Of all the ways to cook a potato, I never thought a simple baked potato would be the method that moved me to use the word “transcendent.” Yet here we are: Air Fryer Baked Potato. Shatteringly crisp on the outside and fabulously fluffy inside, the air fryer is hands down the best way to bake a spud I’ve encountered.

A crispy air fryer baked potato with bacon

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I don’t dislike baked potatoes (especially not my classic Baked Potato), per se (I do after all have a pulse).

Unlike Air Fryer French Fries or Oven Roasted Potatoes, however, I sought them more for the toppings (ahem, Air Fryer Bacon) than for the potato itself.

That is, until I tried baking a potato in my air fryer.

  • The skin becomes devastatingly dark, shiny, and crisp.
  • The inside steams into a downy pillow, primed for fluffing.
  • I was so pleased with the air fryer potato’s texture, I was happy to keep the potato toppings light (though, of course, you can take a note from this loaded Crockpot Potato Soup and gussy ‘em up as you wish).
An air fryer baked potato with butter on a plate

5 Star Review

“These potatoes were fabulous! It isn’t that much faster than cooking them in the oven – but they are so much better!”

— Stacy —

The air fryer itself also offers its own benefits (hence, my extensive collection of air fryer recipes).

  • The air fryer keeps the heat in your kitchen to a minimum because it bakes the potato in a tidy space.
  • Your regular oven stays free to use for other endeavors.
  • While the prep time is roughly the same, the air fryer is typically quicker than the regular oven when it comes to cooking.
  • Less oil is needed to create that craveable, crispy skin exterior, making the air fryer a healthy cooking option for potatoes (like these Air Fryer Potato Wedges).
A fork cutting into an air fryer baked potato

How to Make Air Fryer Baked Potato Recipe

Only a little oil and a pinch of salt are needed to create a slam-dunk baked potato that’s fit to serve alongside your favorite Air Fryer Steak recipe.


How long to cook a baked potato in the air fryer will vary based on your air fryer model and the size of the potato.

  • Small to Medium Potato (8 to 12 ounces): Air fry for 35 to 45 minutes.
  • Large Potato (12 ounces or more): Air fry for 45 to 55 minutes.

I tested this recipe as Ninja air fryer baked potatoes (this is my air fryer model).

Depending on your model, you may need to adjust the cooking time. When in doubt, check early. You can always cook for longer, but an overcooked potato can’t be undone.

The Ingredients

  • Russet Potato. Fluffy, starchy, and beloved. Potatoes get a bad wrap in the nutrition department, but that’s often due to the cooking method (ahem, fried potatoes) or among diets that prefer to avoid carbohydrates. However, potatoes are actually packed with vitamins, fiber, and antioxidants.

Substitution Tip

This method works well for russet potatoes, Idaho potatoes, and Yukon gold potatoes.

I do not recommend using it for baby potatoes, red potatoes, or new potatoes, as they will cook too quickly. Save those for Roasted Potatoes and Carrots.

  • 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.

Topping Suggestions!

While I chose to go light on the toppings, you can add anything. Suggestions for some favorite toppings are bacon bits, green onion, garlic, shredded cheddar cheese, or even Instant Pot Chili! You could also add a healthy vegetable like Roasted Broccoli or Sautéed Mushrooms.

The Directions

Two vegetables on a cutting board
  1. Scrub and dry the potatoes, then 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 baked potatoes in a single layer for 25 minutes at 400 degrees F. Flip the potatoes.
Two potatoes in an air fryer
  1. Air fry for 10 to 25 additional minutes until fork tender. Transfer to a plate.
Two air fryer potatoes on a plate
  1. Cut and open the potatoes, add toppings, and DIG IN!

Ways to Use an Air Fryer Baked Potato

Aside from the obvious (serving it as a side dish), there are countless ways to enjoy air fryer baked potatoes. Here are a few of my favorite ideas:

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

Recommended Tools to Make this Recipe

  • 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.

The Best Air Fryer

No matter which air fryer recipes you want to make, this model will do the trick. It has more room than standard air fryers too!

An air fryer baked potato with butter and bacon

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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.

Can I Turn These into Air Fryer Twice Baked Potatoes?

Yes, I think these would be delicious air fryer twice baked potatoes. Once you’ve finished the recipe as directed, scoop out the insides and mix with butter, milk (or heavy cream), salt, and pepper. Divide the whipped potatoes between the skins. Air fry for about 4 minutes, then add cheese and cook for 1 to 2 minutes more. (Be sure to check out my Twice Baked Sweet Potatoes too.)

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.

Air Fryer Baked Potato

5 from 4 votes
Crispy outside and fluffy inside, this is the BEST recipe for air fryer baked potatoes. Easier, quicker than the oven, and so tasty!

Prep: 5 mins
Cook: 45 mins
Total: 50 mins

Servings: 3 servings


  • 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*


  • 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 degrees 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.



  • *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 degrees 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.


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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Hi, I'm Erin Clarke, and I'm fearlessly dedicated to making healthy food that's affordable, easy-to-make, and best of all DELISH. I'm the author and recipe developer here at wellplated.com and of The Well Plated Cookbook. I adore both sweets and veggies, and I am on a mission to save you time and dishes. WELCOME!

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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.