These cheesy hasselback potatoes are melt in your mouth perfection. Full of thin, tender potato slices roasted to a golden crisp and stuffed with melty cheddar cheese, it's the perfect balance between creamy mashed potatoes and crispy roasted potatoes. As if you need another reason to fall in love with these cheddar potatoes, they are naturally gluten free and vegetarian. What's not to love?!
This dish is an impressive but simple way to add a little panache to your plate. You can minimize prep time by using our simple trick for slicing spuds. Then, fire up the air fryer and you're on your way to potato paradise. Serve with your favorite meats or roasted vegetables for a meal everyone will love.
CHEESY HASSELBACK POTATO INGREDIENTS
You may have all of these cheesy hasselback potato ingredients in your refrigerator or pantry and not need to make a trip to the grocery store. See recipe card below for ingredient amounts.
- Potatoes: Russet potatoes are best for baking as they are low in moisture and have a thick skin that crisps nicely.
- Butter: Unsalted butter is best.
- Salt and Pepper: Kosher salt or sea salt works well as does fresh ground black pepper, but you can use what you have on hand.
- Cheddar Cheese: You can slice your own or use pre-cut slices to save time.
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CLEAN POTATOES: Wash and dry potatoes.
SLICE: Slice potatoes into ¼” slices, being careful not to slice all the way through the potato. Read kitchen tip on foolproof slicing.
🔴 TIP: Cutting the bottom off of rounder potatoes will make it easier to keep them in place while cutting and cooking.Lay the flattest side of the potato down on the cutting board and put chopsticks or wooden spoons on either side of the potato. Use a knife to make slices all the way down to the chopsticks or spoons, which will prevent the knife from cutting through the bottom of the potato.
BASTE POTATOES: Baste the outside of the potato with butter and generously baste the inside of the potato slices with butter as well.
ADD SALT: Sprinkle each potato with about ½ teaspoon of salt and a pinch of pepper.
PLACE IN FRYER: Place potatoes into the air fryer (if your potatoes don’t all fit without stacking, cook in shifts.
COOK POTATOES: Cook at 350°F for 30-40 minutes. Cook time will vary based on the size of potatoes, the size of the slices, and how many potatoes are in your machine. Potatoes are done cooking when your fork can easily poke the potato and not meet resistance. Make sure to check the center slices.
ADD CHEESE: Add thin slices of cheddar cheese between each layer of potato.
DESCRIPTION: Cook in the air fryer again for 2-3 minutes, or until cheese is melted.
SERVE: Remove from the air fryer, serve.
Refrigerate: Air fryer potatoes can be stored in the refrigerator in an airtight container for up to 3 days. While the skin may not be as crispy, they will still taste just as good.
Freeze: You can freeze potatoes for up to a month. Before freezing, make sure your potatoes are fully cooled. Wrap them in foil or plastic wrap, ensuring no part of the potato is exposed to air. Then, place in a sealed freezer bag without any excess air.
Defrosting: Thaw in the refrigerator overnight or, for faster results, thaw in the microwave.
Reheating: You can reheat potatoes in your air fryer at 400 until heated or in a microwave.
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FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
The name Hasselback comes from the Hasselbacken restaurant in Stockholm, Sweden, where the recipe for Hasselback potatoes was first introduced in the 1940s.
Medium to large size Hasselback potatoes will take about 30 to 40 minutes to cook in an air fryer with a temperature of 350ºF. But the cooking time may vary based on the size of your potatoes.
You can microwave potatoes before air frying but it is completely unnecessary and may not achieve the same results. If your goal is to shorten your cooking time, after slicing your potatoes you can pre-cook them in the microwave for a few minutes. Once softened, move them to the air fryer to crisp the outsides.
Hasselback potatoes cooked in the air fryer have soft, smooth insides and salty crispy edges.
Russet or Idaho potatoes are the best potatoes for baking because they are low in moisture. Avoid waxier, thin-skinned varieties such as red-skinned potatoes because they won’t have a fluffy center when baked. These potatoes are ideal for making hasselback potatoes in the air fryer.
- 4 potatoes
- ½ cup butter - unsalted
- 2 teaspoon salt
- ½ teaspoon pepper
- 8 ounces cheddar cheese - thinly sliced
- Wash and dry potatoes.
- Slice potatoes into ¼ inch slices, being careful not to slice all the way through the bottom of the potato. Lay the flattest side of the potato down on the cutting board and put chopsticks or wooden spoons on either side of the potato. Use a knife to make slices all the way down to the chopsticks or spoon, which will prevent the knife from going through the bottom of the potato.
- Baste the outside of the potato with butter and generously baste the inside of the potato slices with butter as well.
- Sprinkle each potato with about ½ teaspoon of salt and a pinch of pepper.
- Place potatoes into the air fryer. If your potatoes don’t all fit without stacking, cook in shifts.
- Cook at 350°F for 30-40 minutes. Total time cooking will vary based on the size of potatoes, the size of the slices, and how many potatoes are in your machine. Potatoes are done cooking when your fork can easily poke the potato and not meet resistance.
- Add thin slices of cheddar cheese between each layer of potato.
- Cook in the air fryer again for 2-3 minutes, or until cheese is melted.
- Remove from the air fryer, serve.
- Optional: You can buy air fryer specific parchment paper with holes in it for the bottom of your air fryer. This might make cleanup easier.
- Optional: Baste your potato with butter again once it’s cooked and air fry for another minute.