Quick Jacket Potatoes And Healthy Toppings In The Air Fryer

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Air fryer jacket potatoes have become a popular and convenient way to prepare a classic dish with a modern twist.

Air frying creates perfectly crispy-skinned and fluffy-centred jacket potatoes, offering a healthier alternative to traditional deep-frying or oven baking.

The process involves minimal effort and time, making it an ideal option for those wanting a quick, delicious, and hassle-free meal.

What Potatoes Are Best For Jacket Potatoes?

Russet Potatoes
Russet Potatoes

Here are some examples:

  1. Russet Potatoes
  2. King Edward Potatoes
  3. Maris Piper Potatoes
  4. Yukon Gold Potatoes
  5. Desiree Potatoes

How Long Do Jacket Potatoes Take In The Air Fryer?

The cooking time for jacket potatoes can vary depending on the size of the potatoes, the temperature used, and the level of crispiness required.

Medium-sized potatoes will take approximately 35-40 minutes at a temperature of 200C / 400F.

HACK: To shorten the cooking time, microwave the potatoes for 10 minutes before air frying.

Larger potatoes may require more time, while smaller ones can cook faster.

What Temperature For Jacket Potatoes In An Air Fryer?

The ideal temperature for cooking jacket potatoes in an air fryer is 200C / 400F.

It’s important to note that air fryers can vary in their performance, so you may need to adjust the temperature slightly based on your specific model and the size of the potatoes.

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  • 4 large jacket/baking potatoes
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • Salt, to taste
  • Toppings of your choice (such as sour cream, cheese, bacon bits, chives, etc.)

How To Cook Jacket Potatoes In The Air Fryer

  1. Preheat your air fryer to 200C/ 400F for 5 minutes.
  2. Wash the potatoes thoroughly and pat them dry with kitchen paper.
  3. Rub the olive oil all over the potatoes. This will help them crisp up.
  4. Use a fork to poke holes all over each potato. This allows steam to escape while cooking.
  5. Sprinkle salt all over the potatoes.
  6. Place the potatoes in the air fryer basket in a single layer. Make sure they have enough space around them for the hot air to circulate.
  7. Cook the potatoes for 40-45 minutes, flipping them halfway through cooking. The potatoes are done when the skin is crispy and the inside is soft and fluffy. The exact cooking time may vary depending on the size of your potatoes and the power of your air fryer.
  8. Remove the potatoes from the air fryer and let them cool for a few minutes.
  9. Cut a slit lengthwise in each potato and squeeze the ends gently to open it up.
  10. Add your favourite toppings, such as sour cream, cheese, bacon bits, chives, or any other toppings you prefer.
  11. Serve the air fryer jacket potatoes immediately and enjoy!

Hack: You can also pre-cook the potatoes in the microwave for 10 minutes before air-frying them, reducing the overall air fryer cooking time to 30-35 minutes.

More Air Fryer Recipes

Air Fryer Sweet Jacket Potato

Air frying helps create a lovely contrast between the slightly caramelised, crispy skin and the naturally sweet and creamy flesh of the potato.

air fryer sweet potato jackets on a white background

To make jacket sweet potatoes, start by selecting medium-sized sweet potatoes.

Wash and dry them, prick the skin with a fork, and lightly brush them with a small amount of oil.

Preheat your air fryer to around 200C / 400F, and place the sweet potatoes in the basket.

Cook them for approximately 30-40 minutes, turning them occasionally, until they’re crispy on the outside and soft on the inside.

Can You Cook Frozen Jacket Potatoes In The Air Fryer?

McCain frozen jacket potatoes

Cooking frozen jacket potatoes in the air fryer can save time and still provide a tasty, convenient meal.

You can achieve good results with frozen ones.

How Long To Cook Frozen Jacket Potatoes In The Air Fryer?

This can vary depending on the brand, size, and type of potato.

Start with an initial cooking time of approximately 20-25 minutes at a temperature of 200C/400F.

How To Air Fry Frozen Jacket Potatoes

Preheat your air fryer to 200C/400F for 5 minutes.

Arrange the potatoes in the air fryer basket. It’s important to ensure they are not overcrowded, allowing for proper air circulation.

Cooking times may vary depending on the brand and size of the frozen jacket potatoes. Start by cooking them for about 15-20 minutes.

After the initial cooking time, check the potatoes to see if they are heated through and have achieved your desired level of crispiness.

If not, continue to cook for additional 5-minute intervals, checking in between.

Once the potatoes are hot, crispy, and cooked to your liking, remove them from the air fryer and serve with your preferred toppings.

Air Fryer Jacket Potato Toppings

air fryer jacket potato with beans and grated cheese

Here are a few classic suggestions:

  1. Cheese and Beans:
    • 200g of grated cheddar cheese
    • 1 can (400g) of baked beans
    • Butter and seasoning to taste
  2. Sour Cream and Chives:
    • 200g of sour cream
    • A handful of fresh chives, finely chopped
    • Salt and pepper to taste
  3. Tuna and Sweetcorn:
    • 1 can (160g) of tuna, drained
    • 100g of sweetcorn
    • Mayonnaise for dressing
    • Salt and pepper to taste
  4. Bacon and Mushroom:
    • 4-6 rashers of crispy bacon
    • 100g of sautéed mushrooms
    • Grated cheddar cheese (optional)
    • Butter and seasoning to taste
  5. Prawn and Avocado:
    • 150g of cooked prawns
    • 1 ripe avocado, diced
    • A drizzle of Marie Rose sauce (no Marie Rose dressing?-mix equal parts of mayonnaise and tomato ketchup)
    • Lemon juice and seasoning to taste
  6. Chilli Con Carne:
    • A portion of homemade or canned chilli con carne
    • Sour cream or grated cheese for garnish
    • Chopped fresh coriander (optional)
  7. Coleslaw:
    • 200g of coleslaw
    • A sprinkle of grated carrot and red cabbage
    • Salt and pepper to taste
  8. Butter and Fresh Herbs:
    • A generous knob of butter
    • Chopped fresh herbs such as parsley, chives, or dill
    • Salt and pepper to taste

Healthy Toppings For Baked Potatoes

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These toppings add a healthy twist to your jacket potatoes.

