Air Fryer Baked Potatoes

Air fryer baked potatoes are the perfect side dish to add to any meal. They are easy to make, only require 3 ingredients, and free up your oven.

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If you are new to using your air fryer, this is a great beginner recipe for you to try. Grab the butter and let me show you how to make these easy air fryer baked potatoes.

One of the first things that I made when I got my air fryer was baked potatoes. If it truly could replace my oven for smaller meals, I wanted to make sure it made a good baked potato.

I am so glad that I tried my air fryer for the potatoes, because it was so easy! I’m not sure if I will make them any other way from now on. 

What are air fryer baked potatoes?

This is a simple recipe that takes a classic side dish and uses an air fryer instead of an oven or microwave. Air fryers are really small convection ovens that the air is very hot and it circulates that it browns most anything on the outside. These potatoes come out perfectly tender and ready for butter, cheese, bacon, chives, or your favorite potato toppings. 


To make a basic baked potato you will need:

  • Potatoes
  • Olive oil
  • Salt
russet potatoes, olive oil, and salt

How to Make Baked Potatoes in an Air Fryer

  1. Scrub potatoes to remove any dirt on them.
  2. Place potatoes in a bowl.
  3. Pour in the olive oil and the salt.
    potatoes, olive oil, and salt in a bowl
  4. Toss potatoes to coat them with olive oil and salt.
  5. Place the potatoes in the air fryer.
    four russet potatoes in an air fryer basket
  6. Air fry at 400 degrees for 40 to 50 minutes, turning potatoes over halfway through cooking.
    four baked potatoes in an air fryer basket
  7. Remove potatoes from the air fryer and cut them lengthwise.
  8. Top with butter.
    air fryer baked potato topped with butter
  9. Add your choice of toppings and enjoy!

Air Fryer Baked Potato Toppings

Wondering what to put on your air fried baked potato? Here are some topping ideas:

  • Butter
  • Shredded cheese
  • Bacon
  • Sour cream 
  • Chives

These are just suggestions on toppings to add. Feel free to add your favorite ones to your loaded air fryer baked potatoes!

air fryer baked potato topped with butter, cheese, bacon, sour cream, and chives

I have tried many different types of air fryers over the years. Now, which model is best for you? May depend upon the size of your kitchen. I personally love the Phillips Air Fryer, it is good for smaller quantities and smaller families. You can serve 1 to 2 people with this machine. I love it for fries or anything I want to crisp up. It has a basin in there, and I will sometimes add a bit of oil and allow that to help crisp up the fries.

I also really like my Breville Smart Oven, but it is an investment, it works as an air fryer, an oven, a toaster, it proofs bread for you, and much more. The Breville is an appliance you can use every day because it can do many things.

Baked Potatoes Frequently Asked Questions

What kind of potatoes for baked potatoes?

Russets work best for baked potatoes. I like to find the biggest ones that are available so I can make giant loaded baked potatoes in my air fryer.

Do you have to wash potatoes before baking? 

Yes, it’s best to wash your potatoes before you air fry them. This removes any dirt or debris from the skin. 

Do you have to poke holes in potatoes before air frying?

No, you don’t need to prick your potatoes before you add them to the air fryer. You can, if you’d like, but it doesn’t affect cooking at all. Potatoes explode only when they are overcooked.

How long to cook baked potatoes in air fryer?

The cooking time depends on the size of the potato. It can range between 30 to 50 minutes.

air fryer baked potato with butter on parchment paper

What Goes Well with Baked Potatoes for Dinner

Here are some of my favorite dishes to eat with air fryer baked potatoes:

More Air Fryer Recipes

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air fryer baked potato topped with butter, cheese, sour cream, bacon, and chives

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Air Fryer Baked Potatoes

Air Fryer Baked Potatoes are crispy and fluffy on the inside. Get the easy recipe and learn how to make baked potatoes in an air fryer.
Course Side Dish
Cuisine American
Keyword air fryer baked potatoes
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 40 minutes
Servings 4
Calories 230kcal


  • air fryer


  • 4 Russet potatoes large
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon salt


  • Preheat air fryer to 400 degrees.
  • Wash potatoes, and pat them dry.
  • Place potatoes in a bowl and coat with olive oil. Place potatoes into the basket of the air fryer.
  • Sprinkle salt on top.
  • Flip after 20 minutes to ensure even cooking.
  • After the final 20 minutes of cooking remove them from the air fryer. Allow them to cook slightly before cutting into them.
  • Serve with your favorite toppings.


Calories: 230kcal | Carbohydrates: 38g | Protein: 5g | Fat: 7g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 592mg | Potassium: 888mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin C: 12mg | Calcium: 28mg | Iron: 2mg

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