An air fryer is an amazing kitchen appliance. You can do so much in it. And the best part is it cooks perfectly well, and without the need for a lot of oil. So, it offers you a healthy way of cooking.

Potatoes are versatile. I don’t know any other vegetable that is at the same level of versatility as potatoes. They are delicious and go well with almost everything. There are so many ways you can cook potatoes in an air fryer. You can bake Sweet Potatoes in an air fryer, make Fries in an air fryer, and ever cook sweet potato fries in an air fryer.

And the best part is, the result is just perfect. Among all the ways we can cook potatoes, air fryer Roast Potatoes are my favorite. Want to know why? Read ahead!

close up baked air fried potatoes on a wooden cutting board

Why Bake Potatoes In An Air Fryer?

Well, there are so many reasons why I love to bake potatoes in an air fryer. Here are a few to name:

  • Convenience: Using an Air fryer is so convenient. You don’t need additional baking trays, or aluminum foil, or any other thing. All you need is an air fryer basket, potatoes, and the unit. That’s all.
  • Crispy skin: When you bake potatoes in an air fryer, you get a perfectly crispy skin just the way it should. The secret is the cooking mechanism of the air fryer that passes very hot air rapidly. As a result, the potatoes cook well, and the skin has the crunch we all love.
  • Soft interior: Where the exterior is crispy and crunchy, the interior is super soft, moist, and fluffy. It is simply blissful.
  • Healthy option: Well, because we don’t use a lot of oil in an air fryer, it is naturally a healthy option.

Which Potatoes To Choose From?

When you visit a grocery store, you will find several types of potatoes. The most common are russet potatoes, Yukon gold potatoes, red potatoes, and sweet potatoes.  Among the many varieties, russet potatoes are the best for baking. That’s because they have a higher starch content. When you bake starchy potatoes, the interior gets soft and fluffy upon baking.  Furthermore, the skin of russet potatoes is thick. As a result, its skin gets nice and crispy upon baking.

However, if you don’t have russet potatoes available due to any reason, you can choose any other type as well. But do remember that the results can vary. Moreover, sweet potatoes are also a good option for baking. However, they have a slightly sweeter flavor. Furthermore, they are far healthier than other potatoes. So, the choice is yours.

whole baked potato pierced with knife

Ingredient Breakdown

I don’t think any other dish can be as simple as baked potatoes. It is a simple three-ingredient dish when counting the seasonings. You need potatoes for it, that’s all. Furthermore, season it with salt and spray a little avocado oil. That’s all! Isn’t it simple?

How To Bake Potatoes In An Air Fryer?

Baking potatoes in an air fryer is straightforward as well. Here are a few simple steps you have to follow:

Step 1: Wash the russet potatoes so that you get rid of the dirt. Pat them dry.

Step 2: Pierce potato with a fork or carefully with a knife.

Step 3: Spray or brush with a little bit of avocado oil to get the skin nice and crispy.

Step 4:  Place them in an air fryer basket and season with sea salt.

Step 5: Cook for about 35-40 minutes at 400-degree F. Once the timer is up, remove it from the basket and serve alongside your favorite topping.

Tips For Perfect Air Fryer Potatoes

Although making potatoes is a piece of cake, you should keep in mind a few points for perfect results:

  • Make sure the potatoes are of the same size for even cooking.
  • Make sure you don’t overstuff the potatoes in the air fryer basket. Otherwise, they won’t cook evenly.
  • You can also poke holes in the potatoes with forks for rapid cooking. If you do so, the potatoes will cook 5 minutes early.
  • Make sure you scrub the potatoes to get rid of dirt. Do part them dry with kitchen towels before placing them in the basket.
  • Although I have used the avocado spray for cooking, you can use any other oil you like. If you don’t have spray available, you can use a tablespoon of olive oil as well. Make sure you cover every inch of potato with the oil.
  • Once the timer is up, do test the potatoes before taking them out. You can test them by inserting a sharp knife into them. If it dives in smoothly, it means the potatoes are cooked. If it doesn’t, give them an additional 4 to 5 minutes in the air fryer.

How To Store Air Fryer Baked Potatoes?

If you have a leftover baked potato, you can store it in the refrigerator for a day or two. However, make sure the potatoes are completely cooled down before refrigerating them.

