How to Cook Frozen Loaded Potato Skins in Air Fryer


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Loaded potato skins make delicious appetizers, snacks, or even an entree! We love ordering loaded potato skins for an appetizer when we go out to eat. Frozen snacks cook up perfectly in the air fryer! See how easy it is to cook frozen loaded potato skins in your air fryer. 

Air Fryer Loaded Potato Skins

Have you jumped on board the air fryer train? We definitely resisted buying an air fryer for a couple of years. We already owned SO many appliances and just did not feel like giving one more cooking apparatus some priority real estate space on our counters. Slow cooker, Instant Pot, food processor, toaster, coffee maker.. did we seriously need one more machine? Well.

We bought our air fryer and quickly learned that yes, actually we DO need this amazing cooking machine and now about 1 year later, I can report back that the air fryer has taken over our cooking routine.  In fact, there are many days when we use our air fryer multiple times in the same day!!

Air Fryers cook frozen food consistently and perfectly!

I have a new air fryer recipe for you today and guess what? It’s another frozen food favorite.  Back when I first posted a frozen food air fryer recipe (er, cook time I guess), I really thought it was a silly thing to post…

After all, it’s a pre-made food that just requires re-heating, right? Yes, and no. I have found that it can be tricky to cook up some of our fave frozen apps in the air fryer.  It takes a little experimenting to get the time and temperature just right.  So, since I figured it out on my end, I figured it would be helpful info to share!

One thing about the air fryer and frozen food is that it truly mimics a consistency that is the perfect blend of baked (and deep fried if you’re making a breaded food).

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Loaded Potato Skins Make a Great App or Snack

We love ordering loaded skins when we are at restaurants like TGI Friday’s. Sometimes we’ll pick up skins at the store when we decided to serve hot apps at home. There are some nights when we make our entire meal out of frozen appetizer foods! This is where our air fryer really shines. It cooks them in about the same amount of time as our traditional oven, however they have a perfect crisp on the outside. The “crisp” seems to be hard for our oven to achieve.

We picked up these skins from ALDI.  You can use any brand of frozen loaded potato skins in your air fryer.

ALDI Frozen Loaded Potato Skins

Cooking Frozen Loaded Potato Skins in an Air Fryer

Similar to other frozen apps, this food requires zero prep.  Simply arrange the frozen skins in your air fryer in a single layer.

I cooked these at 400 degrees for 10 minutes. 

When I cook loaded potato skins in a traditional oven, I like to cook them until the top is just starting to brown and the cheese is bubbling.

Perfection!

Frozen Loaded Potato Skins in Air Fryer

Air Fryer Loaded Potato Skins

Frozen Loaded Potato Skins in Air Fryer

Cook up frozen loaded potato skins perfectly and consistently, with a slight crisp to the outer edges, in the air fryer!
Cook Time5 mins
Course: Appetizer, Snack
Cuisine: American
Keyword: air fryer, appetizer, potato
Servings: 2

Equipment

  • Air fryer

Ingredients

  • 3-5 frozen loaded potato skins (any brand)

Instructions

  • Arrange potato skins in a single layer in the air fryer.
    Frozen Loaded Potato Skins in Air Fryer
  • Cook for 10 minutes at 400F, until the skins are hot all the way through, the tops are browned and the cheese is bubbling.
    Air Fryer Loaded Potato Skins
  • Enjoy when they are cool enough to eat.

Air Fryer is a Great Tool for Healthier Cooking Options

Many years ago my mom gave my dad a deep fryer for Christmas.  Counter top deep fryer models were all the rage back then.  You could plunk that contraption on your counter and deep fry your little heart out.  All these years later, I still remember him cooking all sorts of foods, from wings and chicken nuggets to french fries and tator tots.

I also remember the stinky smell of the oil that lingered in the kitchen (actually the whole house) for days after the last fried meal. Pair the smell with the fact that food cooked in oil typically isn’t the healthiest, and you have even more reasons to love an air fryer.


It’s not necessarily faster than an oven

One thing to note – when talking to friends and family about their new air fryer, they are always surprised that they air fryer doesn’t really speed up the cooking process. I think they are assuming that since people rave about the air fryer’s convenience, it must also be a time saver like say, the pressure cooker/Instant Pot. The air fryer won’t necessarily cook food faster.  In my opinion, it simply cooks many foods… better. It locks in moisture and creates a crispy outside. The air fryer cooks food consistently, every time.

We started with a smaller air fryer and after about a year, we upgraded to a bigger model.  In a typical week, we use our air fryer a minimum of 4 days out of 7, sometimes more than once a day. The air fryer has given many of our meals a healthy makeover without sacrificing the taste. (Actually, I’d be willing to bet that our meals are actually tastier now than they ever have been thanks to the consistent crispy cooking that we get with the air fryer.) If that’s not a plug to go buy an air fryer, I don’t know what is!

Do you have an air fryer?  If so, how often do you use it?

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