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Frozen Jacket Potato In An Air Fryer

Experience the ease of cooking a frozen jacket potato in an air fryer. The result is perfectly crisp, fluffy jacket potatoes.

Add your favourite toppings and enjoy a tasty lunch or small dinner.

melted cheese air fryer frozen jacket potato

How To Cook Frozen Jacket Potatoes in an Air Fryer

I usually make air fryer baked potatoes from fresh potatoes, not frozen, so I wasn’t sure how good these would taste.

The result? Surprisingly tasty! I’m not sure if it was because they were McCain frozen jacket potatoes, but either way, they scored high on the authentic baked potato test!

I cooked these in a Cosori air fryer, but frozen jacket potatoes can be made in any air fryer model.

I cooked four frozen jacket potatoes at once; you can cook more or less depending on the size of your air fryer.

What You Need

The main ingredient is, of course, frozen jacket potatoes. I used McCain jacket potatoes here, but feel free to choose any brand.

McCain frozen jacket potatoes

McCain frozen jacket potatoes are already pre-oven baked and offer a convenient, fuss-free option.

As for toppings, traditional options include a dollop of butter, grated cheese, baked beans, or chilli con carne. For a bit of a change, why not try sour cream and chives, tuna mayo, or even guacamole for a Mexican-inspired twist?

Making It

Let’s get to air frying. Start by placing your frozen jacket potatoes directly into the air fryer basket. Set your air fryer to 200°C and let them cook for 25 minutes.

frozen jacket potatoes in air fryer basket

The hot circulating air of the air fryer ensures the skin gets beautifully crisp while the inside stays soft and fluffy.

butter in jacket potato air fryer

About three minutes before the end of the cooking time, optionally add a cube of butter to each potato. This will melt into the potatoes, adding a rich, buttery flavour that’s irresistible.

If you’re a cheese lover, now’s your moment 😉

adding cheese to frozen air fryer jacket potatoes

Remove the air fryer basket, and add your preferred amount of grated cheese to each potato, pressing it in so it doesn’t fly away.

Return the basket to the air fryer for 2 to 3 minutes or until the cheese is melted.

melted cheese in frozen air fryer jacket potatoes

How to Serve Jacket Potato

Jacket potatoes are perfect as a meal, particularly when loaded with hearty toppings such as chilli, baked beans or a heated up leftover curry!

beans on jacket potato

Pair them with a fresh, crisp salad or a serving of steamed vegetables on the side for a balanced meal.

four air fryer frozen jacket potatoes with melted cheese

I enjoy having them for lunch as they are quick and easy to make.

Can I use a microwave to cook the frozen jacket potatoes instead of an air fryer?

If you’re in a hurry, you can microwave the frozen jacket potatoes per the packet instructions, typically five minutes, and then transfer them to the air fryer for 5-10 minutes to get that desirable crispy skin.

More Air Fryer Potato Recipes

You can check out more of my air fryer recipes here or get some potato recipe inspiration below:

frozen jacket potatoes air fryer

Air Fryer Frozen Jacket Potato

Yield: 4 Jacket Potatoes
Prep Time: 1 minute
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 21 minutes

Always have a tasty meal option available with these simple to make air fryer frozen jacket potatoes!


  • 4 frozen jacket potatoes


  1. Place as many jacket potatoes in the air fryer basket as required.
  2. Set the air fryer off at 200°C for 20 minutes. The cooking time will vary depending on the size of the baking potato - the ones that came in my McCain Frozen Potatoes packet varied in size. The smaller ones took 20 minutes, whereas the larger ones took a few more minutes. The potatoes should be soft all the way through - you can insert with a sharp knife or skewer to test.
  3. If you are adding cheese, you can add this a few minutes before the end of the cooking time so that the air fryer can melt it into the jacket potatoes. Push the cheese well into the potatoes so it doesn't fly about in the air fryer.
  4. Carefully remove from the air fryer and serve with your favourite toppings.
Nutrition Information:
Yield: 4 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 161Total Fat: 0gSaturated Fat: 0gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 0gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 17mgCarbohydrates: 37gFiber: 4gSugar: 2gProtein: 4g

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Thursday 30th of November 2023

I tried cooking 2 large McCain's frozen potatoes for 25 minutes but were still hard in the middle, took at least another 5 minutes to be soft and hot all the way through


Wednesday 27th of September 2023

I tried these as per instructions, however, they were cold in the middle and had to be finished off in the microwave

Liana Green

Tuesday 3rd of October 2023

Oh sorry to hear that Janet - what air fryer are you using out of interest?

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