Air Fryer Baked Potatoes – A Pinch of Healthy

These air fryer baked potatoes have that crispy skin and tender, fluffy inside, and they are the best baked potatoes!

Air fryer baked potato with melted butter on a plate with chicken and salad

I confess that the Instant Pot used to be our go-to for baking potatoes. But my go-to just got overturned! As much as I love Instant Pot potatoes, if you want crispy skin, you have to choose another method.

And my new method of choice? Air fryer baked potatoes! 🎉🙌🏻

So why do I like these so much?

(1) You don’t have to wait for an oven to preheat.

(2) It’s energy efficient.

(3) The air fryer doesn’t heat up the entire house like the oven does. This is no small thing in Alabama summers, y’all.😎

And finally (4) This method results in the crispiest skin and the best texture of any baked potato method I have ever used.

How to Make Air Fryer Baked Potatoes

I start with my favorite type of potato for baking – russets.

Russet potatoes in a bag on gray counter

I wash and pat them dry. Then I place them in the Air Fryer basket. I give them a light coat of cooking spray.

You can use any type of cooking spray. I am using avocado oil, and it works great. I just rotate the potatoes to be sure and spray them on all sides. This helps crisp up the skin, plus it helps the seasoning to stick to the potato skins.

If you don’t have cooking spray, you can use a little drizzle of oil and just rub to coat the potato skins. I would recommend an oil with a high smoke point, such as avocado or even canola.

Next, I sprinkle them generously with sea salt and garlic powder. I use 1/2 teaspoon of each for either 3 or 4 potatoes. I use my hands to spread everything around and make sure it has an even coat.

Potatoes in air fryer basket coated in oil and seasonings

Then I cook them in the Air Fryer on 400 degrees for about 40 minutes. I did take a peek at them about 25 minutes in to that cook time. The skins were looking pretty brown on top. So I used some tongs and carefully flipped them over.

After forty minutes, mine were perfect!

Cooked potatoes in Air Fryer basket

Yum!!! 😍👌🏻

Chicken, baked potato and salad on a white plate overhead

Tips for Making Air Fryer Baked Potatoes

First, don’t overcrowd the Air Fryer basket. Four medium potatoes would probably be my maximum recommendation. You want to make sure that the skin has enough space to crisp up.

Also, there is no need to pierce with a fork first. When I made my first batch, I remembered about half-way through and freaked out a little. And you know what? They did fine! I haven’t pierced them since. So save yourself the trouble.

Last, different sized potatoes can have different cook times. The good news is that you can always put them back in for a few extra minutes.

If you want to try this method with red potatoes or gold potatoes, it will still taste great! Just check them during cooking. They may have a different cook time.

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Air fryer baked potato with melted butter on a plate with chicken and salad

Air Fryer Baked Potatoes

These air fryer baked potatoes have that crispy skin and tender, fluffy inside, and they are the best baked potatoes!

Author Marjorie @APinchOfHealthy

Ingredients

  • 3 russet potatoes (medium sized, scrubbed and rinsed)
  • cooking spray (I used avocado oil spray)
  • 1/2 teaspoon sea salt (use a bit less if you are using a finer salt, like table salt)
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder

Instructions

  1. Place your potatoes in the Air Fryer basket, and spray with cooking spray on both sides.

  2. Sprinkle sea salt and garlic on all sides, rotating the potatoes as you got. 

  3. Use your hands to rub the potatoes to make sure everything gets evenly coated.

  4. Cook in the Air Fryer on 400 degrees for about 40 to 50 minutes, until fork tender. (Note: I used tongs to rotate mine after about 25 minutes, as they were getting pretty brown on top.)

Recipe Notes

Don’t overcrowd the Air Fryer basket. 4 medium potatoes would probably be my maximum recommendation. You want to make sure that the skin has enough space to crisp up and that the potatoes all lie flat (not stacked on top of each other).

There is no need to pierce with a fork first. 

Different sized potatoes can have different cook times. The good news is that you can always put them back in for a few extra minutes.

If you want to try this method with red potatoes or gold potatoes, it will still taste great! Just check them during cooking. They may have a different cook time.

Nutrition information is approximate and was calculated using a recipe nutrition label generator.

Nutrition Facts

Air Fryer Baked Potatoes

Amount Per Serving

Calories 169

% Daily Value*

Sodium 398mg17%

Potassium 888mg25%

Carbohydrates 38g13%

Fiber 2g8%

Sugar 1g1%

Protein 4g8%

Vitamin C 12.1mg15%

Calcium 28mg3%

Iron 1.8mg10%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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