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Air Fryer Baked Potato

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This air fryer potato recipe results in delicious potatoes that come out with perfectly crispy skin and a soft, fluffy texture inside.
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  1. Air Fryer Baked Potato Ingredients
  2. How to Make This Air Fryer Baked Potato Recipe
  3. How To Serve
  4. Storage
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There’s no need to preheat your oven for this easy air fryer baked potato recipe, and you’ll have perfectly cooked and delicious potatoes without all the fuss. Resulting in a crispy skin and fluffy interior, this is sure to become your go-to method for making this classic dish.

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Air Fryer Baked Potato Ingredients

Air Fryer Baked Potato raw ingredients that are labeled

You’ll need:

  • 3 to 4 Russet potatoes (depending on how many will fit in your air fryer)
  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
  • Sea salt, to taste

SUBSTITUTIONS AND ADDITIONS

SEASONING: You can also rub black pepper onto the skin. I like to use sea salt and coarse black pepper.

How to Make This Air Fryer Baked Potato Recipe

OUR RECIPE DEVELOPER SAYS

The air fryer will cook a potato with a delicious, crispy skin, maybe even better than in the oven. The oil on the skin aids in a crispy exterior, but you do not have to use oil on the skin. You can follow the recipe as is and omit the oil and salt. Note that the oil helps hold the salt on the skin, so if you skip the oil, you’re skipping the salt too.

STEP ONE: Clean the potatoes well by scrubbing them under running water. Pat dry with a clean kitchen towel or paper towel.

STEP TWO: Poke holes in the potatoes all over with a fork.

potatoes pricked with a fork

STEP THREE: Brush or rub oil over the entire outside of the potatoes and sprinkle with sea salt (sprinkle salt as liberally as you’d like).

oil brushed over the entire potatoes and sprinkle salt

STEP FOUR: Place the prepared potatoes in a single layer in the basket of the air fryer (there should be a bit of room between the potatoes, do not overcrowd them).

PRO TIP:

You do not need to line the air fryer basket, and do not place the potatoes on a plate or anything in the basket. Allowing the hot air to swirl up and around all sides of the potato will produce the best results.

STEP FIVE: Cook at 400°F for 30 minutes, then turn and continue cooking for 10 to 15 minutes more.

PRO TIP:

Test that the potato is done by gently pressing a fork into it. If the fork goes into the potato easily, the potato is done. If you feel resistance in the center of the potato, go ahead and cook for 5 minutes longer.

put potatoes on a air fryer

STEP SIX: The cooking time will vary slightly depending on the size of your potatoes, the air fryer model, and the number of potatoes in the air fryer basket.

How To Serve

These air fryer baked potatoes are best served with all of your favorite toppings. Try sour cream, cheddar cheese, bacon bits, and green onions to take this delicious side dish to the next level. Enjoy the potatoes along with oven baked chicken and simple sauteed vegetables.

Air fryer recipes cook things in a fraction of the time an oven takes. Check out our air fryer fried chicken and air fryer pizzas for two great choices.

Storage

IN THE FRIDGE: Store air fryer potatoes in an airtight container in the refrigerator for 3 to 4 days.

IN THE FREEZER: Freeze air fryer potatoes in an airtight freezer-safe storage container for up to 3 months. Let thaw overnight in the refrigerator before reheating.

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Air frying takes much less time than oven-baked potatoes but still gives you the perfect baked potato. Add your favorite toppings and serve along with your favorite entrees, and you may never want to use any other cooking method again.

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Can I freeze air fryer baked potatoes?

This easy recipe can be kept in the freezer for up to three months when stored in an airtight container.

How do I know that the baked potato in the air fryer is done?

Using a fork, you will want to pierce the potato. If the fork goes into the potato without any resistance, it is ready to enjoy.

What are the best potatoes to use for this recipe?

This method works best for russet potatoes and Yukon gold potatoes.

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This air fryer potato recipe results in delicious potatoes that come out with perfectly crispy skin and a soft, fluffy texture inside.
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 40 minutes
Total Time 45 minutes
Servings 3

Ingredients
  

  • 3 to 4 Russett potatoes, depending on how many will fit in your air fryer
  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
  • Sea salt, to taste

Instructions
 

  • Clean potatoes well by scrubbing them under running water. Pat dry with a clean towel.
  • Prick the potatoes all over with a fork
  • Brush or rub oil over the entire outside of the potatoes and sprinkle with sea salt (sprinkle salt as liberally as you’d like.)
  • Place the prepared potatoes in a single layer in the basket of the air fryer (there should be a bit of room between the potatoes, do not overcrowd.)
  • Cook at 400°F for 30 minutes, then turn and continue cooking 10-15 minutes more.
  • Cook time will vary slightly depending on the size of the potatoes and the number of potatoes in the air fryer basket.

Notes

  • The air fryer will cook a potato with a delicious, crispy skin, maybe even better than in the oven. The oil on the skin aids in a crispy exterior, but you do not have to use oil on the skin.  You can follow the recipe as is and omit the oil and salt. Note that the oil helps hold the salt on the skin, so if you skip the oil, you’re skipping the salt too.
  • You do not need to line the air fryer basket, and do not place the potatoes on a plate or anything in the basket. Allowing the hot air to swirl up and around all sides of the potato will produce the best results.
  • Test that the potato is done by gently pressing a fork into it. If the fork goes into the potato easily, the potato is done. If you feel resistance in the center of the potato, go ahead and cook for 5 minutes longer.  

Nutrition

Calories: 164kcal | Carbohydrates: 37g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 0.2g | Saturated Fat: 0.1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 0.003g | Sodium: 13mg | Potassium: 897mg | Fiber: 5g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 4IU | Vitamin C: 42mg | Calcium: 26mg | Iron: 2mg
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