Did you know that you can make the best baked potatoes in the air fryer? Easy Air Fryer Baked Potatoes are perfectly fluffy and tender on the inside with a crispy skin on the outside. Dress them up with toppings or keep it simple with butter and salt & pepper.

Since publishing, this recipe has had nearly a million views and hundreds of raving reviews – I’ve converted many people to ‘baking’ their potatoes in the air fryer!

baked potato topped with butter & chives

I’ve been using my air fryer more & more. I’ve shared air fryer egg rolls and air fryer sticky chicken thighs. And now…potatoes.

I’m a BIG fan of baked potatoes. If I have fast food, it’s usually a bacon and cheddar potato from Wendy’s.

Remember when Arby’s had loaded baked potatoes? I think they discontinued them while I was pregnant & I nearly cried.

split baked potato

I rarely made them at home because it’s a bit time consuming in the oven and my old microwave used to short out after 5 minutes. I have a new one now, but it’s still ingrained in my head that 5 minutes is the max lol

Now that I make them in the air fryer, my baked potato world has opened back up! I will never attempt to make them in the microwave or even the oven, ever again.

Making them in the air fryer gives you a crispy, salty skin with a fluffy and tender inside that is just waiting for toppings.

Best baked potato EVER! Restaurant quality.

– Sonnie from Pinterest

Helpful Tools

  • Air Fryer – I have had this one for years now & I still love it.
  • Tongs – I use my tongs for everything but they are great for picking up hot potatoes.
  • Olive Oil Mister – For spraying the potatoes down.

Ingredients you’ll need

Below is a list of the ingredients you’ll need to gather to make this recipe, why you need them, and possible substitutions. Scroll all the way down for the full recipe card with measurements.

  • Potatoes – I use Russets.
  • Olive Oil – Use a high quality extra virgin olive oil for the best taste.
  • Kosher Salt – Kosher salt has larger flakes so it’s easier to work with & less additives.
overhead shot of potatoes & ingredients to make loaded baked potatoes

How to air fry a baked potato

This section shows you how to make this recipe, with process photos showing the steps to help you visualize it. For full instructions, including amounts and temperatures, see the recipe card below.

  1. STEP ONE: Preheat your air fryer at 375° F while you’re prepping the potatoes.
  2. STEP TWO: Scrub each potato & thoroughly dry. Poke a couple holes in each potato with a fork and then rub with olive oil and sprinkle with the salt.
  3. STEP THREE: Place the potatoes into the air fryer, making sure they’re not touching, and cook for 35 minutes or until fork tender.
  4. STEP FOUR: Use tongs to transfer the hot potatoes from the air fryer to a plate. Carefully slice each open with a knife and load with toppings – butter, sour cream, black pepper, crumbled bacon, cheddar cheese, chives…
overhead shot of potatoes and ingredients laid out

Can you put aluminum foil in the air fryer?

You can, if it’s a small piece, but I’m not sure why you would want to. Wrapping potatoes in foil doesn’t make them cook faster.

If you want to line your air fryer with something for easier clean up, I highly recommend these liners.

Do I need to poke holes in the potatoes?

Yes, you should. It allows steam to escape.

loaded baked potato topped with cheese & bacon & chives

How many can I cook at once?

How many potatoes you can fit in your basket will depend on the size of your air fryer. You want to make sure they have enough space and aren’t over crowded so the air can properly circulate.

For a standard size air fryer (around 5 quart), I would recommend 3-4 at once.

How long do I need to cook them?

Potatoes vary greatly in size so cooking times will need to be adjusted, but it will generally take between 30-40 minutes to cook in the air fryer at 375 degrees.

Can I freeze a baked potato?

You can freeze a baked potato. Wrap them individually in plastic wrap then freeze. Once frozen, move to a freezer bag and they will keep up to a year.

You can’t freeze a raw potato, but you can freeze a baked one, so this is a great way to use up any that will otherwise get wasted.

baked potato topped with butter squares

Air Fried Baked Potatoes

Which type of potato should I use?

I believe Russets (sometimes called Idaho potatoes) make the best baked potatoes for a few reasons.

First, they’re oblong so they’re the perfect size & shape for loading up.

Second, they have a thick skin which gets perfectly crisp.

Third, they have a high starch content so they bake up light and fluffy on the inside.

You can also air fry red or yellow potatoes, but because they’re smaller, you’ll have to adjust cooking time.

Baked Potato Toppings 🥔

Besides the crispy skin and fluffy insides, the beauty of a baked potato is how delicious they are when you load them up with toppings.

Some people get really creative and spoon chili or chicken alfredo over their potatoes, but here are my favorite toppings:

  • Butter
  • Sour cream or plain Greek yogurt
  • Freshly ground black pepper
  • Shredded Cheese (I like cheddar)
  • Crumbled crispy bacon (make it in the oven!)
  • Green onions or chives (not my favorite, but they do look pretty lol)

baked potato toppings - bacon, cheese, sour cream

Need more air fryer recipes? Try these:

Air Fryer Edamame

Air Fryer Mozzarella Sticks

Air Fryer Crispy Chicken Sandwich (Chick-Fil-A Copycat)

Need more ways to cook potatoes? Try these:

Garlic Mashed Potatoes

Roasted Potatoes

Crash Hot Potatoes

baked potato topped with chives on a white plate

Did You Make This?

