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Garlic Butter Potato Skins

February 14, 2020 by Chris Collins

These Baked Potato Skins are doused in Garlic Butter and roasted until extra crunchy! Here I show you how easy potato skins are to make and ideas for how to serve them!

overhead shot of potato skins scattered on black baking tray

The BEST Potato Skins!

It was only the other day I witnessed someone eating a baked potato and leave the skin 😩 Absolute criminal activity in my books, and quite frankly the driving force behind this recipe!

So, the best potato skins recipe you say? Yes! I truly believe they are. Here’s why you’re going to LOVE them:

  • Garlic Butter – Drenched in a garlic butter, these potato skins are bursting with flavour!
  • EXTRA Crispy – Twice baked potato skins are where it’s at.
  • Versatile – I’ll give you the most delicious serving suggestions for what to serve with potato skins.

Best potatoes to make potato skins?

I always go for Maris Pipers (UK), they’re great baking potatoes, nice and floury in the middle when cooked. In general go for baking potatoes (Russets, King Edwards etc). I also get quite small potatoes (just over 3.5oz/100g) just so they’re end up being perfect finger food.

From there, just stab them with a fork, brush in butter and bake until soft in the centre and golden on the outside. Check out my tips for the best baked potato to get the best out of your spuds!

Can I microwave potato skins 🤔 – Technically speaking, yes. Because they’re twice baked, they’ll crisp up the second time around, so you could initially cook the potatoes in the microwave. However, you lose out on that golden buttery skin you get from roasting twice. Also, they still won’t be quite as crispy if you don’t bake twice.

How to make potato skins - 4 step by step photos

Making Potato Skins

Making potato skins truly couldn’t be easier, here’s some tips to keep you on the right track:

Top tips for making potato skins

  • Leave a wall – Don’t scoop out all of the potato, leave a wall around the sides (to keep the skin from sinking) and a little on the bottom (for the butter to melt into).
  • Liberally brush – Don’t skimp on the garlic butter, this is where all the flavour is at!
  • High temp – On the second bake you’ll want the oven at a high temp, just for extra crispiness.

Can I make potato skins ahead of time?

If you want to save time you can completely cook the potato skins and pop in the fridge or freezer until needed. They won’t be quite as crispy, and do leak out a bit more grease, but still work fine. Just cool, cover and store (in the fridge 2-3 days and freezer up to month) and pop back in the oven at a slightly lower temp until crispy!

How to make potato skins (quick summary)

  1. Cool potato.
  2. Slice in half.
  3. Scoop out most of filling.
  4. Combine parsley & garlic with leftover butter.
  5. Brush skins.
  6. Bake at high temp until crunchy.

How to bake potato skins - 6 step by step photos

Stuffed Potato Skins

From there, one of my favourite serving suggestions is to stuff the skins with (leftover) bolognese! Chilli also works perfectly, as does chicken.

close up shot of bolognese in potato skin on chopping board garnished with parsley and parmesan

Loaded Potato Skins

Loaded potato skins are also a classic serving option. Here I go for the timeless sour cream, bacon and chives, but you could also use feta and sun dried tomatoes!

close up shot of loaded potato skins on chopping board

Or you can just serve them as they are and/or with a dip!

In general though if you’re thinking ‘what to serve with potato skins’ just refer to what you’d serve garlic bread with. Because you’ve gutted out most of the potato, these are actually quite light to eat (besides the 4 tbsp butter of course 😂).

What to do with leftover potato from potato skins?

You could totally use it in Tuna Potato Patties, or turn it into Mustard Mash. Also these recipes also go perfectly with a side of mash:

What to serve with leftover mashed potato

Hey, whilst you’re here why not check out my other similar recipes to garlic butter potato skins?

Okay, to the full recipe we go!

dipping potato skin into pot of sour cream

How to make Garlic Butter Potato Skins (Full Recipe & Video)

overhead shot of potato skins with fillings on oven tray

Garlic Butter Potato Skins

These Baked Potato Skins are doused in Garlic Butter and roasted until extra crunchy. Here I show you how easy potato skins are to make and ideas for how to serve them!
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Servings (click & slide): 12 potato skins
Course: Appetizer / Side Dish
Cuisine: American / British
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 55 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour 10 minutes
Calories per serving: 63kcal
Cost per serving: ยฃ1 / $1


  • Suitably Sized Baking Tray
  • Sharp Knife & Chopping Board
  • Small Pot (for butter)
  • Zester or Fine Grater (for garlic)
  • Brush

Ingredients (check list):

