Crispy Potato Skins With Variations

Baked Potato Skins
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Prep: 15 mins
Cook: 70 mins
Total: 85 mins
Servings: 4 to 6 servings
Nutritional Guidelines (per serving)
108 Calories
6g Fat
11g Carbs
4g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 4 to 6
Amount per serving
Calories 108
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 6g 7%
Saturated Fat 2g 12%
Cholesterol 10mg 3%
Sodium 93mg 4%
Total Carbohydrate 11g 4%
Dietary Fiber 1g 4%
Protein 4g
Calcium 81mg 6%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)

These basic deep-fried potato skins are an excellent foundation on which to build. Serve the crispy spuds plain with sour cream and chives or add some simple toppings to them. After the potato skins are fried, consider topping them with cheese. Sprinkle them with shredded cheddar or mozzarella cheese, pepper jack, or a Mexican blend of cheeses. Place them on a baking sheet and place it under the broiler until the cheese has melted. See the variations for more great topping ideas.

Make these crispy potato skins for a game day gathering or family snack. They'll be an instant hit!


  • 4 large baking potatoes (such as russets, scrubbed)
  • Cooking oil (for deep frying; about 1 quart)
  • Dash salt (or to taste)
  • Dash freshly ground black pepper (or to taste)
  • Optional: 1/2 cup sour cream (mixed with a few teaspoons of fresh chopped chives)
  • Optional: 1/2 cup shredded cheese

Steps to Make It

  1. Gather the ingredients.

  2. Prick potatoes in several places with a fork; bake in a 400 F (200 C/Gas 6) oven until tender, about 1 hour.

  3. Remove the potatoes from the oven and cool slightly; cut into halves lengthwise. Scoop out the potato and refrigerate for another meal or casserole topping. Cut the skins in half again.

  4. Heat the oil in a deep fryer to 370 F (188 C). Place potato skins in deep fryer basket; lower into oil and deep fry for about 2 or 3 minutes, or until skins are browned and crisp.

  5. Transfer the potato skins to paper towels to drain. Sprinkle with salt and pepper. If you are making several batches, keep them warm in a 200 F oven while frying subsequent batches.

  6. Serve with sour cream and chives. If desired, or top with cheese and place under the broiler to melt.

Glass Bakeware Warning

Do not use glass bakeware when broiling or when a recipe calls to add liquid to a hot pan, as glass may explode. Even if it states oven-safe or heat resistant, tempered glass products can, and do, break occasionally.


  • High starch russets or Idaho potatoes have the best flavor and shape for baked and fried potatoes. 
  • Possible dips for potato skins include guacamole, tomato salsa or salsa verde, chipotle mayonnaise, ranch dressing dip, or aioli.
  • Mash the leftover potato and use it to top a cottage pie or add it to meatloaf. Another ideal use for the leftover cooked potatoes is potato pancakes. Or make hash, gnocchi, or croquettes with them.

Recipe Variations

  • Pizza Skins: Top the potato skins with a drizzle of marinara sauce, mini or regular pepperoni, chopped bell pepper, and mozzarella cheese. Place them under the broiler for several seconds, or until the cheese has melted.
  • Cheeseburger Potato Skins: Top the fried potato skins with browned ground beef, diced cooked bacon, and shredded cheese or a drizzle of cheese sauce. 
  • Pulled Pork Potato Skins: Top the fried potato skins with shredded pulled pork, a drizzle of barbecue sauce, and a spoonful of coleslaw.
  • Broccoli Cheese Potato Skins: Top the potato skins with hot steamed broccoli and a few tablespoons of cheddar cheese sauce.