Vegan Mediterranean Jacket Potatoes

– That Can be made in an air fryer

These air fryer Vegan Mediterranean jacket potatoes are fluffy almost creamy on the inside and deliciously crispy on the outside. Think crispy skin, wrapped around a tender center. It makes the best easy jacket potatoes every time with minimal effort that produces maximum baked potato deliciousness. And top it with my easy Mediterranean vegetables and you have a satisfying, make-on-repeat kinda recipe that’s mouthwateringly good.

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Say hello to this vegan air fryer jacket potatoes recipe that can also be made in a microwave or a regular oven. They’re out of this world tasty, minimal effort, and loaded with baked potato deliciousness.

Simple? Check. Easy to make? Check. Good enough to make over and over? Check.

Everything another these vegan Mediterranean baked potatoes are delicious. From the crispy skin to the tender, fluffy, almost creamy potato center these easy air fryer jacket potatoes are everything baked potatoes should be. 

Jacket potato air fryer recipe

I’ve been late to get into the air fryer game. But I decided to dive into air fryer cooking after being gifted an air fryer for Christmas…and after trying it out a few times I’m now a huge air fryer fan. So of course I had to try and make jacket potatoes in my air fryer (because I adore jacked potatoes) and my oh my was it a success. 

It turns out that jacket potatoes made in an air fryer are one of the most delicious ways I’ve ever cooked baked potatoes. 

Why you need to make baked potatoes in an air fryer:

  • Saves time and energy – there’s no preheating the oven or waiting an hour as the potatoes bake making it an energy-efficient choice 
  • Easy, like, incredibly simple to make 
  • Makes the crispiest baked potato skins with a fluffy almost creamy center. Yum
  • A great recipe to make with kids
  • Incredible low-effort cooking 

Tip for making baked jacket potatoes in an air fryer 

My best tip for optimal crispy skin would be to not overcrowd the air fryer. Around three large potatoes or four medium potatoes is probably around the maximum (unless you have a large capacity air fryer with double baskets. In that case you can make double the number of potatoes at once).

How to make jacket potatoes in an air fryer 

This simple step-by-step process to make baked potatoes in an air fryer is easy, quick, and low effort. 

Note: I like to use russet potatoes for my baked potatoes but Yukon potatoes or other large baking potatoes will also work well. 

  • Step 1: Start by rinsing your potatoes and lightly padding them dry with a clean towel. 
  • Step 2: poke the potatoes all over with a fork to allow the heat to go into the potatoes more easily.
  • Step 3: lightly brush the potatoes with vegetable oil. Season with salt and pepper and place in the air fryer basket.
  • Step 4: cook the potatoes at 400F (200celcius) for 25 minutes. Be careful not to burn yourself, use a pair of tongs to turn the potatoes over and cook in the air fryer for another 15 minutes or so. 

Air fryer baked potatoes seasoning 

You can season your baked potatoes with your favorite spices. Make it a plain baked jacket potato seasoned with salt and pepper, or add a little extra spice by seasoning with garlic powder and smoked paprika. 

How to make jacket potatoes in the microwave 

Microwaving jacket potatoes is easy and so worth the minimal effort. Let’s take a look at the simple process of making baked potatoes in a microwave and break it down step-by-step.

Preparing your potatoes to be baked in a microwave step-by-step 

  • Step 1: Start by rinsing your potatoes and lightly padding them dry with a clean towel. 
  • Step 2: poke the potatoes all over with a fork to allow the heat to go into the potatoes more easily.

That’s it. Your potatoes are ready to start baking away in the microwave. 

Cooking jacket potatoes in a microwave 

Depending on the size of your potatoes the cooking time will vary, but don’t worry. It’s still incredibly easy and super quick to make jacket potatoes in a microwave. I hope you’re ready to dig into deliciously fluffy and creamy microwave jacket potatoes in as little as 7 minutes. Because that’s how quick the process of making baked potatoes in a microwave usually is.

Making jacket potatoes in the microwave step-by-step 

  • Step 1: Place your potatoes on a microwave-safe plate and lightly brush with vegetable oil. Season with salt and pepper and cook in the microwave for 4-5 minutes.
  • Step 2: be careful not to burn yourself, gently flip the potatoes over using a tong and cook another 4-5 minutes. 
  • Step 3: use a fork or a knife to test when the potatoes are cooked all the way through to a fluffy and tender baked potato. Keep cooking the potatoes for 2-3 more minutes until they are tender all the way through.
  • Step 4: once the baked potatoes are cooked all the way through, remove them from the microwave and top with the Mediterranean roasted vegetables, fresh herbs, and a dollop of sauce or dressing of your choice. 

