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A quicker and easier way to make baked potatoes…in the air fryer! Delicious crispy, salty skin with a soft interior. So delicious, these Air Fryer Baked Potatoes are the perfect side dish. Based off my Classic Baked Potato Recipe, but with the time cut in half because they are baked in the air fryer.
Baked Potatoes in Half the Time!
I know there are about a million of you guys who are in love with your air fryer and recently, I just became a fan, too. This Air Fryer Baked Potato Recipe miiiight have been the ticket to tip the scales. It’s literally olive oil, salt and russet potatoes baked in the air fryer for 30 minutes until the skin is crispy and the middle is soft, which is HALF THE TIME of a regular baked potato in the oven. If you’re a potato lover, read on.
Air Fryers: Are They All Considered Equal?
Here’s the scoop on everyone’s favorite appliance the air fryer. In my opinion, NO they are not all considered equal. I’ve tried three separate machines from the cheapest possible air fryer on Amazon to my favorite, pricier Cuisinart Air Fryer (which is basically a toaster oven with air frying capabilities.) I LOVE IT and think it is worth every penny. Here’s why: It works extremely well, it is really even in its air frying capabilities and it’s large enough to make enough food for my family of six. If you are on the fence, I would highly recommend this one.
How to Make Air Fryer Baked Potatoes
Friends, add this to your list of foods you must make in your air fryer! Mama mia, air fried baked potatoes get a crispy and salty crust with a soft interior in about half the time of the traditional oven. It’s a dream! Here’s how to make them:
Scrub and rinse whole potatoes well with cold water. Dry with clean kitchen towel. Stab each potato 4-5 times with a fork and rub with olive oil. Sprinkle with salt and place into air fryer.
What Kind of Potatoes Should I Use?
I love using a good Idaho potato, mainly because I have lived in Idaho for a good chunk of my adult life and they are generally cheap and easy to find. If your bag of potatoes doesn’t say “grown in Idaho” then look for a starchy, Russet potato.
Air Fry Potatoes
Cook potatoes in the air fryer at 375 degrees F for 30-45 minutes or until potatoes are completely soft.
Remove from air fryer and cool 5-10 minutes before serving. Enjoy with any desired toppings.
How Long to Cook Baked Potatoes in the Air Fryer
Cooking time is dependent on how large or small your potatoes are and how powerful/accurate your air fryer is. Helpful hint: make sure you are using potatoes that are all the same size so they will be done all at the same time.
Favorite Baked Potato Toppings
I am a bit of a purist and really just love salt and sour cream on my baked potatoes, but here are a few other tasty options to take your potatoes to the next level.
- salted butter
- sour cream
- grated cheddar cheese
- chives/green onions
- Homemade Chili (this is my favorite recipe!)
- White Chicken Chili (for a creamy, spicy topping…yum!)
- BBQ Chicken
Making Ahead and Storage Options
Obviously, these baked potatoes are best right out of the air fryer, but if that is not an option for you, you can definitely make these ahead. After they have cooked, wrap them in foil or store in an airtight container in the fridge for up to five days. Then to reheat, you can do so back in the air fryer for 10-15 minutes at 400 degrees F. A microwave also works well too, if you don’t mind softer skin.
Can I Freeze Baked Potatoes?
Yes, you sure can! I like to wrap my cooled air fried potatoes in foil, then store in a large freezer bag. As long as the potatoes are wrapped well, you can keep them in the freezer for up to 3 months. To reheat, simply add them to the oven or back in the air fryer at 350 degrees F until warmed completely through.
Love Potatoes? Here Are Other Recipes to Try:
- Pan Fried Potatoes
- Garlic Mashed Potatoes
- Crockpot Mashed Potatoes
- Loaded Smashed Potatoes
- Twice Baked Potatoes
- Grandma’s Potato Salad
So there you have it! My new favorite side dish that (almost everyone) in my family will enjoy. Be sure to save/print/bookmark/pin/share this one because it’s a gem you won’t want to loose. Have a great day, friends!
Air Fryer Baked Potatoes
- Scrub and rinse whole potatoes well with cold water. Dry with clean kitchen towel.
- Stab each potato 4-5 times with a fork and rub with olive oil. Sprinkle with salt and place into air fryer.
- Cook potatoes in the air fryer at 375 degrees F for 30-45 minutes or until potatoes are completely soft. **Cooking time is dependent on how large or small your potatoes are! Make sure you are using potatoes that are all the same size so they have the same cooking time.
- Remove from air fryer and cool 5-10 minutes before serving. Enjoy with any desired toppings.