How to Make the Perfect Air Fryer Baked Potato

by Nate
Baked Potato

When the mood strikes nothing quite satisfies like a loaded baked potato. I’ve started to make mine in my air fryer and they come out with a nice crispy skin, and a light and fluffy inside.   

Air fryers have become increasingly popular in recent years. They offer a healthier alternative to traditional deep-frying, and they can be used to cook a variety of dishes, including baked potatoes. Today, I’ll show you how to make the perfect baked potatoes in an air fryer using just a few ingredients.
Cut baked potato.

Potato Prep

I start out by placing them directly on the wire rack that comes with my air fryer.  I’ve found that if I put them on a sheet pan the bottoms don’t crisp up like I like. This way I get even eating and crisping around the whole potato. The other tip here is to not poke holes in the potatoes.  I’ve found they are less prone to drying out on the inside if I don’t poke them.  Also, it helps keep the skin crispy by not poking them too.  I’ve never had a potato blow up on me yet, but maybe I’m just lucky? 

And I also keep them dry at this point.  I don’t add any oil or anything to outsides just yet.  And I’ll air fry these at 385F for 25 minutes without touching them.

Baked potato on wire rack

Seasoning Potatoes

Once the first bake is done I’ll flip them over and rub them with oil.  I use canola oil, but you can use whatever oil you have on hand.  I also use a brush to make sure I don’t spill too much, and so I can get an even coating around the whole potato.  This will really make sure the outside gets nice and crispy. 

I’ll also add some coarse salt on top in this step because it will stick to the oil. I’m not entirely sure if it adds anything to flavor while baking, but I do like the look when they come out of the oven with the salt. 

Once coated and salted I’ll get them back in the air fryer for another 35 minutes at the same temperature.


After the 30 or so minutes are up I’ll give the potatoes a little squeeze to see how they are coming along.  And if they feel soft I’ll give one a poke with a knife, and once it gets through the crispy skin it should slid in without any resistance. 

Then we like to load them up with whatever we have in the fridge.  We typically always have butter, sour cream, salt and pepper which are pretty standard.  But tonight we also had some bacon and I sautéed some onions in some of the bacon fat as well. 

These are a pretty simple meal to serve with a couple other veggies or salad when I don’t have a lot of time to pay attention to a full recipe. Baked potatoes are one of the most basic recipes, but never fail to satisfy.

Loaded baked potato

Here’s the air fryer that I really like because it also works as a toaster oven as well. Breville Smart Oven Air

And if you’re looking to pair this with another classic try it with this Fresh Peach Cobbler dessert. 

Baked Potato

Perfect Air Fryer Baked Potato

Serves: 3 Prep Time: Cooking Time:
Nutrition facts: 200 calories 20 grams fat
Rating: 5.0/5
( 1 voted )


3 russet potatoes
1 tbsp canola oil
1 tbsp salt

Optional Toppings
grilled onions


1. Preheat your air fryer to 385F
2. Place your potatoes on a wire rack and place in the oven for 30 minutes.
3. Flip the potatoes and coat with oil of your choice, and top with salt.
4. Bake for another 30 minutes, or until the insides are cooked.
5. Take out of the oven and slice down the middle and top with whatever you have on hand.

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