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I never thought I’d use the word “transcendent” to describe a potato, but here we are: Air Fryer Baked Potato. Shatteringly crisp on the outside and fluffy inside, the air fryer is the best way to cook a potato. It bakes in half the time, you don’t need to wait for the oven to preheat, and the results are potato perfection!

air fryer baked potato in an air fryer basket

Why You’ll Love This Air Fryer Baked Potato Recipe

An air fryer baked potato with butter on a plate

5 Star Review

“These potatoes were fabulous! [Compared to cooking in the oven] they are so much better!”

— Stacy —

How Long to Cook Baked Potatoes in the Air Fryer

The cooking time for your air fryer baked potato will vary based on your air fryer model and the size of the potato.

  • Air Fryer Baked Potato Temperature: 400°F
  • Cooking Times: 35 to 45 minutes for a medium potato (8 to 10 ounces); 45 to 55 minutes for a large (12 ounces or more) potato.

I tested this recipe in my Ninja air fryer; depending on your model, you may need to adjust the cooking time.

When in doubt, check early.

A fork cutting into an air fryer baked potato

How to Make the Best Air Fryer Baked Potato Ever

The Ingredients

For the Potato

  • Russet Potato. Russets (a.k.a. Idaho potatoes) make the fluffiest baked potatoes because they are extra starchy. Yukon golds are another good choice—they’ll be a little more creamy and less fluffy than russets since they are a waxier potato, but their buttery flavor makes up for it.
  • Olive Oil. Rubbing olive oil onto the outside of the potato helps the skin crisp up.
  • Salt. Adds texture and flavor to the potato skin.

Toppings

The Directions

Two vegetables on a cutting board
  1. Scrub and Dry the Potatoes. Coat them with oil and salt. Prick holes all over with a fork. Place in air fryer basket.
Two potatoes in an air fryer
  1. Air Fry on the First Side. For 25 minutes at 400 degrees F. Flip the potatoes.
Two potatoes in an air fryer
  1. Air Fry on the Other Side. Air fry for 10 to 25 additional minutes until fork tender.
Two air fryer potatoes on a plate
  1. Serve. Cut and open the potatoes, add toppings, and DIG IN!
An air fryer baked potato with butter and bacon

Storage Tips

  • To Store. Refrigerate leftover baked potatoes in an airtight container for up to 4 days.
  • To Reheat. Rewarm leftovers in a baking dish in the oven at 350 degrees F or in the microwave.
  • To Freeze. Freeze air fryer potatoes in an airtight freezer-safe storage container for up to 3 months. Let thaw overnight in the refrigerator before reheating.

Meal Prep Tip

Up to 1 day in advance, scrub and dry the potatoes.

What to Serve With an Air Fryer Baked Potato

  • Air Fryer. Perfect for making air fryer baked potatoes.
  • Tongs. My choice for flipping the potatoes.
  • Measuring Spoons. These double-sided spoons are so nice.

Recipe Tips and Tricks

  • Use the Right Potatoes. I do not recommend using this recipe for baby potatoes, red potatoes, or new potatoes, as they will cook too quickly (save those for Roasted Potatoes and Carrots). See the blog post above for my recommendations.
  • Poke Holes in Your Potato. The odds of your potato exploding in the air fryer are extremely low, but poking holes is a simple way to ensure the odds are zero. Plus, the holes allow steam to escape during cooking.
  • Bring on the Toppings! The true beauty of an air fryer baked potato (aside from its perfect texture, of course) is its ability to be topped however each person wishes. Provide everyone with topping options and let the personalization begin!

Air Fryer Baked Potato

4.97 from 111 votes
Crispy outside and fluffy inside, an air fryer baked potato is the BEST way to cook potatoes. Faster than the oven and perfect for toppings!

