Air Fryer Baked Potatoes have become a meal staple in my house since it is the best method for cooking a baked potato. The air fryer does all of the work for you, it’s basically magical how crispy on the outside and fluffy on the inside these potatoes become. Top them with Broccoli and cheddar and a sprinkle of crispy bacon and you have one perfectly healthy dinner or side dish!
I love a baked potato and cooking them in the air fryer has changed the game for sure. It is a super low maintenance method for getting perfectly fluffy potatoes every, single time! In this recipe I dressed them up a bit by filling the baked potatoes with steamed broccoli, melty cheddar cheese and a healthy sprinkle of salty turkey bacon. Yum!
My family loved this crazy good recipe and so did I! They pretty much make an entire meal or a wonderful, hearty side for meatloaf or chicken dinners.
Cheddar and broccoli is a classic combo that you can also check out in this Broccoli and Cheddar Quiche, which is also a favorite of ours.
Why cook the potatoes in the air fryer?
Here’s the deal. It takes less time and effort to cook whole potatoes in the air fryer, plus they literally come out with incredibly crispy skin on the outside and the most amazing fluffy center, like ever. This method is basically foolproof and you can do other things while they are cooking, so it’s efficient as well.
Also, there is no need to wrap the potatoes in foil either, which I love!
Ingredients needed to make these air fryer baked potatoes
- Potatoes – I recommend russet potatoes since they are best for making baked potatoes
- Oil – I used avocado oil but you could also use olive oil
- Salt and pepper – For seasoning the potatoes
- Steamed broccoli – You can use frozen or fresh cooked broccoli
- Shredded cheddar cheese – I used a cheddar cheese mix
- Turkey bacon/ regular bacon – for a nice crunchy topping
How to make baked potatoes in the air fryer
- Prep the potatoes by scrubbing them really well then rub them with oil and season the outside of each potato with salt and pepper. Pierce each potato all over with a fork then place them about 1 inch apart in the air fryer.
- Cook the potatoes at 360 degrees F for 25 minutes, flip each one over and cook them for 20 more minutes. If you are using smaller potatoes then you will need to adjust the cooking time.
- Open the air fryer when they are done and slice them each down the middle immediately and squeeze the sides and use a fork to pull some of the potato away from the skin to make a nice bed for the filling. Then add a pat of butter to the center of each potato, if desired.
- Leave the potatoes in the air fryer basket and fill each one with some steamed broccoli and some shredded cheddar cheese. Place them back into the air fryer and cook them at 350 degrees for 2 minutes to melt the cheese. Top each one with some chopped bacon and a sprinkle of ground black pepper and enjoy!
How delicious do those look? OMG! When I made these my husband and kids devoured them, they are that good. You will definitely be adding these to your meal rotation once you try this recipe, I promise!
Baked Potato topping ideas
In this recipe I topped the potatoes with broccoli, cheese and bacon, since that is my favorite combination. Here are some other great baked potato topping ideas you can try as well. Better yet, create a baked potato bar with lots of toppings!
- Pizza-style – pizza sauce, mini pepperoni, shredded mozzarella cheese
- BBQ Chicken-style – bbq sauce, diced cooked chicken, red onion, shredded cheese of choice, yummy.
- Veggie-loaded – mixed roasted veggies and pesto sauce
- Traditional loaded baked potatoes – Shredded cheddar cheese, sour cream, cooked bacon and chives.
- Taco stuffed potatoes- turkey taco meat, salsa, cheddar cheese and sour cream
Serving these healthy baked potatoes
There are so many things you can serve with these air fryer baked potatoes like crispy breaded air fryer chicken breast or healthy turkey meatballs. You can also pair them with a delicious juicy pork tenderloin or air fryer falafel for a meatless option (omit the turkey bacon of course).
Another way to serve them is alongside this air fryer whole chicken, which would be so good!
We basically ate them as a mini meal and they were epic. Did I say that already? I just cannot help myself, haha.
How to store baked potatoes
You can store these potatoes easily by letting them cool completely after they are cooked. Then transfer them to a container and cover it with a lid or foil and keep them in the refrigerator for up to 3 days.
Reheat them in the air fryer at 350 degrees for 4-5 minutes, when you are ready to serve them.
- This recipe was created using russet potatoes. Sweet potatoes also work.
- Try to select potatoes that are similar in size for even cooking times.
- Make sure to season the potatoes and poke them all over with a fork before cooking them so they have great flavor and venting for the steam.
- Slice them and fluff the inside right after they cook.
- Check them while they cook to make sure they do not over cook.
More healthy air fryer potato recipes to try
- Air Fryer Crispy Smashed Potatoes
- Crispy Air Fryer Sweet Potato Chips
- Sweet Potato Wedges – Air Fryer Recipe
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