Check out my recipe for making perfectly cooked, fluffy, baked potatoes using your Ninja Foodi Grill!
Making baked potatoes is not hard. There...I said it! So, why the heck would I make a recipe for making them? Well, that's easy. It's because you can actually make BETTER baked potatoes, quicker and easier if you use your Ninja Foodi Grill!.
This recipe was made using the Ninja® Foodi® Smart XL Pro Grill & Griddle, but any Ninja Foodi Grill or Air Fryer can be used for this recipe.
I usually will pressure cook my baked potatoes in my Ninja Foodi pressure cooker, (here's the recipe!) but figured I'd give it a try in the grill. I'll admit I was a bit skeptical. But...I was quite pleasantly surprised! I really like the way that the skins turn out. They were a bit crispy but not overly dry and the inside was fluffy and delicious.
I think my favorite part about using the Ninja Foodi Grill to air crisp the baked potatoes was the fact that the salt actually stayed on the outside of the potatoes! I can't tell you how many times I've baked potatoes in the oven with salt or wrapped them in foil with salt only to find that once they were finished cooking the salt had either almost completely fallen off or had somehow just dissolved into the oil and was stuck to the foil. But, air crisping them with the salt had a glorious outcome!!
Tips for making Ninja Foodi Grill Baked Potatoes
You can, but it's really not necessary. Actually, I think the potato comes out even better when it's not wrapped in foil. If you wrap the potato in foil, you won't get crispy, salty skin on the potato. Just coat the potato in Olive oil and kosher salt and you're all set!
The internal temperature of a perfectly baked potato is about 210 degrees Fahrenheit. You can check the temperature with a meat thermometer or you can just squeeze the potato and see if it feels soft. The potato should be soft enough that you can squeeze it a little bit but not so soft that it starts to separate from the skin on the inside. Sometimes, if you overbake the potato, the inside will start to pull away from the skin and when you go to squeeze it, there is a gap between the skin and the inside of the potato.
My go-to toppings are butter, salt, shredded cheddar cheese, sour cream, and bacon. But you can put almost anything on a baked potato to kick it up a notch! Cheese, bacon, broccoli, and sour cream is a great combination. Chili and cheese go really well together with the baked potato. The more toppings that you put on, the more of a meal the potato becomes. Shredded chicken, salsa, and cheese would make a great taco-inspired baked potato!
Nope. There is no need to soak or boil the potatoes before grilling them in the Ninja Foodi Grill. Just coat them with Olive oil and salt and they are ready to be grilled.
That depends. It depends on the size of the potato. Using the Ninja Foodi grill makes it really easy to adjust the cooking time and check to see if the potatoes are baked yet. I recommend starting with a cook time of 45 minutes for small potatoes and increasing in increments of 5 minutes for larger potatoes. The largest potatoes (like they sell at Costco) will take much longer to cook than the very small potatoes.
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What you'll need to make this recipe:
Ingredient substitutions and tips for making Ninja Foodi Grill Baked Potatoes :
The full ingredient list is found at the bottom of the post in the recipe card.
Potatoes- I prefer to use russet potatoes for baked potatoes. Technically, you can use other types of potatoes too but usually, the skin is not quite as thick so the outcome isn't as great as with a Russett. Any size will do but keep in mind that the larger the potato, the longer it will take to cook.
Olive Oil- Olive oil or butter can be used. Just a little goes a long way.
Salt (Kosher or large grain salt)- You can skip the salt if you are looking for a low sodium option. But, if you do salt the potatoes, I HIGHLY recommend using kosher salt or some other large grain salt. The smaller pieces of salt will stick better and ultimately end up coating the entire skin...and you don't want that. You just want a sprinkling of salt on the skin.
Butter- I use salted butter but you can use your favorite butter or butter substitute.
Cheese- Cheddar, shredded. Any type of shredded cheese can be used. The thinner the cheese is shredded, the more quickly it will melt. 🙂
Bacon - Pre-cooked and crumbled. You just can't have a loaded baked potato without the bacon! Use fresh bacon and not pre-packed bacon crumbles if possible. It makes quite a big difference!
Sour Cream- Some like to use yogurt instead of sour cream. Feel free to omit if you would prefer.
Steps for making this recipe:
Directions for making Ninja Foodi Grill Baked Potatoes:
1. Turn the Ninja Foodi Grill on.
2. Choose the AIR CRISP function. Set to 375 degrees for 45 minutes for very small potatoes. If you are using larger potatoes, increase the cooking time by 5-15 minutes.
3. While the Ninja Foodi Grill is preheating, prick the potatoes with a fork several times all over, brush the potatoes with Olive Oil, and then sprinkle with salt.
4. Once the Ninja Foodi Grill has finished preheating and says ADD FOOD, open the lid and place the potatoes into the crisping basket. Close the lid.
5. When the Ninja Foodi Grill says FLIP FOOD (about halfway through the full cook time) open the lid and use silicone tongs to flip the potatoes over.
6. When the cooking time is complete, open the lid and squeeze one of the potatoes. If they are finished cooking, remove the potatoes from the Ninja Foodi Grill. If the potatoes are still hard and not cooked all of the way, add an additional 5 minutes to the cooking time. Continue to check on the potatoes every 5 minutes and add an additional 5 minutes as needed.
7. Make a slit on the top of the potato and add your toppings! Enjoy!
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- Silicone Tongs
- 1 Teaspoon Butter
- 1 Teaspoon Cheese (Cheddar, shredded)
- 1 Teaspoon Bacon (Cooked and crumbled)
- 1 Teaspoon Sour Cream
- Turn the Ninja Foodi Grill on.
- Choose the AIR CRISP function. Set to 375 degrees for 45 minutes for very small potatoes. If you are using larger potatoes, increase the cooking time by 5-15 minutes.
- Push the PREHEAT button.
- While the Ninja Foodi Grill is preheating, prick the potatoes with a fork several times all over, brush the potatoes with Olive Oil, and then sprinkle with salt.
- Once the Ninja Foodi Grill has finished preheating and says ADD FOOD, open the lid and place the potatoes into the crisping basket. Close the lid.
- When the Ninja Foodi Grill says FLIP FOOD (about halfway through the full cook time) open the lid and use silicone tongs to flip the potatoes over.
- When the cooking time is complete, open the lid and squeeze one of the potatoes. If they are finished cooking, remove the potatoes from the Ninja Foodi Grill. If the potatoes are still hard and not cooked all of the way, add an additional 5 minutes to the cook time. Continue to check on the potatoes every 5 minutes and add an additional 5 minutes as needed.
- Make a slit in the top of the potato and add your toppings! Enjoy!
Nutrition information is provided as a courtesy and is an estimate only.
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