This is an overhead view of a baked potato cut in half. Inside the potato is some melted butter, freshly ground pepper and fresh herbs. The potato sits on a white plate with another potato behind it to the top left of the image.
Air fryer baked potatoes are crispy on the outside and soft and fluffy on the inside. Add your favorite toppings and serve with any meal!

Air fryer baked potatoes are going to be your new favorite side dish! My favorite kind of recipe is the kind you can prep ahead and push a button when you’re ready to cook. These potatoes are so simple to cook, making them perfect for any busy week!

Having grown up on baked potatoes, I’ve always loved the little potato boats you can load up with butter. I’ve been known to eat the melty buttery layer and then load it up with butter again and repeat the process. Butter, eat, repeat.

Air fryer baked potato recipe ingredients:

Potatoes. Russet potatoes are best for baked potatoes, but you could also use sweet potatoes if you want!

Oil. I use avocado oil, but you can use any oil you prefer. Sunflower oil or coconut oil are also great options!

Salt. I love using a flakey salt but any salt works!

Pepper. I use freshly ground pepper. It’s not essential to the recipe but adds a nice touch.

Butter. This is my topping of choice, but scroll down a bit for more suggestions and topping ideas!

How to make air fryer baked potato:

Wash. First you want to wash your potatoes to remove any dirt or debris. Then, pat dry.

Oil and season. Rub the potatoes with oil, salt, and pepper. You also want to pierce the potatoes with a fork a few times to allow any steam out as they cook.

Air fryer. Heat your air fryer to 400F and place the potatoes in the rack, making sure they aren’y overcrowded.

Slice and smush. Once the potatoes are cooled enough to handle, use a knife to slice lengthwise down the center and smush them to loosen the potatoes and open them up.

Add the toppings. Add on whatever toppings you want to the potatoes and serve! These are best served warm!

Tips for making a baked potato in the air fryer:

Use russet potatoes. Russet potatoes are my favorites ones to use because they get a crisp outside and a soft, fluffy, and butter inside. You can also use a sweet potato if you like!

Don’t overcrowd. I used 4 small/medium potatoes. These cook the best when you give the potatoes enough room on the rack so they’re not touching or overcrowded. If you’re making more than 4 potatoes, I would work in batches.

Use small to medium sized potatoes. They not only cook quicker, but you can cook them all at once without overcrowding them.

This is an overhead view of an air fryer baked potato cut in half. Inside the potato is some melted butter, freshly ground pepper and fresh herbs. The potato sits on a white plate and a fork is digging into the potato.

Air Fryer Baked Potato Topping Ideas:

  • butter
  • fresh herbs
  • bacon
  • sour cream
  • cheddar cheese
  • stuffed taco
  • ranch

How to store and reheat:

Potatoes can be stored in an airtight container in the fridge for about 1 week. You can reheat it in the air fryer to give it back that crispy outside and heat it through. Heat in the air fryer for about 400F for about 5 minutes. You can also reheat it in the oven or microwave.

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This is an overhead view of a baked potato cut in half. Inside the potato is some melted butter, freshly ground pepper and fresh herbs. The potato sits on a white plate with another potato behind it to the top left of the image.

Air Fryer Baked Potatoes

  • Author: Lindsay Grimes Freedman
  • Prep Time: 5 min
  • Cook Time: 30 min
  • Total Time: 35 min
  • Yield: 4 potatoes 1x
  • Category: side dish
  • Method: air fryer
  • Cuisine: potatoes
  • Diet: Gluten Free

Description

Air fryer baked potatoes are crispy on the outside and soft and fluffy on the inside. Add your favorite toppings and serve with any meal!


Scale

Ingredients

  • 4  medium Russet potatoes (1 lb. 8 oz total)
  • 2 tablespoons avocado oil
  • 1 teaspoon flakey salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground pepper
  • butter or favorite toppings for serving

Instructions

  1. Preheat air fryer to 400F. 
  2. Wash and dry your potatoes. 
  3. Rub with oil, salt, and pepper. 
  4. Pierce each potato with a fork in a few different areas.
  5. Arrange the potatoes on the air fryer tray or in the basket in a single layer with room between each potato.
  6. Air fry for 30 – 45 minutes depending on how large your potatoes are. Mine only took 30 minutes.
  7. Remove from the air fryer and slice lengthwise down the center of the potatoes. 
  8. Top with your favorite things – butter, sour cream, cheese, bacon, whatever you want!


Nutrition

  • Serving Size: 1 potato
  • Calories: 157
  • Sugar: 2.5g
  • Sodium: 111mg
  • Fat: 1.1g
  • Saturated Fat: 0.2g
  • Unsaturated Fat: 0g
  • Trans Fat: 0g
  • Carbohydrates: 34g
  • Fiber: 5.5g
  • Protein: 3.7g
  • Cholesterol: 0mg

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