Air Fryer Baked Potatoes

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Air Fryer Baked Potatoes are crispy on the outside, and soft and fluffy on the inside. What’s even better? They cook up in half the time it would take to bake them in the oven.

Baked potatoes on a platter with sour cream and chives.
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  1. Ingredients Needed
  2. The Perfect Baked Potato
  3. Are Baked Potatoes Healthy?
  4. Baked Potato Toppings
  5. More Potato Recipes
  6. How to Make Baked Potatoes in an Air Fryer
  7. Air Fryer Baked Potatoes Recipe

I can’t count how many times I have wanted to bake potatoes for dinner, but I forget to put them in the oven in time. Enter the Air Fryer. These are the best baked potatoes and they are baked in half the time. You don’t even have to heat the whole house doing it. If you have an Air Fryer, this recipe will help you get dinner on the table in no time!

Ingredients Needed

This Air Fryer Baked Potato recipe as only 3 simple ingredients:

  • Russet potatoes
  • Oil or butter (Canola oil, vegetable oil, avocado oil, or olive oil)
  • Kosher salt

The Perfect Baked Potato

If you are familiar with our Perfect Baked Potato recipe, you know how we feel about wrapping a potato in aluminum foil. It’s just not right. The perfect baked potato has a crispy skin on the outside. You just can’t achieve that with foil. The skin needs a light coating of oil and a sprinkling of Kosher salt. When prepared this way, the skin becomes the best part of the potato!

Baked potatoes that are fully cooked and ready.

Are Baked Potatoes Healthy?

Yes! With the popularity of high protein/low carb diets over the last decade, potatoes got a bad wrap. But, potatoes are not that high in carbohydrates. A small potato only has 15 carbs, which is lower than the same serving size of pasta or rice. A medium-sized potato provides essential vitamins and minerals including:

  • Potassium (almost double the amount you can get from a banana!)
  • Vitamin B6
  • Vitamin C
  • 3 grams of plant-based protein
  • 4 grams of fiber
A mound of Russet potatoes.

Did you know?

Nearly one-third of United States potatoes are produced in Idaho. And it’s not just Russet potatoes! Idaho produces 25 varieties of potatoes.

Learn more at

Baked Potato Toppings

Once you have pulled the crisp, baked potatoes from the Air Fryer, what do you top them with? The mild flavor of a baked potato pairs well with so many things. You can go healthy and top potatoes with lighter toppings or make it a complete meal with heartier toppings. Here are some ideas to get you started:

Row of baked potatoes that have been opened and mashed inside.

Lighter toppings

  • Salt and pepper
  • Sour cream and chives
  • Broccoli and shredded cheese
  • Cottage cheese
  • Salsa

Make it a meal

  • BBQ beef, shredded cheddar cheese, green onions
  • Black beans, sour cream, salsa, shredded cheese, sliced olives
  • Chili, shredded cheese, diced onions
  • Ranch dressing, bacon crumbles, shredded cheese, green onions
  • Diced ham, shredded cheese, sour cream
Is it faster to bake a potato in the oven or air fryer?

It only takes 35 minutes to air-fry potatoes. This is about half the time it takes to bake them in an oven.

Do you have to pierce a potato before baking in an air fryer?

Yes! Potatoes have a high water content. The water turns to steam when heated at high temperatures and builds up under the skin of the potato. Piercing the potato with a fork allows the steam to escape while the potato cooks.

How many potatoes can you bake in an air fryer at once?

This depends on the air fryer. Most air fryers can bake 3 to 4 potatoes at a time. You can place as many potatoes in the air fryer as you can as long as they aren’t touching. There needs to be space between the potatoes for the air to circulate.

Read More: Easy Air Fryer Recipes

More Potato Recipes

Being from Idaho, we are partial to potatoes. Potatoes make the best side dishes. They are versatile, inexpensive, and they go with just about everything. In addition to baked potatoes, here are some of our favorite potato side dishes:

How to Make Baked Potatoes in an Air Fryer

Four baked potatoes on a platter with sour cream and chives.

Air Fryer Baked Potatoes

5 from 5 votes
Air Fryer Baked Potatoes are crispy on the outside, and soft and fluffy on the inside. What's even better? They cook up in half the time it would take to bake them in the oven.
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes
Course Side Dish
Cuisine American
Servings 4





  • Scrub potatoes thoroughly with cold water. Pat dry with a paper towel. Using a fork, poke holes all over the potatoes.
    4 Russet Potatoes washed and poked with a fork
  • Brush potatoes with oil and sprinkle with kosher salt.
    Russet potatoes covered with oil and kosher salt
  • Place potatoes in the air fryer basket and be sure they are not touching. Air fry at 400 degrees for 35 minutes.
    Whole russet potatoes in an air fryer
  • Potatoes are ready if a fork can slide in easily when poked. If potatoes still feel firm, bake for another 5 minutes.
    Baked potatoes that are fully cooked and ready


  • If you’re cooking more than 4 potatoes, you’ll need to extend the cooking time by up to 15 minutes.
  • Yukon potatoes and red potatoes can also be used.

Nutrition Information

Serving: 1potatoCalories: 317kcalCarbohydrates: 67gProtein: 8gFat: 3gSaturated Fat: 1gSodium: 51mgPotassium: 1540mgFiber: 5gSugar: 2gVitamin A: 129IUVitamin C: 21mgCalcium: 49mgIron: 3mg

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Emily Walker

Emily lives in Meridian, Idaho, with her husband, Beau, a physician assistant, and her three incredible children: a son and two daughters. Travel is one of her favorite ways to experience new cultures and cuisines, and she has a love for all things Disney.

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  1. 5 stars
    This really is the perfect way to make baked potatoes! I love the crispy outside! Another Air Fryer Recipe that will be a keeper!

  2. 5 stars
    so glad to know this every easy recipe! Thanks a lot for sharing this baked potatoes! will surely try it!