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Ninja Foodi Baked Potatoes

Wondering how to make baked potatoes in a Ninja Foodi or need some time and temperature recommendations for air fryer baked potatoes? This recipe will set you straight and give you some ideas for ways to serve and stuff your baked potatoes. You’ll even learn how to make baked sweet potatoes in the Foodi while you’re at it!

How to Make Baked Potatoes in a Ninja Foodi

You’ll find a visual walkthrough below and a printable recipe card at the bottom of the post. This is a simple recipe so if you’re feeling confident, skip down to the card and I’ll catch you on the flip side. But if you need some tips and want some more recipes to pair with your baked potatoes, check out the walkthrough.

Now, let’s learn how to make Ninja Foodi baked potatoes.

Wash and dry russet potatoes before using a fork to poke holes in them. 

4 russet potatoes with holes poked in them

The hole poking is an optional step, but I always like to take the extra 30-60 seconds as an extra security blanket that no potatoes explode in my Foodi. You don’t have to go crazy or make the holes a certain depth, just poke a few and get them in the air fryer basket.

As for the type of potatoes, you’ll want to go with russet if you want real deal baked potatoes. Other options like yukon gold potatoes would work fine, but they’re a bit softer. They work great for fries, though. Check out my Five Guys Cajun Fries copycat recipe.

And in case you’re wondering, sweet potatoes work fine. Check out my BBQ chicken stuffed air fryer sweet potatoes for an example. You could use the same pulled BBQ chicken thighs, which you can make in the Ninja Foodi as well, to stuff these russet potatoes.

Spray with cooking spray or brush with oil and sprinkle with salt. 

4 potatoes with cooking spray and salt in the ninja foodi air crisp basket

This is a must if you’re planning to eat the potato skins. The extra cooking spray or oil creates a perfectly crispy skin, and the salt makes everything just melt in the mouth.

Air fry for 35-40 minutes at 400ºF. 

finished baked potatoes in the Ninja Foodi

I use the 6.5-quart Ninja Foodi for all my recipes. If you’re using a different air fryer or another model/size of the Ninja Foodi, you may need to adjust the cook time.

Also, it’s always a good idea to check on your baked potatoes a couple times during air frying to make sure the skins aren’t getting too dark. If they are, you can cover the tops with some aluminum foil to finish cooking.

Some air fryers cook much faster. The Instant Pot Vortex Pro I used for my air fryer twice baked potatoes in the video below, for example, cooks in about 20-25 minutes.

A great tip for knowing when to pull your potatoes is when they reach an internal temperature of 190ºF to 200ºF. They should also be fork tender.

Cool the baked potatoes, slice, and serve! 

Once you can handle the baked potatoes, get them out of the Foodi and slice the top of each potato to fill with all your fixin’s. The dolled up potatoes you see in photos have shredded cheddar, chopped bacon, and scallions. But the world is your oyster. Go crazy.

If you’re looking for something extra, check out the twice baked potatoes I mentioned above. They use fat free Greek yogurt, center cut bacon, and fresh parsley to make a healthier twice baked potato filling that’s indistinguishable from regular versions. You could also stuff your baked potato with some of my high protein beef chili, hidden veggie chili, or Instant Pot turkey chili.

baked potato with high protein chili, cheddar cheese, and scallions

That should cover everything. If you have a question about making Ninja Foodi baked potatoes I didn’t cover, drop a comment at the bottom of this post. And if you’re looking for more air fryer side dishes, check out my post with 5 ways to make air fryer brussels sprouts or low carb air fryer carrot fries.

Ninja Foodi Baked Potatoes

Ninja Foodi Baked Potatoes

Yield: 4 Baked Potatoes
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 40 minutes
Total Time: 45 minutes

How to make air fryer baked potatoes in the Ninja Foodi.


  • 4 Russet Potatoes, 8 ounces each
  • Cooking Spray or 1-2 tsp Olive Oil
  • Pinch of Kosher Salt (optional)


  1. Wash and fully dry the potatoes before using a fork to poke holes around each potato.
  2. Spray each potato with a bit of cooking spray or brush with the olive oil. Optional: Sprinkle salt over each potato if you intend to eat the potato skins.
  3. Add the potatoes to the Ninja Foodi Cook & Crisp basket and air fry for 35-40 minutes at 400ºF. The potatoes will be fully baked when you can easily pierce through them with a fork or the internal temperature is around 190ºF to 200ºF.
  4. Let the potatoes briefly cool before slicing the tops with a knife and squeezing the ends to open the potatoes. Serve with butter, black pepper, fresh herbs, and sour cream or fat free Greek yogurt, if desired.


The size of your potatoes will affect cook time and how many potatoes you can fit in the basket. If you have larger 12-ounce potatoes, you'll only be able to fit three, and they may take an extra 5-10 minutes to cook through.

Nutrition facts are for potatoes only, no extra oil, butter, cheese, or additional ingredients.

Nutrition Information:
Yield: 4 Potatoes Serving Size: 1 Potato
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 165Total Fat: 0gCarbohydrates: 40gProtein: 5g

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Jib Jib

Thursday 16th of November 2023

I cheat. I pierce potatoes, microwave 3 minutes olive oil salt and then I cook in my ninja air fryer 15 minutes or more as I like a crispy outer skin.Thank You.

Mason Woodruff

Sunday 19th of November 2023

Good idea!

David Thomas

Thursday 19th of October 2023

I followed your steps and though the outside was nice and crispy I had to go an extra 20 minutes for about 60 total minutes before the inside was cooked right. I hadn't tried baked potatoes in the air fryer and did enjoy them.


Tuesday 31st of January 2023

What level do you put the basket..1 or 2 ?

Mason Woodruff

Friday 17th of February 2023

My Foodi only has 1 level. I wish Ninja wouldn't have named every model they made a "Foodi" but here we are! If your levels are height related, I'd place it at the level that puts the potatoes as far away from the direct heat source as possible. That way they don't burn before cooking through.

Bob Powell

Monday 18th of October 2021

Adding to my previous comment, I just purchased the Dual Heat unit so I'm on the step side of the learning curve.

Mason Woodruff

Friday 22nd of October 2021

Maybe there's a slight time change, but I would expect everything to work about the same. Let me know if you try it and discover otherwise.

Bob Powell

Monday 18th of October 2021

I have the SP301. Anything different there?

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