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With only a handful of ingredients and just 10 minutes, these air fryer potato skins will quickly become a new favorite! Seasoned with garlic and Worcestershire sauce with a taste of sharp, gooey cheese in every bite, these potato skins make the perfect appetizer!
Looking to use up the extra baked potatoes in your fridge? Skip the oven and whip up these easy air fryer potato skins instead!
These potato skins have the perfect blend of flavor that’s guaranteed to make you come back for more. They’re cheesy, crispy, and topped with a cooling sour cream. It’s why they make such a tasty snack or even a speedy side dish!
Plus, you’ll use up the leftovers in your fridge and get more out of your grocery bill.
Why you will love this recipe
- Easier than baking them in an oven
- No fancy ingredients needed
- Potato skins work as an appetizer just as well as a side dish
- They have the perfect blend of flavors in every single bite
What you need to make them
Ingredient notes & substitutions
- Mexican cheese blend gives the best of all flavors when it comes to cheese and because it’s pre-shredded, it saves prep time too! However, any cheese should work for this recipe (cheddar cheese being the most common).
- Potatoes: Russet potatoes work best. The skin on russet potatoes is extremely firm so they tend to hold up well after being cooked. This also means that the outside will be nice and crispy.
- Olive oil adds great flavor but any neutral oil will work. Know that some oils (like coconut oil) will leave a bit of an aftertaste in flavor though.
- Worcestershire sauce: don't skip it, even though there’s only a tiny bit listed. That little dash adds a ton of flavor to the potato skins. If you don't have it, you can make them without it though.
How to make them
- Cut the baked potatoes into quarters and scoop out most of the potato flesh.
- Line them up so that they’re ready to brush.
- Melt the butter and mix in the salt, garlic powder, Worcestershire sauce, and lemon juice.
- Brush the outsides with the butter mixture.
- Flip the potatoes over and brush the insides.
- Top each potato skin with shredded cheese.
- Place them in the air fryer and cook for ten minutes (cheese should be bubbly).
- Top with sour cream and any green onion or scallions.
Tips & tricks
- Prep ahead: you can bake these potatoes 1-2 days in advance and save yourself cooking time.
- Eat them cold: though this potato skin recipe serves them warm, they're delicious cold too.
- Storing them without toppings will help keep them fresh and make them easier to reheat.
- Skin-side down is how they're placed to cook. This is how the outer skin gets a bit crispy while keeping the cheese exactly where it should be.
The Best Toppings
Homemade potato skins can be topped with anything you enjoy. Though this recipe specifically uses just sour cream and scallions, some other favorites are:
- Bacon crumbles
- Fresh salsa
- Ranch dressing
- Green onions
- A dash of cream cheese
- Leftover (heated) chili for a complete indulgence
If you’re using this easy potato skins recipe as an appetizer, you could set up a bunch of favorite toppings and have everyone “build their own” after they're cooked as well.
Storing, Freezing & Reheating
Storing: store leftover air fryer potato skins in the fridge for four days.
Containers: make sure to store them in an airtight container and lay them flat.
Freezing: Though they do well in the fridge, potato skins tend to lose their delicious texture if frozen.
If you want to reheat them, always store the potato skins without any additional toppings. To reheat them, you can pop them back into the air fryer for a few minutes (until the cheese is bubbling) or into the microwave.
If you're going to eat them cold (it's delicious!), go ahead and store them with the toppings.
What To Serve With Potato Skins
Though potato skins make an easy appetizer on game days all in themselves, they also work as a fast side dish!
When initially making air fryer potato skins, you’ll want to cook them for about ten minutes. However, when reheating the skins, you only need to heat them up for about three minutes at 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
Piercing a potato prior to baking helps release the steam that builds up when cooking. Because the air fryer cooks so quickly, it is best to poke holes a few times first.
More quick & easy air fryer recipes
Looking for more ultra-simple recipes?
- Frozen Turkey Burgers in Air Fryer
- Air Fryer Frozen Fish Sticks
- Air Fryer Bone In Pork Chops
- Air Fryer Toast
- Air Fryer Frozen Dumplings
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- 2 baking potatoes
- 1 teaspoon olive oil
- ½ teaspoon salt
- 2 tablespoon salted butter or unsalted plus a pinch of salt
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1 teaspoon garlic powder
- ¼ teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
- 1 squeeze lemon juice
- ¾ cup shredded cheese
- ½ cup sour cream
- 3 tablespoon scallions chopped
Baked potatoes (air fryer method)
- Preheat the air fryer to 350℉ (180℃).2 baking potatoes
- Prick a few holes in the potatoes. Then coat with olive oil and salt.1 teaspoon olive oil, ½ teaspoon salt
- Place potatoes in air fryer basket and air fry 30 mintues at 350℉ (180℃), then flip the and air fry 20 minutes more, until fork tender. Allow to cool enough to handle.
- Cut the potatoes in quarters and scoop out most of the potato, leaving the skin with about ¼ inch (0.5 cm) of potato.
- Melt butter and mix with salt, garlic powder, Worcestershire sauce and a squeeze of lemon juice.2 tablespoon salted butter, 1 teaspoon salt, 1 teaspoon garlic powder, 1 squeeze lemon juice, ¼ teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
- Brush all sides of the potato skins with the garlic butter, then place with the skins down in an air fryer basket. Top with shredded cheese.¾ cup shredded cheese
- Air fry 10 minutes at 350℉ (180℃), until cheese is golden and bubbly. Serve topped with sour cream and chopped scallions.½ cup sour cream, 3 tablespoon scallions
Equipment needed for this recipe
- Measuring cups (metric or US)*
- Pastry brush* (optional)
- Small bowl
Nutritional information is approximate and automatically calculated, and should only be viewed as an indication.