Making the perfect crispy skin, baked potato can be a bit of a challenge. However, I have found the secret to perfect baked potatoes every time! This air fryer baked potatoes recipe makes a light and fluffy inside and a crisp salty outside every time. They make a great side dish or bake a large one and make it a meal with toppings like copycat Texas Roadhouse chili or roast beef and gravy.

Perfect Air Fryer Baked Potatoes Recipe on a plate with parsely and butter

Why cook a baked potato in an air fryer

Using this air fryer recipe you will get one of the best-baked potatoes with a delicious crispy skin that has a slight crunch that you have ever had. It’s an easy recipe that makes a perfect side dish for the main course or a meal. If you need a party idea then try serving these on a baked potato bar. I have easy prep-ahead party Topping Ideas For Your Next Baked Potato Bar.

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💭 Top tips

  • Do not crowd your potatoes in the air fryer basket. Allow enough space for the potatoes to not touch. The skin does not get as crispy if the potatoes touch.
  • Be sure to use the best potato for baking such as a Russet or Yukon Gold.
  • Do not overcook, it should be fork tender.
  • If you have only two large potatoes in your air fryer then flip them halfway through your cooking time.
  • Remember cooking times will vary on the size of your potato and the brand of your air fryer. The potatoes should have an internal temperature of 210 degrees when done.

Can you make them ahead?

It is best to serve them hot right out of the air fryer. They lose their crispy skins after they are cold.

🥘 Ingredients

  • 4 medium russet potatoes
  • olive oil
  • coarse sea salt
  • black pepper
  • garlic powder

🔪 Instructions

Perfect Air Fryer Baked Potatoes Recipe covering potatoes with olive oil
  1. Be sure and wash your baked potato under running water and a scrub brush to remove all the dirt. Pat dry with a paper towel
  2. Prick the skin of the potato with a fork.
  3. Using a pastry brush, coat the potatoes with olive oil. Sprinkle salt, pepper, and garlic powder on the skins.
  4. Place potatoes in the air fryer basket.
  5. Bake at 400 degrees for 35 minutes of cooking time. Using a fork insert to see if they are soft all the way through. If not bake for another 5 minutes or until fork-tender. *Note it might take less time if the size of the potatoes is small enough to put 5 or 6 in your air fryer.
  6. Use tongs to remove the baked potatoes from the air fryer basket.
  7. Slice horizontally about 2/3 the way through the potato. Pinch ends and push ends to center to open the potato. Fluff with a fork. Add your favorite toppings.

🥗 How to serve baked potatoes

There are endless ideas for different toppings on baked potatoes. Let your imagination go and create a main dish dinner using baked potatoes.

Perfect Air Fryer Baked Potatoes Recipe salt and pepper
Perfect Air Fryer Baked Potatoes Recipe salt and pepper
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Perfect Air Fryer Baked Potatoes Recipe

Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 35 minutes
Servings: 4
This air fryer baked potatoes recipe creates the perfect baked potato with salty crispy skin and light fluffy insides every time.

Note: Be sure to read through the recipe’s post for tips and details about this recipe.

Ingredients
 

Instructions
 

  • Be sure and wash your baked potato under running water and a scrub brush to remove all the dirt. Pat dry with a paper towel
  • Prick the skin of the potato with a fork.
  • Using a pastry brush, coat the potatoes with olive oil. Sprinkle salt, pepper, and garlic powder on the skins.
  • Place potatoes in the air fryer basket.
  • Bake at 400 degrees for 35 minutes of cooking time. Using a fork insert to see if they are soft all the way through. If not bake for another 5 minutes or until fork-tender. *Note it might take less time if the size of the potatoes is small enough to put 5 or 6 in your air fryer.
  • Use tongs to remove the baked potatoes from the air fryer basket.
  • Slice horizontally about 2/3 the way through the potato. Pinch ends and push ends to center to open the potato. Fluff with a fork. Add your favorite toppings.

Notes

  • Do not crowd your potatoes in the air fryer basket. Allow enough space for the potatoes to not touch. The skin does not get as crispy if the potatoes touch.
  • Be sure to use the best potato for baking such as a Russet or Yukon Gold.
  • Do not overcook, it should be fork-tender.
  • If you have only two large potatoes in your air fryer then flip them halfway through your cooking time.
  • Remember cooking times will vary on the size of your potato and the brand of your air fryer. The potatoes should have an internal temperature of 210 degrees when done.
Serving: 1g, Calories: 168kcal, Carbohydrates: 38g, Protein: 5g, Fat: 1g, Saturated Fat: 1g, Sodium: 11mg, Potassium: 888mg, Fiber: 3g, Sugar: 1g, Vitamin A: 2IU, Vitamin C: 12mg, Calcium: 28mg, Iron: 2mg
Cuisine: American
Course: Side Dish
Author: Gina Dickson

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