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Make air fryer potato skins in under 10 minutes! These low carb keto potato skins are loaded with melty cheddar cheese, crisp bacon, creamy sour cream, and scallions. You’ll love serving this delicious low carb appetizer recipe on game day, at potluck meals, or anytime you want a crispy snack! Learn how to make potato skins in air fryer here, including cooking time and temp. 

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🥔 Air Fryer Potato Skins 

You only need a few basic ingredients for air fryer potato skins: 

  • 2 baked russet potatoes (other types of potatoes will work, but russets have nice sturdy skins that are perfect for this recipe) 
  • 2 teaspoons olive oil (or avocado oil) 
  • Salt and black pepper, to taste 
  • ½ cup shredded cheddar cheese (pepper jack or jalapeno cheddar would also be great here) 
  • 2 cooked and crumbled bacon strips  
  • ¼ cup sour cream (plain Greek Yogurt or guacamole may be substituted) 
  • 2 sliced scallions (green onions) 

Get a printable recipe card at the end of the post! It includes directions for making air fryer baked potatoes if you don’t have leftover cooked potatoes on hand. 

air fried potato halves

You can air fry potato skins in a Ninja Foodi, Philips, Cosori, Instant Vortex, Cuisinart, Actifry, Nuwave, Power Air Fryer, etc. You may need to make slight adjustments to cooking times depending on the air fryer you use. 

⭐ How to Make Air Fryer Potato Skins 

Here are the step-by-step instructions for making stuffed potato skins in the air fryer: 

  1. Slice each cooked potato in half lengthwise. Take a spoon and carefully scoop the inside of the potato out. Save the cooked potato flesh for other recipes. The potato skins should have a ¼-½ inch thickness (0.6-1.3cm). 
  1. Brush the potato halves generously on all sides with the olive oil. Sprinkle on some salt and pepper. 
  1. Place the potato boats scooped side up in the air fryer basket (air fryer ovens: use the top rack position). Air fry them for 5 minutes at 400 degrees Fahrenheit (200C) to get the edges all crispy and golden. While they are air frying, you can cook the bacon, grate the cheese, and slice the scallions. 
scooped out russet potatoes
  1. Fill the potato peels with an equal amount of shredded cheese and bacon. 
  1. To melt the cheese, pop the potato skins back in the air fryer at 350 degrees Fahrenheit (177C) for 1-2 minutes.  
  1. To finish this amazing appetizer, top each potato skin with a dollop of sour cream (or a little ranch dressing) and a sprinkle of sliced scallions. Serve them warm. 
potato skin topped with yogurt and scallions

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Air Fryer Potato Skins Recipe (Low Carb Potato Skins)

Summer Yule
Make air fryer potato skins in under 10 minutes! These low carb keto potato skins are loaded with melty cheddar cheese, crisp bacon, creamy sour cream, and scallions.
5 from 2 votes
Cook Time 6 minutes
Total Time 6 minutes
Course Snack
Cuisine American
Servings 2
Calories 272 kcal

Ingredients

  • 2 russet potatoes, cooked (about 8 ounces/227 grams per potato)
  • 2 teaspoons olive oil
  • salt and pepper, to taste
  • 2 ounces shredded cheddar cheese (57 grams)
  • 2 strips cooked bacon, crumbled
  • ¼ cup sour cream (plain Greek yogurt may be substituted)
  • 2 scallions, sliced
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Instructions

  • Slice each cooked potato in half lengthwise. Take a spoon and carefully scoop the inside of the potato out. Save the cooked potato flesh for other recipes. The potato skins should have a ¼-½ inch thickness (0.6-1.3cm). 
  • Brush the potato halves generously on all sides with the olive oil. Sprinkle on some salt and pepper. 
  • Put the potato halves in the air fryer basket cut side up. Air fry them at 400°F (200°C) for 5 minutes. Use the top rack position if you have an air fryer oven.
  • While the potato shells are air frying, cook the bacon, grate the cheese, and slice the scallions. Fill each potato skin with an equal amount of shredded cheese and crumbled bacon. Air fry them for 1-2 minutes at 350°F (175°C) to melt the cheese.
  • Top each potato skin with a tablespoon of sour cream and a sprinkle of sliced scallions. Serve them warm and savor every delicious bite!

Equipment

Notes

Air Frying Tips: To bake potatoes in the air fryer, mist with cooking spray and air fry for 30 minutes at 400F (200C). If the potatoes are not fork-tender, flip them and air fry 5-10 more minutes.
Use the leftover potato flesh to make mashed potatoes as a side dish or to top a shepherd’s pie. The potatoes can also be used to thicken casseroles, soups, or stews. Another idea is to use it to help bind meatloaf or fish cakes.

💭 Expert Tips from Dietitian Summer Yule

This is a level 3 recipe (weight maintenance and active lifestyles). Potato skins are the perfect appetizer for stuffing with healthy and delicious fillings, but that is not all they are good for. The potatoes’ skin itself also offers up some vitamin B6, vitamin C, potassium, fiber, and non-heme iron.
These are low carb potato skins because we’re scooping out most of the potato. There are only 4.7g carbs in potato skins or 3.8g net carbs per 38g (per Cronometer; but varies greatly depending on how well they are scooped). This may make air fried potato skins a good fit for some relaxed (non-therapeutic) keto and low carb diets.
Potatoes are also naturally gluten free. The cheese provides calcium and additional protein for a more balanced snack that’s full of flavor.
 
Nutrition information is for one serving of the recipe.

 

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Nutrition

Calories: 272kcalCarbohydrates: 17.7gProtein: 13gFat: 17.4gSaturated Fat: 8.5gFiber: 2.3gVitamin A: 6.5% DVVitamin C: 10.5% DVCalcium: 22.4% DVIron: 10.5% DV
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FAQs 

How to make frozen potato skins in the air fryer? 

To make air fryer frozen potato skins (like TGI Friday’s potato skins), air fry at 370 degrees Fahrenheit for 5-6 minutes. Add an additional 1-2 minutes of cook time if they are not done to your liking. Cooking frozen potato skins takes far less time than cooking potato skins from scratch. 

Why won’t my potatoes cook in the air fryer? 

If your potatoes aren’t cooking through in the air fryer, try using smaller potatoes. You can also experiment with cooking them longer, or parboiling them on the stovetop before air frying. 

Why do my potatoes burn in the air fryer? 

If your potatoes burn in the air fryer, they’ve likely been cooked too long or at too high of a temperature. As with oven cooking, you can remedy the issue by cooking the potatoes for less time or turning the temp down. 

Should potatoes be soaked before air frying? 

No, you don’t need to soak potatoes to make air fried potato skins. Some recipes suggest soaking potatoes before making chips or fries to remove excess starch so they crisp better. 

How to freeze air fryer potato skin? 

After air frying the empty potato skin shells, you can freeze them individually on a baking tray. Once frozen, store them in a freezer bag with the air pressed out. The texture of leftover potato skins won’t be quite as good as those that are freshly made, but making them ahead can save time. 

How can I make vegetarian potato skins? 

For air fryer loaded potato skins that are vegetarian, simply skip the bacon or use a plant-based bacon substitute. For dairy free and vegan potato skins, try using guacamole as a filling instead of cheese and sour cream. You could also add fresh chopped tomatoes and some jalapeno for heat. 

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