Crispy Air Fryer Baked Potatoes

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Looking to make the perfect baked potatoes? Air fryer baked potatoes are simple to make and turn out amazing!

With crispy, seasoned skin on the outside and a soft potato inside, these baked potatoes in the air fryer can be topped how you like them and eaten as a meal on their own – or as a side for a larger dinner!

baked potato cut with sour cream and parsley inside
Air fryer baked potato… so good!

Recipe Tips/Substitutions

Before you make a baked potato in the air fryer, read through these recipe tips so that you achieve the best potatoey results:

  • We use russet potatoes for this recipe because their skin gets crispy in the air fryer while the inside stays deliciously soft.
  • Much like when you make air fryer baked sweet potatoes, try to use potatoes that are similar in size. This way the potatoes will finish cooking around the same time.
  • There is no need to pierce the raw potatoes with a fork first.
  • It’s important to completely cover the outside of the raw potato with oil. We use avocado oil because it has a high smoke point and is good to use in the air fryer.
  • As for seasonings, we like putting a bit of salt and garlic powder on the potato skins. Garlic powder can get bitter as it cooks in the air fryer so if you aren’t sure you’ll like this taste (we enjoy it) you can always skip the garlic powder. (Psst – you can also make air fryer frozen potato skins as a great appetizer!)
  • If you can’t fit four potatoes in your air fryer and still have some space around them, better not make them all in one batch – overcrowding the air fryer is not recommended.

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Step by Step Instructions

If you’d like to see the baked potato recipe photos, you can find them in this section. This way you can see exactly how we made ours.

If you’re confident in your baked potato making abilities, skip to the bottom of this post for the detailed recipe card.

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Wash and dry the potatoes.

First, scrub the potatoes under running water, then pat them dry.

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Oil the potato skins.

Preheat the air fryer to 385 degrees Fahrenheit.

While you wait for the air fryer to preheat, coat the potatoes in oil (approximately 1/2 teaspoon per potato). Make sure to cover the entire outside of the potato.

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Add seasonings.

Then, rub salt all over the skin. You can also add some garlic powder if you like – just keep in mind that it could darken in the air fryer and taste slightly bitter (We really like garlic, that’s why we usually add some anyways).

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Place the potatoes into the air fryer.

Place the oiled and salted whole raw potatoes into the air fryer tray once heated. No need to pierce them with a fork first!

Remember – if you can’t fit all the potatoes in your air fryer comfortably, don’t force it. They need air circulation to get crispy.

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Cook the baked potatoes.

Cook the potatoes for approximately 45 minutes or until the insides are soft and the skin is crispy. Test this by inserting a fork into the center of one potato – if it goes through easily, they are done.

The size of the potatoes and your air fryer size can influence cooking time, so this time might vary for you.

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Our air fryer baked potatoes topped with sour cream and parsley!

Once done, remove the potatoes from the air fryer, cut them open lengthwise (be careful, they are hot), and garnish with butter, sour cream, sliced green onions, chopped chives or parsley, salt/pepper, or other garnishes as desired (e.g. bacon bits).

Storage Tips

The nice thing about air fryer baked potatoes is that you can actually plan to have leftovers.

This is because uneaten baked potatoes store well in a sealed container in the fridge and can be heated again easily (like in the microwave or back in the air fryer).

Just keep in mind that if you reheat the baked potato in the microwave, the skin will not be crispy anymore. If you want crispy skin, we’d recommend reheating it in the air fryer.

What to Serve Air Fryer Baked Potatoes With

You can serve baked potatoes hot with any toppings you want. Common toppings are sour cream, butter, chives, or sliced green onions.

You can take your air fryer baked potato to another level by adding shredded cheese, bacon bits, and even sliced jalapeno peppers!

Keep in mind, air-fried baked potatoes can be a meal on their own… but you can also serve baked potatoes with a form of protein such as beef, pork, tofu, tempeh, and a nice green side salad!

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baked potato with sour cream and parsley on white plate

Air Fryer Baked Potato

Air Fryer Baked Potatoes are everything you'd expect in a baked potato. With crispy, seasoned skin and a soft center, these tasty taters are a meal on their own or a nice side to a larger dinner!
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Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 45 minutes
Additional Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 55 minutes
Servings: 4 baked potatoes

Ingredients

  • 4 medium-sized russet potatoes
  • 2 teaspoons avocado oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder, optional (see notes)

Instructions

  • One by one, scrub the potatoes under running water, then pat them dry.
  • Preheat the air fryer to 385 degrees Fahrenheit.
  • While you wait for the air fryer to preheat, coat the potatoes in oil (approximately 1/2 teaspoon per potato). Make sure to cover the entire outside of the potato. Then, rub salt all over the skin. You can also add some garlic powder if you like – just keep in mind that it could darken in the air fryer and taste slightly bitter (We really like garlic, that’s why we usually add some anyways).
  • Place the oiled and salted whole raw potatoes into the air fryer tray once heated. No need to pierce them with a fork first! If you can’t fit four potatoes in your air fryer and still have some space around them, better not make them all in one batch – overcrowding the air fryer is not recommended.
  • Cook the potatoes for approximately 45 minutes or until the insides are soft and the skin is crispy. Test this by inserting a fork into the center of one potato – if it goes through easily, they are done. The size of the potatoes and your air fryer size can influence cooking time, so this time might vary for you.
  • Once done, remove the potatoes from the air fryer, cut them open lengthwise (be careful, they are hot), and garnish with butter, sour cream, sliced green onions, chopped chives or parsley, salt/pepper, or other garnishes as desired (e.g. bacon bits).

Notes

  • The potatoes we used all had a weight between 8 and 9 ounces. If the russet potatoes you are using are lighter or heavier, you’ll most likely have to adjust the cooking time a bit. Try using potatoes that are roughly the same size as one another so that they all cook evenly and finish cooking at the same time.
  • If you decide to use garlic powder, keep in mind that it can get brown and possibly even burn slightly since the potatoes are cooked in the air fryer for quite a while. This in turn can make the powder a tad bitter. We like the taste of a bit of garlic powder, but if you are unsure better skip it.

Nutrition

Serving: 1g | Calories: 189kcal | Carbohydrates: 37g | Protein: 5g | Fat: 3g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 2g | Sodium: 289mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 2g

This nutritional information has been estimated by an online nutrition calculator. It should only be seen as a rough calculation and not a replacement for professional dietary advice.

Course Potatoes
Cuisine American
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Lisa is the main creator for Simply Air Fryer. As the author of two successful food blogs, she's usually found measuring ingredients, trying out new combinations, or hiding behind the camera snapping photos of food. She bought her first air fryer almost 2 years ago and has since used it over 350+ times. With the help of her trusty sidekick (husband), she's created and tested every single recipe on Simply Air Fryer.

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