  • 6 small-medium Maris Pipers (see notes)
  • 4 tbsp Unsalted Butter, melted
  • 3 cloves of Garlic, grated/minced
  • 1 tbsp Fresh Parsley, finely diced
  • 1/2 tsp Salt, or to taste
  • 1/4 tsp Black Pepper, or to taste


  • Pre heat oven to 200C/390F.
  • In a small pot, combine 4 tbsp melted unsalted butter with 1/2tsp salt & 1/4tsp black pepper (or to taste).
  • Stab 6 small/medium potatoes a few times with a fork, then spread out on a baking tray. Brush with butter, then pop in the oven for 45-60mins until golden, crispy and soft through the centre.
  • Meanwhile, add 3 grated/minced garlic cloves and 1 tbsp finely diced parsley to your pot of melted butter (place back in the microwave if it needs re-melting).
  • Take potatoes out the oven and crank heat up to 220C/430F.
  • Once cool enough to handle, slice potatoes in half and scoop out most of the centre (leave some around the edges to keep shape and some at the bottom to absorb the butter). Liberally brush with your garlic butter and place back in the oven for 10-15mins until extra crispy. Give an extra seasoning of salt & pepper if you think they need it.

Quick 1 min demo!


a) Potatoes - Maris Pipers (UK) work great, nice and floury and the skins crisp up nicely. Any white floury/baking potatoes (Russets, King Edwards etc) will work though. I like to use fairly small potatoes so they come out nice and bite size (just over 3.5oz/100g).
b) Serving Suggestions - Perfect to stuff with bolognese or chilli. Also great to load up with your favourite toppings (I love bacon, sour cream and chive). Or can serve wit a dip! In general I serve these with meals that I'd serve garlic bread with.ย 
c) Make Ahead - You can make these and then cool, cover and leave them in the fridge for 2-3 days. Just place back in the oven at 200C/390F until crispy (won't be quite as crispy as fresh but still works fine. May also leak out a good amount of grease so just be aware of that). Can also freeze and cook in the oven again until crispy.
d) Calories - per skin. Slight over estimate as probably won't use all the butter.

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Nutrition Facts
Garlic Butter Potato Skins
Amount Per Serving
Calories 63 Calories from Fat 24
% Daily Value*
Fat 2.62g4%
Saturated Fat 1.617g8%
Polyunsaturated Fat 0.12g
Monounsaturated Fat 0.746g
Cholesterol 5mg2%
Sodium 102mg4%
Potassium 219mg6%
Carbohydrates 9.04g3%
Fiber 1.1g4%
Sugar 0.4g0%
Protein 1.23g2%
Vitamin A 107IU2%
Vitamin C 10.5mg13%
Calcium 10mg1%
Iron 0.48mg3%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
Nutrition is based on the absence of salt unless stated as a measurement in the ingredients. Cost is worked out based on ingredients bought from UK supermarkets, then divided by the number of servings. In both instances these values are just for guidance. Please check out my FAQ Page for more info.
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  • Reply
    February 14, 2020 at 3:42 pm

    5 stars
    Criminal that someone would not eat the skin! The best part! But I may not eat a plain one again! These crispy skins are so delicious, I long to make them daily!

    • Reply
      Chris Collins
      February 14, 2020 at 4:21 pm

      It is criminal isn’t it?! Thanks, Beth ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Reply
    February 14, 2020 at 3:38 pm

    5 stars
    This was so good!! Everyone at my house loved it!

    • Reply
      Chris Collins
      February 14, 2020 at 4:00 pm

      That’s great to hear ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Reply
    Jessica Formicola
    February 14, 2020 at 3:36 pm

    5 stars
    Crunchy potatoes are my favorite, and these ones look incredible! I can’t wait to try these potatoes this weekend!

    • Reply
      Chris Collins
      February 14, 2020 at 4:00 pm

      Enjoy!! ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Reply
    Shadi Hasanzadenemati
    February 14, 2020 at 3:28 pm

    5 stars
    Everyone at my house loved it! Tasted SO good!

    • Reply
      Chris Collins
      February 14, 2020 at 4:00 pm

      That’s awesome to hear!!

  • Reply
    February 14, 2020 at 3:01 pm

    5 stars
    Wowsers! Potato skins are one of my favs and you’ve done some really neat things with them! I can’t wait to try this recipe – I’ve never made them at home, but I’m going to make some of these tasty treats this weekend!

    • Reply
      Chris Collins
      February 14, 2020 at 4:00 pm

      Hope you love them, Jenn ๐Ÿ™‚