Air Fryer Baked Potatoes – a simple, surefire method for making perfect baked potatoes with crispy skin and a creamy center.

close up of baked potato with crispy skin

Air Fryer Baked Potato Recipe

I love using my Air Fryer for elevating basic oven-baked recipes. It’s actually just a mini convection oven, perfect for achieving an extra crispy exterior with a tender center, whether you’re cooking meat, veggies, or potatoes. It also comes in handy when cooking a meal with multiple dishes that require different oven temps.  I especially love to use it for making side dishes like potatoes and fries while the main meat course is roasting in the oven.

Want to replicate the perfectly cooked steakhouse baked potato with a crispy, salty skin? This Air Fryer method for Baked Potatoes is super easy and totally foolproof! Simply prep your potatoes with a little oil and kosher salt and let the Air Fryer do the work. Top with your favorite baked potato fixings for the perfect side dish or make it a meal in itself!

What You’ll Need

Russet Potatoes

Olive or Avocado Oil

Kosher Salt

How to Make Baked Potatoes in the Air Fryer

To begin, wash and scrub the potatoes. Pierce the potatoes several times with a fork.

Blot the skin dry with paper towel, then rub potatoes with the oil and sprinkle generously with kosher salt.

Add the potatoes to the Air Fryer basket. Cook at 400 degrees for 35 minutes.

How Many Potatoes Can be Cooked at a Time?

It will depend on the size of the potatoes and the size of the Air Fryer. 4-5 small to medium sized potatoes is ideal for an Air Fryer with a 5-6 quart basket. Try not to overcrowd the potatoes – remember the Air Fryer works by circulating hot air, so more space between the potatoes will create a crispier exterior. It’s okay for the potatoes to touch or overlap but the end result may be a little less crispy skin.

How to Serve

When the potatoes are done cooking, let them cool for a few minutes as they will be VERY hot! Make a slice along the top of the potato and then squeeze the ends toward the center to open the potato. Fluff with a fork and serve with your favorite toppings such as butter, sour cream, grated cheddar, steamed broccoli, chives, and plenty of salt and pepper.

Storage of Leftovers

Leftover Air Fried Baked Potatoes can be stored in the refrigerator in an airtight container for up to 3 days. They are great reheated in the air fryer or microwave. See reheating instructions below.

How to Reheat Baked Potatoes in the Air Fryer

Preheat your Air Fryer to 350 degrees. Wrap the leftover baked potato(es) in aluminum foil and cook for 6-10 minutes, depending on the size of the potato. You can skip the foil, but I’ve had good results with this method for preventing the skin from burning. If reheating in the microwave, place on a plate and cook for 1-2 minutes.

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Air Fryer Baked Potatoes

Air Fryer Baked Potatoes - a simple, surefire method for making perfect baked potatoes with crispy skin and a creamy center.
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  • 4 medium russet potatoes
  • 1 teaspoon olive oil, or avocado oil
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt



  • Preheat the Air Fryer to 400 degrees.
  • Wash and scrub the potatoes. Blot dry with paper towels and pierce the skins with a fork several times.
  • Drizzle the oil over the potatoes and rub with your hands to coat the skins evenly.
  • Add the potatoes to the Air Fryer basket and sprinkle with the kosher salt.
  • Bake for 30-35 minutes and check for doneness. The potatoes should not still feel firm to the touch. If using very large russet potatoes, additional cooking time will be needed.


Calories: 177kcal, Carbohydrates: 38g, Protein: 5g, Fat: 1g, Saturated Fat: 0.2g, Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.2g, Monounsaturated Fat: 1g, Sodium: 592mg, Potassium: 888mg, Fiber: 3g, Sugar: 1g, Vitamin A: 2IU, Vitamin C: 12mg, Calcium: 28mg, Iron: 2mg

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