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
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.