How to cook Jacket Potatoes and Ultimate Toppings List



We love a jacket potato here in the Mad House and think that they are a massively underrated meal. They are so versatile and perfect as a base for a meal if you have a family that doesn’t all like the same food. So I want to share with you my tips for cooking Jacket potatoes and our ultimate toppings list, although I am not sure you can beat good old beans and cheese! Firstly I realised that jacket potato is only called this in the UK elsewhere they are baked potatoes. We call them jackets as they cook in their jackets (skins)!

Jacket Potatoe with sour cream and chives

How to cook Jacket Potatoes

I think this depends on whether you like crispy or soft skins and also the timescale you are working too. Often I forget to pop them in the oven early enough, so I do a mixture of part microwave and part oven cooked.

We have rounded up the best baked potato fillings & toppings plus advice on how to cook the ultimate Jacket Potatoes.
  • Firstly you need to choose the right potato(often it will say on the bags or label), but my preferences are Maris Pipers, King Edwards, Yukon Golds, or Rooster potatoes and they need to be a good size so one potato will be one meal.
  • Wash the skins and remove any mud and then pick the skins a few times with a fork.
  • For Crispy skins brush them with an oil – we prefer rapeseed for this.
  • Oven cooking – If you have the time then this is a great way of cooking your poatoes. Heat the oven to 220C/200C fan/gas 7 and put your potatoes the top shelf of the oven. Bake for 20 miniutes before tirning down the oven to 190C/170C fan/gas 5 and bake for another hour and a half until the skin is crisp and the flesh soft.
  • Oven/Microwave Combo – This is my favorite method. For four potatoes I cook in the microwave for 15 minutes (one porator takes about 4 minutes, two takes 8 minutes, three 12 minutes)before buishing with the oil. Then heat the oven to 220C/200C fan/gas 7 and put your potatoes the top shelf of the oven and bake for 20 miniutes.
  • Slow Cooker – Yes, you can slow cook your spuds, check out how to cook Jacket Potatoes in the slow cooker. This is a fabulous way to cook lots of potaoes to be eaten at different times.
  • Instant Pot/Pressure Cooker – I have yet to give Instant Pot Jacket Potatoes a try but I do love my instant pot.
  • Air Fryer – Again we have had an air fryer for over ten years and never cooked Jacket Potatoes in it. That is because 2 of my family like softer skins.
We have rounded up the best baked potato fillings & toppings plus advice on how to cook the ultimate Jacket Potatoes.

The Ultimate Jacket Potato Topping List

  1. Cheese and Beans
  2. Tuna Mayoniase and Sweetcorn
  3. Fajita beans
  4. Panchetta, Cheese and Chives
  5. Coleslaw
  6. Leftover Pulled Pork
  7. Mackrell, Pea and Pesto
  8. Leftover Chill
  9. Leftover Curry
  10. Soured cream and chives and loads of crispy bacon bits on top
  11. Cheese and prawn jacket potatoes
  12. Ricotta & roasted tomatoes
  13. Tomato and Butter Beans
  14. Leftover Bolegnease or Ragu
  15. Kale and Caramalised Onion
  16. Bacon and Cheddar
  17. Corned Beef and onions
  18. Chickpea Jacket Potatoes
  19. Coronation Chicken
  20. Marmite, Quorn sausage and cheese
  21. “Hawaiian” style with bacon, cheese, pineapple and sour cream with coleslaw on the side
  22. Full English baked potatoes
  23. Mackerel with red onion & mayo
  24. Sausage Ragu
  25. French Onion Baked Potatoes
  26. Bacon and Sour Cream
  27. Cottage Cheese
  28. Mushroom and Cream Cheese
  29. Crab and cream
  30. Salmon Stuffed Jacket Potatoes


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