Let’s take a look at what you need to make Mediterranean vegetables to go with jacket potatoes 

  • cherry tomatoes 
  • red bell peppers, cut into chunks 
  • yellow onions, roughly sliced 
  • capers, chopped 
  • oregano, dried or fresh 
  • thyme, dried or fresh 
  • dried basil
  • salt 
  • canned tomatoes 

How to make easy 15-minutes Mediterranean vegetables 

Heat olive oil in a non-stick pan and add onions, tomatoes, and bell peppers. Let the vegetables sauté for 5-7 minutes at medium-high heat while stirring occasionally. 

Once the onions begin to soften and lightly brown at the edges, season with salt, pepper, oregano, thyme, basil, and capers. Mix everything and pour in the canned Tomatoes.

Bring the sauce to a quick boil then turn the heat down to a simmer. Leave to simmer for 10 minutes or until the jacket potatoes are ready.

Frequently Asked Questions

Can I freeze jacket potatoes?

Yes. You can easily freeze jacket potatoes and reheat them later in a microwave. The skin won’t be as crispy when they are reheated, but the fluffy creamy baked potato texture is still just as tasty when reheated.

How long does it take to make jacket potatoes in a microwave?

Usually around 7-minutes. The time varies a little depending on the size of the potatoes. For extra-large potatoes, you may need to add extra time.

What kind of potatoes is best to make jacket potatoes?

Yukon gold or russet potatoes are always great, but you can make baked potatoes with almost any larger variety of potatoes.

Should you poke holes in potatoes before cooking in the microwave?

Yes. By poking holes all over the potatoes, it allows steam to escape and usually prevents the potatoes from exploding while cooking. Plus, it gives the potatoes more of that oven-roasted jacket potato texture that we all adore.

400F to Celsius?

400F is 204 Celsius. To make jacket potatoes in an air fryer just set the air fryer at 400F or 200C and follow the recipe below.

Vegan Mediterranean jacket potatoes

These air fryer jacket potatoes are fluffy almost creamy on the inside and deliciously crispy on the outside. Think crispy skin, wrapped around a tender center. It makes the best easy jacket potatoes every time with minimal effort that produces maximum baked potato deliciousness. And top it with my easy Mediterranean vegetables and you have a satisfying, make-on-repeat kinda recipe that’s mouthwateringly good.
Course Vegan Dinner
Cuisine American, Mediterranean
Keyword vegan
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Servings 4 people
Author Simone – Munchyesta.com

Ingredients

  • 2 tbsp Vegetable Oil such as olive oil or avocado oil
  • 4 medium Russet Potatoes or other large potato
  • ½ tsp Salt
  • Pinch of Pepper
  • 1 tsp Garlic Powder optional

Mediterranean vegetables 

  • 2 cups Cherry Tomatoes
  • 2 Red Bell Peppers cut into chunks
  • 2 Yellow Onions roughly sliced
  • 2-3 tbsp Capers chopped
  • 2 tsp Oregano dried or fresh
  • 1 tsp Thyme dried or fresh
  • 1 tsp Dried Basil
  • ½ tsp Salt
  • 1 cup Fire-Roasted Canned Tomatoes

Instructions

Making jacket potatoes in an air fryer

  • Start by rinsing your potatoes and lightly padding them dry with a clean towel.
  • Poke the potatoes all over with a fork to allow the heat to go into the potatoes more easily. Lightly brush the potatoes with vegetable oil. Season with salt and pepper and place in the air fryer basket.
  • Cook the potatoes at 400F (200celcius) for 25 minutes. Be careful not to burn yourself, use a pair of tongs to turn the potatoes over and cook in the air fryer for another 15 minutes or so.

Making jacket potatoes in the microwave step-by-step

  • Start by rinsing your potatoes and lightly padding them dry with a clean towel. Poke the potatoes all over with a fork to allow the heat to go into the potatoes more easily.
  • Place your potatoes on a microwave-safe plate and lightly brush with vegetable oil. Season with salt and pepper and cook in the microwave for 4-5 minutes.
  • Being careful not to burn yourself, gently flip the potatoes over using a tong and cook another 4-5 minutes.
  • Use a fork or a knife to test when the potatoes are cooked all the way through to a fluffy and tender baked potato. Keep cooking the potatoes for 2-3 more minutes until they are tender all the way through
  • Once the baked potatoes are cooked all the way through, remove them from the microwave and top with the Mediterranean roasted vegetables, fresh herbs, and a dollop of sauce or dressing of your choice.

Making the Mediterranean vegetables 

  • Heat olive oil in a non-stick pan and add onions, tomatoes, and bell peppers. Let the vegetables sauté for 5-7 minutes at medium-high heat while stirring occasionally. 
  • Once the onions begin to soften and lightly brown at the edges, season with salt, pepper, oregano, thyme, basil, and capers. Mix everything and pour in the canned Tomatoes.
  • Bring the sauce to a quick boil then turn the heat down to a simmer. Leave to simmer for 10 minutes or until the jacket potatoes are ready.

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