Instant Vortex Plus Air Fryer Baked Potatoes

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Instant Vortex Plus Air Fryer Baked Potatoes are the way to go for that restaurant quality baked potato. Crispy skin and light and fluffy potato inside, waiting for you to dress it up with your favorite toppings. 

I realized a while back that making baked potatoes at home was so simple using my air fryer. It is fast and efficient and gives you that crispy outer skin you are craving. A much faster cook time than in the oven. 

Instant Vortex Plus Air Fryer Baked Potatoes

While this is a recipe in a sense, it is crazy simple. BUT, I had to share my method for making the best-baked potatoes. If you have an air fryer then you have to try this out. You will be amazed! I added some seasoning to the outside of my potatoes for added flavor, for all you potato skin lovers. 

Instant Vortex Plus Air Fryer Baked Potatoes

Do You Flip Potatoes Over During Cooking In Air Fryer 

You are welcome to peek in at the halfway mark of cooking and give your potatoes a flip. This can help offer a more even skin crispiness all around. If you don’t want to mess with flipping, you can skip this step. 

How Do You Keep Baked Potatoes From Drying Out As They Cook

Rubbing your potatoes down with olive oil is key. If you are not a fan of olive oil, reach for canola or vegetable. Just give the outside of the potatoes a nice rub-down so they are all greased up. This will protect the potatoes from drying out while helping to crisp up the skins. I then went an extra step and added seasoning to my potatoes, since we enjoy eating the skin. 

Favorite Toppings For Baked Potatoes 

  • Butter
  • Sour cream or Greek yogurt
  • Cheese
  • Bacon
  • Chives
  • Everything Bagel Seasoning
  • Green Onions
  • Ranch Dressing
  • Broccoli
  • Or any other topping

Toppings for baked potatoes are endless! Pile on meat for a loaded baked potato, or a dollop of butter. Make your potatoes as simple or complex as you would like. 

Instant Vortex Plus Air Fryer Baked Potatoes

Tip for Making Air Fryer Baked Potatoes

Don’t crowd your tray. You want to ensure there is space between each potato. This is going to allow the hot air that circulates really get around all the spots on the potato. Giving it that even and nicely cooked potato that you want. If you pile potatoes on top of each other, you will find you don’t have an even cook. 

How Long Do You Cook Baked Potatoes In Air Fryer 

Depending on the size of your potatoes will depend on the cooking time. My potatoes took 40 minutes, and they turned out perfect. If you have smaller potatoes you might only cook for 30-35 minutes. Or if larger you might go over the 40-minute mark. Just make sure they are cooked fully before slicing and serving. 

Instant Vortex Plus Air Fryer Baked Potatoes

How To Know When A Baked Potato Is Done 

Take a fork and stick it into the potato. If it goes in easy and comes out without getting stuck your potato is done. If you find it is a little hard to stick the fork or even a knife in, it needs more cooking time. As the center of the potato is still a bit hard. 

What Type of Potatoes Make The Best Baked Potato 

Russets are my go-to potato for making baked potatoes. They offer a nice starch consistency that bakes up or in this case air fries up nicely. 

Are you loving your Instant Vortex Plus as much as I? Try out my Instant Vortex Plus Air Fryer Garlic Bread Margherita Pizza Toast, you will love it! If you love a great potato recipe then you need to try The Original Syracuse Salt Potatoes Instant Pot

Instant Vortex Plus Air Fryer Baked Potatoes

Instant Vortex Plus Air Fryer Baked Potatoes

Prep Time: 2 minutes
Cook Time: 40 minutes
Total Time: 42 minutes


  • 2 - 4 russet potatoes (scrubbed & rinsed)
  • 1/2 TBSP Olive Oil or melted butter
  • 1/2 TSP sea salt
  • 1/2 TSP your favorite seasoning (I used a garlic & herb blend)
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder


  1. Prick the potatoes with a fork. Rub the potatoes with either oil or butter.
  2. Sprinkle with sea salt, garlic powder & your favorite seasoning.

  3. Place the drip pan in the bottom of the cooking chamber. Using the display panel, touch BAKE then adjust the temp to 400 degrees, set the time to * 40 minutes, touch START.
  4. When the display indicates “Add Food” place potatoes (unwrapped) on a tray.  Close the door.
  5. When time ends carefully remove baked potatoes and serve. 


*Time may vary based on size of your potato. Mine were fairly large (weighing 11.5 oz) potatoes vs small.

Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:


Amount Per Serving: Calories: 196Total Fat: 3gSaturated Fat: 2gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 1gCholesterol: 8mgSodium: 536mgCarbohydrates: 38gFiber: 4gSugar: 2gProtein: 5g
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  1. I thought your detailed instructions, photos and method were excellent and happen to be the same ones I use. I have one suggestion which would be helpful for your readers:: You should state the weight of the potato that you cooked for 40 minutes.. When I forwarded my instructions for a baked potato to a friend, I stated that my 9 oz russet baked in 45 minutes. (I even attached a photo of the potato next to a dollar bill so she had a reference for the size) I think that is helpful for newer, inexperienced cooks.

    1. I agree that is exactly what I should do. Thank you so much for the recommendation. I am running to get my potatoes I have left to weigh them right now. 🙂

      1. Keep your recipes coming! Love your Facebook group and I refer it to anyone thinking about buying our favorite Air Fryer. The friendliness and helpfulness you promote make it an outstanding reference site and I learn something every time I visit it. Thank you for hosting it!

  2. What size air fry machine did you use? The reason I ask is that there are 5 of us in my family and 4 potatoes would not work out for us we would have to go through the process twice and therefore wouldn’t be practical for us to use our machine for the recipe process you have described.

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