Enjoy these guilt-free options!

  1. Greek Yogurt and Salsa:
    • 150g of Greek yogurt
    • 100g of homemade or store-bought salsa
    • Fresh coriander for garnish
  2. Hummus and Roasted Vegetables:
    • 150g of hummus
    • A mix of roasted vegetables (bell peppers, courgettes, cherry tomatoes)
    • A drizzle of olive oil and a sprinkle of cumin
  3. Avocado and Tomato:
    • 1 ripe avocado, mashed
    • 2 medium tomatoes, diced
    • A squeeze of lemon juice
    • Salt and pepper to taste
  4. Cottage Cheese and Pineapple:
    • 150g of low-fat cottage cheese
    • 100g of pineapple chunks (fresh or canned)
    • A sprinkle of chopped fresh mint
  5. Mushroom and Spinach:
    • 100g of sautéed mushrooms and spinach
    • A drizzle of balsamic glaze
    • Salt and pepper to taste
  6. Chickpea Salad:
    • 150g of chickpea salad (chickpeas, diced cucumber, red onion, and cherry tomatoes)
    • A light vinaigrette dressing
    • Chopped fresh parsley for garnish
  7. Guacamole:
    • 1 ripe avocado, mashed
    • 1 small tomato, diced
    • 1/2 small red onion, finely chopped
    • Fresh lime juice, garlic, and salt to taste
  8. Broccoli and Lemon:
    • Steamed broccoli florets
    • A drizzle of lemon juice
    • Grated lemon zest for added flavour

Perfect Air Frying Every Time: The Cheat Sheet You Need

The Beginner’s Cheat Sheet is your secret weapon for mastering air frying, get the correct timings and temperatures for all foods. 

Take the guesswork out of air frying!

Air Fryer Jacket Potato Tips And Troubleshooting

These troubleshooting tips will help with common issues and help you achieve the perfect air fryer jacket potatoes.

woman looking puzzled

Choosing the Right Potatoes:

Proper Drying:

  • If the skin isn’t crispy, ensure the potatoes are thoroughly dried before air frying to prevent sogginess.

Preventing Bursting:

  • Should the potatoes burst, increase the number of pricks or cook at a slightly lower temperature.

Oil Application:

  • In case of excessive browning or smoking, reduce the amount of oil used on the potato skin.

Adjust Seasoning:

  • If the taste is too bland, adjust the salt quantity or try adding other seasonings for more flavour.

Proper Preheating:

  • Uneven cooking may result from inadequate preheating; make sure the air fryer is preheated.

Cooking Settings:

  • If the potatoes are not crisping evenly, adjust the time and temperature settings for better results.

Even Browning:

  • Should uneven browning occur, rotate or turn the potatoes more frequently during cooking.

Checking Doneness:

  • If the potatoes are still hard inside, increase the cooking time or temperature slightly.

Resting The Potatoes:

  • If the potatoes are too dense, allow them to rest a bit longer for a fluffier texture.

Healthy Balance:

  • For healthier options, consider using minimal oil and low-fat toppings.

Vary Seasonings:

  • In the case of bland flavours, try a different range of seasonings for more flavour.

Basket Overcrowding:

  • To ensure even cooking, avoid overcrowding the air fryer basket.

Adjusting Cooking Time by Size:

  • Larger potatoes might take longer to cook; adjust the cooking time based on the potato’s size.
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Storing And Freezing

Here’s how to properly store and freeze them:

Storing Air Fryer Jacket Potatoes

  1. Refrigeration: If you plan to eat the leftover potatoes within a few days, you can store them in the refrigerator. Allow the potatoes to cool to room temperature before placing them in an airtight container. Keep the container in the refrigerator for up to 3-4 days.
  2. Reheating: To reheat refrigerated potatoes, use an oven or air fryer for the best results. Preheat the oven or air fryer to 350°F (175°C), and bake the potatoes until they’re heated through, usually for 10-15 minutes.

Freezing Jacket Potatoes

  1. Cool Completely: Allow the potatoes to cool completely at room temperature. It’s essential to prevent condensation in the packaging.
  2. Wrap Individually: Wrap each potato separately in aluminium foil or plastic wrap to maintain their quality and prevent freezer burn.
  3. Label and Date: Place the wrapped potatoes in a resealable freezer bag or airtight container. Don’t forget to label and date the packaging for easy identification.
  4. Freeze: Store the wrapped potatoes in the freezer. They can be kept for up to 2-3 months.

Thawing and Reheating Frozen Jacket Potatoes

  1. Thaw: When you’re ready to eat the potatoes, transfer them from the freezer to the refrigerator and let them thaw overnight.
  2. Reheat: To reheat, you can use an oven or air fryer. Preheat to 350°F (175°C) and bake the potatoes for 15-20 minutes or until they are heated through and have reached your desired level of crispiness.

Remember that freezing and reheating may affect their texture slightly, but it’s a convenient way to enjoy this dish later without much loss in quality.


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