If you made this recipe, I’d love to know how it went in the comments section below.

You can also tag me on Instagram – @melissa_ppplates or share a pic in the Persnickety Plates Community Facebook group. I love seeing what you’ve tried!

baked potato topped with butter & chives
4.85 from 60 votes

Easy Air Fryer Baked Potatoes

Servings: 4 potatoes
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 35 minutes
Total Time: 40 minutes
Easy Air Fryer Baked Potatoes are perfectly fluffy and tender on the inside with a crispy skin on the outside. Dress them up with toppings or keep it simple with butter and salt & pepper.



  • 4 medium russet potatoes scrubbed and dried
  • 4 Teaspoons olive oil
  • 1 Teaspoon kosher sea salt plus more for serving if desired


  • Preheat air fryer to 375°F for about 10 minutes.
  • Wash, dry and prick each potato with a fork.
  • Drizzle each potato with oil and sprinkle with salt.
  • Place 2 to 4 potatoes in your air fryer, depending on size.
  • Set air fryer to cook at 375°F for 35 minutes, or until potatoes are fork tender.
  • Use tongs to remove potatoes from the air fryer basket then carefully cut a slit in the top of each one.
  • Add desired toppings & enjoy!


Use 2-4 potatoes in your basket depending on potato size – you want room around each potato so the air can properly circulate. 
Optional toppings > butter, crumbled bacon, shredded cheddar cheese, chives, sour cream, freshly cracked black pepper
Store leftovers in an airtight container in the fridge for a few days or freeze baked potatoes, individually wrapped in plastic wrap, in the freezer for up to a year. 


Serving: 1g | Calories: 204kcal | Carbohydrates: 38g | Protein: 5g | Fat: 4g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 592mg | Potassium: 888mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin C: 12mg | Calcium: 28mg | Iron: 2mg

Nutritional information is an estimate and provided to you as a courtesy. You should calculate the nutritional information with the actual ingredients used in your recipe using your preferred nutrition calculator.

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  1. 5 stars
    I used giant red potatoes and followed the recipe. My hubs is either way on baked potatoes but ate every bite even the peel said they were the best he ever had

  2. 5 stars
    They came out excellent.. at 1st I didn’t think they were ready they felt hard but checking them further showed they were ready. Crispy outside and very fluffy inside this is a keeper. Thank you

  3. I used yellow potatoes, so I didn’t really expect the crispy skin. Actually, I didn’t expect anything, but I was hopeful. This turned out perfect! In fact, my finicky 16 year old is devouring it at this moment. Thank you so much.

  4. These are best baked potatoes I have ever made! I will never go back to the regular oven method again. Thank you so much!

  5. I did 3 potatoes just like it said, after 35 minutes they were still totally hard inside, so I put them in foil and did another 10 minutes. The smaller 2 potatoes were close then but the larger potato was far from done. So I’d suggest just using smaller russet potatoes for this method. But I feel like they’d be really good once I get the timing down…like Texas Roadhouse baked potatoes with the crispy salty skin, yum!

  6. Really easy. I omitted the oil and just lightly salted the potatoes after I washed them. Won’t make them any other way now.

  7. 5 stars
    I tried your recipe and I love they way the baked potato turned out. Crispy on the outside and moist on the inside 👍😊

  8. 5 stars
    This was the 1st time air frying a potato. I really liked it, it does take longer that the microwave but it was much better. There were no hard spots and it was cooked evenly and tge skin was crisp, which I love .

  9. 4 stars
    These look wonderful! I have 2 large russet potatoes. At what temperature and how long should I cook them. I am pretty new to the air fryer but loving it.

  10. We love a “loaded” baked potato for dinner on occasion. Never thought of using the air fryer! Will absolutely try this on our next baked potato night. Thank you!


  11. These look and sound great. I’ve been a bit Leary of buying an air fryer, but your recipe makes me want one. Is there one you’d recommend? There are only two of us, both retired. If you could tell me what you think would be best. And, sincerely, have a very HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!
    Pam L.

  12. 5 stars
    My new favorite way to “bake” a potato! Perfect every time! Thanks for the great ideas!

  13. Great recipe, love baked pita and the air fryer method was surprisingly very good. My mother in law that is 94 years old loves baked potatoes and she was so happy, that the potatoes came out delicious.

  14. 5 stars
    Perfect bakers. Like others, I thought they were not done as the potato felt hard. Nope, perfectly cooked and fluffy interiors and crispy skins. Well done summer bakers without heating up the kitchen. Well done.

  15. 5 stars
    This recipe worked out great! Awesome way to get baked potatoes in half the time, and not have to heat up the whole kitchen during the summer.