If you love restaurant-style baked potatoes, then you’re going to love these easy air fryer baked potatoes! The air fryer cooks the potatoes perfectly crispy skin and fluffy insides. With just a few simple steps, I will show you how to make the best baked potatoes you’ve ever had!
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If you’re new to air frying, baked potatoes are one of the easiest and first recipes that you need to try. Cooking baked potatoes in the air fryer saves you time and the air fryer really flexes its muscles to show what it can do.
Perfectly crispy skin and fluffy insides on the potatoes, less cook time than a traditional oven, not to mention that you don’t have to heat up your kitchen on a hot summer day.
We love our air fryer and one of our favorite recipes is our game day air fryer buffalo cauliflower. Made with Frank’s Red Hot Sauce, the cauliflower turns nice and crispy. Try them for your next party!
Why you’ll love this recipe
- You will save time by using the air fryer instead of the oven.
- Once you try them in the air fryer, you will never want oven-baked potatoes again!
- If you love eating the skin on baked potatoes, there is nothing better than an air fryer for crispy skin!
- So easy! You don’t need alminum foil. Simply rub them with oil, sprinkle with salt and cook them in the air fryer basket.
- Potatoes – I highly recommend using Russet potatoes as they have a lovely thick skin and are starchy potatoes. You can also use Yukon Gold potatoes as a substitute.
- Olive oil – you can also substitute avocado oil.
- Salt – use sea salt, kosher salt, table salt.
- Optional – Butter and sour cream and chives.
How to make baked potatoes in the air fryer
Scrub potatoes under cold running water then thoroughly dry with a towel.
Poke the top of the potato five or six times with a sharp paring knife. Rub with oil and sprinkle all over with salt. ( I like to give them a sprinkle of pepper too).
Work with clean hands to rub the oil all over the potatoes is an easy way to ensure an even coverage, resulting in a nice crispy skin on the baked potatoes.
Add the potatoes to the air fryer basket, leaving space between them. We used the Ninja XL air fryer but you can use any brand. Cooking times may vary a little.
Cook the potatoes in air fryer at 400°F for 40 to 50 minutes, rotating after 30 minutes. Test them with a fork. The fork should easily slide through to the center. Small potatoes will take less time and larger potatoes may take longer.
Favorite toppings for baked potatoes
There is no doubt that a pat of butter, salt and pepper are likely the favorites for baked potatoes. Sour cream, Greek yogurt, Parmesan cheese, cheddar, fresh or dried chives and bacon are all great choices.
My top tips for making baked potatoes in an air fryer
- Use tongs for safety to remove the baked potatoes from the air fryer basket. It will be very hot. Silicone tongs are highly recommended and will not scratch the basket.
- Cooking time may vary depending on the size of the potato. Test them with a fork to ensure that they are fully cooked.
Storage and freezing instructions
Store cooled potatoes in an airtight container, or wrapped in plastic wrap for three to four days.
To freeze, wrap cooled potatoes in aluminum foil and place in an airtight container for up to three months.
How to reheat frozen baked potatoes in an air fryer
Reheating the baked potatoes in the air fryer will make them nice and crispy again. Preheat the air fryer to 350°F. Remove the wrap from potatoes and place in air fryer bakset and heat for three to four minutes, or until they’re hot through to the middle. Test with a fork in the center.