Crispy on the outside and fluffy on the inside, these air fryer baked potatoes are my new favorite side dish and they are ridiculously easy to make.

baked potato that's sliced in half with butter melting in the middle and pepper sprinkled on top

Do you have an air fryer yet?! If so, you’re gonna LOVE this recipe. If not, you gotta get one just so you can make this recipe!

I love a good baked potato but it’s so hard to get it just right in the oven. And the skin is never crispy enough for my liking.

With the air fryer, you will get a crispy skin and fluffy potato on the inside every time.

Plus, all you need is 40-50 minutes of hands off air fry time AND it frees up oven space so you can cook your protein or veggies in there and not have to worry about coordinating temperature and time.

I’ve been slowly but surely using my air fryer for mostly chicken wings (SO GOOD) and of course my air fryer zucchini chips which are BOMB.

Ingredients You’ll Need

Notes on Ingredients

Potatoes: You can technically use any type of potato for baked potatoes but I like russet potatoes the best. They are starchier than other varieties which makes them great for baking or frying as they are more absorbent. Plus, their skins are thicker which helps them to crisp up better!

baked potato that's sliced in half with sour cream and two baked potatoes on another plate

How to Make Baked Potatoes in the Air Fryer

Talk about the easiest recipe ever. You only need 3 ingredients and like a minute of prep time.

You’ll want to rub your potatoes first with olive oil so they are evenly coated. Then, generously sprinkle salt all over because we all know you can’t eat a potato without salt.

Poke a few holes on each side of the potato. Place them in your air fryer and set the temperature to 400 degrees F and you’ll cook them for 40-50 minutes, depending on how large your potatoes are. I found 40-45 minutes worked well for medium potatoes and 45-50 minutes worked better for large potatoes.

Slice open once cool enough to touch and top with your favorite toppings! I included some topping suggestions below.

three potatoes placed inside of an air fryer three potatoes placed inside of an air fryer

Recipe FAQs

How long do I cook baked potatoes for in the air fryer?

It depends on the size! I found 400 degrees for 40-45 minutes worked well for medium potatoes and 45-50 minutes worked better for large potatoes.

What type of air fryer do you have?

I use a Phillips XXL Air Fryer which has a 3lb / 4 qt capacity. I did a lot of research and asked colleagues and friends for recommendations and this one came out on top. (Affiliate link – at no additional cost to you, I will earn a small commission if you click through and make a purchase)

Do I really need to poke holes in the baked potatoes?

Poking holes in potatoes before baking or air frying allows steam to escape while cooking and prevents the potatoes from exploding. I think it’s pretty rare that a potato would explode but do you really want to take the chance for an extra minute of prep? I tested both ways and thought the potatoes cooked better when I poked holes in them. So I say poke away!

baked potato that's sliced in half with sour cream and sliced scallions on top

Toppings Suggestions for Baked Potatoes

Salt and pepper is always a must but here are some other toppings to consider!

  • Butter
  • Sour cream
  • Green onion
  • Ranch dressing
  • Salsa
  • Black beans
  • Cottage cheese
  • Greek yogurt
  • Shredded cheddar cheese
  • Guacamole
  • Bacon
  • Chili

Mix and match a few of the above toppings for the ultimate baked potato!

baked potato that's sliced in half with sour cream and sliced scallions on top

For more potato inspiration, check out my recipes below!

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Air Fryer Baked Potatoes


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  • Author: Kara @ The Foodie Dietitian
  • Prep Time: 2 minutes
  • Cook Time: 45 minutes
  • Total Time: 47 minutes
  • Yield: 3 potatoes 1x
  • Diet: Gluten Free

Description

Crispy on the outside and fluffy on the inside, these air fryer baked potatoes are my new favorite side dish and they are ridiculously easy to make.


Ingredients

Scale
  • 3 russet potatoes, scrubbed and dried
  • Olive oil
  • Salt

Instructions

  1. Poke a few holes on each side of your potatoes.
  2. Using your hands, rub each potato with olive oil.
  3. Sprinkle each potato with salt.
  4. Place potatoes in air fryer basket and set to 400 degrees F for 40-50 minutes, or until fork tender. Medium potatoes will need 40-45 minutes and large potatoes will need 45-50 minutes.
  5. Slice and serve warm with your favorite toppings.

Notes

  1. Here are some fun toppings suggestions for your baked potatoes! Butter, Sour cream, Chives, Ranch dressing, Salsa, Black beans, Cottage cheese, Greek yogurt, Shredded cheddar cheese, Guacamole, Bacon, Chili
  • Category: Side dish
  • Method: Air Fryer
  • Cuisine: Potatoes

Keywords: air fryer baked potatoes, air fryer baked potato, how to make baked potatoes in air fryer

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