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air fryer potato skins

Air Fryer Potato Skins Recipe

Summer Yule
How do you make potato skins from scratch? These air fryer potato skins are loaded with melty cheese, crisp bacon, creamy Greek yogurt, and scallions.
5 from 2 votes
Prep Time 20 mins
Cook Time 36 mins
Total Time 56 mins
Course Snack
Cuisine American
Servings 2
Calories 272 kcal

Ingredients

  • 2 russet potatoes (about 8 ounces/227 grams per potato)
  • 2 teaspoons olive oil
  • salt and pepper, to taste
  • 2 ounces grated cheddar cheese (57 grams)
  • 2 strips cooked bacon, crumbled (choose one with no added sugar)
  • ¼ cup plain, unsweetened Greek yogurt (I used whole milk yogurt)
  • 2 scallions, sliced

Instructions

  • Scrub your potatoes under cool water to remove dirt. Do not peel the potatoes.
  • Slice each potato in half lengthwise. Brush the potato halves generously on all sides with the olive oil. Sprinkle on some salt and pepper.
  • Put your potato halves on one air fryer rack. You're going to air fry them at 400°F (200°C) in the top rack position for 30 minutes. Flip them over halfway through cooking time.
  • Using a spoon, carefully scrape the potato flesh from the skins. The potato skins should have a ¼-½ inch (0.64-1.27 cm) thickness.
  • Place your potato boats scooped side up back on an air fryer rack. Air fry them for an additional 5 minutes at 400°F (200°C) in the top rack position.
  • While the potato shells are air frying, you can 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) (top rack position) to melt the cheese.
  • Top each potato skin with a tablespoon of yogurt and a sprinkle of sliced scallions. Serve them warm and savor every delicious bite!

Notes

This is a level 3 recipe (weight maintenance and active lifestyles). Plain baked potatoes have one of the highest scores on the Satiety Index. However, all bets are off when we replace most of the baked potato with luscious cheese and bacon. This dish is like those chip advertisements taunting that "no one can eat just one."
There are some ways to make this a lower calorie snack. Just eating less is rather unpleasant, but luckily there are a few ways to cut calories without cutting volume. For instance, use non-fat yogurt and light cheese rather than full fat versions.
You could also use turkey "bacon" rather than fattier pork bacon. (This substitution is at your own risk since many agree that turkey bacon isn't as tasty as the real deal. Just sayin')
I made the serving size for this recipe two potato skins. If I didn't have a family to share with, I could easily polish off this recipe by myself. If you live alone, cutting this recipe in half may be a smart strategy for you.
On the other hand, if you're looking for a high energy snack with a mix of protein, fat, and carbs, this might be perfect for you. Even though this appetizer feels quite decadent, it actually provides an assortment of the essential nutrients we need for good health.
Nutrition information is for one serving of the recipe.

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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