This is the way to make a perfect air fried jacket potato. It's easy to make using a combination of the microwave then the air fryer. It comes out soft inside with crispy skin! It's everything you want from a great baked potato!
I love jacket potatoes but they take so long to cook in the oven! Don't you hate it when you cut into one but it's still a little hard in the middle? Of course, you can microwave them to make sure they are cooked through but then the skin is thin and soggy.
Until recently I'd discovered that the best way to cook a perfect jacket potato was to microwave it, then coat it in a little oil and salt and then bake it to crisp up the skin. Now, if you don't have an air fryer, that is how I'd recommend you cook a baked potato.
But, if you have an air fryer you can take it up a notch. I now know that the very best way to cook a jacket potato is to microwave it for at least 8 minutes, turning it over after 4 minutes.
Then take it out of the microwave, brush it with oil and salt and then air fry it for 20 minutes. The microwave makes sure the potato is cooked through and the air fryer makes sure it has crispy skin.
Do check out the recipe card further down the post too. Basically you just need three ingrdients for these potatoes:
- Potatoes - Use a floury potato that is good for baking. Avoid any potatoes that are green or have soft bits on! Obviously!
- Oil - You can use any oil. I usually use olive oil. Don't be too generous with it. You just need a little to coat the skin.
- Salt - Any salt. Just a regular table salt is fine but you can use a flavoured salt too. Be adventurous. Think about what filling is going in the jacket potato and what would match it.
What are the best filling for a jacket potato?
I have to admit that I love a classic baked potato topped with butter and cheese, just as I've served it here!
However, there are so many ways you can top this air fried jacket potato. How about:
- With baked beans and cheese
- with leftover curry, chilli con carne or stew
- with tuna mayonnaise salad
- with egg salad
- with coronation chicken
What can you do with the leftovers?
Well, I only air fry the amount of potatoes we are going to eat before each meal. I don't like to crowd the microwave or the air fryer by making more than we need, which would also increase the cooking time.
However, leftover air fried baked potatoes can be kept in the fridge and then reheated if you need to. I'd reheat at 175C for about 10 minutes as it takes time for the inside to reheat. Check that they're hot inside as you may need to reheat them for a little longer.
Can you just reheat the skins?
Yes of course! If the soft potato has been eaten and you just have skins left then you can also reheat them in the air fryer. Spray or brush the skins with oil and then air fry for about 5 minutes at 185C.
Air Fried Baked Potato
- 250 g Baking potato A floury variety is best
- 1 teaspoon oil I use olive oil
- Pinch Salt
- Make a few pricks in the potato with a knife or a fork.
- Put the potato in the microwave and cook on high power for 8 minutes, turning over after 4 minutes.
- Brush the oil and salt all over the potato and air fry for 20 minutes at 200℃. Turn the potato over after 10 minutes.
- Serve with butter and your choice of toppings.
More air fried potato recipes
If you like this air fried baked potato then do try one of my other air fryer recipes:
- Spicy air fryer chips
- Spicy air fryer crushed potatoes
- Cajun sweet potato fries
- Air fried harissa sweet potato wedges
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Do let me know if you make this air fried jacket potato or any of my other recipes. I love to get feedback from readers.