Air Fryer Potato Skins

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Air Fryer Potato Skins are the perfect appetizer for a party or gathering! Crispy potato skins filled with your favorite toppings. So easy to make in the air fryer! 

This potato skins recipe is so fun to serve to friends and family. Sometimes I even love making an “appetizer” dinner with several of our favorites like these loaded skins, bacon wrapped water chestnuts and vegetable pinwheels

Plate of air fryer potato skins loaded with sour cream, cheese and bacon.

No need for frozen, you can make homemade potato skins in the air fryer easily. The air fryer makes this skins so nice and crispy, just like what you would get in the restaurant. 

Best potatoes to use?

I used smaller Idaho or Russet potatoes. You can also use sweet potatoes!

If you order potato skins at a restaurant they are typically deep fried to give them crispy skins. That is why I love my air fryer because you can achieve the same crispiness without all the extra fat. 

How to bake the potato

There are several ways to bake the potato for this appetizer. For this recipe I used the air fryer.

Air fryer – This method makes the skins nice and crispy. I love air fryer baked potatoes for a side dish, meal or this appetizer. 

Microwave – It’s easy to bake potatoes in the microwave. Pierce each potato with a fork and microwave for about 10 minutes. 

Oven – Rub potatoes with a olive oil and sprinkle with salt. Bake at 400 degrees F for about 1 hour. 

How to make air fryer potato skins

Scroll to the bottom for full, printable recipe and ingredients. 

You can be prep these ahead of time and then finished off once ready to eat. 

  1. Bake: Start with baking the potato in the air fryer. To achieve a nice crispy skin, brush the outside with olive oil and then season with salt. 
  2. Pierce each potato with a fork and then place in air fryer basket. Set the temperature to 390 degrees F and then bake for 30-40minutes. (They might need a few extra minutes of cooking time depending on size.)
  3. Scoop: Let cool and then cut in half. Using a spoon, scoop out inside leaving a little to hold the shape. 

Brushing potato olive oil, baked potato in air fryer, baked potato cut down middle

  • Cheese: Season the inside of the potato with a little salt and pepper and then top with shredded cheese. Place back in the air fryer basket and bake for another 5 minutes at 390 degrees. 
  • Top with your favorite toppings. 

potato skins in air fryer with shredded cheese, potato skins in air fryer with melted cheese

Toppings for loaded potato skins

You can top these skins with whatever you like! Here are a few of my favorite potato skins toppings:

What can you do with the inside of potato skins?

I like to use the inside of the skins for things like potato cakes, mashed potatoes and potato soup. 

How to store potato skins?

Store: You can make the potato skins, let them cool and then wrap in foil. Store them in refrigerator for 2-3 days. When ready to eat, top with cheese and cook in the air fryer for 5-6 minutes to warm and melt the cheese. 

Freeze: To freeze, bake the potatoes and scoop out the inside. Lay the potato shells on a baking sheet in the freezer for about 1 hour or until frozen. Place in a freezer safe bag in the freezer for 3 months. 

Hand holding an air fried potato skin with cheese, bacon and sour cream

Best air fryer to use

I use a Cosori 5.8 quart and really enjoy how it cooks. Feel free to check out my full Cosori air fryer review

More easy appetizer recipes

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Plate of loaded potato skins make in the air fryer.
5 from 10 votes

Air Fryer Potato Skins

By Heather
Easy air fryer potato skins! A delicious appetizer for any occasion.
Prep: 5 minutes
Cook: 35 minutes
Total: 40 minutes
Servings: 4


  • 4 baking potatoes small
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 cup shredded cheese
  • 4 strips of bacon, cooked and crumbled optional for topping
  • 1/2 cup sour cream optional for topping
  • coarse salt and ground black pepper for seasoning
  • 1 diced green onion optional for topping


  • Clean and dry potatoes. Coat the skins with olive oil and sprinkle with salt. Pierce a few holes in the potatoes with a fork.
  • Place potatoes in the air fryer basket. Cook at 390 degrees for 30 minutes.
  • Let potatoes cool and then cut in half lengthwise. Scoop out inside of the potato leaving a little to hold the shape of the skin.
  • Season the inside of the potatoes with salt and pepper. Add in shredded cheese and then place skins back in air fryer.
  • Cook at 390 degrees for 5 minutes to melt the cheese.
  • Top with your favorite toppings like sour cream, bacon and green onion.


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Calories: 461kcal | Carbohydrates: 40g | Protein: 14g | Fat: 28g | Saturated Fat: 11g | Cholesterol: 52mg | Sodium: 355mg | Potassium: 994mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 368IU | Vitamin C: 12mg | Calcium: 201mg | Iron: 2mg

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

Additional Info

Course: Appetizer
Cuisine: American
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  1. 5 stars
    Well, I really love everything abut potatoes and this kind of recipe is definitely what I am gonna try. Thank you!

  2. I love potato skins. They’re amazing. I haven’t tried them in the air fryer yet though. I’ll have to give it a try.

  3. 5 stars
    We love potato skins in our house and this looks like a much easier way to make this recipe. I have got to get myself an air fryer.

  4. These look amazing! We’ve been seriously considering getting an air fryer, mainly because my husband loves experimenting with kitchen gadgets LOL

  5. I love potato skins and never thought that one could make them in an air fyer. I really need to invest in an air fryer. I will have to put it on my wish list this year. This is one of my all-time favorite snacks to whip up in the oven but the air fryer makes it so much easier to make potato skins, by the sounds.

  6. Ohh now these look and sound good – I have to admit I do love potato skins and I wouldn’t have thought of doing them in an air fryer!

  7. 5 stars
    Those do look great for a party or game time snack. I know we are not having gettogethers these days but we can still eat well.