Homemade Potato Skins


Homemade potato skins are great while watching football or serving at a casual party. There is absolutely no need to deep fry them. As long as the skins are cooked at a high heat, they will be perfectly crispy! After eating these my boyfriend proclaimed, "no need to spend ten bucks at a restaurant anymore!"

Potato Skins on plate
Prep Time:
15 mins
Cook Time:
1 hrs 25 mins
Additional Time:
10 mins
Total Time:
1 hrs 50 mins
12 potato skins


  • 6 small russet potatoes, scrubbed

  • 1 tablespoon olive oil, or as needed

  • 1 tablespoon canola oil, or as needed

  • salt to taste

  • 6 slices center-cut bacon

  • ground black pepper to taste

  • ½ cup shredded Cheddar cheese, or to taste

  • ¼ cup sour cream, or to taste

  • 2 medium green onions, thinly sliced


  1. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F (200 degrees C). Rub potatoes with olive oil and place on a baking sheet.

  2. Bake in the preheated oven until tender, about 1 hour. Remove from the oven and let sit until cool enough to handle, about 10 minutes. Increase the oven temperature to 450 degrees F (230 degrees C).

  3. Cut potatoes in half lengthwise. Scoop out the flesh, leaving 1/4 inch on the skin. Brush canola oil all over the potato skins, outside and inside, and sprinkle with salt. Reserve flesh for another use.

  4. Bake skins in the preheated oven for 10 minutes. Flip and continue to bake for 10 minutes more. Remove from the oven. Turn on the oven's broiler.

  5. Meanwhile, place bacon in a large skillet and cook over medium-high heat, turning occasionally, until evenly browned, about 10 minutes. Drain bacon slices on paper towels; crumble.

  6. Arrange the potato skins flesh-side up on a roasting pan or rack. Sprinkle the insides with pepper, Cheddar cheese, and crumbled bacon. Return to the oven and broil until cheese is bubbly, about 2 minutes. Remove from the oven.

  7. Add a dollop of sour cream to each skin and sprinkle with green onions.

Cook's Notes:

You can use a microwave to cook the potatoes. If using a microwave, rub potatoes with olive oil and cook on high power for about 5 minutes per potato.

If you want a little heat, sprinkle with cayenne pepper or add diced jalapenos. You can use any cheese you like.

Editor's Note:

Nutrition data for this recipe includes the full amount of potato flesh. The actual amount of potato flesh consumed will vary.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

289 Calories
14g Fat
31g Carbs
10g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 6
Calories 289
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 14g 18%
Saturated Fat 6g 28%
Cholesterol 26mg 9%
Sodium 299mg 13%
Total Carbohydrate 31g 11%
Dietary Fiber 4g 14%
Total Sugars 2g
Protein 10g
Vitamin C 35mg 173%
Calcium 119mg 9%
Iron 2mg 9%
Potassium 806mg 17%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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