Air Fryer Baked Potatoes are simply THE BEST. Perfectly crispy skin with soft fluffy insides, simply add your fave toppings for comfort food perfection! Be warned: this may turn out to be your new favorite way to make jacket potatoes.
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Air Fryer Baked Potatoes is, hands down, the BEST way to cook them. And is there anything better than a baked potato? Salt, butter, sour cream, chives or chopped green onions, cheddar cheese, a sprinkling of bacon bits, salsa, shredded pork, cooked mushrooms – it’s the perfect vehicle for any of your favorite toppings.
It can be the perfect side dish or your main meal. You probably already have all of the ingredients in your kitchen. And it’s a good source of vitamins, minerals, carbohydrates and fiber (just make sure you eat the potato skin ).
This air fryer baked potato recipe is the simple solution for all your baked potato needs – in fact, this easy recipe may produce the best baked potatoes we’ve ever had, with fluffy insides and the crispy potato skins that make all the difference.
Plus, it’s more economical since there’s no need to use an oven when all you want is a delicious baked potato treat!
There’s very little mess, the results are amazing, and prep time is minimal, and even though total time for cooking is around 45 minutes, that gives you plenty of time to get on with other dishes.
WHAT YOU WILL NEED
- Baking potatoes – The type of potato you decide to use can vary, from Russet potatoes to Maris Pipers or Idaho potatoes, but the goal is to produce insides that are tender and fluffy, and wonderfully crispy golden skin.
- Coarse sea salt
- Black pepper
- You can also add some garlic powder, Cajun seasoning and paprika to give your baked potatoes a more spicy twist.
HOW TO MAKE AIR FRYER BAKED POTATOES
Full measurements and instructions can be found on the printable recipe card at the bottom of the page. Please take a look at the steps and video before attempting this recipe!
STEP 1: Give the potatoes a good scrub under cold water then dry well with a paper towel.
STEP 2: Pierce the skin all over with a fork or sharp knife. This allows steam to escape the potato during the cooking process.
STEP 3: Cover the potatoes with oil for a crispy skin (a little olive oil or avocado oil which has a high smoke point), and about a teaspoon of coarse salt and black pepper.
STEP 4: Pre-heat your air fryer to 400°F/200°C. Once preheated, spray the basket with oil and then place the potatoes in the air fryer basket. Air fry them for 45-50 minutes, flipping them at the halfway point.
STEP 5: Be sure to check the potatoes are baked by piercing the crisp skin with a sharp knife. There should be no resistance, which is important, otherwise the middle might still be a bit hard.
STEP 6: Slice the potatoes in half and use a fork to fluff the insides. Add a little butter plus salt and pepper to taste. Serve hot with your preferred toppings.
Potatoes are a great side dish and (good news!) they’re also low in calories, contain no fat or cholesterol and they’re sodium-free – just keep that in mind when you’re deciding on those toppings!
Rather than drowning it in salt and butter, maybe consider a sensible protein, like sliced chicken breast or other lean meat.
If you’re looking for hearty, “loaded” baked potato topping options, we can very highly recommend this Healthy Chilli recipe – a firm fave in this household, with a dollop of soured cream on the side.
Alternatively, you can try out different veggie options for toppings, like our vegan Bolognese, wilted spinach to cooked broccoli or roasted squash.
HOW LONG DO AIR FRYER BAKED POTATOES TAKE?
If you are using particularly large potatoes, you will probably need to add 5-10 minutes to the cooking time and check they’re done by piercing them with a fork or sharp knife when you think they are ready.
Exact cook times can also depend on the type of air fryer you’re using – we’ve found some run at higher temperatures than others, so it’s a good idea to keep an eye on them the first time you make them.
SPEED IT UP HACK
You can speed up the process with your microwave. Poke holes in the potatoes per usual, then wrap them in a kitchen towel and place them in a microwave-safe bowl. Drizzle another kitchen towel with a bit of water and cover the wrapped potato.
Microwave on high heat for six minutes, flipping the potato after three minutes. Finish with 10 minutes cooking time in the air fryer on 180°C / 3. All the goodness in a fraction of the time!
You can also make them in your slow cooker – check out my Slow Cooker Baked Potatoes or Lazy Slow Cooker Mashed Potato recipes for inspiration.
Potatoes are super versatile, you can roast them (try out my Greek Lemon Potatoes), mash, fry, steam, boil, bake, make them into waffles – the options are endless.
REHEATING BAKED POTATOES
Air fryers are ideal for reheating baked potatoes – reheating them is as simple as popping them back in the air fryer until hot enough to eat. To avoid the skins becoming too crispy, just wrap each one in aluminum foil and air fry for around 10 minutes. They should taste just as good the second time round!
STORING AND FREEZING
Once your baked potatoes have cooled, you can wrap each one in alluminum foil and store them in an airtight container in the refrigerator.
While you can freeze baked potatoes, it’s not really recommended because they contain water, which can form crystals when frozen and mess with the taste and texture.
If you do decide to freeze them, wrap them in foil, store them in an airtight container and consume them within a month of freezing. In either case, store the potatoes separate from any toppings.
Air Fryer Baked Potatoes
Equipment & Tools
- 4 baking potatoes
- 3 tbsp olive oil or avocado oil
- 1 tsp sea salt flakes
- 1/2 tsp freshly ground black pepper
- salted butter
- salt and pepper to taste
- Give the potatoes a good scrub under cold water then dry well with a paper towel.4 baking potatoes
- Pierce the skin all over with a fork or sharp knife. This allows steam to escape the potato during the cooking process.
- Drizzle the potatoes with the oil and sprinkle with the salt and pepper, turning to cover,3 tbsp olive oil, 1 tsp sea salt flakes, 1/2 tsp freshly ground black pepper
- Pre-heat your air fryer to 400°F/200°C. Once preheated, spray the basket with oil and then place the potatoes in the air fryer basket. Air fry them for 45-50 minutes, flipping them at the halfway point.
- Be sure to check the potatoes are baked by piercing the crisp skin with a sharp knife – there should be no resistance. If the middle feels a bit hard, add a few minutes to the cooking time and check again.
- Slice the potatoes in half lengthwise and fluff the interior with a fork. Add a little butter to each potato, plus salt and pepper to taste. Serve as they are or with your favorite toppings.salt and pepper, salted butter