One of my favorite appetizers or snacks is potato skins! Learn How to Make Potato Skin Shells for your party, home-gating party, or game day!
Why You Will Love This Recipe
Getting the perfect potato skin shell can be tricky, but I came up with this method and recipe to give you the perfect potato skin shell for any filling that you would like!
Now that I make these, they are a regular request at any type of event, party, or gathering, regardless of the toppings.
You can also make them in the air fryer if preferred with our Air Fryer Potato Skins recipe.
No matter how you make them, you have so many options of flavors to fill them with! Find a collection of our potato skin flavors and variations below the full recipe.
This is what you need to make homemade potato skins:
Grab all the equipment you need: melon baller, silicone basting brush, silicone baking mats.
Wash and cut the potatoes in half lengthwise.
Use a melon baller to scoop out the middles, leaving a thin edge all the way around.
Put them on a baking sheet.
Mix the oil, salt, and pepper.
Baste both sides of each potato skin with the oil.
Bake until they are fork tender before filling!
I am pretty obsessed with potato anything, so finding this perfect way to make a potato skin is a little dangerous!
I love to make new ideas of filling flavors, especially when we are watching football or another sport. They are a classic food to have for game day.
You can find some of our favorite fillings below, but fill these skins up with anything you love! Once you know How to Make Potato Skin Shells, the fillings are endless.
Modifications and Substitutions
If you do not have a melon baller, anything similar with a sharper edge will work. Spoons tend to be too dull and difficult to use. Think grapefruit spoons or anything with sharper edges.
Vegetable oil lets the skins crisp up much better than olive oil. Olive oil tend to make the skins softer.
The trick to a perfect potato skin shell is not having a shell that is too soft and making sure that it is seasoned perfectly.
I commonly see people bake the potato first, then scoop out the middle. I found that this method takes much longer, the shell is too soft, and it is difficult to get the perfect shell shape. So I prefer this method for the perfect potato skin!
Find all of our potato skin recipes here, including Bacon and Bourbon Blue Cheese Potato Skins, Green Chili Potato Skins, and more!
- 6 russet potatoes (approx 4 inches long) (see note)
- 1/3 cup vegetable oil (or canola)
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
- Preheat the oven to 450°F.
- Scrub and wash the potatoes. Slice them in half lengthwise. Prepare a large bowl or pot full of water. This will be used to keep the potatoes from browning while they are being prepared.6 russet potatoes
- Using a melon baller, scoop out the middle of the potato, leaving a border approximately 1/4″ thick. When completed, place the potato in the water. You can also keep the pieces you scooped out and make some mashed potatoes!
- Repeat until all of the potatoes have been scooped out.
- In a small bowl, combine the oil, salt, and pepper.1/3 cup vegetable oil, 1/4 teaspoon salt, 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
- Remove the potatoes from the water and shake off. Place them skin side down on a sil pad or tin foil on a large baking sheet.
- Brush the oil mixture on the inside of each potato skin shell and let any excess oil drip off. Flip each shell upside down so the skin side is now up.
- Brush each shell with the oil mixture on the skin side as well. Leave them skin side up for baking.
- Bake the potato skin shells until they are just fork tender, approximately 12-15 minutes. The time will vary based on how thick you leave the shell and how large the potatoes are. You want them to be soft enough to eat but not too soft so they do not fall apart.
- Remove them from the oven and let cool slightly before adding any fillings. See our other recipes for filling ideas and instructions.
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13 thoughts on “How to Make Potato Skin Shells”
These would be a big hit in my house! Maybe I’ll try them for the super bowl!
My kid would just love these! Sharing!
I LOVE Loaded Potato Skins! I’m drooling all over your page. I hope i dont make a mess.
Love the photos and detailed instructions. These potato skins look divine! Thanks!
This is a new potato skin technique for me…can’t wait to try it out!
This was a super easy recipe. The skins are a perfect backdrop for any toppings you can think of.
Thank you! I am glad you liked them!
How far in advance can you make the shells? The day before? How would you store them? Thanks!
I would say 3-5 days in the refrigerator should be safe to use. I tend to make them a day, maybe two, before when I have time. I just pile them up in a tupperware, but you could also put them in a resealable bag. Then just lay them out on your baking sheet cold and fill them with whatever you would like when you are ready to finish them off. You could also stick them in the freezer for 8-12 months!
Hi there, what was the date you published this recipe? I am using it for a project but am trouble citing it because I cannot find the date.
It was originally posted 12/27/2016
These potato skins are so good! I’ve never used this method, but I will from now on.. Thank you!
Thank you so much, Julie! They really are amazing, I am glad you like them! 🙂