How to Cook Crisp Jacket Potatoes

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How to Cook Crisp Jacket Potatoes
Rubbing rock salt over the potato before putting it in the oven helps to dry out the skin to make it crispy. (potatoes in their jackets image by Sergey Kolesnikov from

There is nothing quite as satisfying as tucking into a perfectly crispy jacket potato, bursting with soft, fluffy insides slathered with scrumptious toppings. The humble jacket potato is a delicious and easy lunch idea that can seem hard to get exactly right, but these simple instructions show you just how simple cooking the perfect crispy jacket potatoes can be.

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Things you need

  • Baking potato
  • Few drops of olive oil or a bit of butter
  • Pinch of rock salt
  • Fork
  • Oven
  • Cloth

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  1. 1

    Preheat the oven to 190 degrees C. Thoroughly wash the potato with water and gently pat dry with a cloth.

  2. 2

    Prick the potato several times with a fork and rub a couple of small drops of olive oil or a small amount of butter all over the skin. As the water inside the potato heats, it will release steam which will help to cook the oil or butter to the skin to make it crispier in texture.

  3. 3

    Rub a pinch of rock salt over the skin. This helps to add more crunchiness as it draws moisture out of the skin.

  4. 4

    Put the potato in the preheated oven and allow bake for 1 hour, 45 minutes to 2 hours or until the skin feels really crispy.

  5. 5

    Serve immediately by slicing open the top of the jacket potato lengthwise and covering your desired topping or seasoning. Don't let them sit too long; the longer you leave them, the less crispy they get.

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