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Air Fryer Baked Potatoes

Air fryer baked potatoes are a quick and easy way to enjoy a classic comfort food. With only three ingredients—potatoes, oil, and salt—you can have perfectly fluffy and crispy potatoes in under an hour.

Two white plates with baked potatoes with chives and butter with forks on the plate
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This recipe is perfect for busy weeknights or when you’re short on time. Simply preheat your air fryer, rub the potatoes with olive oil and salt, and cook until they’re fork-tender. You can then enjoy them on their own or with your favorite toppings, such as butter, sour cream, cheddar cheese, bacon, or chives. Or a combination of them!

Other than these potatoes being so delicious and easy to make, what I love about this recipe is the prep time is less than five minutes. So you can spend more time with your loved ones while the air fryer oven does all the work. It’s so much easier than baking your potatoes in an oven or microwave.

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Just a few ingredients

  • Russet Potatoes
  • Extra-virgin olive oil – you can also use canola oil, avocado oil, or walnut oil.
  • Kosher salt – better than sea salt – you want a chunky salt.
a horizontal photo of a white plate with a fork and baked potato on it
Photo Credit: Dishes Delish.
Helpful
Tips
  • I have two types of air fryers – the tray oven type and the basket type. For this recipe, I use the basket air fryer.
  • Choose russet potatoes for the best results. They have a high starch content, which makes them fluffy and light.
  • I have used Yukon gold potatoes and they come out delicious. It’s just that Russets have thicker skins, so you get that satisfying chew going on.
  • Scrub the potatoes well before cooking, but don’t peel them. The skin will help to keep the potatoes moist and flavorful. If you don’t have this vegetable cloth, you should check it out. One side is coarse and when you rub the skin of the potatoes under water, they clean up quick and easily.
  • Before cooking, poke the potatoes all over with a fork or sharp paring knife. This will help to prevent them from bursting.
  • Cook the potatoes at a high temperature (400 degrees Fahrenheit) for a shorter time. This will help them to crisp up on the outside without becoming dry inside.
  • The cooking time will vary depending on the size of your potatoes. I had medium to large potatoes, and it took 35 minutes. But I’ve also had smaller potatoes that cooked in 25 minutes and huge potatoes that took 45 – 50 minutes.
  • Serve the potatoes immediately with your favorite toppings.

How to make air fryer baked potatoes

Step One

Get out your air fryer.

Step Two

Gather the ingredients – russet potatoes, extra virgin olive oil, and Kosher salt.

Overhead view of two potatoes, salt, and oil on a blue wood table
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Step three

Preheat your air fryer to 400 degrees Fahrenheit and set the timer for 35 minutes. (My potatoes were medium large – see notes on the different timing for each size.)

Step Four

Wash the skins of the potatoes thoroughly and dry them.

Take a fork or paring knife and poke holes over all of the potatoes. Be careful if you use a paring knife that you don’t hurt yourself. I usually wear this glove when I make these air fried potatoes.

Step Five

Put a quarter sized amount of oil in one hand, pick up one of the potatoes and rub the oil until it covers the skin evenly. You can just keep adding a quarter sized amount until you’re happy with the coverage. Repeat with the other potato.

Step Six

Liberally sprinkle kosher salt on all sides of the potatoes. Once the air fryer comes to temperature, add the potatoes to the air fryer basket in a single layer with space between them.

overhead view of two potatoes with oil and salt on it in an air fryer basket
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Step Seven

Replace the air fryer basket and let the potatoes cook. There is no need to flip the potatoes during the cooking time.

Step Eight

Once it beeps that the potatoes are done, don an oven mitt and pick up one of the potatoes and squeeze it a little. If there is a give to it, it’s done. If you’re still not sure, you can stick a knife through it. But the squeeze method works for me.

Time to plate the potatoes. I take a sharp knife and cut a slit in the top, squeeze the sides, and add butter and chives.

two white plates with cooked potatoes on them along with forks and a salt and peppers shaker
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I added freshly ground pepper and a little salt.

Let’s look at a closer view.

Close up of a split potato that has been baked and butter and chives on it
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Doesn’t that look delicious? Wouldn’t it be delicious with air fryer steak? That’s what I ate it with.

I hope you enjoyed this air fryer baked potatoes recipe. It’s a favorite in our house.

