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Easy Air Fryer Potato Skins

These Easy Air Fryer Potato Skins are loaded with crunchy bacon, gooey melted cheddar cheese, and then drizzled in ranch. Fill these up with any of your favorite toppings for the perfect appetizer.

air fryer potato skins drizzled in ranch

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I’m always looking for appetizers and side dishes that also double as the perfect Game Day Snacks! I love a good appetizer, so much that I often make them a side dish for my meals.

You are going to love these potato skins. They are quick and easy to make and you can substitute any of your favorite toppings.

baked russet potatoes on a flat surface

What Type of Potatoes to Use

Baking potatoes like russet or even sweet potatoes will work well for this recipe. I like to search for the potatoes that are larger in length. This will result in nice sized skins. If you want bite-sized appetizers grab smaller potatoes.

You can use something like Yukon gold or red potatoes, if you wish. These are a lot smaller in size so you will need to reduce the cook time by a few minutes.

baked russet potatoes sliced in half on a cutting board

Ranch Dressing

I like to use this Ranch Dressing from Primal Kitchen. It’s sugar-free, dairy free, Whole 30 Approved, Keto Certified, Paleo, gluten-free, and made with cage-free eggs. Primal Kitchen is my-go to for salad dressings.

They recently reformulated their ranch so it’s even thicker than before. Who doesn’t like nice, thick ranch? That makes it easy for dipping and drizzling and for use outside of just salads. This should be widely available in stores and online in about a month, so I’ll keep you guys posted next month.

For their other amazing products I recommend, check out my favs here.

Primal Kitchen Ranch Dressing in a bottle

Homemade Ranch Seasoning

Potatoes can be really boring and bland if you don’t season them! You will need to add some salt to the core of the potatoes. I like to take it up a notch with my Homemade Ranch Seasoning recipe. So good!

homemade ranch seasoning in a white bowl
baked russet potatoes sliced in half with ranch seasoning

How to Make Air Fryer Potato Skins

  1. Rub each of the potatoes with olive oil.
  2. Place each potato in the air fryer basket. Air fry.
  3. Remove the potatoes from the air fryer and cool completely.
  4. Slice each potato in half. Use a spoon a scoop out the inner flesh. Reserve 1/4th of an inch of the flesh along the bottom and sides of the potato.
  5. Drizzle or spray the inside of the potatoes with olive oil. And then season with salt, Homemade Ranch Seasoning, or your favorite seasoning.
  6. Top each potato with the crumbled bacon and shredded cheddar cheese.
  7. Air fry.
  8. Top with green onions and ranch dressing.
potato skins on a bamboo cutting board
potato skins on a bamboo cutting board

Cook Time/How Long to Cook

You will need to cook the potatoes in the air fryer first. This takes about 35-45 minutes.

From there you will cook them for an additional 6-10 minutes to melt the cheese.

potato skins in an air fryer

Air Fryer Temperature

I recommend 400 degrees to cook the potatoes and them 350 degrees to melt the cheese.

Additional Topping Ideas

potato skins in an air fryer
potato skins in an air fryer

What to Do With the Leftover Inside of the Potatoes

I like to save this for mashed potatoes for another meal. You can also make Instant Pot Potato Soup.

How to Store Them/How Long Will They Last?

You can store them tightly sealed and covered in the fridge for 3-4 days.

air fryer potato skins drizzled in ranch

Freezer Tips

You can actually freeze these for later use. You can defrost them in the fridge or cook them from frozen. In general, I reheat (defrosted or from frozen) in the air fryer at 350 degrees until warm.

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Air Fryer Sweet Potatoes

Sweet Potatoes Au Gratin

air fryer potato skins drizzled in ranch

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person holding air fryer potato skin drizzled in ranch
air fryer potato skins drizzled in ranch
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Easy Air Fryer Potato Skins

These Easy Air Fryer Potato Skins are loaded with crunchy bacon, gooey melted cheddar cheese, and then drizzled in ranch. Fill these up with any of your favorite toppings for the perfect appetizer.
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Course Appetizer, Side Dish
Cuisine American
Keyword air fryer baked potatoes, air fryer potato skins
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 55 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 10 minutes
Servings 6 potato skins
Calories 211kcal

