Air fryer baked potatoes recipe

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Quick, easy, and delicious too, these air fryer baked potatoes can be on the table in under an hour...

Air fryer baked potatoes
(Image credit: America's Test Kitchen: Air Fryer Perfection; Photography by: Julie Bozzo Cote, Meredith Mulcahy, Daniel J.Van Ackere, Steve Klise, Kevin White, Keller + Keller and Carl Tremblay)
Serves2
SkillEasy
Preparation Time15 mins
Cooking Time40 mins
Total Time55 mins
Cost RangeCheap
Nutrition Per PortionRDA
Calories189 Kcal9%
Protein4.1 g8%
Fat0.8 g1%
Carbohydrates40.8 g16%

Air fryer baked potatoes are ready in just 55 minutes in the air fryer - a quick and efficient way to cook everyone's favourite carb.

Making jacket potatoes in the air fryer is pretty simple; just prick with a fork, rub with a little olive oil, cook for 40-45 minutes, and then carefully remove them from the air fryer. America's Test Kitchen recommends topping your air fryer baked potatoes with either blue cheese pepper butter or lemon thyme butter, both of which you can read how to make in the top tips section below. 

Ingredients

  • 2 russet potatoes (8 oz), unpeeled 
  • ¼ tsp vegetable oil
  • Salt and pepper

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Method

  1. Lightly prick each potato several times with a fork. Rub potatoes with oil and sprinkle with ⅛ teaspoon salt. Arrange potatoes in an air-fryer basket, spaced evenly apart. 
  2. Place the basket in the air fryer and set the temperature to 400 degrees. Cook until the paring knife inserted into the potatoes meets little resistance, 40 to 45 minutes. 
  3. Transfer potatoes to a large plate and, using a paring knife, cut 2 slits, forming X, in each potato. Press in at the ends of potatoes to push flesh up and out. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Serve. 
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Top tips for making air fryer baked potatoes

America's Test Kitchen says; "One great advantage of an air fryer is how it untethers you from your oven - no more heating up the house for a small project. Enter baked potatoes: Typically requiring at least an hour of oven time at high heat, simple baked potatoes can become a nuisance on a hot day, or when trying to bake another dish at a different temperature. The air fryer handily solved that problem. 

With no need to preheat, it took just 40 minutes to bake two fluffy, tender potatoes. Our foolproof method of lightly oiling and salting the outside of the potatoes produced crisp, tasty, well-seasoned skins, and poking holes for steam to escape ensured the centers became fluffy. Top the potatoes as desired or with one of our compound butter."

Blue cheese–pepper butter

Mash 1½ tablespoons softened unsalted butter, 1 ­tablespoon crumbled blue cheese, and ¼  teaspoon ­pepper together in a bowl.

Lemon-thyme butter

Mash 2 tablespoons softened unsalted butter, 1 teaspoon minced fresh thyme, ¼  teaspoon grated lemon zest, and ¼  teaspoon juice together in a bowl.

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Jessica Dady is Food Editor at GoodtoKnow and has over 11 years of experience as a digital editor, specialising in all things food, recipes, and SEO. From the must-buy seasonal food hampers and advent calendars for Christmas to the family-friendly air fryers that’ll make dinner time a breeze, Jessica loves trying and testing various food products to find the best of the best for the busy parents among us. Over the years of working with GoodtoKnow, Jessica has had the privilege of working alongside Future’s Test Kitchen to create exclusive videos - as well as writing, testing, and shooting her own recipes. When she’s not embracing the great outdoors with her family at the weekends, Jessica enjoys baking up a storm in the kitchen with her favourite bakes being chocolate chip cookies, cupcakes, and a tray of gooey chocolate brownies