Air Fryer Baked Potatoes – restaurant quality baked potatoes that are light and fluffy on the inside and crispy on the outside.
I have to admit that I haven't done baked potatoes for over 3 years.
In fact, since I started using my Instant Pot, I have hardly ever used the oven.
And this includes preparing baked potatoes. I love the fact that traditional baked potatoes cook in a fraction of the time in the Instant Pot.
However, there is a problem. Since they are cooked using the pressure cooker function, the skins do not crisp at all.
In fact, they are mushy enough to be quite honest. Although potatoes cook well when time is limited and dinner must arrive on the table, sometimes I miss the crispy skin of a traditionally baked potato.
Baked potatoes with air fryer
However, I didn't want to bake them. In mid-summer the last thing I wanted to do was raise the temperature just to have perfectly cooked potatoes.
Type of potato
Rust potatoes produce the best baked potatoes. They are firm and have thicker skin than their red or yellow counterparts.
They resist well to the high temperature necessary to obtain a light and fluffy interior and a crisp exterior.
Although any available potato variety can be used, keep in mind that the cooking time may be different.
The size of the potatoes
Size matters. This recipe was written for medium sized potatoes.
If you have extra large potatoes, you will need to increase the cooking time.
Likewise, if you have smaller potatoes, the required cooking time will be shorter.
The best part of using an air fryer is that it is easy to check if they are done during the cooking process.
Which is not so easy to do with an Instant Pot.
To hit or not to hit
I have ALWAYS repeated my potatoes with a fork or knife before cooking them.
My mother warned me that if I hadn't done this, the potatoes would have exploded during cooking.
And I was especially careful in making the potatoes in the oven in the Instant Pot. The last thing I wanted was for a pressure cooker to explode because I couldn't vent my potatoes.
However, I am here to tell you that when preparing baked potatoes with an air fryer, it is not necessary.
And yes, I discovered it by accident.
I was in a hurry to prepare dinner and I forgot to hit the potatoes. And I didn't realize it until the potatoes had been in the air fryer for over 30 minutes.
So I let them go and guess what? The deep-fried potatoes in the deep fryer turned out to be perfect!
Although to this day, mostly out of habit, I think, I still hit my raw potatoes. However, it is a relief to know that it is not absolutely necessary.
Oil the potatoes
The secret of crispy skin on baked potatoes is to apply oil to the potato skin before cooking them.
But be sure to use a high heat oil. We prefer to use avocado oil but olive oil will also work.
Do not use extra virgin olive oil. It has a lower smoke point and will cause a lot of smoke to escape from the fryer during the cooking process.
When it comes to seasoning, keep it simple. Add coarse sea salt to the outside of the potatoes before cooking them.
And after finishing cooking, add butter, salt, pepper and any other seasonings you want.
My husband likes to add a little garlic salt to his potato, but I prefer to stick to the basics of salt and pepper.
And if you want baked potatoes with the air fryer, add some sour cream, cheese, bacon and chives!
But if you still like to use the oven, try this oven-baked potato recipe twice. They are absolutely delicious!
Baked potatoes with air fryer
Prepare restaurant-quality baked potatoes in an air fryer. Light and fluffy on the inside and crunchy on the outside.
- 4 medium rust washed potatoes
- 1 teaspoon avocado oil
- 1/2 teaspoon of sea salt
- Rub the washed potatoes with avocado oil and put them in the air fryer basket.
- Sprinkle with sea salt on all sides.
- Cook in the air fryer at 400 ° F for about 40 to 50 minutes, turning halfway through. Check if they are tender with a fork by piercing them with a fork down along the center of the potato.
- Squeeze the potato and sprinkle it with salt and pepper to taste. Add the butter and add other seasonings to taste.
Recommended condiments: chives, sour cream, bacon, cheese, green onions. Recipe provided by Make Your Meals