- If it’s crispy skin you’re after, the air fryer is the best method for making baked potatoes.
- Air fryer baked potatoes only take about 30 minutes at 400 degrees Fahrenheit in the air fryer.
- The key to achieving evenly cooked potatoes in the air fryer is not overcrowding the basket.
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It’s no secret that the air fryer has become a popular appliance for cooking everything from eggs and meats to vegetables and flatbreads – but it works especially well for making baked potatoes. Since the air fryer functions by circulating very hot air around the potatoes, they crisp up with very little oil.
- It’s quicker than the oven. Baked potatoes take about half the time in an air fryer, and there’s no waiting time for the air fryer to preheat.
- There’s no need to pierce your potatoes with holes before cooking.
- An air fryer is more energy-efficient than an oven and won’t heat up your kitchen.
- Air-fried baked potatoes have crispy skin and a fluffy interior, thanks to the circulation of high heat and shorter cook time.
- You can use less oil on the skin to get it crispy.
Now that you know all the perks of ditching the oven, here’s how to make air fryer baked potatoes.
Tips for the best air fryer baked potatoes
Heed these tips and tricks from Chebotar for the best air fryer baked potatoes.
- Use russet, Idaho, or sweet potatoes. These have a thicker skin and a light, mealy texture thanks to their high-starch content.
- Use similarly sized potatoes to ensure they’re done at the same time.
- Rely on the fork test to determine whether they’re done. Cook times can vary significantly based on the air fryer model, as well as the size and number of potatoes.
- Use a cooking oil with a high smoke point, like olive oil, avocado oil, or canola oil. Low-smoke-point oils like coconut oil may burn.
- Don’t overcrowd the basket. Leaving some room between the potatoes allows the hot air to cook them evenly on all sides. A standard 7-quart capacity air fryer will fit a maximum of four potatoes.
- If you’re using especially big potatoes (larger than 226.80g), or air frying more than four potatoes in a larger capacity air fryer, you may need to add up to 10-15 minutes to the cooking time.
- Always use tongs or an oven mitt to remove the potatoes from the air fryer basket as they will be very hot.
- If you don’t like crispy skin, skip the oil and wrap the potatoes in aluminum foil before placing them in the air fryer. (Yes, you can put foil in an air fryer.)
There are numerous perks to making baked potatoes in the air fryer as opposed to the oven. This method saves time without sacrificing flavor or texture. Not only that, but you may actually end up with crispier skins while using less oil.
The steps for air frying baked potatoes are almost identical to baking them in the oven – except you don’t need to pierce holes into them before cooking, and they’ll be done in about half the time.
Choosing uniform-sized potatoes and leaving plenty of room in between them for optimal airflow will ensure that they cook through evenly.