Air Fryer Baked Potatoes – Fit Foodie Finds

The key to baked potatoes perfect for air fryer is to coat them with olive oil and salt and pepper before air frying them at 400ºF for 30 minutes. They will be crispy on the outside and fluffy on the inside.

You may or may not know this about me, but I am a baked potato queen. Potatoes have been my favorite food for as long as I can remember and now that I’ve started air frying them, my life is complete.

Air Fryer Baked Potatoes hold a special place in my heart because they truly come out perfect every time. They are so crispy and salty on the outside and the flesh of the potato is so fluffy and delicious.

What do you need for air fryer baked potatoes?

  • Russet Potatoes: Our #1 tip when air frying potatoes is to make sure the potatoes are about the same size so they cook evenly.
  • Olive oil: Olive oil is used to help the salt and pepper stick together.
  • Salt and pepper: don’t skip the s&p. I repeat, do not skip the salt and pepper. It really makes these potatoes!

The best potatoes for air frying

The best type of potatoes for air fryer baked potatoes are russet potatoes. We love that the red potatoes have a tougher skin so that when they’re baked, you can slice them up and they’re left with a nice crispy skin. The meat will end up soft and buttery, it’s really delicious.

Other potatoes you can air fry include Idaho, fingerling, and red potatoes. Try our Crispy Fry Potatoes with Red Potatoes.

russet potatoes with olive oil, salt and pepper

ideas to decorate

  • Classic: Butter, sour cream, salt and pepper.
  • Cheesy: cheese sauce, green onion and paprika.
  • Fleshy: Homemade recipe for chili, grated cheese and chives.

twice baked potato

Try it!

double cooked potatoes

double cooked potatoes They are the best idea for dinner. They are made with perfectly crispy potato skins and the most delicious cheese filling.

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baked potato in deep fryer

Frequently asked questions

How long does a potato take in the fryer?

It takes 30-45 minutes to bake a potato in the air fryer, depending on the size.

Do you wrap the potatoes in aluminum foil when you use the deep fryer?

We do not suggest wrapping the potatoes in aluminum foil in the deep fryer because it will prevent the potato skin from crisping.

Can you bake a potato in an air fryer?

Cook the baked potatoes in the air fryer at 400ºF for 30-45 minutes, depending on how big your potatoes are.

Which potato is better for baking?

Russet potatoes are the best for baking.

baked potato with butter on top


Allow potatoes to cool completely, then transfer to an airtight container. Store in the refrigerator for up to 5 days.

To reheat: you can reheat baked potatoes in many ways. If you want to air fry again, we suggest air frying at 400ºF for 5 minutes, checking it out, and continuing to cook until hot.

Serving Suggestions

Round out your meal with your favorite proteins, such as grilled steak, grilled chicken breast, or baby back ribs. For dessert, try our favorite brownies or peanut butter cups.


  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon Ground pepper
  • 2 medium-large russet potatoes skin on and washed
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil + more to drizzle
  • Optional ingredients: butter, fresh chives, freshly ground pepper, Greek yogurt/sour cream


  • Preheat fryer to 400ºF and spray fryer basket with nonstick cooking spray or spray with 1-2 teaspoons olive oil.

  • Add the salt, pepper, and garlic powder to a small bowl and mix until well combined. Set aside.

  • Drizzle 1 tablespoon of olive oil over the red potatoes. Use your hands to rub the oil into the potatoes.

  • Sprinkle the salt, pepper, and garlic powder over the potatoes. Again, use your hands to rub the spices into the skin of the potato.

  • Place the potatoes in the air fryer basket and cook for 30 minutes.

  • Check the potatoes after 30 minutes. If the potatoes are tender, they are done. If the potatoes still have some resistance when you poke them with a fork, flip them over and cook for another 5 to 8 minutes.

  • Remove the potatoes from the fryer and enjoy them with your favorite potato toppings.

Tips and Notes

  • How long the potatoes are in the fryer depends on the size of the potatoes and the type of fryer you have. A medium russet potato should take around 30 minutes; longer time may be needed if potatoes are larger.
  • If you want to add more flavor or spice to your potatoes, you can add more dry spices to the salt, pepper, and garlic powder.
  • If your fries are smoking in the fryer, this is normal!

Nutritional information

Calories: 231kcal Carbohydrates: 37gram Protein: 5gram Fat: 7gram Fiber: 5gram Sugar: 2gram

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