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Air Fryer Baked Potatoes

Make perfectly fluffy and crispy air fryer baked potatoes in under an hour with only three ingredients! This easy recipe is perfect for busy weeknights or when you're short on time.
5 from 8 votes
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Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Keyword: air fried baked potatoes, air fryer baked potatoes, baked potato recipe
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 35 minutes
Servings: 2 potatoes
Calories: 192kcal

Ingredients

  • 2 medium russet potatoes (washed and dried – see notes for different-sized cooking times)
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil (be generous)
  • 1 tablespoon kosher salt (approximately – be liberal in your sprinkling)

Instructions

  • Wash and dry the potatoes. Take a fork or paring knife and poke holes all around each potato (you do this so the potato won't burst.)
    2 medium russet potatoes
  • Pour a quarter-size amount of oil in your hand. Rub the oil all along the skin to cover the potato completely. Repeat with the other potato.
    2 tablespoons olive oil, 1 tablespoon kosher salt
  • Liberally sprinkle kosher salt over all the sides of the potato.
  • Preheat the air fryer to 400 F, and set the timer for 35 minutes (see timing for different sizes of potatoes).
  • When the air fryer comes to temperature, open the basket and place the potatoes in a single layer without touching each other.
  • Once the air fryer beeps that it is done cooking, don an oven mitt, pick up one of the potatoes, and squeeze it. There should be a give – your potato is done.
  • Cut a slit in the potato, squeeze the sides together, add butter or any other addition you'd like (see notes for ideas.)
  • Eat
  • Smile
  • Enjoy

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Notes

I didn’t add the butter to the nutrition information because everyone uses a different amount.

Helpful tips

  • I have two types of air fryers – the tray oven type and the basket type. For this recipe, I use the basket air fryer.
  • Choose russet potatoes for the best results. They have a high starch content, which makes them fluffy and light.
  • I have used Yukon gold potatoes and they come out delicious. It’s just that Russets have thicker skins, so you get that satisfying chew going on.
  • Scrub the potatoes well before cooking, but don’t peel them. The skin will help to keep the potatoes moist and flavorful. If you don’t have this vegetable cloth, you should check it out. One side is coarse and when you rub the skin of the potatoes under water, they clean up quick and easily.
  • Before cooking, poke the potatoes all over with a fork or sharp paring knife. This will help to prevent them from bursting.
  • Cook the potatoes at a high temperature (400 degrees Fahrenheit) for a shorter time. This will help them to crisp up on the outside without becoming dry inside.
  • The cooking time will vary depending on the size of your potatoes. I had medium to large potatoes, and it took 35 minutes. But I’ve also had smaller potatoes that cooked in 25 minutes and huge potatoes that took 45 – 50 minutes.
  • Serve the potatoes immediately with your favorite toppings.

Nutrition

Serving: 1potato | Calories: 192kcal | Carbohydrates: 38g | Protein: 5g | Fat: 14g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 2g | Monounsaturated Fat: 10g | Sodium: 1201mg | Potassium: 889mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 2IU | Vitamin C: 12mg | Calcium: 30mg | Iron: 2mg
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20 Comments

  1. I love how, unlike using the microwave, you get a crisp skin on the potatoes with the air fryer. It’s the only way I bake potatoes now!

  2. These air fryer baked potatoes saved me tons of time and I didn’t have to heat up the oven to make them. Great loaded with all my favorite toppings.

  3. Potatoes are always a family favorite dish in any form. Never ever tried the Air Fryer method. Sounds good and a must try dish for the weekend.

  4. Wow! I can’t believe how great my baked potatoes came out! The inside was fluffy and the outside crispy! I will be cooking them in the Air Fryer again.

  5. I’ve not yet tried making baked potatoes in the air fryer but that;s a great idea! I will definitely have to make them this way next time..love how easy it is too!

  6. This was my first time making baked potatoes in the air fryer and your great tips made it an absolute breeze! I’ll definitely be making our potatoes this way more often. Thanks for the great post!

  7. One of my favorite things about Thankgiving is the potatoes! This potato recipe looks perfect, I am definitely trying it for this year’s Thanksgiving!

  8. On busy days, this recipe is a true savior! The air fryer twist on a classic side dish adds peace of mind to weeknight dinners. Five stars for making me a kitchen hero, even on the busiest days!

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