Transport your taste buds to a world of culinary delight with the Air Fryer Blooming Baked Potatoes—a spectacular twist on the timeless baked potato that marries a crisp, golden exterior with a lusciously tender and seasoned interior. This innovative approach not only streamlines the cooking process but also introduces a visually stunning presentation that promises to captivate both eyes and palate.

The journey begins with large russet potatoes, their surfaces scrubbed clean and their bottoms slightly trimmed to create a stable base. Through a series of precise cuts, these potatoes are transformed into blooming masterpieces, ready to absorb the delectable flavors that await. A generous brush of olive oil ensures a crisp and golden finish, while a careful sprinkling of salt and pepper allows the seasoning to permeate every slice.

Into the air fryer they go, cooking to perfection at 400°F (200°C), where the circulating hot air creates a symphony of textures—a crispy skin enveloping a soft, fluffy interior. In the final moments of cooking, a luscious pat of butter graces each potato, melting into the crevices, and a decadent shower of shredded cheddar cheese transforms the humble spud into a gooey masterpiece.

As these Air Fryer Blooming Baked Potatoes emerge, a captivating aroma fills the air, signaling the perfect moment to garnish with crumbled bacon and, if desired, a dollop of sour cream and a sprinkle of chopped green onions. The result is not just a side dish; it’s a culinary spectacle that demands attention before each slice is savored.

With a crispy exterior that gives way to a pillowy soft interior, and a medley of toppings that add layers of flavor, these blooming baked potatoes redefine the ordinary. Whether as a star side dish at your family dinner or a show-stopping appetizer for a gathering, these air-fried wonders promise to elevate your dining experience with each delightful, visually arresting bite.

Air Fryer Blooming Baked Potatoes


  • 4 large russet potatoes
  • Olive oil
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • Toppings of your choice (e.g., shredded cheese, sour cream, chives)


  1. Wash and scrub the potatoes thoroughly.
  2. Cut a thin slice from the bottom of each potato to create a stable base.
  3. Place a potato on a cutting board and make vertical cuts, about 1/8 to 1/4 inch apart, across the length of the potato, making sure not to cut all the way through. Repeat for all potatoes.
  4. Brush the potatoes with olive oil, ensuring the oil gets into the slices.
  5. Season the potatoes with salt and pepper.
  6. Preheat the air fryer to 400°F (200°C).
  7. Place the potatoes in the air fryer basket, ensuring they are not touching.
  8. Air fry for approximately 30-40 minutes, or until the potatoes are crispy on the outside and tender on the inside. Cooking time may vary depending on the size of your potatoes and the air fryer model.
  9. Optional: Add shredded cheese between the slices during the last few minutes of cooking for a cheesy version.
  10. Remove the potatoes from the air fryer and let them cool slightly.
  11. Add your favorite toppings, such as sour cream, chives, or additional cheese.
  12. Serve the Air Fryer Blooming Baked Potatoes immediately.

Nutritional Information (approximate per potato, excluding toppings):

  • Calories: Approximately 220
  • Protein: 5g
  • Carbohydrates: 50g
  • Dietary Fiber: 4g
  • Sugars: 3g
  • Fat: 0g
  • Saturated Fat: 0g
  • Cholesterol: 0mg
  • Sodium: 10mg

Note: Nutritional values are approximate and may vary based on the size and type of potatoes you use. Adjust the cooking time based on your air fryer model and preferences.