This Air Fryer Baked Potato Recipe gives you baked potatoes with a crispy, flavorful outside and fluffy, tender inside that are quick, easy, and delicious. Learn how to cook a baked potato in the air fryer that is perfect every time!
Why You’ll Love This Recipe
These easy air fryer baked potatoes are made with 3 ingredients and ready in about 30 minutes! A delicious, fluffy baked potato with crispy skin worthy of any restaurant baked potato!
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For this recipe, you’ll need just three basic ingredients.
- Potatoes – You can technically make baked potatoes using any potato, but I believe the absolute BEST baked potatoes are made using Russet potatoes. Look for medium to large-sized potatoes without bruises, blemishes, or sprouts. A medium russet potato weighs between 5 to 10 ounces. The cooking time can vary depending on the size of your potatoes.
- Olive Oil – Use your favorite olive oil. Brushing the olive oil onto the exterior of the cleaned potato gives the air fryer baked potato a crispy exterior. You can also substitute with avocado oil if you prefer.
- Salt – I use kosher salt, but you can use your favorite salt. Salting the outside of the potato once you have brushed it with olive oil makes for a crispy, salty skin that is delicious when air fried!
Be sure to see the recipe card below for the full listing of ingredients, instructions, notes, and estimated nutritional information.
You’ll want to see how many fit comfortably in your air fryer without overstuffing and make sure there is good airflow all around the potatoes. Don’t have an air fryer? You will also love my how-to guide for baked potatoes in the oven, Instant Pot “baked” potatoes, and slow cooker “baked” potatoes. If you prefer sweet potatoes, you can use my recipes for baked sweet potatoes and Instant Pot “baked” sweet potatoes.
Prep potatoes. Scrub the potatoes well to make sure that they are clean. Dry them and then prick them with a fork or sharp knife on both sides of the potato. Since potatoes contain water which will turn to steam (water vapor) as the potato cooks, the potato builds up pressure as it cooks. Pricking holes in the potato’s skin releases this pressure and prevents the potato’s skin from bursting as it cooks. Brush or rub them with olive oil and then sprinkle them with salt.
Arrange the potatoes in the air fryer basket to make sure that the air can easily circulate around the potatoes.
Cook. Set the heat setting to 400º F and set the timer for 30 minutes. At 30 minutes, I like to open the air fryer and gently press on the sides of the potatoes or pierce them with a sharp paring knife. If they give easily, then they are done. If not, I close the air fryer and cook them for up to 10 minutes more. You can also use an instant-read thermometer to test for doneness. The internal temperature of a baked potato should be 208º F to 211º F.
To store. Cool completely and store in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3 days. Reheat in the air fryer, microwave, or oven until warm throughout.
To freeze. Cook as directed and cool completely. Wrap each potato in foil and place them into a freezer-safe zip-top bag. Remove as much air as possible and seal the bag. Freeze for up to 3 months. To serve, allow to thaw in the refrigerator overnight and then reheat in the air fryer, microwave, or oven until warm throughout.
Favorite Baked Potato Toppings
- Sour Cream
Turn your leftover baked potatoes into twice-baked potatoes, loaded potato skins, or potato soup, or even dice them and quickly cook them in a skillet for homemade diced potatoes for breakfast burritos or hashbrown casserole.
Here is my Air Fryer Baked Potatoes Recipe. I hope you love it as much as we do!
Air Fryer Baked Potato Recipe
- 4 medium Russet potatoes, scrubbed clean and dried
- 2 teaspoons olive oil
- 1 teaspoon kosher salt
- Sour Cream
- fresh herbs
- Prick each of the potatoes with a fork or sharp knife. Brush or rub the potatoes with olive oil and sprinkle with salt. Then, arrange the potatoes in the air fryer basket, leaving ample room around the potatoes for the air to circulate as the potatoes cook.
- Set the heat to 400º F and the timer for 30 minutes. At 30 minutes, pull open the air fryer and gently press on the sides of the potato or prick the center with a sharp paring knife. If it easily yields, the potato is done. If not, return it to the basket and set the timer for up to 10 more minutes.
- Split open the baked potatoes with a knife and add your preferred toppings.
Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.