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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
- 4 Russet Potatoes, 8 ounces each
- Cooking Spray or 1-2 tsp Olive Oil
- Pinch of Kosher Salt (optional)
- Wash and fully dry the potatoes before using a fork to poke holes around each potato.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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