Air Fryer Baked Potatoes with a crispy crust, nice and fluffy inside, and seasoned to perfection! This is the best baked potato you’ll ever make or eat!
Air Fryers are all the hype and for good reason, they cook up the food quickly, don’t heat up the house, and you enjoy most of your favorite dishes without having to deep fry it.
Why is this the best air fryer baked potato recipe? It’s perfectly seasoned and ready to go for all your baked potato toppings. You could even enjoy this potato without any toppings because the skin is so flavorful. We just add a little pepper, you could do salt and pepper if you didn’t want to salt the outside.
CAN YOU BAKE A POTATO IN AN AIR FRYER?
Absolutely and it’s our favorite way to make baked potatoes. Don’t worry, they won’t explode! They get crispy on the outside and stay nice and fluffy inside. Gone are the days heating up the entire house to make a baked potato in the oven. We only recommend the oven if you’re making tons of potatoes and don’t have enough room in the air fryer. We also don’t recommend wrapping them in tinfoil, who wants a soggy steamed potato?
If you ever do use tinfoil to bake the potatoes make sure you remove the foil after baking. Keeping the tin foil on while cooling or storing for later you’re at risk for botulism. (1)
ARE AIR FRYERS BAD FOR YOU?
No, they’re an excellent addition to the countertop for healthy meals. It’s all up to what you make in it. If you’re buying a can of biscuit dough to make air fryer donuts, no that isn’t the healthiest recipe, but there are tons of healthy recipes to make in your air fryer.
When looking for an air fryer we suggest going for one without Teflon which is something we stay away from. There are lots of studies on Teflon questioning the safety of it, we chose not to use it. (2) Also, if you have birds the Teflon can actually kill them, so that is something to consider if you’re a bird owner. (3)
WHICH AIR FRYER DO YOU RECOMMEND?
We use the Cuisinart Digital Air Fryer Toaster Oven. This can also toast, bake, broil, and offers much more versatility and cooking options than a regular bucket style air fryer.
WHAT TYPE OF POTATO IS BEST FOR BAKING?
Starchy potatoes are the best for baking. This is where the Russet Potato shines, you get that crispy skin and the perfect fluffy potato inside due to the lower moisture and higher starch. We do not recommend using waxy potatoes, these are best for roasting and boiling.
Russets are considered high risk when it comes to GMOs, choose organic whenever possible. (4)
HOW TO MAKE AIR FRYER BAKED POTATOES
- Potatoes: We’re going with Russet because they’re the best for baking
- Avocado Oil: This helps crisp up the skin and it’s a high smoke point oil, if you’re oil free you can just use water from washing the potatoes to make the seasoning stick.
- Parsley: This gives a little flavor and color to the potato skins.
- Kosher Salt: Kosher salt is best for baking spuds, a little goes a long way.
- Granulated Garlic: Go for granulated over powdered garlic.
- Prepping: Pierce the potatoes with a fork and then drizzle them with the oil and sprinkle with the seasonings. Massage the seasoning onto each potato.
- Air Fry: Place the potatoes onto the air fryer basket and air fryer the potatoes at 350 degrees F in an oven style and 400 degrees F in a bucket style.
- Cooking Time: Cook them for 20 minutes on the lower rack of your air fryer toaster oven, flip the potatoes and cook another 10-15 minutes at 375 degrees F.
- Cool: Allow the potatoes to cool about 5 minutes before cutting open.
- Enjoy: Slice the potatoes open and then push the bottoms of the potatoes in with your fingers to “fluff the potato”. Serve as desired.
tips and notes:
- Don’t overcrowd the air fryer basket – you want to allow the air to circulate around the food to “fry it” with the hot air.
- Adjust the temperature if your potatoes are smaller you can decrease the amount of time, if they’re larger then ours you may need to reduce the heat so the outside doesn’t overcook before the inside and cook longer.
- We use a toaster oven style air fryer and find that flipping the potatoes in between cooking allows it to crispy much more evenly. If your air fryer cooks evenly without flipping there’s no need to flip.
- Adjust the temperature settings for oven vs bucket style. Toaster oven should be 350 degrees F and bucket should be 400 degrees F. If you cook in the oven at the higher temperature the skin on the potatoes can burn.
Air Fryer Baked Potatoes
- 4 russet potatoes medium
- 1 teaspoon avocado oil
- 1 teaspoon parsley
- 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
- 1/2 teaspoon granulated garlic
- black pepper to taste
- Scrub the russet potatoes clean.
- Cover the potatoes with the oil and seasonings.
- Massage the seasonings into the potato - you can also pierce them with a fork.
- Place the potatoes onto the air fryer basket and air fryer the potatoes at 350 degrees F in an oven style and 400 degrees F in a bucket style.
- Cook the potatoes for 20 minutes and then flip the potatoes and cook another 10-15 minutes at 375 degrees F.
- Allow the potatoes to cool about 5 minutes before cutting open.
- Slice the potatoes open and then push the bottoms of the potatoes in with your fingers to "fluff the potato".
- Serve as desired with your favorite toppings.
- Don't overcrowd the air fryer basket - you want to allow the air to circulate around the food to "fry it" with the hot air.
- Adjust the time and temperature if your potatoes are smaller cook less if they're larger cook longer and possibly reduce the temperature if much larger.
- Bucket style air fryers may not need to flip the potatoes, with oven style flipping helps it evenly crisp the food.
- Cook at 350 degrees F for toaster oven style and 400 degrees F for bucket style.