Air fryer potato skins are a delicious and easy-to-make appetizer or snack. Luckily, potatoes are naturally gluten-free. We also chose to keep all ingredients gluten-free and I promise they’re scrumptious.
Why Cook Potato Skins in an Air-Fryer
Using an air fryer to cook potato skins has many benefits. First, it’s much quicker than cooking them in a traditional oven. The air fryer can reach high temperatures in just a few minutes. Second, air frying results in crispier skin that’s similar to deep frying, but with using little to no oil. Last, an air fryer is much more energy-efficient than an oven, so you’ll save money on your energy bills while cooking your favorite snacks. That’s a win-win for me!
Potato Skin Variations
While classic toppings like cheese, bacon, and green onions are always a hit for potato skins, there’s plenty of other variations you can try. For a spicy twist, add some sliced jalapeños. For a healthier option, try topping your potato skins with salsa, and guacamole. Substituting sour cream with greek yogurt is also a healthy alternative. You could also experiment with different types of cheese, such as pepper jack, gruyere, or swiss for a unique but yummy flavor.
Tips For Air Frying Potato Skins
To ensure your air fryer potato skins turn out perfect, here are some tips to keep in mind:
- Choose russet potatoes for the best texture and flavor. They also hold up well.
- Brush the potato skins with olive oil to help them crisp.
- Season the inside of the potato skins with salt and spices before air frying.
- Don’t overfill the air fryer basket, as this can prevent the potato skins from getting crispy.
- Keep an eye on your potatoes while they’re cooking. You want to avoid burning or overcooking them.
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Air Fryer Potato Skins (Loaded and Gluten Free)
- 4 Russet Potatoes cooked and halved see below for how to cook them quickly
- 4 Slices Cooked Bacon chopped
- 1 cup shredded cheddar cheese
Additional Toppings (optional)
- Sour cream
- Green Onion
- Slice the cooked baked potato in half lengthwise.
- Using a spoon, scoop out about 1/3 of the potato. (it is important that you do not scoop all the potato out, you want some left in the skin.
- Sprinkle the cheese on top.
- Spray the inside of the air fryer with a non-stick cooking spray.
- Place the potatoes in and cook at 390° for 5-8 minutes.
- Open the air fryer and sprinkle the cooked bacon on top.
- Continue to cook for 3-5 minutes. (make sure you do not burn the cheese, you want a golden color)
- Remove from the air-fryer and place on a plate.
- Top each potato with a tbsp of sour cream and a few sliced jalapenos.
- Sprinkle green onions on top.
- Serve warm and enjoy!