This Air Fryer Baked Potato is cooked to perfection. Crispy skin on the outside and a light and fluffy inside, this side will taste great with all your favorite meals – or even be the main dish!
Air fryer baked potato
Air fryer baked potatoes are such a versatile and satisfying side dish. Cooked until the outer skin has a nice crispness, the inside is fluffy and perfect for absorbing all the delicious toppings that go so well with it. Create a baked potato bar for a fun dinner experience or serve it alongside some steak or chicken. For kids, you can make some handheld air fryer recipes like these air fryer chicken tenders and air fryer french fries. But delicious homemade baked potatoes are perfect for a filling dish that has tons of savory goodness.
Best toppings for baked potatoes
What goes well with baked potatoes?
Baked potatoes taste great with lots of different meats and vegetables. To make a meal of it, try pairing this recipe with air fryer chicken wings or air fryer salmon. For a vegetables, you should add some air fryer broccoli or air fryer brussels sprouts. If you want something a little fancier, you may want to serve this air fryer baked potato with a juicy cast iron ribeye steak.
How to make a baked potato in an air fryer
- Wash & dry the potatoes. Wash and scrub the potatoes. Then pat them dry with a paper towel. Get them as dry as possible to give the skin extra crispness.
- Poke & oil them. Once dry, poke the potatoes with a fork multiple times. Then rub them with avocado oil, or any other oil you prefer that has a high smoke point.
- Season. Sprinkle the potatoes with salt to taste and then place them in the air fryer.
- Bake. Bake the potatoes for 40 minutes at 390 degrees Fahrenheit, or until fork-tender. If needed, add another 5 minutes to the cook time.
- Serve. Split the baked potatoes in half and add in your favorite toppings. Serve warm.
How long does it take to cook in an air fryer?
For an average-sized Russet potato, it should take about 40 minutes for it to cook in an air fryer. Air fryers circulate hot air throughout the box, cooking the potato thoroughly in less time.
Do I need to wrap it in foil?
No, you don’t need foil for air fryer baked potatoes. Because of the air circulation, they cook faster and stay moist. However, if you prefer your potatoes with softer skin, then wrapping them in foil will help with that.
Do you eat the skin?
That’s up to you. The skin of the baked potato is crisp and well-cooked so you can eat it if you like, or remove it if you don’t like the taste. It’s a personal preference.
Air Fryer Baked Potato
- Wash and scrub the potatoes. Then pat them dry really well with a paper towel. The drier they are, the crispier the potatoes skin will be. ￼
- Now generously poke the potatoes with a fork and rub with avocado oil (or any other high smoke point oil).
- Then season the outside of the potatoes with salt (to taste) and let them bake in the air fryer at 390 degrees Fahrenheit for 40 minutes or until fork-tender. Add an additional 5 minutes of cook time if needed.
- Now carefully split the hot potatoes in half and load them up with your favorite baked potato toppings. We love to place the butter and salt first, then the shredded cheddar, sour cream, green onion, and crispy bacon. Serve warm.