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This Air Fryer Twice Baked Potato is a great meal option for lunch or dinner. It can be used as your main dish or a side to your meal. A potato shell is stuffed with fluffy mashed potatoes, broccoli and cheese. You can even use this as an appetizer for game day! 

Air Fryer Twice Baked Potato with fork

AIR FRYER TWICE BAKED POTATO

I have a love for potatoes. Whether it is these Gouda Smashed Potatoes, Loaded Smashed PotatoesSpicy Lebanese Potatoes, Lemon Cilantro Potatoes or this unique Cauliflower Pepper Potato Salad I make potatoes often. 

I love mixing it up and trying new recipes. If you are a fan of Twice Baked Potatoes and have an air fryer you need to try these Air Fryer Twice Baked Potatoes. I love that I can make these without using the oven or heating up the house. They make a great side dish or even a main at lunch or dinner.

I like to put broccoli and cheese in these twice baked potatoes but of course you can use whatever you like- from bacon, to chives to adding a drizzle of hot sauce. 

Air Fryer Twice Baked Potato ingredients

WHAT INGREDIENTS ARE IN THIS TWICE BAKED POTATO RECIPE?

POTATOES: I use russet potatoes or a baking potato in this recipe. I find that they cook the best and also get a nice, crispy skin in the air fryer. 

CHEESE: When it comes to cheese you can really choose whatever you want. I went with simple cheddar cheese but I think pepper jack or even gouda could be great. 

BROCCOLI: I like to add broccoli to this recipe to get my veggies in. You can use fresh or frozen broccoli- either works fine! 

BUTTER: The butter helps flavor the potatoes and moisten them. I suggest using it when making this recipe! 

SOUR CREAM: The sour cream is an optional garnish for these potatoes. You can also do chives, parsley, green onions or even some hot sauce. 

Air Fryer Twice Baked Potato on blue plate

HOW DO YOU MAKE THESE TWICE BAKED POTATO IN THE AIR FRYER?

Scrub the potatoes clean thoroughly. Preheat the air fryer to 400°F, if your model requires preheating. Pierce the potatoes all over with a fork, just to vent the potato skin to release any steam.

Air Fryer Twice Baked Potato in an air fryer

Place the potatoes in the air fryer, not touching, and air fry for 20 minutes, turn them over and air fry an additional 20 minutes, until crispy on the outside and soft on the inside.

Take them out of the air fryer onto a plate and let cool until they won’t burn your hands.

Cut them down the middle lengthwise and using a spoon, scoop out most of the potato, leaving about a ¼th inch border of potato on the skin. Place the cooked potato into a medium-sized bowl.

Mash the potato with the back of a fork or potato masher and add 1 cup of the cheddar, the broccoli, butter, sour cream, salt, and pepper. Mix until everything is fully combined.

Air Fryer Twice Baked Potato mashed potato in bowl

Place this back into the potato skins, making sure they are evenly stuffed. Top each potato with the remaining cheese and place them back into the air fryer, not touching. You may have to do this in two batches.

Air Fryer Twice Baked Potato with cheese

Air fry at 400°F for 5 more minutes or until the cheese is melted on top and the filling is warmed through. Serve with more sour cream if desired.

Air Fryer Twice Baked Potato on plate

HOW DO YOU MAKE TWICE BAKED POTATOES IN THE OVEN?

If you don’t have an air fryer, you can also make this recipe in the oven. Everything is the same except instead of place the potato into the air fryer, you will bake them in a preheated 400°F, placing them directly on the rack.

They will bake for 45-60 minutes. To check if they are done, you can pierce them with a butter knife or fork and if they are easily pierced with no resistance they are done.

Cut and stuff them the same way and place them on a baking sheet. Place the potatoes back into the oven for 5-10 minutes until the cheese melted and they are warmed through.

Air Fryer Twice Baked Potato with fork

TIPS AND TRICKS FOR AIR FRYER POTATOES

  • Not only can you make your twice baked potatoes in the air fryer but you can also reheat twice baked potatoes in an air fryer. Preheat your air fryer and then you can put your potatoes in the air fryer for 5-10 minutes at 360ºF. 
  • You can also freeze these twice baked potatoes. Wrap the stuffed potatoes in plastic wrap and then place them in a ziplock bag. When you want to use them thaw them overnight in the refrigerator before air frying or baking.

 

  • Some of you might have frozen twice baked potatoes in the freezer. You can easily cook these in the air fryer. If you are wondering how long to cook frozen twice baked potatoes in the air fryer I suggest about 25 to 27 minutes at about 320 degrees F. You can add another 5 to 10 minutes if they don’t seem to be heated through. 
  • Use can use frozen broccoli florets or fresh broccoli for this recipe.
  • While any potato will work I think Russet or a baking potatoes work best in this recipe.
  • I like the potatoes to be fluffy and one really easy way to do this is using a mixer to whip them.

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Air Fryer Twice Baked Potato with fork

Air Fryer Twice Baked Potato

Yield: 2-4
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 40 minutes
Total Time: 45 minutes

Ingredients

  • 2 russet potatoes, scrubbed clean
  • 1 & 1/2 cups shredded cheddar cheese, divided
  • 1 cup chopped frozen broccoli, thawed
  • 2 Tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 1/4 cup sour cream, plus more for serving, optional
  • 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper

Instructions

    1. Scrub the potatoes clean thoroughly. Preheat the air fryer to 400°F, if your model requires preheating. Pierce the potatoes all over with a fork, just to vent the potato skin to release any steam.
    2. Place the potatoes in the air fryer, not touching, and air fry for 20 minutes, turn them over and air fry an additional 20 minutes, until crispy on the outside and soft on the inside. To check if they are done, you can pierce them with a butter knife or fork and if they are easily pierced with no resistance they are done.
    3. Take them out of the air fryer onto a plate and let cool until they won’t burn your hands.
    4. Cut them down the middle lengthwise and using a spoon, scoop out most of the potato, leaving about a ¼th inch border of potato on the skin. Place the cooked potato into a medium-sized bowl.
    5. Mash the potato with the back of a fork or potato masher and add 1 cup of the cheddar, the broccoli, butter, sour cream, salt, and pepper. Mix until everything is fully combined.
    6. Place this back into the potato skins, making sure they are evenly stuffed. Top each potato with the remaining cheese and place them back into the air fryer, not touching. You may have to do this in two batches.
    7. Air fry at 400°F for 5 more minutes or until the cheese is melted on top and the filling is warmed through. Serve with more sour cream if desired.

Notes

If you don’t have an air fryer, you can also make this recipe in the oven. Everything is the same except instead of place the potato into the air fryer, you will bake them in a preheated 400°F, placing them directly on the rack. They will bake for 45-60 minutes. To check if they are done, you can pierce them with a butter knife or fork and if they are easily pierced with no resistance they are done.

Cut and stuff them the same way and place them on a baking sheet. Place the potatoes back into the oven for 5-10 minutes until the cheese melted and they are warmed through.

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