If you’ve never “baked” a potato in your air fryer, there’s no time like the present. In fact, stop what you’re doing, pre-heat your air fryer, and bake one right now! All joking aside, trying out a baked potato, air fried, will be one of the best decisions you’ve ever made in the kitchen.
Baked Potato, Air Fried–It’s Fast!
One of the drawbacks to baking potatoes in a traditional conventional oven is that, even at high temperatures, it takes at least an hour for a generously sized spud. Thanks to the air fryer’s rapid air technology, you will find that cooking potatoes in the air fryer will cook more evenly and save time.
For this article, I found the two largest Idaho potatoes in the bag I had purchased to see just how long it would take my air fryer to thoroughly cook a big “baker” potato. I set the air fryer to 400, just as I would my oven, and set the timer for 25 minutes, just to see how much time I could save. While 25 minutes was definitely “wishful thinking,” I wound up with a perfectly cooked, crisp-on-the-outside, delightfully soft-on-the-inside baked potato in 40 minutes.
That’s at least 20 minutes faster than my oven at the same temperature.
Baked Potato, Air Fried–It’s Thorough
In addition to being faster, cooking a baked potato in the air fryer also produced a more even, thorough cook, not to mention a great texture. If you are a fan of potato skins (I’m not, but my husband is), then your air fryer will “bake” the potato skin to the perfect crisp texture. However, the inside won’t be overcooked. Instead, the potato will be soft and fluffy, just waiting for a pallet of butter, a sprinkle of cheddar, and a dollop of sour cream.
If you love baked potatoes, you won't want to miss this recipe for how to cook them in the air fryer.
- 1 tsp your favorite oil I used simple vegetable oil for high temp cooking; avocado is also good.
- 2 large baking potatoes large
Pre-heat your air fryer to 400 degree
Using a knife, carefully poke holes in each potato for venting.
Rub potato skins with your favorite high-temp oil and salt, if desired.
Cook at 400 for 30-40 minutes, depending on the size of your potatoes. (I used large potatoes, which took the full 40 minutes.)
Plate and enjoy!