Air Fryer Potato Skins are a healthy spin on Loaded Potatoes. They are packed full of cheddar cheese and topped with crispy bacon and green onions. Serve them as an appetizer or as dinner all on their own.

Don’t have an air fryer to call your own? That’s okay! You can still get your fix with our Baked Potato Skins.

Air fryer potato skins on a plate

Whether you are hosting a game night or just a dinner with friends, air fryer potato skins are always a hit. They are loaded with flavor and have half the fat of the fried version.

To make potato skins for this recipe, you need to bake whole potatoes and scoop out the flesh. To get more bang for your buck, you can make Air Fryer Baked Potatoes and save the skins for this recipe and use the flesh for Creamy Potato Soup.

Ingredients for air fryer potato skins

How to Make Air Fryer Potato Skins

Air Fryer Potato Skins just need a little prep and TLC before you pop them in and let the magic happen. Follow the simple steps below to nail this recipe each and every time:

  • Place potato skins in one single layer skin side down in the air fryer basket. Spray them with oil. Air fry for 5 minutes at 360°F.
  • Add cheese into each potato skin.
  • Top with bacon bits. Air fry for 5 more minutes or until they are golden brown and the cheese is melted.
  • Sprinkle with green onions and add a dollop of sour cream if you like.


How do you cook frozen potato skins?

If you’re using frozen potato skins that you have stowed away for a rainy day, add 5-7 minutes extra to the cooking time.

Are potato skins good for you?

Yes! In fact, potato skins have more nutrients and fiber than the actual flesh itself.

Can you freeze potato skins?

Absolutely! Anytime you make mashed potatoes, keep a little flesh on the skins and place them on a baking sheet covered with parchment paper. Freeze in a single layer and transfer frozen skins into a freezer-safe plastic bag. You’ll thank yourself when a potato skins craving comes a callin’.

How do you reheat potato skins?

Reheat your potato skins by popping them back in the air fryer for a couple of minutes. This will help them get nice and crispy. Avoid microwaving them, as they can get soggy and mushy.

Air fryer potato skins on a plate

Serving Air Fryer Potato Skins

Cheese and bacon are great toppings, but you can serve your potato skins in so many different ways. Perfect Cast Iron Ribeyes or Cheeseburger Sliders make for the perfect meal. See below for a handful of topping variations…

  • Easy Instant Pot Chili – This makes for the perfect stuffing. Top with cheese and have yourself a fun spin on classic chili cheese fries.
  • Veggies/Herbs – Pop some Roasted Vegetable Salad into the potato skin and top with cheddar or goat cheese. Sprinkle with chopped basil or dill.
  • Sauce – Sour cream, tzatziki sauce, or avocado spread add a nice pop or creamy coolness.

Making Air Fryer Potato Skins in Advance

When you’re making a full spread for a party, any early preparation you can do is crucial. These potato skins can be assembled ahead of time and stored in an airtight container until you are ready to pop them into an air fryer. Who doesn’t love being efficient?

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Natalya Drozhzhin

Natalya founded Momsdish to demonstrate that placing a homemade meal on the table is not hard at all. Natalya makes cooking easier and approachable, by simplifying the ingredients, while still producing the same great taste.