How to make jacket potatoes

How to make jacket potatoes

Also known as a baked potato, you can whip one up in the oven or microwave for a delicious, satisfying and filling meal.

It may not be rocket science but we want your spud to be splendid so here are some tips on how to make jacket potatoes perfect every time!

Spud selection

To get that lightness inside, fluffy potatoes are definitely the way to go and because they come in larger sizes you can make a proper meal out of it. Supermarkets may have spuds labelled as ‘baking potatoes’ but if you want a specific type, Maris Piper or King Edward are good choices. 

Microwave or oven

This really comes down to how much time you have! Microwave baked potatoes definitely have the edge in convenience if you’re in a rush or looking to make a quick lunch, but if you want the outside to get that lovely crisp outer skin, the oven is definitely a better option. Wonderfully, you can also have the best of both worlds - pop it in the microwave for 6 minutes to get the cooking started, and then move it to the oven for 25 - 30 minutes (depending on the size of the potato) to allow it to crisp up.

Getting it crispy

If you want the outer skin crispy (why wouldn’t you!), don’t use foil – all this will do is retain steam and moisture which will then be trapped alongside the skin. Before baking, give the spud a good scrub and prick evenly with a fork all over to let the steam out. It’s also worth sprinkling some sea salt for flavour before the skin hardens too much. Once you’ve preheated the oven, leave the potato on the middle shelf so that it can be cooked evenly for around an hour. To check if it’s ready, giving it a gentle squeeze (careful, its hot!) - The inside should be soft and the outside crisp.

Fill ‘er up!

Here’s the fun part – the fillings! From baked beans and cheese through to more adventurous options, this is where you can totally make it your own. Here are some of our picks…

Spicy Mexican jacket

Chicken pesto jacket

Bonfire jacket


Whether they are served up with sausages or mixed up with cheese and spinach, mashed potatoes are a spud staple that are super versatile and delicious. Everyone has their own preference when it comes to the texture – some prefer it smooth and buttery whilst others prefer it rustic and chunky. Whatever your preference, we just want you to get them right!

That’s why we thought we would share some tips on how to make mashed potatoes and get them perfect every time!

We think you’ll agree when we say there’s not much better than a crispy, fluffy, piping-hot roast potato on your plate. Spuds are an essential part of any roast and getting them right can make or break the meal! With this in mind we thought it would be a good idea to have a look at a few tips on how to make perfect and delicious roast potatoes.

Put on the oven, whack on some music and let’s get roasting!


As far as cooking skills go, boiling potatoes is not perhaps the most adventurous, but what they lack in glamour they more than make up for in versatility and usefulness! Whether you’re boiling some up for a salad or serving as a simple side-dish with garlic butter, you’ll want to make sure you get them just right! 

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