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The best baked potato recipe — perfectly crispy and flavorful on the outside, soft and fluffy on the inside, and so flavorful and delicious.

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Today, I thought we could go back to the basics and review a simple skill that every good cook should master…

…how to bake a potato. ♡

It wasn’t until a few years ago that I finally came to appreciate for myself the difference between a good baked potato and a great baked potato. You know what I’m talking about. Those baked potatoes whose skins are irresistibly golden and crispy, with a satisfying hint of crunchy salt in each bite. Those baked potatoes whose insides are perfectly light and fluffy and steamy, ready to enjoy with a dash of fresh chives or maybe loaded up with all of your favorite toppings. Those baked potatoes that taste like pure, nostalgic, comforting carbohydrate magic, and remind you how satisfying a simple potato can be.

That’s what we’re talking about today. And the good news for us all is that perfectly baked potatoes are actually incredibly easy to make. The secret lies 100% in this method below. All you need are 4 easy ingredients, a few minutes of active prep time and a piping hot oven. Then before you know it, the best baked potatoes of your life will be ready to serve and load up with your favorite toppings in no time.

Let’s bake some potatoes!

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Oven Baked Potato Ingredients:

Alright first, let’s talk ingredients. To make this easy baked potato recipe, you will need:

  • Russet potatoes: Technically, you can make baked potatoes with any type of potatoes. But to make the best baked potatoes, I strongly believe that Russets are the way to go. The skins of Russet potatoes are nice and thick, which allow them to crisp up perfectly in the oven. And the insides are starchy, which make for an extra fluffy and sweet filling.
  • Butter or olive oil:I also strongly recommend using butter to crisp up your potato skins, which adds so much flavor and helps the skins get extra golden. But if you prefer not to cook with butter, you could sub in whatever type of high-heat cooking oil you prefer. (I would recommend avocado oil or regular olive oil, not extra-virgin.)
  • Kosher salt:I recommend using coarse Kosher salt, in order to add a bit of a crunch to the potato skins.
  • Freshly-ground black pepper:You can sprinkle black pepper on the potato skin before baking and/or add a few generous cracks of black pepper to the fluffy insides of the potatoes once they have fully baked.

Detailed ingredient amounts and instructions listed below.

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How To Bake A Potato:

Here is my tried and true best method for how to make baked potatoes in the oven…

  1. Heat oven to 450°F. Yep, you read the temperature right. The oven needs to be extra hot, so that the potato skins will crisp up quickly.
  2. Prepare your baking sheet. If you happen to own a wire cooling rack, I highly recommend placing one on top of a baking sheet, so that the potatoes can cook evenly on all sides. Or if you don’t own a wire rack, you can either place the potatoes directly on the oven racks (with a baking sheet below, to catch any drips) or you can just bake the potatoes on a foil-lined (or parchment-lined, at your own risk) baking sheet.
  3. Poke your potato all over with a fork. Because no one wants to deal with exploding potatoes. ;)
  4. First bake. My best advice for how long to bake a potato — in two rounds! For the first round, bake for about 25 minutes, until the skin starts to feel dry and slightly wrinkly.
  5. Brush the potato with melted butter (or oil). Next, carefully remove the potato from the oven. Use a pastry brush to brush the potato with melted butter (or oil) evenly on all sides. Sprinkle the potato with a generous pinch of Kosher salt. (I like mine fairly coarse so that you get a bit of a crunch.) Then place the potato back on the baking sheet, opposite side up, so that the potato can cook evenly on both sides.
  6. Second bake. Bake for an additional 20 minutes. Then very carefully, use an oven mitt to squeeze the potato (it will be hot) to check for doneness. If the insides are nice and soft and give under pressure, remove the potato from the oven. Otherwise, continue cooking in 5-minute increments until the potato is ready to go. Cooking time will vary depending on the size of the potatoes, but on average, they typically take 45-55 minutes to cook.
  7. Cut, squeeze, fluff, season and serve! Finally, slice the potato open lengthwise with a paring knife, give it a good squeeze to open it up, fluff the insides with a fork, add your favorite seasonings or toppings. Then a perfectly crispy-on-the-outside, soft-and-fluffy-on-the-inside, and oh-so-delicious baked potato will now be yours to enjoy!

