Air-Fryer Baked Potato

Total Time

Prep: 10 min. Cook: 35 min.


4 servings

Updated: Nov. 21, 2023
By rubbing the potatoes with a butter-garlic mixture before cooking them, you end up with a very flavorful potato skin. It's just a little incentive to eat what I think is the best part of this air-fryer baked potato. —Teresa Emrick, Tipp City, Ohio
Air-Fryer Baked Potatoes Recipe photo by Taste of Home


  • 4 medium russet potatoes
  • 2 tablespoons butter, softened
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • Optional: Sour cream, butter, crumbled bacon, minced chives, guacamole, shredded cheddar cheese and minced fresh cilantro


  1. Preheat air fryer to 400°. Scrub potatoes; pierce each several times with a fork. In a small bowl, mix butter, garlic, salt and pepper. Rub potatoes with butter mixture. Wrap each tightly in a piece of foil.
  2. Place potatoes in a single layer on tray in air-fryer basket. Cook until fork tender, 35-45 minutes, rotating halfway through.

Air-Fryer Baked Potatoes Tips

Can you use other kinds of potatoes to make air-fryer baked potatoes?

Russet potatoes are preferred for baked potatoes—they bake up with a nice, crisp skin and fluffy interior. However, if you prefer a different kind of potato, you can certainly make a substitute. Keep in mind that not all potatoes bake the same, so you may need to adjust your cooking time a bit.

Do you have to wrap the potatoes in foil before air frying?

If you like a nice, crispy skin on your baked potatoes, it’s OK to leave the foil off. While wrapping your potatoes in foil helps to conduct the heat from the air fryer through the potatoes, it also yields a softer skin.

Do you have to poke the potatoes with a fork before air frying?

Potatoes are full of water, which turns to steam as they bake. Poking holes in the potatoes helps this steam escape and keeps the potatoes from potentially exploding. While poking holes isn’t always necessary, it is highly recommended. This "jacket potato" recipe offers an interesting alternative to poking holes in a baked potato!

Mark Neufang, Taste of Home Culinary Assistant
Air Fryer Cook Times
In our testing, we find cook times vary dramatically between brands of air fryers. As a result, we give wider than normal ranges on suggested cook times. Begin checking at the first time listed and adjust as needed.

Nutrition Facts

1 potato: 217 calories, 6g fat (4g saturated fat), 15mg cholesterol, 206mg sodium, 38g carbohydrate (2g sugars, 5g fiber), 5g protein.