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.
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.
Remove the potatoes from the water and shake off. Place them skin side up in the air fryer basket. Lightly spray the potatoes with the oil spray. Sprinkle with a little salt and pepper. Use as much or little salt and pepper as you like, keeping in mind the salt factor of whatever you are filling them with.
Flip each shell upside down so the skin side is now down.
Spray the potatoes on this side and again sprinkle with salt and pepper.
Put the basket in the air fryer and cook on the air fry setting at 400F for approximately 8-10 minutes. They are done when you can prick them with a fork.
Remove them from the oven and let cool slightly before adding any fillings. We have a vast collection of popular filling options. The traditional potato skin filling instruction is below.
Traditional Potato Skins
Fill each potato skin shell with cheddar cheese and top with bacon that has been cooked and diced. The cheese will shrink down when it melts, so fill the shell higher than you want them to be in the end.
Put back in the air fryer for 3-5 minutes at 350F. Remove when the cheese is melted.
Top or serve with sour cream and sliced green onions or chives.
The potatoes can be any size you wish however it is best to keep them similar in size so that they cook evenly. The size of the potato will also change how long you need to cook them.Use any of your favorite fillings, or any potato skinsfrom our extensive collection of options!Whichever side of the potato skin you place up in the air fryer will be a little crisper and browner than the bottom side. Either way works!You can follow the instructions for any filling in the air fryer. Just keep the air fryer temperature around 350 and a short cook time. Keep your eyes on them and remove as soon as cooked/melted to adjust for the difference in cooking method.