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Air Fryer Baked Potato

Perfect baked potatoes made in the air fryer come out light and fluffy interior, crispy skin and are much quicker than in the oven.
By January 27, 2019 25 Comments Jump to Recipe
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The perfect baked potato is light and fluffy on the inside and has a crispy flavorful outside. It also has to be super hot all the way through to the center for melting all those favorite toppings together to create something worthy of being the main attraction.

This is one of those recipes that is so simple it really isn’t a recipe. I had asked myself if you can bake a potato in the air fryer. Turns out that the answer is a definite yes, and it comes out great. 

Here’s the recipe just in case you want to know how to make the perfect crispy fluffy baked potatoes in way less time than in the oven.

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Baking a potato in the air fryer saves time

Air fryers just seem to make everything better. A lot of the time, this means healthier cooking because you use less fat. In the case of the baked potato, it doesn’t really make baked potatoes healthier, but it makes the cooking time so much quicker. The air fryer speeds up the baked potato cooking time by about 15 to 20 minutes. This is reason enough to make it your go-to method.

While you can also make a baked potato in the microwave in about 10 minutes; it’s never going to get that delicious crispy skin and the inside is a bit more prone to get waxy rather than fluffy.

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How long to bake a potato in an air fryer

Cooking a baked potato in an air fryer takes between 30 and 40 minutes, but depends on your specific air fryer, the size of the potatoes and how many you are cooking at the same time.

Tips for making baked potatoes in the air fryer

  • Scrub and dry the potato well. The dryer the potato is, the crispier the skin will get because it will be frying instead of steaming. 
  • The magic number is 205º F for the internal temperature. Use a Thermapen instant-read thermometer (affiliate) instant-read thermometer to verify the internal temperature of the potato. They will be light and fluffy at 205º.
  • Let it cook longer if needed. 

What type of potato is best for baking?

Russet potatoes are the best type of potato for baked potatoes (and air fried baked potatoes) because of their high starch content. This makes them much more absorbent for all those amazing toppings you will be adding.

Toppings for baked potatoes

It’s not a baked potato unless it’s got your favorite toppings. It’s always best to serve the baked potatoes when they are super hot so all of the toppings can melt together. Here are a few ideas just in case you need some inspiration:

  • Green onions or chives
  • Butter
  • Sour Cream
  • Shredded Cheddar Cheese
  • Bacon chopped up into small pieces
  • Everything Bagel Seasoning (goes great with the above toppings)

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Air Fryer Baked Potato

5 from 11 votes
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Course: Side
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 2 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 32 minutes
Servings: 1 potato

Ingredients

  • 1 medium russet potato
  • olive oil
  • kosher salt

Instructions

  • Preheat the air fryer to 400º F.
  • Clean and dry the potatoes with a towel. Poke a few holes in each potato with a fork to release steam during the cook. Drizzle a little olive oil all over the skin, then sprinkle some kosher salt on top.
  • Place in the air fryer basket and cook for 30 to 40 minutes, or until they reach an internal temperature of 205º F. It might take longer depending on the size of the potato, your specific air fryer and how many potatoes you are cooking.
  • Use a fork to slice and open the potato right before adding your favorite toppings and enjoying.

Notes

  • Recipe is for one potato, but can be scaled up to more. Cooking times might increase slightly.
  • You can do the pinch test to see if the potatoes are finished cooking, but checking the actual internal temperature is more accurate.

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Join the discussion 25 Comments

  • Tcolatx says:

    Fool proof baked potatoes! This is my second time cooking two large russet baking potatoes. I cooked them while I prepared and cooks a couple of cast iron skillet ribeyes and green beans with bacon and almonds. What a delicious 40 minute meal! I love microwaved taters for a fast side, but these are far superior if you have a little more time and a must have with steak! Thanks so much for the great recipe!

  • kiki says:

    many thanks from Italy for this recipe. Here we don’t cook potatoes in this way and I have appreciated a lot your tips and your ideas for toppings: I do needed some inspirations! I will try this evening 🙂

    • Jan says:

      Perfect bakers!!! Gotta be honest, I did a little cheat, didn’t have 30 to 40 minutes. After washing three Russets, wrapped them in a paper towel and microwaved on high 3 1/2 minutes. They were all dry, so I rubbed them with some of my newly purchased Macadamia Nut oil, sprinkled them with Kosher salt, and into the preheated air fryer. The smaller ones were ready in 15 minutes, fatter one took four minutes more to reach 205*F. They were every bit as good as Russets made only in the air fryer.

      • justin says:

        Hi Jan. That’s so great to hear about your little shortcut. I find myself using the microwave to make bakers when I realize “oh, a baked potato would be great but I only have 10 minutes.”
        Love the idea of the hybrid cook. I’ll have to do a side by side comparison and add this as a tip. Thanks so much!

  • Gosia says:

    The potatoes definately need more time. I had mine in for 55 min and they were still not cooked to buttery soft middle. My thermometer goes only to 180 degrees, so I couldn’t check them if they were at 205. I had 3 russet potatoes in. Next time, I will cook them for 60-65 min and will add 5-10 min for any additional potato. Thanks for the recipe!

    • justin says:

      More time is always better than less. It really depends on the size of your potatoes and even your air fryer. So glad they came out good in the end. 🙂

      • JosieBlue says:

        Wow, these were the best baked potatoes I have ever made. Buttery/fluffy inside and crispy on the outside. I used large Yukon gold potatoes which took 40 minutes.

        The air fryer will be my go-to method for bake potatoes. Thanks!

  • Micheal Turner says:

    Awesome

  • Richard A Deckard says:

    Are you still love with your Breville Smart Oven Air?

    • justin says:

      Hi Richard,
      I sure am. I still use it almost every day. Even after a kitchen remodel with a fancy new oven, I use the Breville much more often. Let me know if you have any questions about it.
      Cheers,
      Justin

  • JoAnn D says:

    Made these last night big hit with the family, soft and a touch of sweetness!!!

    • justin says:

      Hi JoAnn,
      So glad to hear. Now I’m craving some baked potatoes for dinner. So yummy and I love making extra for the next day.
      Cheers,
      Justin

  • Kim says:

    I just made an air fryer baked potato and peeled it, diced it and made potato salad with it. ❤️ It turned out amazing! I’ll do the baked potato for hubby when he’s home but I can’t eat more than 4 oz per meal soooo I’ll have him try it as baked. Nice crispy peeling though.

  • Cyndee says:

    The texture in the air fryer is far superior!

  • I don’t doubt the air fryer would make the outside crispier. But, a microwave will do that in 6 min. If you’ve got the time and electricity use the air fryer. But when I want food I want it fast, chicken nuggets, french fries, meat loaf, fried fish, shrimp, yes; use the air fryer. But for baked potatoe, I’m sticking with Chef Mike

  • Irene Aldrete says:

    I will never Use anything else again but my air fryer for baked potatoes

  • Stacy says:

    Who doesn’t love a baked potato?!?! Great as a side or as a meal.

  • I just made double dipped chicken tenders( dipped in egg mixture and bread crumbs twice) for 17 minutes at 370. They were delish!

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