These Air Fryer Potato Skins are quick and easy to make and the perfect appetizer or snack for movie nights, game days, potlucks, or parties. You can make them using leftover baked potatoes, or make the potatoes in your air fryer. Making potato skins in the air fryer is a quick way to enjoy them while saving electricity and without heating up the house. The air fryer also produces a nice crispy skin!
Air Fryer Potato Skins are also healthy and WW friendly. This recipe was inspired by my Caesar Twice Baked Potatoes. It's especially popular during football season, but great for any time of the year!
You don't need to load these potato skins with tons of bacon and cheese to taste great -you only need a little (less is more!) This also saves unnecessary calories!
- 6 baked potatoes
- 1 cup low-fat cheddar cheese
- ½ cup turkey bacon, chopped
- ½ cup green onions, chopped
- Garnish: light/low-fat sour cream
- ½ tbsp oil spray (avocado or olive oil spray)
*see recipe card for details
How to Air Fry Potato Skins:
If you are not using pre-baked potatoes, you can make air fryer baked potatoes by following these steps:
- Scrub potatoes and pat dry.
- Poke the potatoes several times with a fork.
- Add the potatoes to the air fryer basket or drawer.
- Spray the bottom of the drawer or basket with a couple pumps of oil, then spray the potatoes with a couple of pumps of oil.
- Cook the potatoes on air fry at 375° F (190° C) for 25 minutes, then flip the potatoes and cook them for an additional 10-15 minutes depending on size, or until the fork easily slides through to the center.
Slice cooled, cooked potatoes in half (lengthwise)
Use a small spoon to carefully remove the potato from the inside of the potato, leaving a ¼-inch of potato attached to the potato skin
Put potato 'insides' aside in a bowl to use for another recipe (see recipe ideas below)
Add cheese and turkey bacon bits to the inside of the potato skins
Spray the bottom of the air fryer basket or drawer with a couple pumps of oil and place the potato skins in the air fryer, skin side down, in a single layer in the air fryer.
Spray the tops of the potato skins with a couple pumps of oil spray.
Air fry for 5 minutes at 360 degrees f (182 c)
Garnish with green onions and sour cream
📖Variations & Substitutions
- Potatoes- Russet potatoes (Idaho potatoes) are ideal, but you could use Yukon gold potatoes, sweet potatoes, red potatoes or another type of potato
- Lactose-free - Use lactose-free cheese and sour cream
- Vegetarian - skip the turkey bacon
- Bacon - you could use regular bacon crumbles instead of turkey bacon (or bacon bits)
- Oil - The best oil to use in an air fryer is avocado or canola, as they have a high smoking point. Also, it's important to use a non- propellant spray (see Pro Tips) And you can learn more about the best types of oil to use in your air fryer HERE!
- Toppings - you can add your favorite toppings (jalapenos, black olives etc.)
Obviously, you will need an air fryer to make potato skins in the air fryer. If you don't have one, are on the fence about purchasing one, or looking for a new one, I recommend you read my What to Look for in an Air Fryer post. I have a Ninja Dual Drawer and love it! A pair of silicone tongs (affiliate links) also comes in handy, so you don't damage the finish on your air fryer when you take out your food.
Spray your air fryer potato skins (and anything you put in the air fryer) with a light spray cooking oil, but do NOT use an aerosol cooking spray with propellants (like Pam). This can cause damage to the surface of your air fryer and cause the coating to flake off and potentially onto your food. *The label will tell you whether it has propellants or not
The best oil to use in an air fryer is avocado or canola, as they have a high smoking point. Also, it's important to use a non- propellant spray. And you can learn more about the best types of oil to use in your air fryer HERE!
Store leftover potato skins in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 4 days. These do not stand up well to freezing.
👪 Serving Size
This potato skin recipe makes 12 servings. However, you can half, double, or triple the recipe by clicking on the blue serving number and selecting the number of servings you'd like. The ingredient quantities will automatically adjust.
This homemade potato skins recipe is Weight Watchers friendly @3 WW points per potato skin and 4 WW points if you use a dollop of low-fat sour cream.
However, if you use fat-free sour cream and cheddar cheese you can lower the points even more.
🥔What to do with leftover potato (insides)
Instead of wasting the insides of the potatoes, use them to make another recipe!
If you're looking for a delicious and healthy snack or appetizer, you'll love these WW friendly air-fried potato skins!
📋 Air Fryer Potato Skins Recipe
- 6 whole baked potatoes
- 1 cup low-fat cheddar cheese
- ½ cup turkey bacon
- ½ cup chopped green onion
- ½ tablespoon oil spray
- low-fat sour cream
- Slice cooled baked potatoes in half (lengthwise)
- Use a small spoon to carefully remove the potato flesh from the inside, leaving a ¼-inch of potato attached to the potato skin
- Put potato 'insides' aside in a bowl to use for another recipe (see recipe ideas for leftovers in post)
- Add cheese and turkey bacon bits to inside of potato skins, dividing evenly between all the potato skins.
- Spray the bottom of the air fryer with a couple pumps of oil and place the potato skins in the air fryer, skin side down, in a single layer in the air fryer.
- Spray the tops of the potato skins with a couple pumps of oil spray. Air fry for 5 minutes at 360°F (or 182 C)
- Garnish with additional green onions and sour cream, if desired.