Air fryer Baked Potatoes take just half the time in the air fryer as they do in the oven and they turn out super crispy on the outside and fluffy on the inside, just the way you want them.
If you haven’t tried making baked potatoes in the air fryer yet, you’re really missing out. Not only are they faster to make than in the oven, they are so perfectly cooked. We make these for side dishes all the time.
It takes very little preparation and all you have to do is put them in the air fryer and start cooking.
What Ingredients Do You Need?
There is nothing easier than making air fryer baked potatoes. They require any out-of-the-box ingredients. You can find everything in your kitchen pantry. Here is what you will need to make these delicious potatoes:
- Baking potatoes – you will need medium to large sized baking potatoes for this recipe. If you’re making more than one, be sure they are very similar in size so they cook at the same rate.
- Olive Oil – oil is not just full of healthy fats but will also help cook the potatoes with a crispy exterior. If you don’t have olive oil, you can use avocado oil or canola oil as well.
- Seasonings: Salt and freshly ground black pepper work best for me. However, you can add more spices according to your liking. Use paprika for a sweet, smoky, and spicy flavor. You can also use red chili flakes or cayenne pepper. Add cumin powder for warmth and distinctive taste.
- Butter – I always dress my baked potato with salted butter. You can also add some chives, salt and pepper, shredded cheese, bacon bits, or Ranch dressing.
- Air fryer: I use this 4-quart basket-style air fryer. It’s large enough to fit a meal for 4-6. But some things need more space in the air fryer basket, so they cook evenly.
- Kitchen tongs: It’s very easy to remove food from your air fryer with kitchen tongs. I use these kitchen tongs that are silicon coated so they don’t scratch the interior.
How To Make Air Fryer Baked Potatoes
Making air fryer baked potatoes is effortless. It is the air fryer that does all the work. The preparation takes no more than 5 minutes.
Step 1: Start by washing and scrubbing to get any dirt off the potatoes. Pat them dry with a paper towel. A dry exterior will help them crisp up better.
Step 2: Drizzle olive oil over the potatoes and rub it onto the entire exterior of the potato. Sprinkle with salt. The oil is necessary to make sure the skin of the potato crisps up and doesn’t dry out. Believe me, I’ve tried it both ways and without oil it’s just not the same. You can also spray the potatoes with cooking oil if you prefer to use your oil sprayer.
Step 3: Place the potatoes in the air fryer basket. If you’re cooking more than 2 potatoes, make sure they all fit in the basket or try of the air fryer without touching, so the air can freely circulate around them. This will ensure they get nice and crispy and evenly cooked.
Cook the potatoes for 30 minutes at 390° F (200°C). Flip them over halfway through cooking. After 30 minutes, squeeze the potato. If it gives easily and feels a bit squishy, it’s done. If it’s still firm at all, you might need to continue cooking for up to 15 more minutes, depending on the size of your potatoes. I usually find that 40 minutes is pretty perfect.
Remember that all air fryers cook differently and at different wattages, so you may have a different outcome. That’s why it’s important to check on the food a few times during cooking to make sure you achieve your desired result.
Step 4: When the potatoes are done, remove them from the air fryer basket and give them a few minutes to cool before cutting them open. Serve with butter, salt, and chives or with your preferred topping.
Frequently Asked Questions
How long does it take for a potato to cook in the air fryer?
Medium-sized potatoes cook at 390° F for about 40 minutes. In this recipe we are using fairly large baking potatoes, but you could use any size you like. It will change the cooking time depending on the size. Try to cook same sized potatoes together so their cook times will be similar.
Do I need to poke holes in the potato before cooking?
No, there is no need to poke hole in the potato before putting it in the air fryer basket, like you might do in the microwave. The steam doesn’t build up in the air fryer like it does elsewhere, so you don’t need to do it.
Here are a few things you should keep in mind when making baked potatoes in an air fryer.
- Scrubbing the potatoes is a good idea to remove any dirt from the skin. You don’t want dirt in your food!
- Make sure you choose same-sized potatoes so they all cook at the same rate.
- Wrap any leftover air fryer baked potatoes and refrigerate for up to 4 days. Try making these twice baked potatoes with your leftover baked potatoes.
- You can also freeze leftover baked potatoes for up to 3 months.
- To reheat, cook in the air fryer for 5-10 minutes on 390° F until hot.
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Delicious Air Fryer Baked Potatoes
- 2 medium to large baking potatoes
- 1 teaspoon (5 ml) olive oil
- 1 teaspoon (6 g) salt
- 1/2 teaspoon (1 g) ground black pepper
- Garnishes: butter green onion, chives, shredded cheese
- Clean and pat dry the potatoes.
- Coat the outside with olive oil and sprinkle liberally with salt. Place the potatoes in the air fryer basket.
- Cook at 390°F (200°C) for 30 minutes, turning halfway. Squeeze the potato or piece it with a toothpick. If it still has a bit of give, cook for an additional 5-10 minutes.
- Remove from the air fryer and allow to cool for 5 minutes. Cut them in half or cut a slit along the top. Add your preferred toppings and serve.
All air fryers have different wattage and may cook at different rates. You may need to adjust the time or temp for the best results.
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Laura is a passionate foodie and owner of Air Fry Anytime She is dedicated to sharing delicious recipes and helpful tips for using air fryers at home. With years of experience in the kitchen and a love for healthy, flavorful cooking, Laura has become an expert at using air fryers to create amazing meals that are both nutritious and delicious.