reply

  • Sheri
    August 11, 2021

    Loved the potatoes this way. I always squeeze my potatoes gently to see if they are done and if they are, I squeeze them all over to fluff the insides. Who is Valentina Ablaev with the picture and paragraph about her cooking blog?

    Reply

    • Natasha
      August 11, 2021

      Hi Sheri, thanks for the tip! She is a friend who occasionally guest posts on my site. It helps her with growing her site and she has great recipes.

      Reply

  • Kristen
    August 10, 2021

    I just got my air fryer and was trying out all sorts of recipes. I tried this one of yours and it has been the best one yet. Thanks for this delicious recipe.

    Reply

  • Melissa
    August 10, 2021

    Great idea! I always looking for more air fryer recipes!

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    • Natashas Kitchen
      August 10, 2021

      I hope you love this recipe, Melissa!

      Reply

  • Beth
    August 10, 2021

    These air fryer baked potatoes were so delicious for lunch and were so easy too! My kids just loved how fluffy and yummy these were! I’m definitely making my baked potatoes this way from now on!

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    • Natashas Kitchen
      August 10, 2021

      Aren’t they the best? I’m so happy you enjoyed this recipe!

      Reply

  • Tammy
    August 10, 2021

    I fix my baked potatoes this way all the time now. Game changer!!

    Reply

    • Natashas Kitchen
      August 10, 2021

      That’s so great! It sounds like you have a new favorite, Tammy!

      Reply

  • Maxime
    August 10, 2021

    Sounds yummy😋! What kind of air fryer do you have? What size?

    Reply

  • Karen
    August 10, 2021

    I have made this recipe many times now since I had an air fryer. It’s now my favorite way and the best to make baked potatoes, saving time,energy and easy cleanup. Thanks for the recipe!😊❤

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    • Natashas Kitchen
      August 10, 2021

      I’m so glad you enjoyed it, Karen! Thank you for the wonderful review!

      Reply

      • Karen
        August 10, 2021

        By the way I just found out we have the same brand air fryer cosori. I love this appliance!

        Reply

        • Natashas Kitchen
          August 11, 2021

          That’s awesome! Isn’t it the best!?

          Reply

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