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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.
Air Fryers are all the rage lately, and for good reason! Food cooked in an Air Fryer has the crispiness of fried foods without all of the oil. Kids love our Air Fryer Chicken Tenders and Air Fryer French Fries.
Air Fryer Baked Potatoes
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. The potatoes are baked in half the time, and the you don’t 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!
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!
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
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 Idahopotato.com.
Baked Potato Toppings
Once you have pulled the perfect 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:
- Salt and pepper
- Sour cream and chives
- Broccoli and shredded cheese
- Cottage cheese
Make it a meal
- BBQ beef, shredded 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
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:
- Parmesan Potato Halves
- Perfect Mashed Potatoes
- Creamy Potatoes and Peas
- Twice Baked Potatoes
- Parmesan Garlic Grilled Potatoes
- Grilled Ranch Potatoes
- Cheesy Potato Casserole (Funeral Potatoes)
How to Make Baked Potatoes in an Air Fryer
Air Fryer Baked Potatoes
- Scrub potatoes thoroughly with cold water. Pat dry with a paper towel. Using a fork, poke holes all over the potatoes
- Brush potatoes with oil and sprinkle with kosher salt.
- Place potatoes in the air fryer and be sure they are not touching. Air Fry at 400 degrees for 35 minutes.
- Potatoes are ready if a fork can slide in easily when poked. If potatoes still feel firm, bake for another 5 minutes.