Many years ago when I was kid, every once in a while my folks would load me and my siblings into the car and we'd head to Ponderosa Steak House for a dinner out. It wasn't a fancy place, but there was a fun salad buffet and I loved their baked potatoes. They had crispy skin and soft, tender insides that were loaded with butter, sour cream, and chives. Even to this day, if I'm in a mood and wanting some nostalgia, I go for a baked potato. And my air fryer can make that easy and keep me from turning my kitchen into the tropics.
By rubbing the outside of your taters with some oil and seasonings, you help guarantee that amazing crispy skin that inspired my love of these taters. I'm a fan of them with the traditional butter et al, but if I happen to have leftover chili, suddenly my tater is a canvas for a full meal. This also works when you opt for loaded baked potatoes (think cheese, bacon, and more) or even breakfast potatoes (your favorite cheesy scrambled eggs have a tater bed). Even salsa, black beans, and cheddar cheese can get you a taco tater!
Whether you are serving baked potatoes as a stunning side dish or letting them play canvas for the main event, using your air fryer to keep things simple and cool is a great idea - especially as we find ourselves quickly approaching the warmer temperatures of late spring and summer.
- 4 medium-sized baking potatoes, rinsed and scrubbed
- 1 T. olive oil
- ½ tsp. finely ground sea salt
- ½ tsp. garlic powder
- ¼ tsp. black pepper
Preheat your air fryer for 5 minutes at 400° F.
Pierce each potato with a fork a few times to release steam as they are cooking. Rub each potato with olive oil. In a small bowl, combine the spices then rub the potato skins with the spices. Place potatoes in the air fryer basket.
Cook the potatoes for 30 – 40 minutes, flipping halfway through. They are ready when a fork easily pierces through the skins and the insides are soft. Carefully remove the potatoes from the air fryer basket, slice lengthwise and pinch each side of the potatoes, forcing the inside of the potato to pop up. Top as desired.
- Yields: 4 servings
- Preparation Time: 45 minutes