Air Fryer Baked Potato

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Need an easy side dish? Make an Air Fryer Baked Potato. Get crispy skin and delicious flavor without turning on the oven.

Have you caught on to the air fryer craze yet?

Here’s the deal with me. I always latch on to new kitchen gadgets rather quickly, but then because it takes time to learn how to use them, they tend to sit in my pantry for a few months before I touch them.

Ooops.

baked potato with sour cream

I probably had an air fryer for a full 6 months before actually unboxing it. But when I finally did, the first thing I made was an air fryer baked potato. I tend to start easy and this baked potato recipe was one of the easiest to try!

Can I make baked potatoes in an air fryer?

Yes, yes and yes!! Although we love our in-the-oven best baked potato recipe, these potatoes are a close second. You won’t save a ton of time, although you don’t have to wait for the oven to heat up which is nice.

The skin still gets crispy on air fryer potatoes, which is one of our favorite parts of a baked potato!

Are air fried potatoes healthy?

Air fried potatoes can be healthier than other potatoes if you are used to frying them in oil.

In this recipe, we still rub oil on the potatoes to help with flavor and texture. However, if you’d like, you can skip that step or spray the potatoes with an olive oil cooking spray to make them lower in fat.

If you’re watching calories, be careful of those baked potato toppings. The calories can add up on those!

Best Potato for Baked Potato

What is the best potato for a baked potato? Russet potatoes.

Russets have a firm skin that will help hold the baked potato together. They are a starchy potato which gives them a great fluffy texture (rather than waxy) after baking.

How to Cook a Baked Potato in an Air Fryer

  • Wash and dry the potatoes.
  • Pierce the potato 2-3 times with a fork. Do you have to poke potatoes? Yes! You run the risk of them exploding (and having a HUGE mess) if you’ don’t.
  • Rub oil all over the potatoes.
potatoes on cutting board
  • Rub salt all over the potatoes. We prefer coarse sea salt or pink himalayan salt.
  • Place the potatoes in the basket of the air fryer. Don’t crowd them. They should have air circulating between the them.
potatoes in an air fryer
  • Set the temperature to 390º Fahrenheit. Cook the potatoes for a total of about 50-55 minutes. Turn the potatoes once during cooking so they brown equally on all sides. This will also help with air flow
  • The exact baking time will depend on how large the potatoes are. The potato should be tender inside if you poke a fork into it.
sliced open baked potato in a bowl

Can I put aluminum foil in the air fryer?

Officially, yes you can put aluminum in the air fryer. However, the purpose of the air fryer is to allow air to circulate all around the food. If you wrap them in foil, the air will not make the potatoes crispy.

Side note…we don’t ever wrap our potatoes in foil because we like skin crispy. Potatoes baked in foil actually steam the potatoes and their skin.

Baked Potato Toppings

What are you favorite baked potato toppings? We like the classics such as cheddar cheese, sour cream and chives, but here are a few more ideas:

overhead view of baked potato

What to Serve with Baked Potatoes

Baked potatoes go with so many different main dish recipes. Here are a few of our favorites:

Which is the best air fryer?

Are you still searching for the perfect air fryer?

The thing that was at the top of my list when looking for an air fryer was size. We have a family of 5, so I wanted to be able to cook a decent amount in my air fryer. I needed XL!

I decided on a Philips XL Air Fryer and it has been perfect for our family. It has a 2.6 pound basket capacity and is dishwasher safe. What more do you need?

Loaded Air Fryer Baked Potato
Loaded Air Fryer Baked Potato

Air Fryer Baked Potato

5 from 2 votes
Need an easy side dish? Make Air Fryer Baked Potatoes. Get crispy skin and delicious flavor without turning on the oven.Need an easy side dish? Make Air Fryer Baked Potatoes. Get crispy skin and delicious flavor without turning on the oven.
Servings 4
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 50 minutes

Equipment

Ingredients
 

  • 4 medium Russet potatoes (about 7 ounces each)
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon coarse sea salt (or less if desired)

Instructions
 

  • Wash and dry the potatoes.
  • Pierce the potato 2-3 times with a fork.
  • Rub oil all over the potatoes.
  • Rub salt all over the potatoes. We prefer coarse sea salt or pink himalayan salt.
  • Place the potatoes in the basket of the air fryer. Don't crowd them. They should have air circulating between the them.
  • Set the temperature to 390º Fahrenheit. Cook the potatoes for a total of about 50-55 minutes. Turn the potatoes once during cooking so they brown equally on all sides.
  • The exact baking time will depend on how large the potatoes are. The potato should be tender inside if you poke a fork into it.
  • Serve with butter, cheese, chives, sour cream and all of your favorite toppings!

Notes

The calories shown are based on one potato with no toppings, but all potatoes are a different size. To get an exact calorie count,  weigh the potato and search google for the amount of calories that size potato.  Since different brands of ingredients have different nutritional information, the calories shown are just an estimate. **We are not dietitians and recommend you seek a nutritionist for exact nutritional information.**

Nutrition

Calories: 216kcal | Carbohydrates: 26g | Protein: 5g | Fat: 11g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Sodium: 1766mg | Potassium: 880mg | Fiber: 5g | Vitamin C: 24mg | Calcium: 64mg | Iron: 7mg
Course Side Dish
Cuisine American
Calories 216
Keyword air fryer recipe, baked potatoes recipe, best baked potatoes, potato side dish
Need an easy side dish? Make Air Fryer Baked Potatoes. Get crispy skin and delicious flavor without turning on the oven.

About Julie Clark

I'm Julie Clark, CEO and recipe developer of Tastes of Lizzy T. With my B.A. in Education and over 30 years of cooking and baking, I want to teach YOU the best of our family recipes.

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Tina
3 years ago

Hi Lizzy, I mostly get on my table to listen to klove and for a fast search. But your recipe’s are always a welcome sight. It’s like a little surprise gift waiting to be opened. I picked apples the other day and just this morning I had to look through my printed recipes for you apple pie recipe from a little while back. I am thankful I found you online and subscribed to your emails thanks for sharing and keep them coming.