Air Fryer Baked Potato


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Learn how to make an air fryer baked potato that is perfectly crispy on the outside and fluffy and soft inside. They are the fastest and most delicious way to cook them! 

Looking cooking vegetables in the air fryer? Try my air fryer zucchini, air fryer Brussels sprouts, air fryer carrots, and air fryer cauliflower.

air fryer baked potato.

My air fryer baked sweet potatoes are one of my family’s favorite side dishes or easy dinners. To change things up, I like to switch it out for the white potato and it’s just as easy, delicious, and FAST!

Table of Contents
  1. Why I love this recipe
  2. Ingredients needed 
  3. How to make baked potatoes in the air fryer
  4. Arman’s recipe tips
  5. Storage instructions
  6. Frequently Asked Questions 
  7. More air fryer recipes
  8. Air Fryer Baked Potato (Recipe Card)

Why I love this recipe

  • Half the cooking time. A traditional oven-baked potato typically takes 60-90 minutes to cook (especially those on the larger side). Using an air fryer cuts the cooking time in half! Because of this, my family enjoys fluffy baked potatoes as an evening side dish regularly.
  • More flavorful than oven-baked potatoes. The beauty of air frying potatoes ensures they cook evenly and precisely. Contrary to popular belief, this makes the potatoes taste even better and extra soft in the middle. 
  • Healthy and delicious. Baked potatoes are packed with fiber, potassium, and vitamin C and are extremely filling (source). I love to top it with Greek yogurt, cheese, and some chopped veggies for a well-balanced meal.
  • Perfect every time. What I love about air frying potatoes is that it guarantees consistent results every single time.
air fried baked potato.

Ingredients needed 

  • Russet potatoes. The BEST kind of potatoes to bake because of their simple flavor and naturally higher starch content. If you can’t find these, use an Idaho potato instead. Choose equal-sized potatoes so they all cook at the same time.
  • Butter. To rub around the potatoes so that once cooked, the skin seamlessly peels off. You can also use olive oil, avocado oil, or another cooking oil. 
  • Salt and pepper. To taste.
  • Fillings/toppings. The world is your oyster!!! Cheddar cheese, chili, sliced chicken, sour cream and chives, and even a cheese sauce are all fabulous ideas.

How to make baked potatoes in the air fryer

I’ve included step-by-step photos below to make this recipe easy to follow at home. For the full printable recipe instructions and ingredient quantities, scroll to the recipe card at the bottom of this post.

Step 1- Prep: Pat dry the potatoes using a paper towel, poke them using a fork or sharp knife and rub melted butter over their exterior. Then, add a sprinkling of salt and pepper and season well.

prepped potatoes.

Step 2- Air fry: Place potatoes in the air fryer basket and cook for 25-30 minutes at 200C/400F. Flip the sides after this time and cook for another 5-10 minutes.

potatoes in air fryer.

Step 3- Fill and serve: Transfer the cooked potatoes to a plate and let sit for several minutes. Pierce the center with a knife, fluff the innards slightly and add toppings. 

air fried baked potato.

Baked potato air frying time

As we know, potatoes differ in size and weight. Follow the time guide below to bake them according to their weight-

  • 8 ounces or less: 30-35 minutes.
  • 9 to 12 ounces: 35-40 minutes.
  • 12 to 14 ounces: 45-50 minutes.
  • 14 to 16 ounces: 55-60 minutes.

For anything over 16 ounces, add an extra 5 minutes per ounce.

Arman’s recipe tips

  • Don’t overcrowd the air fryer. Otherwise, the potatoes won’t cook evenly and will actually take longer. I have a Phillips XXL air fryer which comfortably fits in 4 large potatoes.
  • Always poke holes in the potatoes because no one wants exploding vegetables!
  • The easiest way to check if the potato is fully cooked is if a sharp knife can easily pierce the potato skin. If needed, cook them a little longer until they are tender.

Storage instructions

To store: Place leftovers in airtight containers and store them in the refrigerator for 3-4 days.

To freeze: Place the cooked and cooled potatoes in freezer-safe bags and store them in the freezer for up to 3 months.

Reheating: Reheat in the microwave, oven, or air fryer.

air fryer baked potato with butter, chives, and sour cream.

Frequently Asked Questions 

Can you put foil in an air fryer?

Yes, you can put foil in an air fryer, provided the size does not exceed the top of the air fryer basket.

Should I wrap my potatoes in foil beforehand? 

There is no need to wrap potatoes in foil before adding them to the air fryer basket. Adding a thin layer of it can help with clean up.  

More air fryer recipes

air fryer baked potato recipe.

Air Fryer Baked Potato

5 from 90 votes
Air fryer baked potatoes are the fastest and easiest way to cook a whole potato. They turn out super crispy on the outside and fluffy in the middle. Watch the video below to see how I make it in my kitchen!
Servings: 4 potatoes
Prep: 1 minute
Cook: 35 minutes
Total: 36 minutes



  • 4 large russet potatoes
  • 2 tablespoons butter melted
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper


  • Scrub the potatoes, then pat them dry.
  • Poke the potatoes all over with a fork, then rub the melted butter over each potato and season with salt and pepper.
    prepped potatoes.
  • Cook the potatoes at 200C/400F for 25-30 minutes, flip, and cook for an additional 5-10 minutes, or until crisp.
    potatoes in air fryer.
  • Transfer the potatoes onto a plate. Cut the potatoes in the middle and fill generously with toppings.
    air fried baked potato.


TO STORE: Place leftovers in airtight containers and store in the refrigerator for 3-4 days.
TO FREEZE: Place the cooked and cooled potatoes in freezer-safe bags and store in the freezer for up to 3 months.
TO REHEAT: Reheat in the microwave, oven, or air fryer. 


Serving: 1baked potatoCalories: 195kcalCarbohydrates: 40gProtein: 8gFat: 6gSodium: 354mgPotassium: 1542mgFiber: 5gVitamin A: 179IUVitamin C: 21mgCalcium: 50mgIron: 3mgNET CARBS: 35g
Course: Appetizer
Cuisine: American
Author: Arman Liew
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Originally published December 2022, updated and republished May 2024

Arman Liew

I’m a two time cookbook author, photographer, and writer, and passionate about creating easy and healthier recipes. I believe you don’t need to be experienced in the kitchen to make good food using simple ingredients that most importantly, taste delicious.

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  1. 5 stars
    Omg looks so nice. I always cut on parts seeet potato and bake them as chips. This is so easier!

  2. 5 stars
    Your food looks great and healthy. I need to lose some weight so I’m gonna try some of your recipes.

  3. In the prep directions you say cut with a fork. Do you mean to make the slit, because later you say not to prick the skin. Just want to check.