These air fryer twice-baked potatoes are creamy, cheesy, and full of flavor! The air fryer makes them with ultra-crispy skin and they make the perfect side dish for any meal.
My family loves all potato dishes. I especially love making twice-baked potatoes because it is comfort food that is easy to make and always satisfies. I love how they can easily be prepared ahead of time, they freeze well for future use, and when I need a quick pick-me-up, I know that I can always rely on the twice-baked potato to hit the spot.
What Potatoes to Use for Air Fryer Twice-Baked Potatoes?
The best potatoes for the job are starchy varieties like Russets. These potatoes have a high starch content, which helps them to become nice and fluffy when they're baked. In addition, Russets have fairly dry flesh, which helps to prevent the filling from becoming too watery.
If you can't find Russets, another good option is Yukon Gold potatoes. These potatoes have a lower starch content than Russets, but they're still fairly dry and will produce delicious twice-baked potatoes.
How to Make Twice-Baked Potatoes in the Air Fryer
Please find the detailed ingredient list and instructions in the recipe card below.
Bake the potatoes first: In the air fryer or in the microwave.
To make a baked potato in the air fryer: Start by preheating the air fryer to 390 degrees. Then, wash and dry your potatoes before piercing them several times with a fork. Next, rub the potatoes with olive oil and sea salt. Place the potatoes in the air fryer basket and cook for 35-40 minutes, flipping halfway.
To make a baked potato in the microwave: Start by scrubbing the potato clean under running water. Then, dry it off and prick it a few times with a fork. Next, Rub the potato with olive oil or vegetable oil, and then season it with salt, pepper, or any other spices you like. Finally, place the potato on a microwave-safe plate and cook it on high for 4-5 minutes per side, or until the potato is cooked through.
Cool: Once your baked potatoes are cooked, let them cool for a few minutes before handling them. Carefully cut the potatoes in half lengthwise and scoop out the flesh, being careful not to tear the skin.
Mash the potato flesh with some butter, milk, shredded cheese, and chopped green onions. Spoon the mixture back into the potato skins and return to the air fryer.
Cook twice more: Place in the air fryer and cook for 6-8 minutes, then top with a sprinkling of cheese and bacon, and return to the air fryer and cook for 2 minutes more, so the cheese is fully melted.
Can I Freeze the Prepared Twice-Baked Potatoes?
You can freeze the prepared twice-baked potatoes. Simply place them in a freezer-safe container and store them for up to three months. When you're ready to enjoy them, simply thaw them overnight in the fridge and then bake them according to the recipe instructions.
The only downside of freezing twice-baked potatoes is that they may not be quite as fluffy as they were when they were first made. But they'll still be delicious, and you'll be glad to have them on hand for a quick and easy meal.
Topping Variations for Twice-Baked Potatoes
Bacon, chives, and sour cream are a classic combination, but spinach, goat cheese, and sun-dried tomatoes can also be delicious.
For a heartier dish, try adding ground beef or sausage.
And for a touch of sweetness, top the potatoes with honey or brown sugar. With so many options, it's easy to find the perfect topping for any meal.
- 2 baked russet potatoes, halved
- ½ cup sour cream
- ½ cup shredded cheese, plus more for topping
- ⅓ cup bacon bits, plus more for topping
- 1 teaspoon salt, or to taste
- ½ teaspoon pepper, or to taste
- 1 tablespoon parsley, plus extra for topping
- Preheat the air fryer to 365 degrees F / 185 degrees C (Air fry mode).
- Cut the baked potato in half lengthwise. See how to bake the potato in the notes below.
- Using a spoon, carefully scoop out the inside of each potato half, leaving a ¼-inch of potato attached to the skin,
- Put the scooped out potato in a medium bowl.
- Add the sour cream, shredded cheese, bacon, salt, pepper, and parsley to the bowl and stir until well mixed.
- Using a spoon, scoop some of the potato mixture into each potato skin evenly.
- Place in the air fryer and cook for 6-8 minutes, then top with a sprinkling of cheese and bacon, and return to the air fryer and cook for 2 minutes more, so the cheese is fully melted.
- Carefully remove from the air fryer top with a sprinkle of parsley
- Sprinkle with more bacon if desired and top with a dollop of sour cream, if desired.
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For this recipe, it is best to use baked potatoes.
The easiest and quickest way is to cook the potatoes in the microwave for 5-10 minutes, depending on how many potatoes you have, the size of the potatoes and how powerful is your microwave.
To make an Air fryer baked potato:
Using a fork, poke holes into the potatoes all over the skin.
Rub the outside of the potatoes with oil, then sprinkle with salt & pepper to season.
Place the potatoes into your air fryer basket/tray.
Airfry mode at 390F for 35-40 minutes. Flipping halfway.
Let them cool and proceed with air fryer twice baked potato.