Air Fryer Twice Baked Potatoes are cooked to crispy in the air fryer, then re-stuffed with the fluffy potato, butter, cheese, and seasoning, and air fried until golden brown on top.
I love using the air fryer to make twice baked potatoes because it’s quite a bit faster than in the oven. You can finish the initial step of roasting the potatoes, which takes the longest amount of time, and then prepare the potatoes to be baked again right before you plan to serve them.
Top them with whatever delicious things you like, such as butter, cheese, sour cream, Ranch dressing, or even bbq sauce. They make a great side dish!
You can even prepare the stuffed potatoes and freeze them, then just take them from the freezer when you’re ready to cook them. It’s a great way to prep your meals for work. Add some leftover chicken or shredded pork to the potatoes and you have a full meal.
Why Are They Called Twice Baked Potatoes?
The answer is simple. These potatoes are cooked twice. First they are baked until the interior is cooked through. Then the flesh is scooped out, mixed with additional ingredients, like sour cream and butter, then it’s scooped back into the potato skins and baked a second time.
Since the air fryer is so efficient at baking potatoes, you can get them done in half the time as you would need in the oven. They turn out so crispy on the outside but moist and perfect on the inside.
Ingredients You’ll Need
- Baking potatoes – Baking potatoes have a thicker skin that will help when you are scooping out the flesh.
- Olive oil – This is a seasoning for the outside of the potato. It helps make the entire potato appealing to eat.
- Butter – We always use salted better for savory recipes.
- Salt and pepper – Use some to season the exterior of the potatoes in the first cook, then add the rest to the potato filling to boost the flavor.
- Cheddar cheese – Shredded cheddar adds flavor and creaminess. You could use Monterey Jack, pepper jack, Colby or Gouda.
- Garnish – Green onions, sour cream, or ranch dressing.
- Air fryer: I use this 4-quart basket-style air fryer. It’s large enough to fit a meal for 4-6. But some things need more space in the air fryer basket, so they cook evenly.
- Kitchen tongs: It’s very easy to remove food from your air fryer with kitchen tongs. I use these kitchen tongs that are silicon coated so they don’t scratch the interior.
How to Make Twice Baked Potatoes
Clean and pat dry the potatoes. Coat the outside with olive oil and sprinkle with half the salt and black pepper. Place the potatoes in the air fryer basket.
Cook at 390°F (200°C) for 30 minutes, turning halfway. Squeeze the potato or piece it with a toothpick to see if it’s done to your liking. If it still has a bit of give, cook it for an additional 5-10 minutes. It should be fairly squishy.
Remove the potatoes from the air fryer and allow them to cool for about 10 minutes. Cut them in half and carefully scoop out the flesh to 1/4” of the skin. Place the scooped out insides into a mixing bowl.
Add the remaining salt and pepper, butter, and half of the shredded cheese. Stir well to combine. You can mix this by hand or with a hand mixer.
Scoop the mixture back into the potato shells. Place them back into the air fryer basket and cook on 390°F (200°C) for an additional 8 minutes. The tops should be nice and golden brown. Immediately top them with the remaining cheese so it can melt as it sits.
Garnish with green onions, sour cream, or Ranch dressing, and serve.
How to Not Break the Skin
The skin of potatoes can be very thin. You don’t want to break into it when you’re scooping out the flesh. There are three ways to avoid this.
- Buy baking potatoes that have a thicker skin.
- Use a spoon to carefully carve out the flesh. Don’t use a knife or fork that might pierce or break the skin.
- Don’t scoop out so much of the flesh. We recommend leaving a 1/4″ shell around the outside to act as a boat for the filling.
How to Store Leftovers
If you happen to have any leftover potatoes, they are just as good the next day. Put them in an air tight bag or container and store them in the refrigerator for up to 4 days. When you’re ready to eat them again, pop them in the air fryer again for about 5 minutes on 400° F.
You can freeze these air fryer twice baked potatoes. That’s fantastic news because they make such a great side dish or lunch. You can store a bunch of them in the freezer and pull them out whenever you want to cook them. Great meal prep! To cook them, put them in the air fryer at 400° F for 10-15 minutes, until warmed through.
What to Serve with This Dish
There are so many options for main dishes to serve with this dish. You can make these all in the air fryer or in the oven, if you wish.
Frequently Asked Questions
Can They Be Prepared Ahead?
You can partially prepare this recipe a day or two ahead of time. Get them all ready to bake a second time and then cover with plastic wrap and put them in the refrigerator until you’re ready to finish them with the second bake. If you go this route, you’ll need to increase the second air fry time to about 12 minutes, since they’ll be cold.
How Long Do I Cook Twice Baked Potatoes?
The potatoes will take about 35-40 minutes to cook in the air fryer the first time. Once you’ve removed the insides and restuffed them, they will need to be air fried for another 8 minutes.
Can You Freeze Twice Baked Potatoes?
You can freeze the potato halves before the second baking. At this stage, they are already cooked, but will need to be reheated through before serving.
The great thing about freezing them is that most of the work is already done and you can just get one out of the freezer and cook it whenever you want.
It will take around 20 minutes to air fryer from frozen at 400 degrees F.
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Air Fryer Twice Baked Potatoes
- 2 large baking potatoes
- 1 teaspoon (5 ml) olive oil
- 2 teaspoons (12 g) salt divided
- 1 teaspoon (2 g) ground black pepper divided
- 1 tablespoon (14 g) butter
- 1/2 cup (57 g) shredded cheddar
- 2 green onions chopped
- 1/4 cup (60 g) sour cream or Ranch dressing
- Clean and pat dry the potatoes.
- Coat the outside with olive oil and sprinkle with half the salt and black pepper. Place the potatoes in the air fryer basket.
- Cook at 390°F (200°C) for 30 minutes, turning halfway. Squeeze the potato or piece it with a toothpick. If it still has a bit of give, cook for an additional 5-10 minutes.
- Remove from the air fryer and allow to cool for 10 minutes.
- Cut them in half and carefully scoop out the flesh to 1/4” of the skin. Place the scooped out insides into a mixing bowl.
- Add the remaining salt and pepper, butter, and half of the shredded cheese. Stir well to combine. You can mix this by hand or with a hand mixer.
- Scoop the mixture back into the potato shells. Place them back into the air fryer basket and cook on 390°F (200°C) for an additional 8 minutes.
- Garnish with green onions, sour cream, or Ranch dressing, and serve.
All air fryers have different wattage and may cook at different rates. You may need to adjust the time or temp for the best results.
Laura is a passionate foodie and owner of Air Fry Anytime She is dedicated to sharing delicious recipes and helpful tips for using air fryers at home. With years of experience in the kitchen and a love for healthy, flavorful cooking, Laura has become an expert at using air fryers to create amazing meals that are both nutritious and delicious.