These Air Fryer Baked Potatoes are crispy on the outside and perfectly cooked on the inside. Cooked in a fraction of the time compared to cooking them in your oven. Hands down the best way to make baked potatoes!
I love a good baked potato, it's one of the best comfort foods around! However, I'm not a fan of turning on the oven just for a couple of jacket potatoes, it always seems a bit wasteful and they always take ages!
Like many other people, I have recently purchased an air fryer. And like many other people it sat on my counter for some time before I decided to cook something other than fries in it!
And then I used it to make jacket potatoes! What a game-changer! They took a fraction of the time it would take to bake them in the oven and they actually came out better! Result!
So if you've just bought an air fryer and are on the fence about using it for anything other than fries, this is for you!
Why You'll Love These Baked Potatoes
- That potato skin turns out perfectly crispy, no soggy skin here!
- The potatoes turn out perfectly tender and fluffy on the inside! Evenly cooked all around.
- No need to turn on your oven for these jacket potatoes, using an air fryer will save you time and money!
- Potatoes - you can use Maris Piper, King Edward or Desiree. If you're in the US then Russet potatoes are perfect.
- Oil - I use light olive oil, you don't need much I used just under 2 teaspoons for 3 large baked potatoes.
- Salt - you can use table salt if you like, I like sea salt flakes for these jacket potatoes.
- Black pepper - freshly ground black pepper is best for these potatoes.
How To Make Jacket Potatoes In An Air Fryer
1. Rub some oil on each potato, add some salt and pepper and rub that into the skin too. Prick each potato with a fork or sharp knife 3 or 4 times.
2. Place the potatoes in the air fryer. Cook at 200°C for 40 - 45 minutes.
3. Halfway through cooking turn the potatoes using tongs.
4. Check that the potatoes are cooked by using a sharp knife, it should slide in easily to the centre of the potato. Remove them from the air fryer. Cut open the potatoes then use a fork to fluff up the potato flesh.
- Make sure your potatoes are all the same size, or as similar in size as you can get. I weigh mine to make sure they're roughly the same size. This will ensure your potatoes are all cooked at the same time.
- It's important to turn the potatoes halfway through cooking. This will ensure they are evenly cooked and perfectly crispy all over! I use metal tongs as the air fryer basket is usually hot.
- Don't overcrowd the air fryer basket. It's best to leave some space between the potatoes so that the air can circulate between the potatoes, this will give you that perfectly crispy skin!
- Scrub the potatoes before you cook them. The skin is absolutely edible and delicious so give the potatoes a scrub under cold running water before you cook them. Pat them dry with a clean cloth before you add the oil.
- Leave them to cool. The potatoes will be very hot when they come out of the air fryer so make sure and leave them to cool for about 4 or 5 minutes before you serve them.
What Are The Best Potatoes For Baked Potatoes?
If you want the best baked potato then you'll need a floury potato to get that perfect fluffy interior. The best floury potatoes are Maris Piper, King Edward or Desiree. If you're in the US then russet potatoes are perfect. Yukon golds and Roosters will also work well.
There is no need to microwave the potatoes before baking them. If you're short on time you can microwave them first until they are 80% cooked and finish them in the air fryer. However, I have found that for the best results I don't microwave them.
Yes, you should pierce the skin of the potatoes before you bake them as there is a risk that they could explode!
There is no difference between a baked potato and a jacket potato. Here in the UK, baked potatoes are sometimes referred to as jacket potatoes. They are the same thing.
Definitely! Not only is the skin tasty, but it is also good for you! The potato skin has more nutrients than the potato flesh and it has lots of fibre too!
Baked Potato Topping Ideas
- Butter and Salt - keep it simple with a good knob of butter and a pinch of sea salt flakes, then serve it as a side dish to stuffed squash or broccoli soup, mushroom sandwiches or halloumi burgers.
- Sour Cream - a dollop of sour cream is great with some chopped chives. Or add a dollop of guacamole and sour cream!
- Baked Beans and Grated Cheese - this is my favourite topping! Add a knob of butter to your baked potato then pour a couple of tablespoons of steaming hot baked beans over it. Top with plenty of grated mature cheddar, let the cheddar melt a bit then tuck in!
- Veggie Chilli - this is another favourite in my house! Great for using up leftover chilli. Add some of the chilli to the baked potato, top with plenty of cheese then a dollop of sour cream, delicious!
- Lentil Bolognese - don't knock it till you try it! This is my husband's favourite, and great for using up any leftover bolognese. Add a couple of tablespoons of veggie bolognese to the baked potato then top with grated veggie parmesan or cheddar.
More Tasty Potato Recipes
If you're in need of more tasty potato recipes then I have you covered! My Cheesy Mashed Potatoes are one of the most popular side dishes on my blog and they're the perfect side dish for so many recipes! If you want the fluffiest mashed potatoes ever then try my Creamy Mashed Potatoes, I make these on a regular basis and it always goes down a treat. Or try my Air Fryer Potato Wedges, they're great as a tasty side dish. If you're more of a sweet potato fan then try my Mediterranean Baked Sweet Potatoes these are great for a tasty lunch.
Air Fryer Baked Potatoes
- 3 large potatoes my potatoes weighed around 330g each (11.5oz)
- 2 teaspoon olive oil
- ½ teaspoon sea salt flakes
- ¼ tsp freshly ground black pepper
- Scrub the potatoes then pat them dry. Drizzle a little olive oil over each potato. Rub the oil all over each potato.Sprinkle the sea salt and freshly ground black pepper over each potato then rub the salt and pepper all over each potato.Prick each potato with a fork or sharp knife 3 or 4 times. Make sure you are breaking the skin on each potato.
- Cook the potatoes in a basket-style air fryer at 200°C / 400°F for 40 minutes. Turn the potatoes using tongs halfway through cooking. Check the potatoes are cooked by poking a knife into the centre of the potatoes. The knife should slide through easily and come out easily.If they are not cooked then cook them for another 5 - 10 minutes.Small potatoes will take less time and larger potatoes may take longer. Once cooked use tongs to transfer the potatoes to a plate.Leave them to cool slightly before serving.
- Nutritional Information - is calculated using an online nutrition tool and is approximate. it does not include extra butter and salt or any toppings.
- Potatoes - The best potatoes for making baked potatoes are Maris Piper, King Edward or Desiree. If you're in the US then russet potatoes are perfect. Yukon golds and Roosters will also work well.
- Air Fryer - I used a Ninja Air Fryer Max, this is not an ad or endorsement.