Air Fryer Baked Potato


 The Spruce Eats / Leah Maroney

Prep: 5 mins
Cook: 40 mins
Total: 45 mins
Servings: 2 servings
Yields: 2 potatoes

Air fryer baked potatoes are incredibly fluffy on the inside and crispy and salty on the outside. They cook in less time than the oven and you don’t need to heat up a large appliance!

Most potatoes take about 40 minutes in the air fryer instead of the usual hour in the oven. While the 20 minutes may not seem like that much, it can add up when you're trying to get dinner on the table quickly. The air fryer also crisps the skin so much better than the oven. We rubbed the outside with olive oil and salt for amazing flavor and crunch. You will want to eat the outside as much as the inside!

Serve the potatoes with some sour cream, chopped chives or other herbs, butter, cheese, bacon bits—the possibilities are endless. Just make sure to add a generous pinch of salt and pepper no matter what you do.

This recipe isn’t so much a recipe as it is a method! It's one that you can use over and over again with different toppings and quantities. 


  • 2 large Russet potatoes
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 to 2 teaspoons salt
  • Optional: chopped scallions, chives, parsley, butter, salt, pepper, shredded cheddar cheese, fresh bacon bits for garnish

Steps to Make It

  1. Gather the ingredients.

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  2. Scrub the potatoes and wash them very thoroughly. Dry them well with paper towels. The dryer they are the better the skins will crisp since they are frying instead of steaming. 

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  3. Drizzle the potatoes with the oil and rub the oil all over. Sprinkle them with salt on all sides. 

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  4. Place them in the air fryer basket and air fry at 400 F for 35 to 40 minutes. 

  5. You will know they are done when the internal temperature reaches 205 F. You can test it with a meat thermometer. You can also just insert a fork and if it goes in easily, it’s most likely done. The outside will be deep brown and crisp.

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  6. Carefully remove the potatoes from the air fryer. Slice them open and top with butter, sour cream, herbs, cheese, or bacon bits. 


  • Make sure to carefully scrub the skins of the potatoes to remove all dirt and residue. The potatoes are prepared in a way that you will want to eat the skins, so make sure they are super clean.
  • Dry the potatoes properly so that they crisp instead of steam.
  • Russet potatoes are the best baking potatoes due to their high starch content. They will be the fluffiest and lightest and are great at absorbing all of you favorite decadent toppings. 
  • Leftover baked potatoes can be used to make gnocchi, fill pierogi or make potato pancakes

Recipe Variations

  • If you are cooking more potatoes at a time they can take a few more minutes to cook. You can use a meat thermometer to check the internal temperature to make sure they are cooked through.