How to Bake Potatoes in an Air Fryer?
It's no secret that the air fryer has become a popular appliance for cooking everything from eggs and meats to vegetables and flat breads — 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.
There are a ton of advantages to air frying potatoes:
- 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.
How to bake potatoes in an air fryer:
Air fryer baked potatoes are surprisingly simple and can be made with any make or model. Step-by-step instructions are as follows:
- Wash your potatoes. Scrub them gently under running water to remove any dirt and pat them dry.
- Lightly oil the skin. Spray or brush the skins with a light, even coating of oil.
- Season liberally. Sprinkle sea salt and pepper (or any other desired seasoning) all over your potatoes.
- Arrange potatoes in the basket. Lay the potatoes in the air fryer so that they are not overlapping and there's space for air to flow between them.
- Cook. Air fry up to four potatoes for 30 minutes at 400 degrees Fahrenheit, turning them over halfway through.
- Do the fork test. Insert a fork into the potatoes to check if they're done. If it doesn't slide in and out easily, they need more time.
- Remove the potatoes when done. Your potatoes may finish cooking at different rates, especially if they vary in size. Remove any potatoes that pass the fork test, and return any potatoes that are not finished cooking to the basket for five more minutes or until they're fork-tender.