Prep: 5 minutes
Cook: 45 minutes
Total: 50 minutes

Servings: 3 servings

Ingredients
  

  • 2 large or 4 small russet potatoes as many as will fit in your air fryer in a single layer
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • ½ teaspoon kosher salt
  • Toppings of choice: butter, nonfat plain Greek yogurt (or sour cream), chopped fresh chives, cooked and crumbled bacon*

Instructions
 

  • Scrub and dry the potatoes. Rub evenly with the oil and sprinkle with salt. Pierce all over with a fork.
  • Turn the air fryer to 400°F. Add the potatoes in a single layer (do not let them touch or the skins will not crisp). Air fry the potatoes for 25 minutes. With tongs, carefully flip the potatoes over.
  • Return the potatoes to the air fryer. Continue air frying for 10 to 25 minutes more, until the potatoes pierce easily with a fork (the total time will vary based upon the size of your potatoes). Remove to a plate.
  • Once cool enough to handle, use a sharp knife to slit the potatoes lengthwise down the center and gently squeeze the sides to open. Add toppings of choice. Serve hot.

Notes

  • *Use my easy recipes for Air Fryer Bacon or Oven Baked Bacon
  • TO STORE: Refrigerate baked potatoes in an airtight storage container for up to 4 days.
  • TO REHEAT: Rewarm leftovers in a baking dish in the oven at 350°F or in the microwave.
  • TO FREEZE: Freeze potatoes in an airtight freezer-safe storage container for up to 3 months. Let thaw overnight in the refrigerator before reheating.

Nutrition

Serving: 1(of 3)Calories: 256kcalCarbohydrates: 44gProtein: 5gFat: 7gSaturated Fat: 1gPolyunsaturated Fat: 1gMonounsaturated Fat: 5gPotassium: 1026mgFiber: 3gSugar: 2gVitamin A: 2IUVitamin C: 14mgCalcium: 32mgIron: 2mg

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Frequently Asked Questions

Do I Need to Wrap my Air Fryer Baked Potato in Foil?

No. Unlike Crockpot Baked Potatoes, wrapping the potatoes in foil in the air fryer isn’t needed.

Do I Need to Poke Holes in My Potatoes Before Air Frying?

Yes. While the risk of a potato exploding in the air fryer is very low, it doesn’t hurt to poke holes in it prior to air frying. This will allow the steam to escape.

What Types of Oil Can Be Used in an Air Fryer?

Many types of oils can be used in an air fryer for baked potatoes. Olive oil is my go-to for this recipe (and air fryer recipes at 400 degrees or less). Otherwise, oils with a high smoke point, such as canola oil, avocado oil, grapeseed oil, and even cooking spray, are ideal.

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  1. Never tried a baked potato in Air Fryer before and thought I should give this a try. Potatoes turned out nice and crisp. I added mushrooms, green onions and favourite grated vegan cheese. I will use this recipe to make mashed potatoes next time.5 stars

  2. Best baked potato I’ve ever made!! My husband said it was better than a steakhouse. I loved not heating up the kitchen too.5 stars

  3. These potatoes were fabulous! It isn’t that much faster than cooking them in the oven – but they are so much better! I love your recipes!!5 stars

  4. It’s hot here and I didn’t want to heat up the oven. This was a perfect solution! The potatoes came out perfectly done. There were bug potatoes so I did 25 min, flip, then 20 min. It definitely would have taken over an hour in the oven to cook them. Thank you!!5 stars

  5. Hi Erin, always enjoy your recipes and information you provide.

    I have a Breville toaster oven with air fryer basket. How long do you think for making the potatoes this way?

    Thanks so much.

    Marcia

  6. Erin, thank you for sharing this recipe,
    I tried it tonight, and it came out perfect, Ma’am. Nice crispy skin, and nice and fluffy on the inside like you also said. Cooked as you indicated also. Keeping the recipe to do it again. I look forward to seeing more of your recipes for cooking in a air fryer. Thank you so very much. 💕5 stars

  7. These turned out good. I cooked mine for a full hour to get a nice crisp on the shell. I top mine with lots of bacon bits. So GOOOD!!5 stars

  8. I’ve always loved baked potatoes, but I never really liked making them because they took so long to cook in the oven. I was so happy I found this. I didn’t think that I could actually make them in my air fryer. Thank you so much!5 stars

  9. I never thought of making baked potatoes in the air fryer. My family was thrilled, and my husband actually took over and did his own spin on these.5 stars

  10. I used a medium-sized blue potato. I thought the skin was burning at first because it got so dark, but it ended up beautifully crispy and the inside was so fluffy. I lost track of how long I cooked it. I kept checking it and rotating it. It was probably around 40-ish minutes in total.5 stars