Air fryer baked potatoes – quick to cook, with a perfectly crispy skin and and fork tender on the inside. This is the best way to bake a potato. Now you just need to decide what to top it with! 😋
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How to Cook a Baked Potato in an Air Fryer
Baked potatoes are such a comfort food for me. Warming, hearty and so delicious! But the one thing I don’t like is how darn long an oven baked potato takes to cook. Baking potatoes the old way can take 45 minutes or longer!
Well not any more! The method I am going to show you in this recipe is the quickest way to get a perfect baked potato, with a gorgeously crispy skin, and a fork tender fluffy insides that is just begging to be slathered in butter and devoured.
Air frying is my favorite way to cook potatoes, the action of cooking with hot air gets the outsides so amazingly crispy without needing to bake for close to an hour in a conventional oven.
Air fried baked potatoes can still take a long time to cook through if you just use the air fryer. So I found the best approach is to start the cooking process in the microwave, followed by a blast in the air fryer to crisp it up.
Tip: Start the cooking process in the microwave, followed by a blast in the air fryer to crisp it up.
Scroll down for the printable card for this air fryer baked potato recipe, or read on for all the details!
The ideal variety of potatoes for baking are those with a high starch content. This gives them the soft fluffy texture that is so perfect in a baked potato.
Any of the following will be great:
- Russet potatoes
- Yellow varieties
- Maris Piper
- Red gold
- Yukon gold
- Most varieties of sweet potato
Probably the best type of potatoes to choose for baking is a russet potato. Not only are they a wonderfully fluffy potato when cooked, but they also have thick skins which will crisp up nicely in the air fryer.
Oil or butter
Air frying does a good job of crisping up food on its own, but with baked potatoes, if you want that skin really crispy then it is best to add a little oil or butter to help it along.
I give them a quick spray with olive oil when they are in the air fryer basket, to really help the skins crisp up, but that is optional if you are trying to cut fat.
Step 1: Prep. Scrub potatoes clean. Prick the potato skin all over with a fork or a sharp knife.
Step 2: Microwave potato on High for 5 minutes. When it is finished, the potato should feel soft on the outside. If you have a really large potato and it still hard you will need to adjust the cooking time – turn the potato over and microwave for another 3-4 minutes until it starts to feel soft. For smaller potatoes you could start with 3-4 minutes.
Step 3: Remove potato from microwave (use oven mitts – it will be hot!), and place potato in air fryer basket. Spritz or brush lightly with olive oil or butter.
Step 4: Bake potato in the air fryer at 360°F (180°C) for 15 minutes, or until golden brown on the outside, and tender in the center. Again, if you have extra large potatoes cook time may need to be adjusted. If required, air fry for additional 5 minute intervals until it is done.
Step 5: Cut potato open, add butter, pile high with delicious toppings and enjoy!
How to serve your air fried baked potato
Now all you need to figure out is what topping you are going to top that potato with. If you need some ideas, some of my favorite toppings are:
- Butter, kosher salt and black pepper
- Mexican beef mince and sour cream
- Pulled pork and slaw
- Chicken mayo
- Cottage cheese and slaw
- Sour cream, bacon bits and chives or green onion
- Tuna mayo
- Avocado, chopped red onion and a drizzle of lemon juice
- Butter and shredded cheese
Storing and reheating
In the unlikely event that you have any leftover baked potato (this would literally never happen in my house), store it in an air tight container in the refrigerator and use within 3 days.
You can reheat the baked potato in the air fryer, air fry for 3-4 minutes until warmed through. Alternatively, you can reheat them in the microwave, 1-2 minutes on high.
Air fryer baked potato recipe card
How to cook a baked potatoes in an air fryer.
- 1 large potato (Idaho, Russet, King Edward or Maris Piper)
- Olive oil spray
- Your toppings of choice
- Scrub the potato and prick with a fork to pierce the skin.
- Place potato in microwave and cook on high for 5 minutes. When it is finished, the potato should feel soft on the outside [Note 1].
- Remove potato from microwave (use oven mitts - it will be hot!).
- Place potato in air fryer basket, and spray lightly with olive oil spray.
- Air fry potato at 360°F (180°C) for 15 minutes, or until golden brown on the outside, and tender in the center [Note 1].
- Enjoy with your favorite toppings.
- Cook times may need to be adjusted for extra large potatoes. If needed, cook for additional 3-4 minute intervals until done.
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 397Total Fat: 14gSaturated Fat: 2gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 11gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 30mgCarbohydrates: 63gFiber: 7gSugar: 4gProtein: 7g
Nutrition information is an estimate and provided for informational purposes only.
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