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Air fryer baked potato close up topped with shredded cheese, chopped bacon, sour cream and sliced green onions.

Air Fryer Baked Potato Recipe

Course: Side
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Air Fryer
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 25 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes
Servings: 2
Calories: 168kcal
Author: Marilyn
Air Fryer baked potatoes have the crispiest skin and a tender flesh that makes these baked potatoes over the top delicious.
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Equipment

Ingredients

  • 2 russet potatoes
  • Pure olive oil
  • Course kosher salt
  • Optional Toppings (see Notes)

Instructions

  • Preheat air fryer to 400℉.
  • Wash potatoes. Using a paper towel, pat the potatoes dry.
  • Drizzle the potatoes with olive oil and rub oil all over the potato. Generously sprinkle kosher salt all over the potato.
  • Arrange potatoes in the air fryer. Using a knife, make a slit in the top center of the potato. Air fry the potatoes for 25 minutes. The potatoes should be fork tender. If more cooking time is needed, continue air frying for 5 to 10 minutes.
  • Using tongs or oven mitts, transfer the potatoes to a work surface. Cut the potatoes across the top lengthwise and crosswise. Using your fingers, carefully squeeze in and up until the potato opens up.
  • Serve potatoes hot with your choice of toppings.

Notes

  • The nutritional value and calories of the baked potatoes was calculated before adding any toppings.
  • The cooking time of your baked potato can vary depending upon the total size and thickness of your potato.
  • Air fryers can vary in temperature. Once you know how yours works, you will have a better idea of more or less timing than indicated in a recipe.
Baked Potato Toppings
  • Butter. Make sure the butter is room temperature.
  • Sour Cream. 
  • Shredded Cheese. Sharp cheddar, Monterey Jack, Colby or a Mexican combination are always winners.
  • Bacon. 2 to 3 slices of bacon, cooked and crumbled for 2 potatoes. 1 slice cooked and crumbled will yield approximately 1 tablespoon.
  • Onions. Sliced green onions.
  • Chives. Freshly snipped.
Baked Potato Bar
In addition to the toppings above, following are ingredient to make a full-fledged Potato Bar or for turning your Air Fryer baked potatoes into a main dish.
  • Diced Ham.
  • Chili.
  • Broccoli Florets. Blanched and cut into smaller florets.
  • Air Fried Green Beans. Cut into 1-inch pieces.
  • Taco Meat. Cooked ground beef taco meat.
  • Finely Chopped Tomatoes.
  • Cheese Sauce. Melted Velveeta or Queso.
  • Finely Chopped Roasted Red Peppers.
  • Beans. Cooked black beans or pinto beans.
  • Diced Avocado.
  • Sliced Black Olives.

Nutrition

Calories: 168kcal | Carbohydrates: 38g | Protein: 5g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 3499mg | Potassium: 889mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 2IU | Vitamin C: 12mg | Calcium: 30mg | Iron: 2mg