These Air Fryer Baked Potatoes have perfectly salty crispy skins on the outside and are fluffy inside. It's a quick and easy healthy side dish that pairs well with any protein!
- ❤️ Why You'll Love This Air Fryer Baked Potatoes Recipe
- 🛒 Ingredients for Air Fryer Potatoes
- 🔪 How to Make the Best Baked Potatoes
- ☑️ Storage Instructions
- 🍴 What to Serve with Air Fryer Baked Potatoes
- 🔄 Best Baked Potato Toppings
- Why use an Air Fryer to make baked potatoes?
- Do I need to wrap the potatoes in foil before air frying?
- What Potatoes are best for baking potatoes?
- How many potatoes can I bake in the Air Fryer?
- Do I have to use oil on the potatoes?
- Can I prepare baked potatoes in advance?
- 🍽️ More Air Fryer Recipes
❤️ Why You'll Love This Air Fryer Baked Potatoes Recipe
- Perfectly fluffy potatoes with crispy skins
- Made easily with minimal prep work
- No need to turn your big oven on
- Easy healthy side dish, great for busy weeknights
- Add all your favorite toppings
Baked potatoes are a classic favorite side dish to make. Traditionally you would bake them in the oven, usually wrapped in aluminum foil, for about an hour. In the summer months, this isn’t ideal as your oven will heat up your entire kitchen. Enter the greatest countertop appliance ever: the air fryer!
Making potatoes in the air fryer shaves off some of the cooking time, doesn’t cause a heatwave in your kitchen and cleanup is a snap! And you certainly won’t sacrifice those perfectly salty crispy skins either, because this air fryer baked potatoes recipe will give you just that!
Once you’re baked potatoes are ready, top with your favorite toppings like butter, sour cream, maybe even go fully loaded with cheddar cheese and crumbled crispy bacon!
Potatoes are a healthy vegetable that can be used in so many other recipes like these Garlic Potatoes and Green Beans, Sweet Potato Red Onion Puff Pastry Tart, Easy Sweet Potato and Chickpea Curry or my Cheesy Mushroom and Leek Potato Pie.
🛒 Ingredients for Air Fryer Potatoes
- Russet potatoes
- Olive oil
- Sea salt
*Exact measurements are listed in the recipe card below.
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🔪 How to Make the Best Baked Potatoes
Preheat air fryer to 390°F for 4 minutes.
Wash and dry your potatoes. Piece each potato several times using a fork or the tip of a sharp knife.
Rub all sides of each potato with the olive oil and sprinkle with the sea salt, making sure all sides are evenly coated.
Place them in your air fryer basket, be sure they do not touch each other so the air can circulate around them.
Air fry for 35-40 minutes or until cooked through. Cooking times will depend on the size of your potatoes. If they are on the smaller side, check them at the 30 minute mark, while larger potatoes might take closer to 45 minutes.
Remove from the air fryer and allow to cool slightly before cutting into them. Add your favorite toppings and serve.
☑️ Storage Instructions
Store in an airtight container for 3-4 days.
🍴 What to Serve with Air Fryer Baked Potatoes
Baked potatoes pair so well with pretty much any protein that you like. Here are some that work really well:
- Cast Iron Steak and Mushrooms
- Air Fryer Pesto Salmon
- Bone-in Pork Chops
- Paprika Chicken Thighs
- French Onion Chicken
🔄 Best Baked Potato Toppings
The great thing about baked potatoes is they are mild in flavor and can serve as a blank canvas for just about any flavors you'd like to add. The possibilities for toppings to add on a baked potato are truly endless. Here are some of my favorites:
- Sour cream, butter, salt and pepper
- Pork Carnitas
- Buffalo Chicken
- Pulled Pork
- Mixed veggies
- Cheeses like Cheddar, Gruyere, Monterey Jack or Pepper Jack
Why use an Air Fryer to make baked potatoes?
Air frying is undoubtedly faster than using a conventional oven. Because Air Fryers heat up very quickly, the circulating air means that food will get perfectly browned and crisp evenly all over. It's also nice to not have to turn on your big oven, especially in the warmer months.
Do I need to wrap the potatoes in foil before air frying?
No. If you wrap the potatoes in foil, you won't get that nice crispy skin.
What Potatoes are best for baking potatoes?
Russet potatoes are my #1 choice for air frying. You can also use sweet potatoes, as I did in this Air Fryer Sweet Potatoes recipe!
How many potatoes can I bake in the Air Fryer?
Most air fryer baskets can accommodate 3-4 potatoes, again depending on size. Don't overcrowd as the air fryer needs room for air flow around the potatoes. The cooking time remains the same no matter how many potatoes are being cooked.
Do I have to use oil on the potatoes?
You can eliminate this step, but the potatoes will have a less crispy skin, purely optional and your choice.
Can I prepare baked potatoes in advance?
Yes, just air fry the potatoes, cool and keep in the fridge, they should be okay for up to 3 days. Reheat quick and easy in the microwave.
You can also prepare these Air Fryer Sweet Potatoes in advance!
Also be sure to try these air fryer Greek potatoes! They're crispy on the outside and fluffy inside, plus they are Vegan!
🍽️ More Air Fryer Recipes
- Air Fryer Sweet Potatoes
- Air Fryer Roasted Garlic
- Air Fryer Pesto Salmon
- Air Fryer Frozen Shrimp
- Air Fryer Bone-in Pork Chops
Air Fryer Baked Potatoes
- Preheat your air fryer for 4 minutes at 390°F.
- Wash and dry your potatoes. Piece each potato several times using a fork or the tip of a sharp knife.
- Rub all sides of each potato with the olive oil and sprinkle with the sea salt, making sure all sides are evenly coated.
- Place them in your air fryer basket, be sure they do not touch each other so the air can circulate around them.
- Air fry for 35-40 minutes or until cooked through. Cooking times will depend on the size of your potatoes. If they are on the smaller side, check them at the 30 minute mark, while larger potatoes might take closer to 45 minutes.
- Remove from the air fryer and allow to cool slightly before cutting into them. Add your favorite toppings and serve.
*Make sure to scroll up and read the post for substitutions, additions and helpful tips for making this recipe.
*Nutritional data is provided as a courtesy and is accurate to the best of my knowledge. You can verify it using the nutrition calculator of your choice. All data is based on net carbs, without sugar alcohol: Swerve, Erythritol, Monk Fruit or Allulose.
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*Originally published on April 1, 2021, updated on October 20, 2023 with new photos, new recipe information and helpful tips.