Cheesy Baked Potato Skins

Serve these crispy baked potato skins as a side or cut them into 1-inch pieces and serve as an appetizer. Refrigerate or freeze the potato flesh to make mashed potatoes another night.

Prep Time:
40 mins
Total Time:
40 mins
8 servings


  • 4 large russet potatoes (about 3 pounds), scrubbed

  • 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil

  • ½ teaspoon salt

  • ¼ teaspoon ground pepper

  • ½ cup shredded Cheddar cheese

  • Sour cream, chives and/or crumbled cooked bacon for garnish


  1. Prick potatoes several times with a fork. Place on a microwave-safe plate and microwave on High for 5 minutes. Carefully turn the potatoes and continue microwaving until soft, 8 to 10 minutes more.

  2. Meanwhile, preheat broiler to high. Coat a large rimmed baking sheet with foil.

  3. Cut the potatoes in half lengthwise and, leaving a 1/4-inch border, scoop out the insides (save for another use). Brush both sides of the potato skins with oil and sprinkle with salt and pepper. Place on the prepared pan.

  4. Broil the potato skins, turning occasionally, until starting to crisp, 8 to 10 minutes. Turn skin-side down and top each with 1 tablespoon cheese. Broil until the cheese is melted, 1 to 2 minutes more. Serve the potato skins topped with sour cream, chives and/or bacon, if desired.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

141 Calories
6g Fat
19g Carbs
4g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 8
Calories 141
% Daily Value *
Total Carbohydrate 19g 7%
Dietary Fiber 1g 5%
Total Sugars 1g
Protein 4g 8%
Total Fat 6g 8%
Saturated Fat 2g 10%
Cholesterol 7mg 2%
Vitamin A 89IU 2%
Vitamin C 6mg 7%
Folate 16mcg 4%
Sodium 197mg 9%
Calcium 64mg 5%
Iron 1mg 5%
Magnesium 26mg 6%
Potassium 435mg 9%

Nutrition information is calculated by a registered dietitian using an ingredient database but should be considered an estimate.

* Daily Values (DVs) are the recommended amounts of nutrients to consume each day. Percent Daily Value (%DV) found on nutrition labels tells you how much a serving of a particular food or recipe contributes to each of those total recommended amounts. Per the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the daily value is based on a standard 2,000 calorie diet. Depending on your calorie needs or if you have a health condition, you may need more or less of particular nutrients. (For example, it’s recommended that people following a heart-healthy diet eat less sodium on a daily basis compared to those following a standard diet.)

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a special diet for medical reasons, be sure to consult with your primary care provider or a registered dietitian to better understand your personal nutrition needs.

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