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How To Cook Jacket Potatoes In An Air Fryer

Published by: Chef Matty Riedel • Updated: January 20, 2024

Jacket potatoes can be cooked in several ways,

  • In a microwave,
  • Microwave and air fryer combined
  • In an air fryer.

If you’re only using an air fryer; brush or spray oil on the potatoes and add sea salt. Then, cook them in the air fryer for 8 minutes. Finally, add the toppings.

If you’re reading this from a different part of the world and didn’t know it, jacket potatoes are just the Brits’ way of saying baked potatoes. But no matter the location, this is a classic and, hence, a popular dish. It’s not uncommon for people from all over the world to look up delicious jacket potato recipes.

You might also like that making baked potatoes in a quality air fryer is faster than in an oven. The process is really simple, and you definitely want to try it.

And when you’re done, you will get potatoes that are crispy on the outside and soft on the inside. It’s an excellent food item for any time of the day. And it is cheap and healthy as well.

How To Cook Jacket Potatoes In An Air Fryer

There are two ways to make this particularly delicious dish. You can first put the potatoes in the microwave and use the air fryer to finish the process. Or you can do the whole thing in an air fryer. 

Either way, it’s an easy process.

Ingredients

  • Two big spuds
  • Cooking oil
  • Sea salt to taste
  • Toppings of your choice—chilli, cheese and beans are popular options

There are only three easy steps to the recipe of cooking jacket potatoes in an air fryer. Here they are.

  • Step 1: Pierce the potatoes with a fork or knife.
  • Step 2: Cook them in the air fryer.
  • Step 3: Add the toppings you like.

Let’s look at the specifics of these three steps when cooking jacket potatoes in an air fryer.

Step 1: Prep The Potatoes

When you are cooking jacket potatoes, it might help to remember that you can microwave them first if you want to save time. This will help soften the potato’s skin and make cooking in the air fryer easier. If you have a lot of time, you can use only an air fryer and get delicious end results.

Now, you must start scrubbing the potatoes before you get into any cooking. Getting rid of the dust on the surface might not be news to you, but here’s another fun fact—you need to pat the potatoes’ surface and ensure they are dry before you start cooking them.

Then, you must brush all sides of the potato with cooking oil. You can also use a spray if you have one. Then, add sea salt to the surface and place it in the air fryer’s basket.

Step 2: Fry The Potatoes

If you want to use the microwave first, you must pierce the surface of the potatoes using a fork or a knife. This will help the appliance soften the inside of the potatoes better. You must cook the spuds in the air fryer for about 8 minutes, irrespective of the size or number of potatoes.

But the duration changes for the microwave. Assuming that each potato is about 290 grams, here’s how you cook them.

  • One Potato: 8 minutes in the microwave on high.
  • Two Potatoes: 10 minutes. 
  • Three Potatoes: 12 minutes.
  • Four Potatoes: 14 minutes.

Because of the microwave’s steam, the potatoes’ skin will be saggy. However, once you finish the air fryer, it will be crispy on the outside.

If you cook them only in the air fryer, place the appliance in “air fry” or “roast” mode and cook it for about 10 minutes. The air fryer must be at 200 degrees C if you want the potatoes to be crispy. You can preheat the fryer, but it’s not mandatory.

Those who want a little extra crunch can keep them inside the air fryer for a few more minutes.

Step 3: Add The Toppings

The final step when making jacket potatoes in an air fryer really only involves adding the toppings. Chilli, cheese and beans are classic choices. Add coleslaw, tuna salad, sour cream and bacon bits. There are quite a few other ideas out there.


Best Types Of Potatoes, Toppings

In the UK, the best potatoes for this recipe are large potatoes labelled as best for baking. So, it’s not hard to find them. You can get a single or multi-pack with the “baking potato” label.

There are other choices like the Maris Piper of King Edwards potatoes, which are famous for their large size and starchy content. They are excellent when absorbing heat, which is why they are preferred. But they are also floury, so they are well-suited to this recipe.

Plain jacket potatoes are still a hit with people, but if you want, add a little more flavour with toppings like garlic powder and smoked paprika.

Pro-Tips

  • For this recipe, you want to make sure that the oil you choose can handle high temperatures. For that, you should check the smoking point of different oils. Fun fact: Avocado oil has the highest smoking point of them all. You need the oil to cook at the temperatures inside the air fryer and not get burnt. If you can’t get avocado oil, you can try coconut oil, olive oil or canola oil.
  • Those who are using medium-sized potatoes for this recipe should reduce the cooking time inside the air fryer by about a minute. And if you are using large potatoes, you should check the softness of the inside of the potato after every minute in the second half of the cooking time. This is critical since you will be cooking at high heat.

  • How To Cook Jacket Potatoes In An Air Fryer: Conclusion

    Jacket potatoes are a very easy recipe if you have an air fryer. Even though you can do a lot more with this appliance, cooking potatoes is the first thing that comes to mind: that and frozen food.

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