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Air Fryer Baked Potato: Tasty and Healthy
Who doesn't love a good baked potato? It's the perfect side to any meal. But what if we told you that it is possible to make an air fryer baked potato? This blog post will teach you how!
Watch this video on how to make air fryer baked potatoes
Air Fryer Baked Potato Recipe
1) Preheat your air fryer to 350F.
2) Peel and cut the potatoes into halves or quarters depending on their size.
3) Place them in a single layer inside of the air fryer basket, so they will cook evenly. If you are cooking potato wedges, pre-cut them before putting them in the oven.
4) Spray with olive oil or avocado oil spray and season as desired (sea salt, pepper, garlic powder).
5) Cover loosely with aluminum foil and cook for about 25 minutes until tender but not too soft for best results. The cook time will depend on what type of potato you use - larger potatoes can take up to 30 minutes; smaller ones need less time at only 15-20 minuets.
6) Remove from the oven and let cool at room temperature for about five minutes before using a fork to gently remove it.
7) You can add your favorite toppings, such as sour cream or cheddar cheese if desired, but they’re also great as is. The potatoes will keep their heat well because of how thinly they are sliced so wait until you know your family is ready to eat them before taking one out!
Why should I use an air fryer to make my baked potatoes instead of the oven or microwave?
An air fryer is a great way to make the best baked potatoes because it doesn't use oil. This means you'll get fewer calories, less fat and no added grease when cooking your meal! It also lets the potato rise to a nice round shape rather than staying flat like in an oven or microwave.
The air fryer uses a special kind of convection that circulates the heat evenly, baking your potatoes quickly and efficiently. It takes about half an hour to cook one potato in an oven or microwave versus just 15-20 minutes with an air fryer! I love the crispy skin and fluffy insides of my perfect baked potatoes from using the air fryer because it gets all of those little nooks and crannies which you can't really get with other cooking methods.
Crispy on the outside, fluffy on the inside - what's not to like?
An added bonus is that even though they're cooked this way without any oil, my baked potatoes still end up tasting good! The seasoning flavors are able to soak into every bite and you can make your baked potatoes any flavor profile that suits your taste buds.
What is the best way to cook a potato in an air fryer?
Air fryer baked potatoes are a quick and easy way to cook a potato. When using an air fryer, it is important that the temperature of your fryer be set at 350 degrees Fahrenheit or lower (the recommended setting for cooking french fries). Typically, an air-fryer cooked potato has some crispy edges with soft creamy insides.
An air fryer recipe is a great option for those looking to cook without oil. The process does not require cooking sprays or fats of any kind, and only needs the addition of coarse salt and pepper. Air-fryers are also oven safe, so you can place your potatoes on an aluminum tray without fear that they will stick.
There are two methods to make this dish: the first requires preheating your air-fryer for about ten minutes (or until it is hot). Place one large russet potato in the basket with sprigs of fresh thyme sprinkled atop; sprinkle kosher salt over both sides and then add freshly ground black pepper. Cook according to your particular brand's instructions and serve immediately.
The second method is to preheat your oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit and place the potatoes on a greased, foil-lined cookie sheet with fresh thyme sprigs sprinkled over both sides; lightly sprinkle kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper. Bake for 30 minutes or until desired tenderness, which will vary depending on what type of potato you are cooking — larger russet potatoes may take 45 minutes but smaller potatoes can be cooked in about 15 minutes. The baking time also varies according to the thickness of each individual potato (larger potatoes have thicker potato skin). To tell if an air fryer baked potato is done check their firmness by gently pressing them around the perimeter: they should yield slightly under gentle pressure.
After the potatoes are done, let them cool for at least five minutes before serving to avoid burning your mouth and fingers — they're too hot! If you want a mashed potato-like texture then use an electric mixer after they've cooled down. Otherwise, enjoy as is with your favorite potato toppings like butter or sour cream which helps cut through the richness of french fries (or any other fried food).