Ingredients

Optional Ranch Seasoning

Instructions

Air Fryer Instructions

  • Scrub the potatoes to ensure they are clean.
  • Rub each of the potatoes with olive oil (about 1/2 tablespoon). I like to spritz them using this olive oil spray from Amazon.
  • Place each potato in the air fryer basket. Air fry for 35-45 minutes on 400 degrees until soft. You can test by piercing the potato with a fork. Cook time will vary based on the weight of your potatoes. I often find it takes longer the more potatoes I cook at once.
  • Remove the potatoes from the air fryer and cool completely. I let them cool for about 20-30 minutes.
  • Slice each potato in half. Use a spoon a scoop out the inner flesh. Reserve 1/4th of an inch of the flesh along the bottom and sides of the potato. You want each skin to still have a base to hold the toppings.
  • Drizzle or spray the inside of the potatoes with olive oil (if drizzling about 1-1 1/2 tablespoons total). And then season with salt, Homemade Ranch Seasoning, or your favorite seasoning.
  • Top each potato with the crumbled bacon and shredded cheddar cheese.
  • Place the skins in the air fryer and cook for 6-10 minutes on 350 degrees until the cheese has melted. The cook time will vary based on how you like your melted cheese. I like for the cheese to brown a little on top, so I go for 7-8 minutes.
  • Top with green onions and Primal Kitchen ranch dressing.

Baking Instructions

  • Scrub the potatoes to ensure they are clean.
  • Preheat oven to 450 degrees.
  • Rub each of the potatoes with olive oil (about 1/2 tablespoon). I like to spritz them using this olive oil spray from Amazon. Place the potatoes on a sheet pan and bake for 40 minutes to an hour until soft.
  • Remove the potatoes from the oven and cool completely. I let them cool for about 20-30 minutes.
  • Adjust oven temperature to 425 degrees.
  • Slice each potato in half. Use a spoon a scoop out the inner flesh. Reserve 1/4th of an inch of the flesh along the bottom and sides of the potato. You want each skin to still have a base to hold the toppings.
  • Place the skins in a roasting pan or baking dish. A sheet pan or cookie sheet will warp/bend. Bake for 10 minutes on one side. Flip the potatoes and cook for an additional 10 minutes on the other side.
  • Remove the skins from the oven and drizzle or spray the inside of the potatoes with olive oil (if drizzling about 1-1 1/2 tablespoons total). And then season with salt, Homemade Ranch Seasoning, or your favorite seasoning.
  • Top each potato with the crumbled bacon and shredded cheddar cheese. Return to the oven and Broil for 2-3 minutes until the cheese has melted.
  • Top with green onions and Primal Kitchen ranch dressing.
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Nutrition (displayed with net carbs)

Serving: 1potato skin | Calories: 211kcal | Carbohydrates: 14g | Protein: 8g | Fat: 14g
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Recipe Rating




Ty

Monday 15th of March 2021

Easy and Delicious! Trying to learn to cook for one and this was a perfect solo meal.

staysnatched

Tuesday 16th of March 2021

Wonderful! Glad you enjoyed these.

Wayneos Buenos

Monday 8th of February 2021

This recipe turned out great for our Super Bowl party. I used 15 red Norland spuds to make 30 pieces. I used the suggested spices which were good. Temperature and times worked great. Taste and consistency were great. Topped with either sour cream or ranch dressing added overall flavor. It will be interesting to try other spice combinations and cheeses next time. Family and guests were coming back for more.

staysnatched

Monday 8th of February 2021

Keep them wanting more!

Jillian

Sunday 7th of February 2021

Made the oven version - so tasty! Will be trying this recipe again in the air fryer to get extra crisp! The ranch seasoning is delicious. Perfect for a football game appetizer! Yum!

staysnatched

Monday 8th of February 2021

I'm glad you enjoyed these!

Orvina

Sunday 7th of February 2021

I just made this and decided to write a review while I still had the page open. I have made twice baked potatoes before so this is kinda similar but I never made it in the air fryer. I really like how crispy the skin gets in the air fryer. The seasoning on the potatoes were so good! These are way better than the frozen ones. But we knew they would be! LOL

staysnatched

Monday 8th of February 2021

haha! I knew you would like these.

Teri

Sunday 7th of February 2021

Not only have I never made ranch seasoning. I realized today I’ve never made potato skins. That baffled me too. However, you made it super easy for me to have now done both! I will no longer be the person that buys those ranch seasoning packets! I will take my next potato skin trial to sweet potatoes! Thank you!

staysnatched

Monday 8th of February 2021

Yay! Say goodbye to ranch packets!