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Loaded Air Fryer Potato Skins

These crispy Air Fryer Potato Skins are packed with tons of flavor. Baked, not fried, they are perfect for dinners, appetizers, and snacks! No air fryer? You’ll also find oven-baking methods in the post.

crispy potato skins topped with green onions and bacon

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Loaded potato skins are such a tasty appetizer or snack that you can personalize and “jazz” up to your heart’s content. Thanks to the air fryer, we’re cutting down the cooking time vs. the oven and getting this delicious treat onto your plate in a flash.

Variations

How to Freeze Potato Skins

Follow steps 1-4 in the recipe card below to bake and prep the potatoes. Freeze the empty potato skins on a baking sheet lined with parchment for 3 hours. Transfer to a freezer-safe container and store for up to three months.

To bake, simply fill the frozen potato skins with toppings of choice and bake according to the directions below in the recipe card. You do not need to add additional cooking time.

What To Do With the Insides of the Potatoes

We’re scooping much of the potatoes out to make room for all those delicious toppings. Set aside the insides to make Potato Soup, Fluffy Mashed Potatoes, or to blend with a bit of cream to thicken soups like Creamy White Bean Soup.

3 photos of potatoes in an air fryer

Pro Tips/Recipe Notes

  • If you want to make these vegan, sub in all olive oil for the butter, and replace the bacon with your favorite plant-based protein.
  • To make it easier to handle the potatoes, either use leftover crispy baked potatoes (warmed up slightly in the microwave for 1 minute) or stick the hot potatoes on a tray in the freezer for 15 minutes to cool them down.
  • Each air fryer will differ slightly, so if your air fryer has a “potato” setting, use that instead of the recommended time in the recipe.
  • Batch cook your bacon by making Air Fryer Bacon or learn How to Bake Bacon in the Oven.

More Delicious Air Fryer Appetizers

air fryer potato skins on a wooden plate

Air Fryer Potato Skins

Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time42 mins
Total Time52 mins
These crispy Air Fryer Potato Skins are packed with tons of flavor and are baked, not fried.

Ingredients

  • 4 small potatoes {russets recommended}
  • 2 tsp olive oil {divided}
  • 1 tsp butter {melted}
  • 1 clove garlic {finely minced}
  • 1/4 tsp kosher salt
  • 1/4 cup cheddar {shredded}
  • 1/4 cup mozzarella {shredded}
  • toppings of choice {bacon, green onions, sour cream, etc.}

Instructions

  • Scrub the potatoes and blot with a clean dry towel. Gently poke each spud ~10 times with the tines of a fork.
  • Add 1 tsp olive oil, kosher salt, and minced garlic to a bowl and drop the potatoes in. Swirl the bowl, making sure you coat all of the skin with the olive oil mixture.
  • Lightly spray the air fryer basket with olive oil and add the potatoes. Bake at 370 F for 37 minutes. Allow potatoes to cool enough to handle.
  • Slice in half, and using a spoon, remove all but about 1/4 inch layer of potato. Leave the skins intact.
  • Brush cavity and outside of potato with a mixture of 1 tsp olive oil and 1 tsp melted butter.
  • Place cavity-side up in the air fryer and bake at 350 F for 5 minutes.
  • Carefully add cheese and other desired toppings to the hollowed out potatoes.
  • Bake at 350 F for an additional 2 minutes. Serve.

Notes

Oven instructions:
  1. Preheat your oven to 375 degrees.
  2. Scrub the outside of your potatoes, and dry off with a clean kitchen towel. Poke 7-10 holes in the skin of the potato using a fork.
  3. In a bowl, add your olive oil, salt, and garlic.
  4. Put two spuds in the bowl and swirl it around until the entire potato is covered in the oil/salt/garlic mixture. Move to a plate. Repeat with other spuds.
  5. Put a piece of foil or a baking sheeting on the bottom rack of your oven. Place the potatoes directly on the rack above the foil/baking sheet.
  6. Bake for 60-90 minutes depending on how many spuds you have. Four potatoes will need 60 minutes, and any more than that will need 90 ish. The potatoes are ready when a sharp knife pierces easily into the skin.
  7. Slice in half, and using a spoon, remove all but about 1/4 inch layer of potatoes. Leave the skins intact.
  8. Brush cavity and outside of potato with a mixture of 1 tsp olive oil and 1 tsp melted butter.
  9. Place cavity-side up on a baking sheet and bake at 425 F for 15 minutes.
  10. Carefully add cheese and other desired toppings to the hollowed out potatoes.
  11. Bake at 425 F for an additional 5-7 minutes. Serve.
Nutrition Facts
Air Fryer Potato Skins
Amount Per Serving (2 halves)
Calories 320 Calories from Fat 63
% Daily Value*
Fat 7g11%
Saturated Fat 3g19%
Cholesterol 16mg5%
Sodium 189mg8%
Carbohydrates 37g12%
Sugar 1g1%
Protein 3g6%
Vitamin A 149IU3%
Vitamin C 1mg1%
Calcium 86mg9%
Iron 1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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