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Air Fryer Baked Potato Recipe

I’ve included some videos below for those who prefer to watch rather than read. Making baked potatoes in an air fryer is quick and easy. You get crispy skin and a fluffy inside every time.

Air Fryer Baked Potato

All you need are some potatoes, a bit of oil, salt, and pepper. In just under an hour, your potatoes will be perfectly cooked. This method uses less heat and time than a traditional oven, making it perfect for quick meals.

You’ll also love how simple it is to customize. Add your favorite toppings like cheese, bacon, or sour cream for a delicious side dish or a light main course. Enjoy your tasty air fryer baked potatoes without any fuss!

Exact Ingredients (+ Possible Substitutes)

Ingredients:

  • Potatoes: Choose medium-sized russet potatoes. These are ideal due to their starchy texture which makes them fluffy inside.
  • Olive Oil: Helps to crisp the skin. You can also use vegetable oil or avocado oil as substitutes.
  • Salt: Sea salt is recommended for better flavor, but table salt works too.
  • Black Pepper: Adds a bit of spice. You can skip it if you prefer plain potatoes.

Optional Seasonings:

  • Garlic Powder: Adds a savory taste. Onion powder can be used too.
  • Paprika: For a smoky flavor, use smoked paprika if you have it.
  • Chives or Green Onions: For a fresh, herby flavor.

Substitutes:

  • If you can’t find russet potatoes, Yukon Gold or other starchy potatoes can be used, although the texture might vary slightly.
  • Instead of olive oil, butter can also be used for a richer taste.
  • If you’re out of black pepper, white pepper or even red pepper flakes can add a different heat and flavor.

Tips:

  • Always wash and dry your potatoes thoroughly to remove dirt.
  • Poking holes in the potatoes with a fork helps steam escape during cooking, which prevents them from bursting.
  • Rub your chosen oil and seasonings evenly across the potato to ensure all sides get crispy and flavorful.

Instructions

Ingredients

  • 2-4 Russet potatoes
  • Olive oil or avocado oil
  • Sea salt
  • Optional toppings: butter, sour cream, bacon, chives, shredded cheese

Steps


  1. Preheat Your Air Fryer

    Turn your air fryer to 400 degrees Fahrenheit.



  2. Prepare the Potatoes

    Wash your potatoes thoroughly. Pat them dry with a towel. Use a fork to prick each potato 3 to 4 times.



  3. Season the Potatoes

    Brush each potato with olive oil. Sprinkle them with sea salt, making sure to coat them evenly.



  4. Arrange in the Air Fryer

    Place the potatoes in the air fryer basket. Make sure to leave a little space between each potato.



  5. Cook the Potatoes

    Cook at 400°F for 30 minutes. After the first 30 minutes, flip the potatoes over. Continue cooking for another 20 to 25 minutes.



  6. Check for Doneness

    Insert a fork into the center of each potato. They should be easily pierced and soft inside.


Optional Toppings
When done, cut the potatoes open. Top with butter, sour cream, bacon, chives, or shredded cheese as you like.

That’s it! Enjoy your delicious air fryer baked potatoes.

Tips, Tricks & Storing

Choose the Right Potatoes
Russet potatoes are your best bet. They have a fluffy interior that’s perfect for baking.

Prep Properly
Always scrub and dry your potatoes before cooking. Poking holes with a fork lets steam escape, giving you a better texture.

Use Oil and Seasoning
Coat your potatoes in olive oil and sprinkle with salt and pepper. This makes the skin crispy.

Ideal Cooking Temperature
Set your air fryer to 400°F. This temperature works well for getting crispy skin and a soft inside.

Cooking Time
Air fry for 25-30 minutes, then flip and cook for another 15-20 minutes. Your potatoes are done when you can easily insert a knife.

Microwave for Faster Results
Microwave your potatoes for 5-8 minutes first. This can shorten air fryer time to 15-20 minutes.

Storing and Reheating

Cool Before Storing
Let the potatoes cool completely before storing. This helps keep them fresh.

Refrigerate in Airtight Containers
Store your baked potatoes in an airtight container in the fridge. They’ll stay good for up to 5 days.

Reheat with Care
To reheat, pop them back into the air fryer for 5-10 minutes at 350°F. This will help them regain their crispy texture.

Freezing
If you need longer storage, you can freeze them. Wrap each potato in aluminum foil, then place in a freezer bag. They can last up to a month.

Thaw Before Reheating
Thaw frozen potatoes in the fridge overnight before reheating for best results.

Recipe Variations & Serving Suggestions

Try these recipe variations and serving ideas to make your air fryer baked potatoes even tastier.

Swap the Oil: Use different oils like avocado oil or coconut oil. Each gives a unique flavor.

Seasoning Ideas:

  • Garlic powder
  • Onion powder
  • Paprika
  • Italian seasoning

Topping Suggestions:

  • Cheese: Shredded cheddar, mozzarella, or pepper jack
  • Creamy: Sour cream, Greek yogurt
  • Crunchy: Bacon bits, fried onions
  • Fresh: Chives, green onions, parsley

Creative Touches:

  • Twice-baked: Scoop out the potato, mix with cheese and bacon, and then bake again.
  • Stuffed Potatoes: Fill with broccoli and cheese, chili, or BBQ chicken.
  • Potato Skins: Cut potatoes in half, scoop out most of the insides, then crisp up the skins.

Meal Ideas:

  • Side Dish: Great with steak, chicken, or grilled vegetables.
  • Main Dish: Load with toppings and serve with a side salad.

These tips will help you enjoy versatile and delicious air fryer baked potatoes anytime!

Benjamin Happy Muncher

Hi, I'm Benjamin. I love cooking, long walks, and my girlfriend! Here you’ll find simple and delicious recipes that you can make in 30 minutes or less.