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Air Fryer Potato Skins Recipe

Loaded air fryer potato skins are the best appetizer or fun dinner idea your family will love. Make for your next Super Bowl party in your Ninja Foodi, Cosori or other brand.

ninja foodi potato skins

I mean who doesn’t love all different types of potatoes in the air fryer? We’ve done it all but air fryer potato skins were probably my husband’s favorite easy air fryer recipe to date. (affiliate links present)

We started this journey with making air fryer baked potatoes in our Ninja Foodi. Stuffed with cheese and chili those make a great meal. BUT when you’re looking for air fryer appetizers this is over the top YUM.

Potato Skins Air Fryer

If you love air fryer recipes too, here are some resources to start with:

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You kinda’ get two for the price of one with this one. Meaning it is the best way to make baked potatoes and you can stop right there. OR slice them in half, scoop out the middles and you can make twice baked potatoes.

Are potato skins bad for you?

It’s quite the opposite actually. The outside is the best part since it’s rich in fiber, Vitamin B, calcium and stand alone are very healthy. They contain no fat, no cholesterol or sodium as is.

Of course stuffing the middle will alter the healthy nature but the skins themselves are awesome. How to cook them will alter vitamins too. Hot air as you see here will maintain the nutrients vs. frying which will add fat.

Potato Skins in Air Fryer

baked potatoes in air fryer

We will start with making baked potatoes in air fryer. Then you’ll want to give it a bit of time just so you can handle them without burning yourself. It is easiest if you can hold each half and scoop out the soft centers.

What goes well with potato skins?

Anything goes really. I like to use leftover chicken or pulled pork if it needs to be used. Seriously I hate wasting food so that is where I start with first.

  • Then always mix in cheese, I like the pre-shredded Mexican blend out there.
  • Bacon bits are usually a go to unless I used another meat as mentioned above.
  • You could stuff it with 5 ingredient chili and cheddar cheese.
  • I’ve even seen twice stuffed macaroni and cheese potatoes.

These were just kept simple with cheese and bacon + sour cream and salt and pepper on top. Guacamole and/or salsa on top is great too.

twice stuffed potatoes

Air Fryer Loaded Potato Skins

You can make them in batches if you have people coming over. Prepare them, stuff, and set them aside until you’re ready to serve. Then throw them in to melt and re-warm the inside so they’re fresh when it’s time to enjoy.

I’ve made these just for dinner too though. The kids love it as you could imagine. Just make as is with bowls in the middle with tons of toppings including above options, green onions, hot sauces, you can go on and on.

Russet potatoes are best for this. I would choose medium sizes and they are all equal so they cook evenly. You want the center to be tender and get crispy potato skins but not too well done.

potato skins air fryer

Ninja Foodi Potato Skins

You can use any brand you have at home. So long as you have an air fryer basket they will work. Some have a smaller air fry basket and others will fit more. Ours is a 5 qt. and is great for the 4 of us.

Time needed: 44 minutes.

Air Fryer Potato Skins

  1. Prepare

    Clean and dry potatoes well so there is no moisture on skins. Then liberally rub outsides with olive oil. Sprinkle with salt all over and place inside preheated air fryer basket.

  2. Cook

    Then cook whole potatoes at 400 degrees F for 40 minutes total, flip them over after 20 minutes. Test with a knife at the end to feel if they are tender all the way into the very center of each.

  3. Stuff

    Remove, allow to cool enough to handle them but still warm.
    Slice each potato in half lengthwise. Hold one half in your hand and use a tbsp to scoop out tender insides.

    Keep a bit of insides in tact with skins so they don’t fall apart. Put insides into a bowl.

    Once all middles are scooped out add 3/4 c cheese, 1/2 c sour cream and 1/4 c bacon bits. Stir so this is well combined. Lay potato skins on cutting board. Scoop potato cheese filling back into empty skins to fill them up again.

    4 at a time place filled potato skin side down into air fryer basket again. Top with cheese and more bacon bits if desired.

  4. Melt

    Cook at 300 degrees F for 3-4 minutes or just until cheese melts. Remove, top with more sour cream + pico de gallo salsa and enjoy!

These are great served with homemade mozzarella sticks air fryer style too.

potato skins air fryer

If you’ve prepared a bunch of them and just want to melt at the end before serving you could alternatively use your oven. Lay them on a baking sheet at about 400 for just a couple of minutes.

Remove once baked potato skins are warmed and cheese is melted like you see here below. A third thing you can make after the first step is to make air fryer mashed potatoes!!

How long will potato skins last in the fridge?

If you have leftovers let them cool. Then place into foil and wrap. Store in your fridge and warm again within 3-5 days for best results. You could microwave to rewarm.

double stuffed potatoes

How long do you cook frozen potato skins?

If you have them ready made you can preheat at 370 F for 5 minutes. Set as many as you want into your basket and cook for 5-7 minutes until insides are warm and fillings are melted.

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Air Fryer Potato Skins

Loaded air fryer potato skins are the best appetizer or fun dinner idea your family will love. Make in your Ninja Foodi, Cosori or other brand.
Course Appetizer, Entree, Side Dish
Cuisine American
Keyword air fryer, ninja foodi, potato skins, stuffed potatoes
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 43 minutes
Servings 8
Calories 253kcal
Author The Typical Mom

Ingredients

Instructions

  • Rub outsides of cleaned and dried potatoes liberally with olive oil, sprinkle with salt all over and place inside air fryer basket.
  • Cook at 400 degrees F for 40 minutes total, flip them over after 20 minutes. Test with a knife at the end to feel if they are tender all the way into the very center of each.
  • Remove baked potatoes, allow to cool enough to handle them but still warm.
  • Slice each potato in half lengthwise. Hold one half in your hands and use a tbsp to scoop out tender insides. Keep a bit of insides in tact with skins so they don't fall apart. Put insides into a bowl.
  • Once all middles are scooped out add 3/4 c cheese, 1/2 c sour cream and 1/4 c bacon bits. Stir so this is well combined.
  • Lay potato skins on cutting board. Scoop potato cheese filling back into empty skins to fill them up again.
  • 4 at a time place filled potato skins into air fryer basket again. Top with cheese and more bacon bits if desired.
  • Cook at 300 degrees F for 3-4 minutes or just until cheese melts. Remove, top with more sour cream and enjoy!

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Nutrition Facts
Air Fryer Potato Skins
Amount Per Serving (2 oz)
Calories 253 Calories from Fat 225
% Daily Value*
Fat 25g38%
Saturated Fat 9g56%
Trans Fat 1g
Cholesterol 40mg13%
Sodium 1998mg87%
Potassium 94mg3%
Carbohydrates 1g0%
Sugar 1g1%
Protein 7g14%
Vitamin A 359IU7%
Vitamin C 1mg1%
Calcium 161mg16%
Iron 1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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