This air fryer baked potato recipe seriously makes the best baked potatoes we’ve ever tried! The skin is crispy and salty but the flesh is light and fluffy. Plus, they’re really quick and easy to make. We’ll never make baked potatoes any other way than in the air fryer!
Why This Recipe Is So Good
- Baked potatoes cooked in the air fryer are so soft, tender, and evenly cooked (no hard, cool spots in the middle!). They are the perfect side with steak, chicken, or even a salad, or delicious on their own, smothered in toppings.
- Making baked potatoes in the air fryer is simply the easiest way to get perfectly cooked potatoes every single time.
- Air fried baked potatoes are absolutely delicious with salt, pepper, and a little butter, but there are so many ways to customize your loaded baked potato. Add salsa, sour cream, and jalapeños for a Mexican twist. Try BBQ sauce and chicken, or feta and cooked spinach. The possibilities are nearly endless!
How To Make It
- Wash and scrub the potatoes, then dry with a paper towel. Transfer to a bowl. Poke each potato with a fork. Rub the entire potato with oil and season with sea salt.
- Place the potatoes in Air Fryer and cook at 400º F for 30-45 minutes. After 30 minutes, check the potatoes by poking it with a fork. A fork will pierce an entire potato when it’s ready.
- When finished cooking, remove the potatoes from the air fryer. Use a knife to cut a slit down the center of each potato. With a towel or oven mitts covering your hands, press down the sides. This will help the steam to escape.
- Top your potato with whatever toppings you like. Check out the notes for some healthy topping ideas.
- We cooked our potatoes for 30 minutes, poked them, and they were still firm. After another 10 minutes, they were ready, but your time may vary based on the make and model of your air fryer.
- Poking your potatoes well with a fork is super important! It allows water in the form of steam to escape the potato instead of boiling and making the potato explode.
- Greek yogurt or sour cream
- ranch dressing
- cherry tomatoes
- cheese, like cheddar, feta, or even queso
- cooked spinach
- turkey chili
- barbecue sauce
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- 4 russet potatoes 6-8 ounces each
- 1 tablespoon oil like avocado
- 1 tablespoon coarse sea salt
- Air fryer
- Wash and scrub the potatoes. Dry with paper towel and transfer to a bowl. Poke each potato with a fork, then rub entire potato with oil and season with sea salt.
- Place potatoes in Air Fryer and cook at 400º F 30-45 minutes. After 30 minutes, test potatoes with fork. Fork will pierce an entire potato when ready.
- Remove the potatoes from air fryer when cooked. Use knife to cut slit down the center. With a towel or oven mitts covering your hands, press down the sides to help steam escape.
- Top potato as desired and serve.
- Nutrition: Please note that nutrition is for one potato without toppings.
- Cook time: Ours was 40 minutes total. Yours may vary depending on make and model of air fryer.
- Poking potatoes with fork: Important as will allow steam to escape and keep potato from exploding.
- Topping ideas: Greek yogurt or sour cream, broccoli, avocado, ranch dressing, pesto, cherry tomatoes, cheddar cheese, feta, queso, cooked spinach, olives, jalapenos, turkey chili, chicken, salsa, chives, bacon, barbecue sauce, onions, guacamole
Number of total servings shown is approximate. Actual number of servings will depend on your preferred portion sizes.
Nutritional values shown are general guidelines and reflect information for 1 serving using the ingredients listed, not including any optional ingredients. Actual macros may vary slightly depending on specific brands and types of ingredients used.
To determine the weight of one serving, prepare the recipe as instructed. Weigh the finished recipe, then divide the weight of the finished recipe (not including the weight of the container the food is in) by the desired number of servings. Result will be the weight of one serving.