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Let’s cook a frozen jacket potato in air fryer. Perfect for when you have frozen leftover potatoes, or when you have bought some frozen jackets and want a quick way to reheat in the air fryer.

We used McCain’s frozen jacket potato, but you can use Aldi, or even your own previously cooked ones.

Air Fryer Frozen Jacket Potatoes
Air Fryer Frozen Jacket Potatoes
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Air Fryer Frozen Jacket Potatoes

Not many people know this, BUT when I was in my teens and just before I met Dominic, I worked at a potato factory that made frozen baked potatoes.

It was a small factory on an industrial estate in Yorkshire and it made frozen twice baked potatoes and regular frozen baked potatoes.

You could walk the entire factory in less than 5 minutes and its biggest contract was with McCain and their frozen baked potatoes.

I quit after a month as it just wasn’t for me.

There was nothing wrong with the staff and they were all very friendly and the supervisor was someone I went to school with.

BUT the big problem was they kept running out of gloves and my hands could never handle the starch that came off the potatoes. I looked like I had the worst case of eczema that you had ever seen.

It was not good when you were scraping the potato from its skin by hand when making twice baked potatoes!

But while I was there, I had a wonderful time and OMG I got free baked potatoes every day and they were delicious.

That was back in the summer of 1999 and I have no idea if the factory is still there as I moved out of the area with Dominic many years ago now.

But if like me and starch disagrees with you, then making frozen baked potatoes in the air fryer is a fantastic plan B.

Today, the plan is to show you how easy it is to cook a frozen jacket potato in air fryer, or how you can increase the quantities and even do four at a time.

Beyond our air fryer frozen potatoes recipe, we have many more greats you can cook from frozen in the air fryer including: air fryer frozen sausages, air fryer frozen bacon, air fryer frozen whole chicken and lets not forget about air fryer frozen fish fingers.

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Can Jacket Potatoes Be Frozen?

Yes, jacket potatoes can be frozen and it’s a great time saver if you like to do meal prep, or when you are feeding just one and you can make extra and freeze the other ones.

Can You Cook Frozen Jacket Potatoes In An Air Fryer?

Yes, you can cook frozen jacket potatoes in an air fryer, and I recommend doing so as its so easy. Plus, you can get the crispy texture on the jacket potatoes as they are cooked from frozen.

Can You Air Fry Frozen Potatoes?

Yes, you can air fry many of your favourite frozen potatoes in the air fryer. My favourite is the jacket potatoes, but you can also do air fryer frozen potato wedges, air fryer frozen French fries, air fryer frozen potato croquettes and so many others.

Are Frozen Jacket Potatoes Already Cooked?

Yes, frozen jacket potatoes are already cooked. You are simply cooking jackets and then freezing them for later, or maybe you are buying McCain’s frozen jacket potato and then using the air fryer to reheat.

Frozen Baked Potatoes

If you live on the other side of the pond, then you might be wondering what frozen jacket potatoes are. Well, what us Brits call jacket potatoes, you are likely to call frozen baked potatoes.

We call them “jackets” because the cook in their jackets i.e. the skin.

Air Fryer Frozen Twice Baked Potatoes Vs Frozen Baked Potatoes

I am sure you will be wondering what is the difference between cooking twice baked potatoes in the air fryer and frozen baked potatoes?

Well absolutely nothing!

Both air fryer frozen twice baked potatoes and air fryer frozen baked potatoes cook for the same amount of time.

If you have some delicious frozen twice baked potatoes to cook in the air fryer, then you can follow our recipe here today for frozen baked potatoes.

Why Cook Frozen Baked Potatoes In An Air Fryer?

Frozen baked potatoes are AMAZING. This is because they are already cooked, and you are simply reheating your baked potato in the air fryer from frozen.

This means that you already have the perfectly crisp skin and you don’t need to add olive oil and can just remove them from the packaging and COOK!

All you have to worry about, is what toppings you plan to have with your frozen baked potatoes.

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Air Fryer Frozen Jacket Potato Ingredients

Air Fryer Frozen Jacket Potato Ingredients

Jackets – Let’s start with the frozen jacket potatoes. You can do just 1frozen jacket potato in air fryer, or you can do up to 4.

Filling – Then just like doing our air fryer jacket potatoes using uncooked potatoes, you will want to be planning your filling for your jackets. I love butter and cheese, whilst Jorge is all about butter, cheese and beans.

Can You Recommend An Air Fryer?

I often get asked which air fryers I recommend and which one I use. In 95% of our air fryer recipes, we use either the Philips Air Fryer XL or the Cosori XL because they are the best ones, we have found out of many air fryers we have tried over the years. You can click on the links above and read up on them.

But if you would rather have a dual air fryer we recommend this Ninja Dual (make sure you order the right one as not all are good) or the Philips Dual.

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How To Cook Frozen Jacket Potato In Air Fryer?

  • Load. Let’s cook frozen jacket potatoes in air fryer! Remove the frozen jacket potatoes from the box and place them into the air fryer basket. Spread them out if doing more than one.  
  • Cook. Next cook frozen baked potatoes in air fryer for 27 minutes at 160c/320f.
  • Toppings. Then as you air fry frozen potatoes you can prepare any toppings that you would like to add.

And that is how easy frozen jacket potatoes in air fryer are to cook.

Frozen Jacket Potato In Ninja Air Fryer?

