Bake the perfect Air Fryer Baked Potatoes every time! You'll love them for their crispy golden skins and perfectly fluffy middles. They are delicious as a side dish with steak or as a main meal loaded with tasty toppings such as cheese and baked beans!
The great thing about using the air fryer to bake potatoes is you can set and forget. Plus, it is more economical than using an oven. The potatoes cook slightly faster in an air fryer and will cook even quicker if you microwave them first for a few minutes.
Potatoes come in all shapes and sizes; I have used medium/large potatoes for this recipe. If the potatoes are small, they will bake much quicker; if they are large, they will take longer.
My Phillips air fryer can fit four large potatoes in the basket, which is perfect for us, but I often use it to cook just one potato, which I have for lunch. I've listed below some tasty topping ideas and inspiration to get started.
Why You'll Love This Recipe
- Fuss-free - set and forget!
- It is a healthy alternative if you're bored of lunchtime sandwiches.
- They have crispy skins with pillowy insides.
Note: The full quantities are shown in the recipe card below.
Potatoes - the best variety for baking are Russet potatoes, Maris Piper, King Edward, Desiree and Coliban.
Olive oil - we love olive oil, but you could use canola or vegetable oil.
Salt - optional. You could also use garlic powder.
Step by Step Directions
Note: This is a summary of the instructions. The full ingredients and instructions are shown in the recipe card below.
1. Wash and scrub the potatoes well, then pat them dry. Rub olive oil all over the potatoes. I find it easier to do this with my hands, but you could use a brush.
2. Rub salt over them, then prick them several times with a fork.
3. Place the potatoes in the basket of the air fryer.
4. Bake for 40-60 minutes at 200°C (390°F). Flip them over halfway through with tongs. The timing will vary depending on the size of the potatoes.
You can use canola or vegetable oil instead of olive oil and smother them with fresh or dried rosemary for a herby alternative.
Baked Potatoes make the perfect side dish to meats, especially grilled steak.
Baked Potato Toppings
Some suggested baked potato toppings are:-
Cheese and Baked Beans
Sour Cream and Chives
Chilli Con Carne
Vegetarian Chilli Beans
Broccoli and Cheese
Lots of butter!
You can store leftover baked potatoes in the fridge; however, they taste far better freshly baked. Just reheat them in the microwave before eating.
FAQs & Expert Tips
No, this is not necessary and will result in soggy skins! The foil holds in moisture and steams the potatoes.
To check whether the baked potato is ready, stick a knife into the centre - if it feels soft, it's ready.
Yes, you can bake the potatoes without oil.
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Air Fryer Baked Potatoes
- 1 Air Fryer
- 4 potatoes, Russet potatoes, Maris Piper, King Edward, Desiree and Coliban are suitable varieties for baking.
- 2 tablespoons olive oil, or canola or vegetable oil
- 1 tablespoon salt, or garlic salt
- If your air fryer has a preheat mode, preheat it to 200℃ (390℉).
- Wash and scrub the potatoes well, then pat them dry. Rub olive oil all over the potatoes. I find it easier to do this with my hands, but you could use a brush.
- Rub salt all over them, then prick them several times with a fork. This allows steam to escape.
- Place the potatoes in the air fryer basket and bake for 40-60 minutes at 200°C (390℉). Flip them over halfway through with tongs. The timing will vary depending on the size of the potatoes. For a faster-baked potato, you can start them off in the microwave. Just microwave them for a few minutes, then transfer them to the air fryer.
- To check whether they are ready, insert a knife into the centre. If it goes in easily and feels soft, they are ready.
- See the recipe post for serving suggestions and topping ideas.
StorageYou can store leftover baked potatoes in the fridge; however, they taste far better freshly baked. Just reheat them in the microwave before eating.
Nutrition: The nutrition information is a rough estimate calculated with an online nutrition calculator.