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I cooked a jacket potato in 21 minutes that was crispy and fluffy with chef’s easy recipe

The perfect jacket potato should have a golden crispy skin on the outside and be super fluffy on the inside.

However, to get these results, cooking a jacket potato in the oven can take upwards of 30 minutes and even over an hour in some cases.

Instead, with Michelin-trained chef Poppy O’Toole’s recipe, she claimed that you can get “perfect” results by using your air fryer.

Air fryers are magnificent kitchen gadgets that can cook a range of items and entire dishes like curry, lasagne and a full-on roast dinner.

Households will also need to use their microwave for the first six minutes of the recipe.


Large Maris Piper or Russet potato

Vegetable oil, for rubbing

Salt, to season


I started by grabbing one large Maris Piper potato that I had stored in the fridge and pierced it with a fork several times on each side before covering it with oil and salt.

I then popped the potato into the microwave for six minutes. For reference, I used a large potato and my microwave is 900 Watts. Those using a smaller potato or have a microwave with a higher wattage will probably need less time.

As soon as the time was up in the microwave, I placed the potato straight in my air fryer and set it to 200 degrees for 15 minutes.

The air fryer makes it super golden and crispy on the outside and the microwave helps it to get super fluffy and delicate inside.

I previously cooked a jacket potato only using the microwave which took just six minutes.

However, while the inside of the potato was fluffy the outside didn’t have that crispy coating you expect from a baked potato.

Once the potato was done in the air fryer, I cut it open and kept the topping simple with some butter and a generous sprinkling of grated cheese.

For those who want to bulk out their jacket potato and make it more filling, they can top it with tuna and mayo or go for some cheese and baked beans.

Overall, I would say this is a better way to cook your jacket potato than just using the oven and waiting nearly an hour for it to be ready.


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