If you have a Ninja Air Fryer, then you can still make these delicious jacket potatoes. Simply use the Ninja Air Fryer basket and make sure you set the button “air fry”.

Or if making frozen jacket potatoes in Ninja Foodi do the same thing and use the air fryer basket with the air fryer lid.

McCain Frozen Jacket Potatoes In Air Fryer

We have tested the cook time for frozen jackets using McCains but you can use any brand that you like. Also note, that McCain’s jackets are likely to be smaller than the large baked potatoes that you make ahead and freeze, so do adjust the cook time if you need to.

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How Long To Cook Frozen Jacket Potato In Air Fryer?

We cooked our frozen potatoes in air fryer for 27 minutes and found this was the ideal cook time for the perfect jacket potato.

How To Reheat Frozen Baked Potatoes?

Simply follow our recipe for frozen baked potato in air fryer. This is because frozen baked potatoes are already cooked and you are simply reheating frozen baked potatoes in the air fryer.

How To Defrost Frozen Potatoes?

If you just want to use the air fryer to defrost your frozen potatoes, then you can do that too. Simply air fry your frozen jackets for 8 minutes at 160c/320f.

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Frozen Jacket Potato In Air Fryer

This frozen jacket potato air fryer recipe is an updated post and was originally shared on Recipe This in 2020.

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Frozen Jacket Potato In Air Fryer

Let’s cook a frozen jacket potato in air fryer. Perfect for when you have frozen leftover potatoes, or when you have bought some frozen jackets and want a quick way to reheat in the air fryer.
Prep Time: 2 minutes
Cook Time: 27 minutes
Total Time: 29 minutes
Servings: 4
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  • 4 Frozen McCain Jacket Potatoes
  • Toppings, optional

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  • Let’s air fry frozen jackets in air fryer. Remove the frozen potatoes from the box and spread them out in the air fryer basket.
    How To Cook Frozen Jacket Potato In Air Fryer?
  • Air fry frozen jacket potatoes for 27 minutes at 160c/320f or until reheated through.
    How To Cook Frozen Jacket Potato In Air Fryer?
  • Remove the potatoes from the air fryer and then add your favourite toppings before serving.
    How To Cook Frozen Jacket Potato In Air Fryer?


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Toppings. You can use any of your preferred toppings. Though what I really love is butter and cheese over my jackets.
Thanks for reading frozen jacket potatoes in air fryer recipe on Recipe This. We have many more air fryer recipes for you to check out next. Though if you would like to try more delicious frozen recipes do try our air fryer frozen green beans next.


Calories: 164kcal | Carbohydrates: 37g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 0.2g | Saturated Fat: 0.1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 0.01g | Sodium: 13mg | Potassium: 897mg | Fiber: 5g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 4IU | Vitamin C: 42mg | Calcium: 26mg | Iron: 2mg
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  1. Hi, how long should the frozen jacket potato be left for if you want to make only one potato or two potato at once? Thank you

  2. Hi Sam,
    Having read through you method for cooking a jacket potato, no where do you mention whether I should prick the potato with a folk prior to cooking?
    Previously, if cooking using either a traditional oven or a microwave I have always found it necessary to prick the potato several times.
    Also from reading the Q&A here, is it advisable to turn the potato (s) halfway through? Thank you 😊

    1. Hi Tom,

      With the jackets been frozen on this recipe we are assuming that they have been pricked before freezing and also they have a cross in the top, you can turn halfway through if you like crispy skin all around your potatoes 🙂

  3. Followed your instructions using the instant brands vortex air fryer and when it came out, the skin wasn’t crispy and I’m not entirely convinced it was cooked through so I threw it back in. Would it make a difference on the air fryer you used?

    1. Hi Kerry,

      Yes it could be, we have not tried the Instant Vortex yet but it is on our list. We used the Philips XL air fryer and use this one the most, we usually suggest to add between 2-5 minutes more depending on the size of the potatoes used, but the skin really should have been even a bit crispy by the end 😊

      1. Hi I have the vortex and so far very pleased with it. Just trying jacket pot now, it’s crisping up nicely. Though I have hired the temp, as found it was taking forever, and I’m impatient, 😁 and I turned it half way.

      2. 4 stars
        Tried in a Ninja AF400 and it was still cold inside the bottom of the potatoes when I broke them open, so put them in for another 2 minutes at 200c.

    2. I also felt this way, I had to turn it up and leave it in for another 10 minutes to get it cooked fully through. Pulled it out five minute before it was due to finish to add cheese and it was rock hard at the bottom. I also have the instant vortex mini

      1. Hi Ciara,

        Did you turn the potato half way through cooking? We have not used the Instant Pot vortex yet so not sure why this looks to be a problem but turning the potato over half way through might help 🙂

  4. I’m confused. Your narrative says 5 to 8 minutes in the airfryer at 320°F but the actual recipe says 27 minutes. I sure would appreciate clarification. Thanks!

    1. Hi Patricia,

      Thank you for the question. For the 5 to 8 minutes we are referring to reheating the baked potatoes. The other time is the actual cooking time of frozen baked potato 🙂

    2. I use these frozen baked potatos, and coon them in the microwave a minute or two shorter time indecated o. The pack then put them in the air fryer on 190c for a few minutes to crisp up the skins,

  5. 4 stars
    The frozen baked potato was something i was looking that could be done in an air fryer because i love them but it always took ages to cook, but with the frozen ones been half cooked already they did not take that long, these instructions were great and easy to follow!