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Air fryer potato skins

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Working from home means I often want something hot for lunch, and tasty too. My air fryer makes it possible to knock up delicious dishes, like these air fryer potato skins in next to no time!

I’ll often prep these in advance, and freeze part way through the process, then it only takes a few minutes to get them in the air fryer and have something super tasty to look forward to.

Potato skins go GREAT as part of a at home Fakeaway night. Air fryer pizza, air fryer onion rings and air fryer chips are all delicious too if you’re looking for something absolutely delicious to serve to your family perhaps on a Friday night.

Being able to batch cook, and freeze items, is super convenient for managing my workload. I love to cut food waste too and we ALWAYS have a TON of potatoes at home! I love that I can just pop a couple of these in the air fryer direct from the freezer too and then serve alongside some air fryer peri peri chicken for a tasty indulgent lunch.

If you’re looking for something a little different be sure to check out my best potato recipes.

Cooked air fryer potato skins topped with sour cream and chive dip and spring onions. There is a bowl of sour cream and chive dip in the background also.

Ingredients for potato skins in the air fryer:

2 baked potatoes – I love to make air fryer jacket potatoes or Ninja foodi baked potatoes

60g cheddar or mozzarella and cheddar cheese blend

2 rashers of cooked bacon (chopped small) – I use air fryer bacon

Salt and pepper

30g sour cream

2 spring onions

Chives (optional)

A garlic baguette that has been cooked in the air fryer and is in an enamel baking dish

Methods for air fryer potato skins:

Take your cooked potatoes and slice in half lengthways.

Scoop out the potato from the middle using a spoon.

Add to a bowl, season with salt and pepper, add the sour cream and 30g of the cheese mix.

Add the bacon pieces and chives.

Mix well.

Spoon this mixture back into the potato skins. You may have a little mixture leftover.

Top with 30g of the cheese mix.

Place into the air fryer basket. You can use a little spray olive oil if you like, but I don’t bother.

Air fry at 200c (400F approx) for 5 minutes.

This should be sufficient time for them to be piping hot and golden brown on the top. However, if you think they need a couple more minutes then exercise your own common sense.

Serve and top with optional sour cream and chive dip and chopped spring onions.

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Can you freeze these potato skins?

Absolutely! I’d recommend making them up, and then freezing when they’re filled with the potato mix. However, do note that with sour cream it can change in consistency a little when it is frozen, so it may be slightly more runny.

How to cook frozen potato skins in the air fryer:

I defrost overnight in the fridge and then follow the same cooking times as on this recipe. I also add the cheese mix to the top fresh, as I find it less messy than freezing with the cheese on top – although you can do this if you prefer.

What to serve with potato skins?

We LOVE to enjoy these as part of a takeaway style feast. I’ll often cook up a few different components in the air fryer earlier in the day, when my daughters are in childcare, and then heat up for dinner time. Some of our current favourites are air fryer chicken wings, air fryer cajun chicken, air fryer frozen halloumi fries and air fryer frozen churros.

A batch of sweet potato fries cooked in the air fryer in a metal basket.

What potatoes do you use for potato skins?

I love to use King Edwards or Rooster in particular, but will just use any type of floury potato that I have at home, as these work best for this type of recipe.

Maris Piper are a good all-rounder potato too.

If you’re on a budget just buy whatever potato is cheapest in the supermarket and with these tasty ingredients you’ll still make something absolutely delicious!

What cheese to use for potato skins?

I love to use cheddar and mozzarella together. This way you get the strong flavour of sharp cheddar but you also get a satisfying cheese pull too. I find that they work really well together and bring lots of flavour.

When I want to use something a little different I absolutely love red Leicester, double Gloucester or even just a nice classic Parmesan or Pecorino.

Macaroni cheese cooked in the air fryer in a ceramic dish

Can you re-heat potato skins in the air fryer?

Yes. I go for 3 minutes at 200C (400F frozen) from fresh and 5 minutes at 200C (400F approx) from frozen.

Just check that they are piping hot before serving of course.

What to fill potato skins with?

If the above bacon and cheese mix doesn’t do it for you then why not try one of these alternative potato skin ideas.

Air fryer cheese chips

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Something to note about air fryer recipes is that all air fryers have different sizes, depths and as such the cooking times can vary. All air fryer recipes on this website are intended as a guide, and not a guarantee that the timings will be perfect. Enjoy!

Why not try out some of my other air fryer recipes while you’re here?

How to make air fryer potato skins from scratch:

Air fryer potato skins

How to make delicious crunchy potato skins in your air fryer

Course Side Dish
Cuisine American
Keyword air fryer, potato
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
Servings 4 potato skins
Calories 222 kcal
Author Katykicker

Ingredients

  • 2 baked potatoes – I love to make air fryer jacket potatoes or Ninja foodi baked potatoes
  • 60 g cheddar or mozzarella and cheddar cheese blend
  • 2 rashers of cooked bacon chopped small – I use air fryer bacon
  • Salt and pepper
  • 30 g sour cream
  • 2 spring onions
  • Chives optional

Instructions

  1. Take your cooked potatoes and slice in half lengthways.
  2. Scoop out the potato from the middle using a spoon. Leave a small amount of potato to avoid ripping the skin.
  3. Add to a bowl, season with salt and pepper, add the sour cream and 30g of the cheese mix.
  4. Add the bacon pieces and chives.
  5. Mix well.
  6. Spoon this mixture back into the potato skins. You may have a little mixture leftover.
  7. Top with 30g of the cheese mix.
  8. Add to the air fryer basket.

  9. Air fry at 200c (400F approx) for 5 minutes.

  10. This should be sufficient time for them to be piping hot and golden brown on the top. However, if you think they need a couple more minutes then exercise your own common sense.
  11. Serve and top with optional sour cream and chive dip and chopped spring onions.

Note: All calorie information is for demonstration purposes only and is based on the specific uncooked ingredients that I used when creating the recipe.

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Cooked air fryer potato skins topped with sour cream and chive dip and spring onions. There is a bowl of sour cream and chive dip in the background also. Text overlay says: air fryer potato skins.
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