Air Fryer Baked Potato {Fast, Tender, And Fluffy!}

Amanda M. Rye

Learn how to make air fryer baked potatoes; perfectly crispy outside with fluffy and soft inside. Ready in minutes, they are the fastest and most delicious way to cook them! 

air fryer baked potatoes.

We love using our air fryer as an alternative to roasting vegetables because it is FAST!

I think it’s safe to say it has become our most used kitchen gadget and our favorite way to cook veggies. These include zucchini, asparagus, Brussels sprouts, and even baked potatoes! 

Why this recipe works

  • Half the cooking time. A traditional oven-baked potato typically takes 60-90 minutes to cook (especially those on the larger side). Using an air fryer cuts the cooking time in half!! 
  • Doesn’t heat your entire house. Like a conventional oven, an air fryer doesn’t turn your house into a sauna. 
  • More flavorful than oven-baked potatoes. The beauty of air frying potatoes ensures they cook evenly and precisely. 
  • Healthy and delicious. Contrary to popular belief, potatoes are packed with fiber and are extremely filling! Top it with some Greek yogurt, cheese, and fresh veggies and you’ve got a balanced meal! 

What I love about air frying potatoes is that it guarantees consistent results every single time. You will have perfectly cooked potatoes that are just begging for you to add some butter and salt to and dig in! 

Ingredients needed 

You can make these light and tasty baked potatoes with just a few ingredients. Here is everything you’ll need: 

  • Russet potatoes. Choose equal-sized potatoes so they all cook at the same time.  
  • Butter. Either salted or unsalted. 
  • Salt and pepper. To taste. 
  • Toppings of choice. Green onions, sour cream, diced bacon, shredded cheese, etc. 

How to make air fryer baked potatoes? 

Like oven-baked potatoes, air frying them is simple to make. The air fryer takes care of all the hard work, so there are no excuses not to make this! Ready to get your spud on?  

Step 1- Prepare the potatoes 

Start with drying the potatoes using a paper towel. Poke potatoes using a fork and rub melted butter over their exterior. Then, add salt and pepper and season well. 

prepped potatoes.

Step 2- Air fry the potatoes

Next, add seasoned potatoes to the air fryer basket and cook for 30-35 minutes at 200C/400F. Flip the sides after this time and cook for another 5-10 minutes. 

potatoes in air fryer.

Step 3- Fill and serve

Finally, transfer the cooked potatoes to a plate. Top with sour cream, shredded cheese, chopped bacon, and green onions. Serve and enjoy! 

air fried baked potato.

Baked potato cooking time

As we know, potatoes differ in size and weight. Follow the time guide below to perfectly bake them according to their size/weight: 

  • 8 oz or less: 30-35 minutes.
  • 9 oz to 12 oz: 35-40 minutes.
  • 12 oz to 14 oz: 45-50 minutes. 
  • 14 oz to 16 oz: 55-60 minutes. 
  • Over 16 oz: At least 60 minutes, and an extra 5 minutes for each ounce over 16. 

Storage instructions

To store: Place leftovers in airtight containers and store them in the refrigerator for 3-4 days.

To freeze: Place the cooked and cooled potatoes in freezer-safe bags and store them in the freezer for up to 3 months.

Reheating: Reheat in the microwave, oven, or air fryer. 

air fryer baked potato.

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Frequently Asked Questions 

Can you put foil in an air fryer?

Yes, you can put foil in an air fryer, but always check the manufacturer’s instructions to be on the safe side. 

Why do you soak potatoes in cold water before air frying?

Soaking potatoes before air frying cooks them evenly, making them crisper with fluffier inside. 

How do you keep potatoes from sticking to the air fryer basket?

Adding a touch of oil or cooking spray to the air fryer basket keeps the potatoes from sticking to it.

Should I wrap my potatoes in foil beforehand? 

There is no need to wrap potatoes in foil before adding them to the air fryer basket. When air fried with foil, potatoes will actually boil on the inside because of the steam build-up. This means that they won’t have a crispy texture on the outside, and we can’t have that! 

Do you have to poke holes before air frying? 

While baking potatoes in the oven benefit from being poked beforehand, there is no need to do that when air frying them. The equal circulation ensures they cook evenly throughout.

air fryer baked potato recipe.
  • 4 large russet potatoes * See notes
  • 2 tablespoons butter melted
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • Scrub the potatoes, then pat them dry.

  • Poke the potatoes all over with a fork, then rub the melted butter over each potato and season with salt and pepper.

  • Cook the potatoes at 200C/400F for 30-35 minutes, flip, and cook for an additional 5-10 minutes. 

  • Transfer the potatoes onto a plate. Cut the potatoes in the middle and fill generously with sour cream, followed by shredded cheese, chopped bacon, and green onions.

* Please refer to the cooking time and potato size conversion below-

  • 8 oz or less: 30-35 minutes.
  • 9 oz to 12 oz: 35-40 minutes.
  • 12 oz to 14 oz: 45-50 minutes. 
  • 14 oz to 16 oz: 55-60 minutes. 
  • Over 16 oz: At least 60 minutes, and en extra 5 minutes for each ounce over 16. 

TO STORE: Place leftovers in airtight containers and store in the refrigerator for 3-4 days.
TO FREEZE: Place the cooked and cooled potatoes in freezer-safe bags and store in the freezer for up to 3 months.
TO REHEAT: Reheat in the microwave, oven or air fryer. 

Serving: 1baked potato | Calories: 195kcal | Carbohydrates: 40g | Protein: 8g | Fat: 6g | Sodium: 354mg | Potassium: 1542mg | Fiber: 5g | Vitamin A: 179IU | Vitamin C: 21mg | Calcium: 50mg | Iron: 3mg | NET CARBS: 35g

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