Air fryer potato skins are the best appetizer and a great way to use up leftover baked potatoes. They are simple to make and ready in under 15 minutes. Let me show you how to make these air fryer loaded potato skins.
By Kelley Grant Mom Makes Dinner.
I’m a sucker for a good appetizer. Now how about an appetizer that takes about 10 minutes to prep and 4 minutes to cook? Then you have the best appetizer - air fryer potato skins!
Loaded potato skin ingredients
The beauty of these potato skins is that you don’t need many ingredients. In fact, you probably have most of them on hand already! You will need:
- Baked potatoes
- Shredded cheese
- Sour cream
Baked potatoes - You have two options here, you can use leftover baked potatoes or you make fresh baked potatoes for this recipe. I prefer to use leftover baked potatoes so I’m not having to handle a hot potato, but either way works.
Shredded cheese - Use your favorite cheese in this recipe. I love a good sharp cheddar in my loaded potato skins, but you can use mild, colby jack or even Mozzarella here.
Bacon - You can use cooked or uncooked bacon in your potato skins. The bacon will cook in the air fryer, so it’s up to you which to use.
Toppings - I go pretty basic when it comes to my toppings. I love sour cream and chives. Sometimes I add blue cheese crumbles or hot sauce onto the potato skins as well. Feel free to add your favorite potato toppings.
How to make loaded baked potato skins in the air fryer
Once you have gathered all your ingredients you will also need to get:
Mixing bowl and spoon
Step 1 Scoop out the potato
Using your spoon, scoop out the cooked potato from the skin. Make sure to leave about ¼ of an inch of potato inside your skin. Save the potato filling for a quick mashed potato! Also, preheat your air fryer to 350 degrees.
Step 2 Add cheese
After you have hollowed out the potato, add your cheese to the inside of the skin.
Step 3 Add the bacon
After the cheese, sprinkle your bacon on top of the cheese.
Step 4 Cook
Allow your potato skins to cook in the air fryer for four minutes. It may beep to flip them over, but keep them skin side down the entire time.
Step 5 Top
Remove from the air fryer and add your sour cream and chives. Or other toppings!
Can I use un-baked potatoes?
Yup! You sure can! I suggest either baking them in your air fryer or oven. If you want to bake them in your air fryer, rub them with olive oil and a bit of salt. Bake for 40-50 minutes at 350 degrees. Once they are done, split them open and allow them to cool before handling.
How to store leftovers
The best way to store leftover potato skins is in either a Ziplock bag or a Tupperware. Place them in the fridge and reheat in the microwave when you are ready to eat them again.
Can I freeze them?
Yup! You can! I suggest placing them in a Ziplock bag and removing all the air from it. Place the bag in the freezer. They will keep for about 2 months, if stored properly. I would store them without your toppings and add them when you go to re-heat.
To re-heat frozen potato skins, place them in the air fryer for another 2-4 minutes and allow them to crispy back up.
Looking for other easy appetizer recipes to try? I suggest:
Classic jalapeno poppers - You can’t go wrong with these delicious treats!
Jalapeno popper pull-apart bread - Like your favorite jalapeno poppers but stuffed into a loaf of bread!
Crack dip - Seriously the best dip ever! So addicting.
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Air Fryer Potato Skins
- 2 fully baked potatoes cooled
- 1 cup cheese shredded
- 2 slices of bacon cooked and crumbled
- Sour cream for topping
- Chives for topping
- Preheat your air fryer to 350 degrees.
- Scoop out the meaty part of your cooked potato into a bowl. leaving about ¼ inch above the skins. Save the scooped out potatoes for mashed potatoes later.
- Add your cheese to each hollowed out potato skin.
- Sprinkle on your cooked bacon.
- Place the potato skins in the air fryer basket and cook for 4 minutes. Your timer may beep to flip the potato skins over, but leave them skin side down the entire time.
- Remove, allow to cool and add the sour cream and chives.