Try frozen potato skins in the air fryer for a quick, easy, and ultra-satisfying snack! If you have about 5 minutes to spare, you’ll have food on the table in less time than it takes to do the dishes. Serve your potato skins as an appetizer for guests, as part of a party tray, or on game days!
If you’ve ever found yourself frantically needing a last-minute snack or appetizer, let me introduce you to frozen potato skins in the air fryer! This kitchen appliance has made my life such a breeze, and I know it will do the same for you too.
Whenever I need a crowd-pleasing recipe that everyone will love, I make these air fryer potato skins. All you have to do is open the box, pop them into the air fryer, and wait for them to crisp up. I mean, how easy is that?!
Why I Love This Recipe
- Crispy: Air fryer potato skins turn out extra crispy on the outside, but they remain tender and fluffy on the inside. It’s an irresistible combination of textures!
- Healthy: Using an air fryer to make potato skins is healthier than other cooking methods. You don’t need as much oil, but they still deliver big on taste.
- Convenient: This no-fuss recipe is ready to eat in little more than 5 minutes and requires minimal cleanup. Make it whenever you’re short on time!
What Are Potato Skins?
Potato skins are a popular snack or appetizer made from the skins of baked potatoes. Typically, the baked potatoes are cooked until tender, then the flesh is scooped out while leaving the skins behind.
Popular fillings include cheese, bacon, sour cream, and chives. They are then baked or broiled until the cheese melts and the skins turn extra crispy.
You can make your own potato skins at home, or use premade potato skins for a more convenient option. They are the perfect dish to serve at parties, game days, potlucks, and barbecues.
Ingredients For Air Fryer Potato Skins
See the full list of ingredients in the recipe card below.
- Potato skins: Use your favorite brand and flavor. You can use TGI Friday’s potato skins, Walmart potato skins, Trader Joe’s potato skins, or even homemade potato skins.
How to Make Frozen Potato Skins In The Air Fryer
Prepare The Skins
Remove the potato skins from the freezer. Decide how many you want to make and remove them from the package. It’s best to keep the potato skins frozen until you are ready to cook.
Air Fry The Potato Skins
Place the skins into the air fryer basket or air fryer tray. Air fry the potato skins at 370F for 5-6 minutes, or until they are crisped to your liking. Transfer them to a serving platter before adding garnishes.
How to Air Fry Homemade Potato Skins
If you’d prefer to make your own potato skins from scratch, first air fry raw potatoes at 400F for 45-60 minutes or bake the potatoes in the oven. You should be able to easily poke them with a fork or knife.
Let the potatoes cool until you can handle them. Cut them in half and scoop out the flesh with a spoon, leaving about ¼-inch of flesh behind. Save the rest of the flesh for another recipe.
Season the potato skins with salt, pepper, and any other spices you want. Add shredded cheese, bacon bits, or other fillings you enjoy.
Air fry homemade potato skins at 370F for 4-5 minutes, or until the cheese is melted and the skins are crisped to your liking.
Toppings For Potato Skins
One of my favorite parts about potato skins is the toppings! Make yours unique by adding shredded cheddar cheese, nacho cheese sauce, more bacon bits, sour cream, chives, green onions, cilantro, parsley, meat crumbles, beans, or corn. Just use your imagination!
What To Serve With Frozen Air Fryer Potato Skins
Air fryer frozen potato skins are the perfect finger food for holiday parties, get-togethers, and game nights. They also happen to make a delicious addition to any appetizer tray.
Tips For The Best Recipe
- Don’t thaw: Add the frozen potato skins to the air fryer without thawing them for the best results.
- Preheat: For more accurate and consistent cooking times, preheat the air fryer for a couple of minutes before adding the potato skins in.
- Don’t flip: Unlike most air fryer recipes that need to be flipped halfway through, potato skins do not need to be touched. You risk losing the fillings this way.
- Watch closely: Since every air fryer is different and the thickness of potato skins vary, use my cooking times as a guideline only.
What To Do With Leftovers
Potato skins are best eaten straight out of the air fryer so they stay nice and crispy. But if you have leftovers, here’s what to do:
- Fridge: You can store them in a sealed container in the fridge for 3-4 days. Just make sure they have fully cooled first.
- Reheat: To reheat your potato skins, pop them back in the air fryer for 2-3 minutes. Alternatively, you can warm the potato skins up in the microwave in 15-20 second bursts until they reach your desired temperature.
If you love using the air fryer, here are some of my most popular air fryer recipes right now:
- Air fryer sweet potato
- Air fryer potatoes
- Air fryer Bagel Bites
- Air fryer frozen french fries
- Air fryer frozen pizza rolls
Frequently Asked Questions
How long do you cook frozen potato skins in the air fryer?
Cook your frozen potato skins in a preheated air fryer for 5-6 minutes at 370 degrees F. The cooking time may vary depending on the make and model of your particular air fryer.
Why aren’t my potato skins crispy?
If your potato skins aren’t crispy, just keep them in the air fryer for an additional 2-3 minutes. If they still won’t crisp up, turn the heat up by 20 degrees F.
Can I double or triple this recipe?
Yes, you can easily double or triple this recipe. However, you’ll likely have to do it in multiple batches. If the air fryer is crowded, the air won’t circulate well enough and you may not achieve crispy enough potato skins.
Easy Frozen Potato Skins in the Air Fryer
- 1 package frozen potato skins
- Remove the potato skins from the freezer. Add desired number to the air fryer basket.
- Place them into the air fryer basket air fry at 370F for 5-6 minutes.
- Remove the skins from the air fryer, plate and enjoy.