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

Natasha's Kitchen Cookbook

Air Fryer Baked Potatoes

5 from 505 votes
Author: Valentina Ablaev
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.
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 40 minutes
Total Time: 45 minutes

Ingredients 

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

Instructions

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

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 Per Serving

199kcal Calories38g Carbs5g Protein4g Fat1g Saturated Fat1g Polyunsaturated Fat3g Monounsaturated Fat301mg Sodium888mg Potassium3g Fiber1g Sugar2IU Vitamin A12mg Vitamin C28mg Calcium2mg Iron
Nutrition Facts
Air Fryer Baked Potatoes
Amount per Serving
Calories
199
% Daily Value*
Fat
 
4
g
6
%
Saturated Fat
 
1
g
6
%
Polyunsaturated Fat
 
1
g
Monounsaturated Fat
 
3
g
Sodium
 
301
mg
13
%
Potassium
 
888
mg
25
%
Carbohydrates
 
38
g
13
%
Fiber
 
3
g
13
%
Sugar
 
1
g
1
%
Protein
 
5
g
10
%
Vitamin A
 
2
IU
0
%
Vitamin C
 
12
mg
15
%
Calcium
 
28
mg
3
%
Iron
 
2
mg
11
%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Keyword: air fryer baked potato
Skill Level: Easy
Cost to Make: $
Calories: 199

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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Comments

  • Deborah T.
    May 18, 2024

    Thank you for recipe. The potatoes came out crispy on outside and perfectly done on the inside. Not a pro at my new air fryer but I’m learning and this way of preparing baked potatoes is a keeper!

    Reply

    • Natashas Kitchen
      May 18, 2024

      I’m so glad you got an air fryer! It’s a game changer! Thank you for your awesome review!

      Reply

  • Steve
    April 1, 2024

    Delicious recipe, we used the Instant Pot as usual. Crispy, salty and nutritious dish. I didn’t have green chilies but that’s one of my favorite so next time we’re doing it that way. Thank you very much.

    Reply

    • Natasha's Kitchen
      April 1, 2024

      Sounds great! Thanks a lot for your good comments and feedback!

      Reply

  • Cater to my Taste buds!!!
    March 10, 2024

    I haven’t tried this recipe yet… but I’m excited to see how it turns out. I usually bake in the oven or the stove top. I’ll check back in with you guys with the results.
    But to comment on my favorite toppings for a loaded potato, I typically add jumbo lump crab meat, shrimp, and boneless chicken breast, sauteed in butter, finely chopped onions and green pepper and seasoned to taste. Then I add shredded Mexican style cheese. If i’m really being greedy LOL, I add steak fajita strips and broccoli florets

    Reply

  • Jayy Romero
    November 21, 2023

    wow fantastic freaking recipe never knew u could air fry a potato. we threw garlic bacon and cheese and green chilli on it after the first 30 min rotate.. locking this in the recipe book thanks for the bomb air fried potato its sooo good

    Reply

    • NatashasKitchen.com
      November 21, 2023

      Hi Jayy! I’m so glad you loved it. Thanks for the feedback.

      Reply

  • Tracy
    November 16, 2023

    Thank you for including the directions for a toaster oven style air fryer! Out of the top four recipes when searching Google yours is the only that includes the note for cooking baked potatoes in that style air fryer. I’m adding another 5 stars for that too! 😉 Thanks so much!

    Reply

    • NatashasKitchen.com
      November 16, 2023

      You’re very welcome, Tracy! I’m glad it was helpful!

      Reply

  • Jasmine
    November 16, 2023

    Just to clarify, with an oven style air fryer, set to 375 for 40-45 minutes, flipping halfway through? I kept overthinking your directions. 🙂

    Reply

    • Natashas Kitchen
      November 16, 2023

      Hi That’s correct, Jasmin.

      Reply

  • C
    September 11, 2023

    Still on the learning curve for my air fryer. It has six different settings. For baked potatoes, do you recommend the air fryer setting? or Baking?

    Reply

    • NatashasKitchen.com
      September 11, 2023

      Hi C! This recipe is written for the “air fry”
      mode on the air fryer.

      Reply

  • Ryan
    August 24, 2023

    By far the BEST baked potatoes ever. Thank you! I can hardly wait to get them out of the air fryer and slather them with sour cream and chives. Yum Yum!

    Reply

    • NatashasKitchen.com
      August 24, 2023

      You’re welcome, Ryan! Enjoy.

      Reply

  • Maria Hair
    August 2, 2023

    What air fryer name brand do you recommend? I am in need for a new one.

    Reply

    • NatashasKitchen.com
      August 2, 2023

      Hi Maria! You can see my recommendations here in my Amazon shop (affiliate links).

      Reply

      • Charlie
        April 16, 2024

        You don’t have a basket air fryer recommendation in your list.

        Reply

        • NatashasKitchen.com
          April 16, 2024

          Hi Charlie! I just checked, it’s there. You just have to keep scrolling and then click on “show more” to load more items.

          Reply

  • Bonnie
    July 12, 2023

    I always look you up when I’m
    looking for a recipe…you
    Never disappoint.

    Reply

    • Natashas Kitchen
      July 12, 2023

      Aww! That’s the best! Thank you Bonnie!

      Reply

  • Zorro
    June 5, 2023

    It was ok not that great I did follow the instructions and still my potatoes gotten a bit hard in the center.

    Reply

    • Natasha
      June 8, 2023

      Hi Zorro, cook times can vary significantly based on the size of your potatoes. If you cut them larger they will take longer to cook and vice versa. I recommend testing for doneness to make sure they are easily pierced with a fork when they are done.

      Reply

  • Janeen W
    May 14, 2023

    Perfectly simply and I would’ve never salted the skin. This is the only way I’m making a baked potato from here on out.

    Reply

    • Natasha's Kitchen
      May 14, 2023

      Great to hear that, Janeen!

      Reply

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