Why wait forever for your oven to bake potatoes when your air fryer can do it in half the time? With just one bite of a succulent Air Fryer Baked Potato, you’ll never go back to the old way again!

a baked potato split open and topped with green herbs

These baked potatoes only take 40 minutes. Compare that to over an hour in the oven and you’ll see why this is a game changer.

And you won’t believe how little effort it takes to make them!

If you can’t resist an Air Fryer Sweet Potato, you’ll totally love this baked potato recipe too!

How to Make Them

a collage of four images showing instruction for cooking baked potatoes in an air fryer
  1. Thoroughly rinse some russet potatoes and pat them dry with paper towels. Pierce the potatoes all over with a fork to allow air to escape while cooking. This is an important step whenever you cook potatoes. Nobody wants a potato explosion on their hands!
  2. Pour a small amount of olive oil over your potatoes. Coating your potatoes in oil will allow them to crisp up on the outside while letting the insides cook to a perfectly fluffy finish.
  3. Season the potatoes with salt and pepper. A half teaspoon per potato should be plenty!
  4. Rub the oil and seasonings all over the outsides of the potatoes and place them in the basket of your air fryer. Cook at 390 degrees F for 35-40 minutes. Then remove, serve with your favorite toppings, and enjoy!
two brown russet potatoes in a round air fryer basket

Tips and Tricks

While the method is mostly universal, each air fryer model works a little differently.

Here are some tips to ensure that your air-fried potatoes are delightful and delectable every time:

  • Very large potatoes will need additional time to bake all the way through.
  • Always poke your potatoes with a fork before cooking. Trapped air is the enemy of a perfectly baked potato! Allowing the steam to have a mode of escape is the key to getting that perfect potato texture while air frying.
  • Flipping your potatoes once about halfway through cooking will help them to bake evenly. Most air fryers have a function that allows you to pull the basket out at your leisure to flip or check foods for doneness.
  • Pierce the baked potatoes with a knife to check for doneness. If the knife pierces through without resistance and comes out clean, your baked potatoes are ready to eat.
an air fryer baked potato split open with fresh cracked black pepper

How to Serve

But if you’re looking to jazz up your potatoes, try some of these topping ideas:

  • Load them with crumbled strips of crispy Air Fryer Bacon, plus your favorite shredded cheese and a dollop of sour cream. Yum!
  • Season with taco seasoning, black beans, and diced tomatoes or your favorite salsa for a Mexican-style masterpiece!
  • Smother your air fryer potatoes with cheese sauce and top them with Air Fryer Broccoli. It’s a combination that is simply out-of-this-world!
  • Air Fryer Baked Potato makes a perfect side dish accompaniment to Air Fryer Chicken Cutlets! Honestly, if there ever was a match made in heaven – this is it!
a baked potato split with black pepper and green herbs on a white plate

Want more incredible air fryer potato recipes? Give these a try!

We have so many air fryer recipes to choose from!

If you are having trouble figuring out which one to try next, we suggest: Air Fryer French Fries, Air Fryer Potato Pancakes and Air Fryer Roasted Potatoes

an air fryer baked potato split in half with herbs sprinkled overtop
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Air Fryer Baked Potato

Why wait forever for your oven to bake potatoes when your air fryer can do it in half the time? With just one bite of a succulent Air Fryer Baked Potato, you'll never go back to the old way again!
Prep Time2 minutes
Cook Time40 minutes
Total Time42 minutes
Servings: 2
Calories: 233kcal



  • 2-3 medium sized baking potatoes
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp pepper


  • Gently poke holes into the potatoes all over the skin, using a fork.
  • Rub the outsides of the potatoes with the oil, then sprinkle the salt & pepper over them to season.
  • Place the potatoes into the bottom of your air fryer basket.
  • Cook at 390 F for 35-40 minutes.
  • Enjoy!


Cooking times will vary depending on the size of the potato, you may need to add more time for larger sized potatoes. You can test the doneness of the potato by inserting a knife or fork into the potato.

Tips for cooking baked potatoes in the air fryer:

  • Whether you have 1,2,3 or 4 potatoes, you do not need to adjust the cook time! However, if the potatoes are quite large, you may need to add time to ensure that they cook through completely.
  • Always use a fork to poke a few holes in your potato so that steam can escape while cooking.
  • I try to flip the potatoes 1 time during cooking. You don’t need to flip more than that.
Pro Tip: This recipe can be made in the air fryer unit with a basket or the air fryer oven. If you are using the air fryer oven, use the middle rack and select the “Air Fry” function.


Serving: 1potato | Calories: 233kcal | Carbohydrates: 39g | Protein: 5g | Fat: 7g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 1174mg | Potassium: 888mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin C: 12mg | Calcium: 28mg | Iron: 2mg
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Air Fryers can vary greatly. Please take the time to learn your specific air fryer. You may need to adjust times and temperatures based upon your air fryer. All though this website attempts to provide accurate nutritional information, the information should only be considered an estimate. Varying factors such as different product types, different brands, etc. can change nutritional information. It is your responsibility as a consumer to read all labels to make sure the ingredients fit your dietary needs as well as calculate your own nutritional information as a double check.
a baked potato topped with green herbs and black pepper on a round white plate

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  1. 5 stars
    I just got a new air fryer last week, and have yet to try it out! I can’t wait for this to be my first recipe – I love baked potatoes!

  2. My airfryer recently died after only 4 months and I need to buy a new one. Love the size of your in the pictures. What brand and size is it? My granddaughter is with me because of quarantine and we eat vegan. I would appreciate your help. Thank you!

    1. Hello! This is a Cosori 5.8 quart :). Yay for vegan! I am vegetarian myself but some of my team members eat meat, so we make up a fun team!

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