Easy Air Fryer Baked Potatoes

These easy to make Air Fryer Baked Potatoes are salty crisp on the outside and fork tender on the inside.

By using the air fryer to make baked potatoes, there’s no heating up the kitchen, it cuts your cook time in half, and the crispy skin is absolutely delicious!

Baked Potatoes In Air Fryer

Making baked potatoes in the air fryer is not only quicker, it makes for such a tasty potato with crisp crust and tender potato inside. You won’t ever go back to cooking your potatoes in the microwave or oven. What a plus to not have to heat up the kitchen too!

If you love potatoes, try my Homemade Mashed Potatoes recipe too. Follow Picky Palate on Instagram for daily recipe inspiration.

ingredients for air fryer baked potatoes on counter

What You’ll Need To Make The BEST Baked Potatoes

One of the best parts of this recipe, is you only need 3 ingredients to get your baked potatoes in the air fryer. Chances are, you have what you need on hand.

  • Russet Potatoes– I fit 4 large russet potatoes in my air fryer. Look for potatoes that are close to the same size so they all cook together.
  • Extra Virgin Olive Oil– You’ll brush olive oil over the skin, this will provide a delicious crisp skin as it cooks.
  • Salt– Sprinkle each potato with some kosher salt. Wait until you try the salty crispy potato skin, we love it!
washing potatoes in colander

How To Make Baked Potatoes In Air Fryer

Wash. Place your potatoes in a colander, run water over potatoes and scrub clean when needed. Pat dry and transfer to some parchment paper on the countertop.

Prep. Brush potatoes lightly with some extra virgin olive oil. I used a silicone rubber pastry brush. If you don’t have one, you can dip a corner of a paper towel in the olive oil and brush it on that way too.

Salt. Use a little kosher salt and sprinkle over tops of each potato.

salted potatoes inside air fryer ready to cook

Ready To Cook. Place potatoes into air fryer, close shut and set heat at 400 degrees F. for 30 minutes.

potatoes inside air fryer checking doneness with a fork

How Long To Cook Baked Potatoes In Air Fryer

Test For Doneness. When the 30 minute timer goes off, carefully open air fryer and use a fork to pierce the center of each potato. The fork should easily go through. I let my potatoes cook an extra 5 minutes for a more tender inside. Test yours with a fork and determine if you’d like them cooked a touch longer. I like to cook in 5 minute intervals after the 30 minute cook time.

Size of Potatoes. Keep in mind, depending on the size of your potatoes, cook times will vary. Large potatoes might take extra time, smaller potatoes may only need 25-30 minutes. With the air fryer, it’s simple to carefully pull out the basket tray and test for doneness.

baked potato on parchment paper ready to add toppings

What Kind of Toppings to Use For Loaded Baked Potatoes

The great part about making a loaded baked potato, is you get to choose what you’d like on your potato!

  • butter– Nothing like some butter that melts the second it hits your hot baked potato.
  • salt- A couple sprinkles of kosher salt is a must inside the baked potato.
  • pepper– Freshly cracked black pepper for a little spice.
  • sour cream– A nice dollop of sour cream is a must for my loaded baked potatoes.
  • bacon– Freshly crisped bacon is my favorite, but in a time crunch, use bacon bits or microwave ready bacon too.
  • cheese– Shredded cheese on top is another must for my baked potatoes.
  • chives– Fresh chives add a little color and a little onion flavor. Love them.
  • tomatoes– Fresh chopped tomatoes add a little color and another layer of flavor.
  • jalepenos– For a little spice add sliced jalepenos.
  • salsa– A spoonful of your favorite salsa gives a little flavor kick to the potato.
  • barbecue beef/chicken– For a hearty meal, try adding shredded barbecue beef or chicken to the top of your potato.
loaded baked potato on serving plate

Recipe Tips For Success

  • Sizing. When looking for potatoes for the air fryer, make sure you get them as close to the same size as possible. This way they cook the same amount of time.
  • Wash. Make sure before starting anything, you wash and scrub any areas of the potatoes that need cleaning. Pat dry.
  • Crisp Crust. For that crispy salty crust, don’t skip brushing the potatoes with olive oil and sprinkling with a touch of salt.
  • Cooking Potatoes. After 30 minutes of cook time, carefully pierce a fork through the centers of each potato to test doneness. When fork pierces easily through the potato, you know it’s ready. Keep in mind, large potatoes may take a little longer, small potatoes, a little less cook time.

How To Serve Loaded Baked Potatoes

Bakes potatoes are such a versatile food, they can be enjoyed as an appetizer to the main dish or loaded with all of the fixings and be the main dish themselves. When feeding a crowd, you can prepare a baked potato bar. Arrange all of your toppings in separate bowls in the kitchen so that your guests can have fun making their own perfect potato. Lots of ways to enjoy baked potatoes.

How To Store Leftovers

When potato has cooled completely, store any leftover potatoes in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3-4 days. Reheat in the air fryer at 400 degrees F. for 10-15 minutes or until hot.

Freezing Baked Potatoes

If you want to freeze baked potatoes, make sure they’re cooled completely, place in airtight bags or containers and freeze up to 3 months. Thaw completely before heating.

If You Love Air Fryer Recipes

loaded baked potato on serving plate

Easy Air Fryer Baked Potatoes

These air fryer baked potatoes take half the time regular potatoes take in the oven and have a perfect crispy salty skin. Bring on the loaded baked potatoes!
Course: Appetizer, Dinner
Cuisine: American
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
Servings: 4
Calories: 230kcal
Author: Jenny
Cost: $25
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  • air fryer
  • pastry brush to brush olive oil on potatoes
  • long tongs or fork to remove potatoes from air fryer


  • 4 large Russet Potatoes
  • 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon kosher salt


  • Wash, scrub and clean potatoes then pat try with paper towel. Place potatoes onto parchment paper on top of a counter top. Brush each potato with extra virgin olive oil and sprinkle evenly with kosher salt. Arrange potatoes inside basket of air fryer, close securely and heat to 400 degrees F. setting timer for 30 minutes.
  • At 30 minutes, carefully open air fryer and use a fork to pierce centers of each potato. Fork should easily pierce through centers of potatoes. For large potatoes, they might need 5-10 minutes more cooking. Smaller potatoes may not. Use the fork method to test for doneness.
  • Use long tongs or fork to remove potatoes from air fryer and transfer to serving plate. Cover with tin foil to keep hot until ready to serve. Cut each potato in half to prepare for toppings of your choice.


Calories: 230kcal | Carbohydrates: 38g | Protein: 5g | Fat: 7g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 5g | Sodium: 1755mg | Potassium: 889mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 2IU | Vitamin C: 12mg | Calcium: 29mg | Iron: 2mg
Keywords: air fryer baked potato, air fryer baked potatoes, loaded baked poatoes
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