How to Reheat Jacket Potatoes

Written By Ross Young


Jacket potatoes are one of the most popular lunch and dinner options, and for a good reason! When topped with chilli, cheese, slaw, or tuna mayo, a jacket potato is pretty hard to beat, as a quick lunch or dinner, at any time of the year.

If you’re planning to make your jacket potatoes ahead of time to save yourself some prep time, you might be wondering if it’s safe to reheat jacket potatoes?

To reheat jacket potatoes, you can either place them into a hot oven for around 15 minutes until hot through. Or, if you’re in a rush, then you reheat them in the microwave in a matter of minutes.

How to Reheat Jacket Potatoes

Baking jacket potatoes ahead of time and then reheating them as and when you need them makes a lot of sense and saves you lots of time in the kitchen.

The humble jacket is the perfect lunch or evening meal option, particularly when loaded with your favourite fillings!

If you – like us – love your jacket potato fluffy on the inside and crispy on the outside, then you should reheat it in the oven. If you’re not so fussy, you can reheat your jacket in the microwave as it takes a fraction of the time.

Let’s find out how to reheat jacket potatoes safely with two approaches:

How to Reheat Jacket Potatoes in the Microwave

If you reheat your jacket potatoes in the microwave, just be mindful of the fact that the skin won’t be particularly crispy. Here’s what you need to do:

  1. Prepare the Potato
    Remove your jacket potato from the fridge and slice it in half. Then, place it flat on a microwave-safe plate and cover each half with a damp paper towel. This will ensure the potato doesn’t dry out during the reheating process. 
  2. Reheat
    On medium power, reheat your jacket potato for 2-3 minutes. 
  3. Check for Doneness
    You need to be careful not to leave your jacket potato in the microwave for too long as it will dry out. Your potato is ready to eat when steam is rising from the centre. 
  4. Serve and Enjoy
    Add a knob of butter and some grated cheese, and your reheated jacket potato is ready to enjoy! 

How to Reheat Jacket Potatoes in the Oven

Jacket potatoes will always taste better when they’ve been reheated in the oven, and here’s how to go about it:

  1. Preheat Oven
    Switch on your oven and preheat to 350F or 175C. 
  2. Prepare the Potato
    Line a baking tray with greaseproof paper and place your jacket potato in the centre of the tray. You can spray it with low-fat oil and add some seasoning at this stage if you like, too. 
  3. Reheat
    Place the jacket potato, uncovered, in the centre of the oven and leave it to reheat for fifteen minutes. 
  4. Check for Doneness
    Remove the jacket potato from the oven and pierce it open to check if it’s ready. Again, you will know that it’s ready if steam rises from the middle of the potato.
  5. Serve and Enjoy
    You’re now ready to serve your reheated jacket potato alongside your chosen accompaniments.

How to Reheat Jacket Potatoes Successfully

Reheating jacket potatoes is far from difficult but things can go wrong if you don’t follow our top 4 tips below:

  • Use the Oven – We really can’t stress this point enough – a jacket potato reheated in the oven will taste so much better than one that has been reheated in the microwave! Unless you’re in a hurry for your potato, always opt for the oven method.
  • Reheat Without Fillings – It’s much easier to reheat jacket potatoes without any fillings. This isn’t to say that you can’t reheat popular fillings (such as beans and cheese); it’s just much better to do so separately as it will ensure the potato reheats evenly and thoroughly. 
  • Only Reheat Once – We would strongly advise you to only reheat jacket potatoes once. If you try and reheat jacket potatoes several times, the potato will almost certainly dry out and shrivel, which is far from ideal. 
  • Spray With Oil to Add Crispness – Before you reheat your jacket potato in the oven, consider spraying it with some low-fat cooking oil, as this will make the skin extra crispy without affecting the inside of the potato.

Is It Safe to Reheat Jacket Potatoes?

Yes, reheating jacket potatoes is perfectly safe. As soon as you have cooked your jacket potatoes the first time around, allow them to cool and wrap them as quickly as you can.

You should then store them in the fridge or freezer until you’re ready to reheat them. Jacket potatoes that have been sitting out at room temperature for more than a few hours won’t be safe to reheat and should be discarded.

Reheating Jacket Potatoes FAQs

Do you still find yourself with questions about reheating jacket potatoes? Then these tips might help you out:

What is the Best Way to Reheat a Jacket Potato?

The best way to reheat a jacket potato is in the oven. The oven will ensure the inside remains soft and fluffy whilst crisping up the outside skin. This is not something you’ll achieve when using the microwave.

Can You Reheat Jacket Potatoes on the BBQ?

Yes! Using the BBQ is one of the best ways for reheating jacket potatoes – especially if it’s on anyways! Wrap each jacket potato in foil and place onto the hot BBQ for around 15 minutes, turning them over midway through.

Can You Reheat Jacket Potatoes in the Air Fryer?

Yes, it is possible to use an air fryer for reheating jacket potatoes. Pop one in, heat for around 4 minutes and then check the inside is hot. The only downside is that you will only be able to reheat a couple at a time.

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