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Air Fryer Baked Potatoes

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Air fryer baked potatoes are bringing a side dish favourite to the 21st century! This easy air fryer baked potato recipe is quick, requires only 3 ingredients, and may just deliver the best baked potato you've ever had.

You might think it's ambitious to declare that a counter top appliance could improve the humble baked potato. But it's not ambitious!

The air fryer will undoubtibly give you the best baked potato you'll ever have.

A bold declaration, but I'm gonna back it up. This baked potato recipe will give you fluffy inside, tender potato flesh with incredibly crispy and wholly delicious skin.

This air fryer baked potato recipe is dedicated to the humble potato.

Air fryer baked potato topped with sour cream and green onions.
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Tips + Tricks

No. 1 --> Don't overcrowd the air fryer. It may be tempting to shove as many potatoes in the air fryer basket as you can fit, but it's not always the best way! For optimal results, you must leave some space between the potatoes.

No. 2 --> After giving the potatoes a good wash, ensure they are as dry as possible before rubbing with oil. A fully dried skin will crisp better than a damp one!

No. 3 --> Try to choose potatoes of similar size and weight. This will ensure a more even cook time and end results.

No. 4 --> If unsure of the doneness on your baked potatoes you can easily test them with a food thermometer. The finished temperature is right around 205f.

Adding a dollop of sour cream to an air fried baked potato.

Key Ingredients

  • Potatoes: Choose firm, starchy potatoes with no bruises or sprouts. I love russet potatoes for baked potatoes, but Yukon gold will also work. PSST. This recipe also works for sweet potatoes!
  • Oil: A mild/ neutral-flavoured oil with a high smoke point is desirable for this recipe. Canola oil, grapeseed oil, even avocado oil will work. If the oil doesn't have a high enough smoke point (ie. over 400f) it can leave a bitter, acrid flavor in your food, and stink up the house! I would avoid olive oil, if possible.
  • Coarse kosher salt: Salt is necessary to enhance the mild flavor of potatoes. I prefer coarse kosher salt, or sea salt as it's harder to over-salt with larger salt crystals.
Ingredients for air fryer baked potatoes.

How To Make Air Fryer Baked Potatoes

  1. Preheat air fryer to 400f.
  2. Meanwhile, wash and dry the potatoes thoroughly. I like to scrub my potatoes with a dish brush to loosen any dirt or debris.
  3. Drizzle oil over the potatoes and rub between your hands to distribute the oil over the entire skin of the potato.
  4. Sprinkle the top of each potato with coarse kosher salt to taste.
  5. Add prepared potatoes to the basket of the preheated air fryer and cook at 400f for 30-50 minutes (this time greatly depends on the size of the potato.) The potatoes are done when they pierce easily with a fork, squish with tongs or reach an internal temperature between 204 and 207f,
  6. Carefully remove the baked potatoes from the air fryer, I used silicone baking gloves.
  7. Place the potatoes on a cutting board and slit open the skin from end to end lengthwise, then squeeze the potato together by then ends.
  8. Serve hot with your favorite toppings!

Why Use The Air Fryer To Bake Potatoes?

Our Instant Pot Vortex air fryer has turned into a countertop fixture since we got it. It's great for cooking, reheating, and crisping up all sorts of foods.

It certainly makes the perfect baked potato, and here's why:

  • you cannot beat the completely crispy skin + tender, fluffy flesh
  • it's quicker than my oven, and much more energy-efficient!
  • this recipe is foolproof! This recipe is so easy, I've had my 10-year-old start the potatoes while I was doing other chores - and she was done before I was!

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Topping Ideas

When talking baked potatoes and toppings, I don't think I need to suggest the classics, like sour cream, butter, green onions, shredded cheese, and bacon bits, right? Well here are a couple of ideas you may not have considered:

Batch + Storage Information

Batch:

This recipe makes about 6 medium (fist-sized) baked potatoes. The air fryer method is best for small-batch requirements due to space constraints.

Storage:

If you've got leftover baked potatoes, allow them to cool to room temperature before storing in the fridge in an airtight container. To reheat, pop the potato back in the air fryer at 400f for a few minutes, or until heated through.

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Air fryer baked potato topped with sour cream and green onions.
Yield: 6

Air Fryer Baked Potatoes

Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 35 minutes

Use your air fryer to make perfect baked potatoes! This easy air fryer baked potato recipe has only 3 ingredients and less than 5 minutes of hands-on time, PLUS you get to skip the tinfoil, preheating the oven and heating up the whole house!

Ingredients

  • 6 small/ medium russet potatoes
  • 2 tablespoons canola, grapeseed or avocado oil
  • coarse kosher salt, to taste

Instructions

  1. Preheat air fryer to 400f.
  2. Meanwhile, wash and dry the potatoes thoroughly.
  3. Rub oil onto each potato.
  4. Sprinkle the top of each potato with coarse kosher salt to taste.
  5. Add prepared potatoes to the basket of the preheated air fryer and cook at 400f for 30-45 minutes (this time greatly depends on the size of the potato.) The potatoes are done when they pierce easily with a fork, squish with tongs or reach an internal temperature between 204 and 207f.
  6. Carefully remove the baked potatoes from the air fryer.
  7. Place the potatoes on a cutting board and slit open the skin from end to end lengthwise, then squeeze the potato together by then ends.
  8. Serve hot with your favorite toppings

Notes

topping ideas

You can always top your potato with the classics; sour cream, butter, green onions, shredded CHEESE, and BACON bits. But here's a couple of ideas you may not have considered:


Batch:

This recipe makes about 4 medium-sized baked potatoes. The air fryer method is best for small-batch requirements due to space constraints.

Storage:

If you've got leftover baked potatoes, allow them to cool to room temperature before storing in the fridge in an airtight container. To reheat, pop the potato back in the air fryer at 400f for a few minutes, or until heated through.

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Nutrition Information:

Yield:

6

Serving Size:

1

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 195Total Fat: 7gSaturated Fat: 1gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 6gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 116mgCarbohydrates: 30gFiber: 3gSugar: 1gProtein: 4g

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