Air Fryer Baked Potato Recipe

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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!

Two air fryer baked potatoes with butter, salt, and pepper in an air fryer basket.

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!

Potatoes, salt, oil, fork, and brush on a marble surface.

Ingredients

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.

Equipment

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.

Step-by-Step Instructions

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.

Potatoes arranged in air fryer basket.

Arrange the potatoes in the air fryer basket to make sure that the air can easily circulate around the potatoes.

Baked potatoes in an air fryer basket.

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.

Storage Tips

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

  • Butter
  • Sour Cream
  • Cheese
  • Chives
  • Chili

Leftover Makeover

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

5 from 9 votes
This Air Fryer Baked Potato Recipe makes 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!
Prep Time: 3 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 33 minutes
Servings: 4

Equipment

Ingredients 

  • 4 medium Russet potatoes, scrubbed clean and dried
  • 2 teaspoons olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt

Optional Toppings

  • Butter
  • Sour Cream
  • Cheese
  • fresh herbs

Instructions 

  • 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. 

Notes

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.

Nutrition

Serving: 1potato | Calories: 121kcal | Carbohydrates: 24g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 2g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 605mg | Fiber: 2g | Vitamin C: 12.1mg | Calcium: 28mg | Iron: 1.8mg

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

Enjoy!
Robyn xo

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42 Comments

  1. Sidney says:

    Hi, I am just getting my air fryer and will be glad to try these baked potatoes, thanks.

    1. Robyn Stone says:

      I hope you enjoy, Sidney!

  2. Sandra England says:

    5 stars
    Delicious, thanks

  3. Deb Stutz says:

    a what degrees should they be?

    1. Robyn Stone says:

      Deb, I’m sorry you missed it but the instructions for temperature and time are in Instruction 2 of the recipe. The temperature is 390º F.

  4. debra ronck says:

    Love love love this recipe

    1. Robyn Stone says:

      Thanks, Debra!

  5. Terry Getchell says:

    In case anyone wants to know, potatoes are perfectly done when they are at 210 degrees. I hate burning my fingers so I just poke them with my thermometer. Easy peasy

  6. Victoria says:

    5 stars
    The airfryer is currently in the dishwasher! I will be giving these a go in about 45 minutes! I can’t wait will let you know how they turn out! Thanks for the recipe.

    1. Robyn Stone says:

      Hope you enjoy, Victoria!

  7. Jeannine Meador says:

    5 stars
    I made these last night and not only were they absolutely beautiful to look at they were the best baked potatoes ever. Never again will I do the microwave when in a hurry or have to heat up the kitchen with the big oven for two potatoes. Thank you so much for sharing. One of these potatoes, loaded…its a meal!!!!

    1. Robyn Stone says:

      I’m so glad this worked so well for you, too, Jeannine. I love baking my potatoes in the air fryer. Thanks!

  8. Annie says:

    If the recipe is for 4 potatoes and we only cook 2 do we ajust the cook time in 1/2? Thanks

    1. Deb says:

      I’d like to know the answer about possibly less time too. 😯

    2. Robyn Stone says:

      I would follow the recipe instructions and check the potatoes for doneness at 30 minutes…it’s possible they may need the additional minutes as noted in the recipe or they could be done at that point. Thanks so much! Enjoy! xo

  9. Tiffany Y. says:

    5 stars
    It came out perfect! Thanks!

    1. Robyn Stone says:

      I’m happy to hear this, Tiffany! Thanks!

  10. Penny says:

    5 stars
    Shouldn’t the nutrition portion be 1 potato per serving? Going to try this recipe tonight. Thanks.