You can also prepare baked potatoes in advance and store them in the refrigerator. So that when you want to have it for lunch the next day, you just have to reheat it.

Moreover, you can also freeze baked potatoes. All you have to do is bake them in an air fryer, wait until they are cool, wrap them in aluminum foil individually and place them in a plastic bag. Seal it, and store it in the freezer. You can save it from rescuing you on a tiring day of work!

How To Reheat Baked Air Fry Potatoes?

You can quickly reheat leftover baked potato by placing I in the air fryer basket and cooking for about 4 to 7-minute in the air fryer at 400-degree F.

Moreover, you can also reheat the frozen baked potato by placing it directly in the air fryer for about 30 minutes at 400-degree F. be sure to remove the aluminum foil before baking it in the air fryer. When you reheat baked frozen potatoes, they are called twice baked potatoes and are very delicious.

Topping Ideas

Eating baked potato without any topping can be a little boring and dry. So, if you are looking for some topping ideas to make the dish much more exciting and flavorful, here are a few ideas you can use:

  • Vegan Cheese Sauce: Delicious vegan cheese sauce made from cashews is smooth, creamy, and just what you need with air fry baked potatoes.
  • Green onions: freshly chopped green onions add crunch and flavor to the baked potatoes.
  • Chives: you can also add chives for added flavor.
  • Salsa: how about delicious, tangy, and rich salsa to go with baked potatoes.
  • Guacamole: mashed avocados, onions, tomatoes, and Mexican spices bring in tanginess, creaminess, and flavor we all love. Pair these flavors with baked potato to enjoy the dish.
  • Hummus: Hummus is also every vegan’s favorite; it is healthy, rich, creamy, and flavorful. Try it with baked potatoes. I am sure the combination will be comforting, and you will love it!

What To Serve With Baked Potatoes?

Baked potatoes are super versatile. They are a perfect side dish to your main course and a perfect main course as well. Here is a list of dishes you can serve alongside baked potatoes:

  • Salad: serve air fryer baked potatoes alongside a garden salad. You can also serve it with roasted vegetables like carrots, bell peppers, zucchini, etc.
  • Soup: the baked potato is a perfect side for your favorite soups.
  • Bread bowl: how about a bread bowl with your favorite vegan soup alongside baked potato. It is a hearty and comforting, and rich meal.
  • Steak: spicy cauliflower steak with baked potato is just what you need on a tiring day of work.
  • Curry: Thai curries, rice, and baked potatoes. Try it, and I bet you will fall in love with this combination.
  • Quinoa: Quian is super healthy and delicious. You can increase the flavor profile by pairing it with a baked potato.
  • Bean chili: Who doesn’t love rich, creamy, and delicious bean chili? Baked potatoes are a perfect side dish with chili. It balances out the spices and complements the texture and flavor on spot.

Other Air Fryer Recipes To Prepare

  1. Air Fryer Asparagus
  2. Air Fryer Tostones
  3. Healthy Air Fryer Peach
  4. Falafel Salad Bowl’
  5. Kale Chips
  6. Zucchini Chips
  7. Cauliflower Hash Browns
  8. Air Fried Carrots

baked potatoes on a wooden background with. spoon

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Nutrition

(Per serving)
  • Energy: 224 kcal / 936 kJ
  • Fat: 7.2 g
  • Protein: 4.3 g
  • Carbs: 37 g

Cooking Time

  • Preparation: 5 min
  • Cooking: 30 min
  • Ready in: 35 min
  • For:
  • 2 Servings

Ingredients

Instructions

  1. Wash the russet potatoes, pat dry, and pierce with a fork.
  2. Rub potatoes with olive oil and salt
  3. Place potatoes in the air fryer basket. Bake for about 35-40 minutes at 400-degree F.
  4. Check for doneness at 35 minutes. Air fryer until potatoes are squishy when touched and a fork is inserted easily.
  5. Once done, remove from the air fryer basket and serve with your favorite topping.
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Michelle Blackwood, RN

Hi, I’m Michelle, I’m the voice, content creator and photographer behind Healthier Steps. I share vegan and gluten-free recipes because of past health issues. My goal is to help you make healthier choices and show you how healthy eating is easy and delicious.