Steps for making your own air fryer baked potatoes
Wash the potatoes well and pat dry with a dish cloth, then prick each potato once or twice with a fork.
Slice your desired thickness of skin off for topping later if you wish to.
Place on top rack of air fryer and cook at 400 degrees Fahrenheit for 15 minutes per tray in batches until done (about 30 min total). This can be adjusted depending on how crispy/crispier you want them--just keep an eye on them while baking! They should be browned all over when finished. When they're done, carefully remove from oven using tongs and place back onto parchment paper lined cookie sheet; season as desired before serving. Be careful not to burn yourself since hot oil will be inside the air fryer.
You may want to place your potatoes in a single layer, but not too close together so they all cook evenly, and flip them halfway through cooking time if you notice one side is browning faster than another.
This recipe yields about three trays of Air Fryer Baked Potatoes (approximately 12 servings) depending on how thick you slice them. Each tray should yield two or three large potatoes cut into wedges with skin for topping. I recommend serving as a side dish along with your main dish and some fresh vegetables such as carrots or broccoli!
How much time does it take to make these tasty and healthy potatoes?
It takes about 30 minutes to prepare these potatoes. Besides being healthier than a traditional oven baked potato, it also saves you precious time and energy by using less oil or butter. The air fryer is much more efficient at cooking the outside of the potato while maintaining moisture on the inside.
The benefits of cooking with an air fryer as opposed to other methods
Air fryers are a great way to cook food without adding unnecessary fat. This is because the air circulates around the food and cooks it from all sides at once, which eliminates hot spots that can burn or overcook portions of your meal.
This method also has benefits for those who need low-fat diets as there's no chance of oils dripping into your dish and causing an unhealthy buildup in your body.
Less or No Oil Needed
Many recipes call for small amounts of oil to be added.
But an air fryer only requires a teaspoon or two of cooking spray, which is much better than the tablespoon that would normally be needed in other methods.
The benefits are that there's less chance for your food to taste oily and you can cook with healthier oils like olive instead of butter or shortening. This also saves money because the amount you use is reduced by at least half!
Some people worry about not being able to crisp up their favorite foods in an air fryer, but this isn't always necessary if it wasn't part of what was expected from the dish anyway. And when it comes down to it, even deep fried vegetables have health benefits because they're cooked in a healthy oil!
No Need for Preheating
One of the greatest things about an air fryer is that you don't need to preheat it!
This not only saves time but also money because there's no added cost for heating your appliance. This method has a great way of preserving flavors and nutrients in food as well. So if you're short on space in your kitchen or want to save energy, this might be what you've been looking for all along!
Finally, one more thing I think everyone should know: Air fryers are non-stick; after using them once or twice they'll have less sticking than any other cooking device - guaranteed! They're easy to clean and maintain too. Once again, saving time and energy when compared with traditional methods like the oven.
It only takes a few minutes to preheat an air fryer, so you save energy by not heating up the oven for long periods of time. It also has less fat than other cooking methods as it reduces the need for oil or butter. The appliance is much easier to clean too because there are no messy pans and dishes from pots and pans used in traditional baking techniques. **
One downside to this method is that sometimes the potatoes can be dry on the inside if they don't cook through before being done with their crisp exterior layer (i) overcooked outside layer due to improper temperature settings, (ii) undercooked potato center after crispy outer coating was removed). Cooking these potatoes longer will help solve this issue but may result in the outside layer becoming too crisp and dry.
There are some other factors that affect how these potatoes cook: (i) the size of your potato, (ii) if you use frozen or fresh potatoes, and (iii) whether or not to peel them before cooking (iv). Fresh unpeeled potatoes will take longer to bake than a peeled potato in an air fryer because they have more water content inside their skin. Frozen may also add about five minutes on top of what is listed above for baking time due to being icy cold when placed into the appliance.
Final thoughts on air fryer baked potato
Hope you enjoyed this article about air fryer baked potato!
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