Air Fryers Make the Best Baked Potatoes!

One of the very best side dishes of all time has got to be a good baked potato. They are super easy and foolproof to make, are very cheap and filling as a side dish or even main dish, and have so much variety with all the different toppings you can use.

While it is super easy and no-fuss to make potatoes the traditional way in the oven, if you’ve got an air fryer you may find that is your new favorite way to make them. They cook faster and they get this unbelievable crispy, salt crust that I haven’t been able to achieve in the oven.

If you have a toaster-oven style air fryer, lower the temperature to 375, flip the potatoes halfway during cooking, but just follow the rest of the directions the same. I thought this was great that Natasha actually had those instructions because I have one of these tray-style air fryers and I have never seen separate directions for that, so I’ve got to keep my eye out for tips like on air fryer recipes going forward.

Baked potatoes are such a great idea for any occasion, it could be a great idea with a big meal, like anyone who is making a big Easter Sunday dinner coming up. You could do a baked potato bar with your ham dinner, or the baked potato bar could even stand alone.

Here are some really fun and delicious topping ideas for a potato bar. I’d suggest you leave your oven on the broil setting so your guests and/or family members can broil and crisp up whatever cheesy toppings they add.

Unique Potato Bar Toppings:

  • Pepperoni Pizza. After you butter your baked potato you could add some marinara sauce, mozzarella cheese, and pepperoni slices, then broil in the oven and voila!
  • Taco Toppings. Add seasoned meat, sour cream, cheese, guacamole, lettuce, even jalapenos to your baked potato.
  • Chicken Curry. The mild, sweet baked potato is the perfect vehicle for something like curry. For a super easy weeknight meal, add a bottle of Trader Joe’s curry sauce with some canned chicken and you will have a warm, comforting meal ready in no time!
  • Beef Strogonoff
  • Chicken Alfredo
  • BBQ. With how expensive it is to make BBQ, a baked potato is the perfect cheap side dish that really lets the meat you spent so much time on perfecting shine.
  • Buffalo Chicken. Add chicken covered in buffalo sauce, gorgonzola cheese and top with sour cream and green onions after broiling. Heavenly!
  • Breakfast potatoes. Cook up some scrambled eggs with the bacon and cheese cooked right into the eggs and add on top of your potato. A great breakfast for dinner idea!

Do you have any non-traditional toppings you really like to add to your baked potatoes or do you usually stick with the traditional loaded baked potato toppings like sour cream, cheese, bacon bits and green onions? Please share your thoughts in the comments below.

Air Fryer Baked Potatoes

This recipe for Air Fryer Baked Potato comes out perfectly every time. The skin of the potato is salty and crispy while the inside is tender and fluffy.

Prep time:
Cook time:
Serving size: 4
Calories per serving: 110

4 medium russet potatoes
1/2 teaspoon sea salt, or to taste
1 tablespoon olive oil, or use a cooking spray

Scrub potatoes under running water then thoroughly dry with a towel.

Poke the potato all over with a fork, rub with oil and sprinkle all over with salt. Add the potatoes to the air fryer basket.

Cook the potatoes in a basket-style air fryer* at 400°F for 30 minutes. Flip the potatoes and cook them for an additional 5-15 minutes depending on size, or until the fork easily slides through to the center. Small potatoes will take less time and larger potatoes may take longer. Use tongs to transfer potatoes to a plate.


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    Mary Richardson
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