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Some recipes don’t require elaborate ingredient lists. They can often be the simplest of dishes that come with just two instructions.

These Slow Cooker Jacket Potatoes are just that. An UNBELIEVABLY convenient way to make baked spuds with delicious results!

Jacket potatoes half covered in foil inside a slow cooker.

Don’t you just love the slow cooker? Honestly, there are times when I marvel at its simplicity but wonder what I would do without it in my life. 

It can even make a baked potato more convenient to make! So I thought I’d share this revelation, in case you didn’t already know. I give you… Slow Cooker Jacket Potatoes.

It’s an ideal way to cook them if you are cooking for guests and need oven room and want a side dish that takes care of itself. OR simply on a busy day when you don’t need to leave them to do their thing for a few hours. 

Come back to them piping hot, cooked evenly, soft and delicious in the middle and ready to enjoy!

Why you’ll love this Slow Cooker Baked Potato recipe

⭐️ Perfect for a party side dish or easy lunch

⭐️ Best baked potatoes for flavour

⭐️ Simple but SO satisfying

Jacket potatoes cooked in foil in the slow cooker for eight hours.

Why make jacket potatoes in the slow cooker?

Because you can throw them in hours before they need to be ready, you don’t need to keep an eye on them or use up energy on drawn-out oven baking. And they honestly taste sooooo good!

They taste richer somehow than oven-baked potatoes. A kind of nutty flavour that is surprisingly delicious. I assume this is because the sugars in the potatoes have cooked slower for longer. Frankly, I could eat them all day 🤩

Because baking potatoes notoriously takes AGES, often we’re forced to use both microwave and oven just to get them anywhere near cooked through. 

This means two appliances using up electricity for one potato. Alternatively, slow cookers use about the same amount of electricity as a standard light bulb, according to the Energy Saving Trust.

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Three baked potatoes with salt and about to be wrapped in foil for Slow Cooker Jacket Potatoes recipe.
  • Baking potatoes
  • Oil – Olive oil or sunflower 
  • Salt

How to make jacket potatoes in the slow cooker

The ingredients for baked potatoes on a white counter. Potatoes, salt and oil.
  1. Prick them baked potatoes, then rub them with oil and salt.
Four potatoes wrapped in foil in a slow cooker pan.

2. Wrap them individually in foil and cook them for 8 hours on LOW or 5 hours on HIGH.


In the fridge You can keep this recipe in the fridge for 3 days. Reheat fully by before serving.

In the freezer You can freeze cooked jacket potatoes, and what’s best is you can reheat them from frozen too!

Wait until they’re totally cold and then put into a freezer proof container and freeze for up to 3 months.

Top tips

Wrap in foil 

I would recommend wrapping them in foil for the best results. I have tried slow cooking them both with and without foil, and while they’re fine without, I just found they didn’t cook as evenly and the potatoes did tend to stick together a little.

How to make them crispy 

Unfortunately this is the one downside of slow cooker potatoes. They don’t get crispy. BUT if you really want that crispy skin you could finish them off in the oven for 10 minutes at 220C.

Serving suggestions

There are infinite choices here, but here are a few recommendations: 


How many potatoes can I put in my slow cooker at once?

I can fit 4 big potatoes in my 3.5l slow cooker. Make sure you don’t overcrowd the pan too much. If there are more in there, make sure you turn them regularly.

Can you recommend a good slow cooker?

The Morphy Richards Sear & Stew Slow Cooker is my all-time favourite because you can use it for initial browning on the hob and it’s really light. For induction hobs, I recommend the Lakeland Digital 6.5l Slow Cooker instead.

Can you cook baked potatoes in an air fryer too?

You sure can! If you have a machine, you could try my Air Fryer Baked Potatoes instead.

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Slow Cooker Jacket Potatoes {Easiest Ever Recipe!}

Did you know not only can you make Jacket Potatoes in the slow cooker BUT they're super delicious when cooked this way too?! This method is super convenient and perfect for a lunchtime meal or dinner side dish.
Cook Time: 8 hours
Servings: 4


  • 4 Large baking potatoes
  • 2 tsp Oil
  • 1 tsp Salt


  • Take each potato and prick well with a fork. Rub with oil and salt and wrap completely in tin foil.
  • 8 hours on LOW or HIGH for 5 hours.


Wrap in foil: I would recommend wrapping the potatoes in foil for the best results. I have tried slow cooking them both with and without foil, and while they’re fine without, I just found they didn’t cook as evenly and the potatoes did tend to stick together a little
To crisp up: The skins don’t get very crispy in the slow cooker. Instead you can finish them off in the oven for 10 minutes at 220C
How many at once: I can fit 4 big potatoes in my 3.5l slow cooker


Calories: 309kcalCarbohydrates: 67gProtein: 8gFat: 2gSaturated Fat: 1gTrans Fat: 1gSodium: 600mgPotassium: 1539mgFiber: 5gSugar: 2gVitamin A: 4IUVitamin C: 21mgCalcium: 48mgIron: 3mg

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

Additional Info

Course: Lunch, Side Dish
Cuisine: Family Food
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  1. 5 stars
    Thank-you so much for this 🥰
    I’ve just arrived home to a beautifully soft, hot spud. As someone that doesn’t use a microwave this is so helpful x

  2. These were perfect however I made the mistake cooking them the night before. When we ate them the following evening they went a little hard and wet. But I shall definitely be making them again but just not the night before!

  3. Hi Sarah, we just bought the slow cooker you have recommended and it’s total game changer for us! Our previous one is massive heavy and awkward but this new one is fantastic. Thank you so much for all your amazing work as we use it a lot! We would be lost without you know! Loads of love from Liverpool xxx

  4. 5 stars
    Great way to do baked potatoes, so easy. Am an avid fan of using my slow cooker… more recipes please Sarah! Thanks.

  5. Wow 😮 didn’t know this and I’ve had a slow cooker since the late 70’s!! Now have a ninja foodie (which I love) and I love doing oven jacket potatoes in it but often, when I get home, it’s late & I throw a potato in the microwave cause I can’t wait to eat but now…I’m so going to do this instead! Thank you for sharing. Just made your flapjack recipe so going to comment on that when it’s cooked 😊

  6. 5 stars
    Love the jacket potatoes
    Only just found you
    How do I find the other 7 recipes before
    this one.
    And how do I make sure I see the other
    4 still to come.
    Val Goswell
    I haven’t instagram
    Saw you on Facebook

  7. 5 stars
    This has just made my day!! I love potatoes and knowing you can do this simple way of cooking has simply blown my mind 😂 xxxxx