How to Cook Baked Potatoes in an Air Fryer
Why Use an Air Fryer?
If you love the flavor and texture of fried food, but don’t like the hassle or calories associated with traditional deep-frying, then an air fryer is a great appliance to have in your kitchen. Air fryers are equipped with a powerful fan and heating system that circulates hot air around your food, creating a crispy outer layer without the need for deep-frying. An air fryer is also a great way to bake potatoes quickly, as the hot air circulates around them and cooks them from all sides.
Preparing Your Potatoes for the Air Fryer
The first step in baking potatoes in an air fryer is to prepare them. Start by scrubbing your potatoes under running water, then pat them dry with a paper towel. Pierce each potato several times with a fork or knife to help steam escape during the cooking process. Then, brush the potatoes with a light coating of oil, such as olive oil, and season with salt, pepper and any other herbs or spices you prefer.
Cooking Your Potatoes in the Air Fryer
Once your potatoes are prepped, place them in the air fryer basket. Depending on the size of your potatoes, you may need to cook them in batches. If so, set the air fryer to 350°F and cook for about 15 minutes. After 15 minutes, open the air fryer, carefully flip the potatoes and cook for an additional 15 minutes.
Checking for Doneness
Once your potatoes have cooked for the full 30 minutes, remove one from the air fryer and carefully slice it in half. If it’s still not cooked through, put it back in the air fryer and continue cooking in 5 minute increments until it’s done. Once your potatoes are cooked through, remove them from the air fryer and let them cool for a few minutes before serving.
Enjoying Your Baked Potatoes
Now that your potatoes are cooked, it’s time to enjoy them! Serve them as is, with butter, sour cream and your favorite toppings, or use them in a recipe. Baked potatoes can also be served with a salad for a complete meal. No matter how you choose to enjoy them, air fryer baked potatoes are a delicious and convenient option for a busy weeknight dinner.