With only three simple ingredients, these Ninja Foodi Baked Potatoes have crispy skin and a light and fluffy center! Faster than oven-baked, this easy, foolproof method will become your favorite way to bake potatoes! You’ll never turn back!
Using my Ninja Foodi is one of my favorite ways to cook, and I love making potatoes in it! It works as an instant pot, air fryer, and slow cooker! For this recipe, we’ll be using the air fryer function!
These baked potatoes have a fluffy center and a crispy skin. Stuff them with all of your favorite toppings!
When you want a quick baked potato with crispy skin, Ninja Foodi Baked Potatoes are the way to go!
💗 Why You’ll Love This Recipe
- Faster than oven-baked potatoes
- Extra crispy skin
- Light and fluffy center
- Perfect side dish
- The easiest way to bake potatoes
🥣 Ingredients and Notes
Russet Potatoes: Be sure to clean your potatoes if they have any dirt. Choose potatoes around the same size so they all cook evenly.
Seasoning: You can use whatever seasoning you like best. I like to keep it simple, so I use coarse salt and a bit of black pepper. You can add garlic powder, onion powder, black pepper, or even a touch of cayenne if you want a bit of added spice!
Oil: To achieve crispy skin, it is essential to use oil. Look for an oil with a high smoke point. These include avocado oil, almond oil, grape seed oil, peanut oil, safflower oil, sunflower oil, canola oil, or corn oil. Olive oil does not have as high of a smoke point as the ones mentioned, but if it’s what you have, it will work! I prefer avocado oil or almond oil.
🛠 Tools and Equipment
Ninja Foodi: Many different types of Ninja Foodi appliances are available for purchase. I have the 10-in-one Ninja unit. It’s rather large, but with all its features, you won’t need your other small appliances anymore! You can air fry, pressure cook, sauté, steam, dehydrate, slow cook, and broil!
Metal Tongs: You’ll need these to carefully remove the potatoes from the air fryer without burning your fingers!
👩🏻🍳 How to Make Ninja Foodi Baked Potatoes
- Wash and dry your russet potatoes.
- Place the potatoes in a large bowl or on a baking sheet. Cover them with cooking oil or cooking spray. Be sure to coat the potatoes on all sides, rubbing the oil into the skin. This will ensure that the skin turns out nice and crispy. It also helps the salt stick to the potato while cooking.
- Generously sprinkle sea salt on all sides of the oiled potatoes. At this time, you can add more seasonings if you choose. Some suggestions include garlic powder, onion powder, black pepper, or cayenne. Use your hands to massage the seasoning into the skin.
- Place the potatoes in the Ninja Foodi basket. Give them enough space so that the air circulates evenly. Depending on the size of the potatoes, you can fit 2-3 in the basket.
- Select the air fryer option. Set the temperature to 400° Fahrenheit and the cooking time to 40 minutes. Select start. At the 20-minute mark, flip the potatoes over using tongs. After 40 minutes, check to ensure the potatoes are cooked all the way through. Add more time as needed. Since potatoes come in different sizes, you may require additional time for extra-large potatoes!
🧐 Top Tip
When making baked potatoes in the air fryer, you do not want to wrap them in foil. Wrapping them in foil cooks them more quickly, which is a bonus.
However, the foil conducts and traps the heat. As a result, the potatoes steam in the foil. This will create soft skin. If crispy skin is what you’re after, do not wrap your potatoes in foil.
❓ Recipe FAQS
While it will take about an hour to bake potatoes in the oven, you can cut off a good 20 minutes by doing it in the air fryer! It will take you about 40 minutes to make air fryer baked potatoes. Plus, you don’t need to preheat an air fryer, saving you even more time!
Russets are the best potatoes for baking because they have a high starch content. They also have thick skin. This is excellent for achieving that crispy skin texture we all love. When they are baked, they have a light and fluffy center!
To reheat air-fried baked potatoes, cut the potato down the center. Place them in the air fryer basket. Set the temperature to 360 F, and heat for 5-10 minutes. You can also use this method to reheat baked potatoes cooked in the oven. Cutting the potato down the middle helps the center get warm more quickly.
A baked potato in an air fryer is a healthy side dish or can even serve as a complete meal when topped with other healthy additions. While these potatoes have oil, much of that is cooked off during cooking. What is left is a nice crispy skin.
🍽 How to Serve
Cut a slit through the skin from one end to the other. Fluff the interior with a fork. Add your favorite toppings. I like to keep it simple with butter, salt and pepper, and fresh herbs.
🥔 Toppings for Ninja Foodi Baked Potato
Dressing up baked potatoes is the most fun and delicious! You can truly get super creative and turn one of your favorite side dishes into a full-on complete meal, as I did with these vegan-loaded sweet potatoes!
Here are some of my favorite ideas besides butter, sour cream, and chives!
- Easy Three-Bean Chili
- Nacho Cheese Sauce with Broccoli
- Black Beans with Salsa
- Cheddar Cheese or Vegan Cheese
- Fresh Herbs
- Green Onions
- Fresh lime juice with cumin
- Mushrooms, Spinach, and Garlic
- Pesto or tomato sauce with a sprinkle of vegan parmesan
- Hummus, olives, and sun-dried tomatoes
- Curry powder
- BBQ sauce
How to Store and Keep
Allow the potatoes to cool completely. Transfer them to an airtight container. Keep them in the refrigerator for up to 5 days. When ready to reheat, place them back into the Ninja Foodi and warm them for about 5 minutes at 350° Fahrenheit.
⚖️ Serving Size
Depending on the size of your russet potatoes and how many you can fit in the Ninja Foodi basket, this recipe makes 2-3 servings of one whole baked potato or 4-6 servings for half of a baked potato.
😋 More Ninja Foodi Recipes!
Ninja Foodi Baked Potato
- Wash and dry your russet potatoes. Make sure that you have used a kitchen towel to absorb the water.
- Cover your potatoes with cooking oil. I suggest avocado oil or almond oil. Be sure to coat the potatoes on all sides. You can also use a cooking spray. Rub the oil into the skin. This will ensure that the skin turns out nice and crispy. It also helps the salt stick to the potato while cookings.
- Generously sprinkle salt on the oiled potatoes. Sprinkle on all sides, and rub the salt into the skin to make sure that it sticks. At this time you can additional seasoning if you choose. Some suggestions include garlic powder, onion powder, black pepper, or cayenne. Use your hands to massage the seasoning into the skin. Place the russet potatoes in the air fryer basket. Allow them to have a little space.
- Set the air fryer to 400 F. Cook for 40 minutes. At the 20 minute mark, turn the potatoes over using tongs. After 40 minutes check to make sure they are cooked all the way through. Add more time as needed. Since potatoes come in different sizes you may need additional time for extra large potatoes!
- Use potatoes that are similar in size.
- Do not wrap in foil if you want a crispy skin.
- Do not poke holes in the potatoes.
- Generously coat the entire outside of the potato in oil and salt.
- Give the potatoes some space in the air fryer basket. Don’t overcrowd.
- Flip the potatoes halfway through the cooking time, at about 20 minutes. This will allow the potatoes to cook evenly and get crispy on all sides.
- Depending on the size of your potatoes, you may need to increase or decrease the time.
- Remove the potatoes from the basket and allow them to cool a few minutes before handling.
- Store leftovers in the refrigerator for up to 2 days.