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Baked Potato FAQ:

Here are some answers to a few of the most popular questions we have received over the years about how to make baked potatoes…

  • Can I make vegan baked potatoes? Definitely, just use vegan butter or a high-heat cooking oil (in place of butter).
  • Can I make microwave baked potatoes? You can use the same ingredients to make a microwave baked potato, but it will not have the same crispy skin and fluffy insides. I highly recommend the oven method instead.
  • Can I make Instant Pot baked potatoes?You can, but they also will not have the same crispy skin and fluffy insides that the oven method yields.
  • Can you make baked sweet potatoes with the same method? You can! Although baked sweet potatoes may have a slightly different cooking time, depending on the size/type of the potatoes.
  • Do I need to wrap the potatoes in foil? Nope, the potatoes need to stay uncovered with this method so that their skins can get extra-crispy.
  • What if I don’t have coarse Kosher salt? No worries, just sprinkle on some fine sea salt instead. I also occasionally use old-school seasoned salt on my potato skins and it is delicious!

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LoadedBaked Potato Toppings:

Want to load your baked potatoes up with some fun toppings? Here are a few of my favorite ingredient combos for loaded baked potatoes…

  • Classic loaded baked potato: topped with cheddar cheese, bacon, sour cream, and/or green onions
  • Chili baked potato: topped with traditional chili or vegetarian chili, plus cheddar cheese, sour cream, green onions and/or avocado
  • Guacamole baked potato: topped with a generous scoop of guacamole, plus optional extra cheese and/or crumbled tortilla chips
  • Broccoli cheese baked potato:topped with broccoli and melted cheddar cheese

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More Favorite Potato Recipes:

Looking for some more classic potato recipes? Here are a few of my faves…

  • Baked Sweet Potatoes
  • Mashed Potatoes
  • Scalloped Potatoes
  • Crispy Roasted Potatoes (3 Ways!)
  • Savory Sweet Potato Casserole
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The Perfect Baked Potato

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  • Prep Time: 2 minutes
  • Cook Time: 50 minutes
  • Total Time: 52 minutes
  • Yield: 1 serving 1x
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Learn how to make the perfect baked potatousing this step-by-step tutorial and recipe. So easy and delicious!

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Ingredients

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  • 1 medium-to-large Russet potato, scrubbed clean of any dirt
  • 12 teaspoons melted butter (or olive oil)
  • pinch of coarse Kosher salt
  • pinch of freshly-cracked black pepper

Instructions

  1. Heat the oven. Heat oven to 450°F. Line a large baking sheet with foil (or parchment*), and if you happen to own a wire cooling rack, place it on top of the baking sheet.
  2. Prep the potato. Using a dinner fork or a small paring knife, poke the potato at least 10 times on all sides. Place the potato on the prepared baking sheet.
  3. Bake (round one). Bake for 25 minutes. Remove baking sheet from the oven.
  4. Brush with butter (or oil). Using a pastry brush, brush the outside of the potato with melted butter or olive oil until it is completely coated on all sides. Sprinkle the potato with a generous pinch of Kosher salt, and place the potato back on the baking sheet reverse-side-up, so that it can cook evenly on both sides.
  5. Bake (round two). Bake for an additional 20 minutes. Using an oven mitt, carefully squeeze the potato to check for doneness. If the insides are soft and give under pressure, remove the potato from the oven. Otherwise, continue cooking in 5-minute increments until the potato is soft.
  6. Cut the potato. Using a small paring knife, slice halfway through the potato lengthwise. Then give it a gentle squeeze to open.
  7. Serve. Serve immediately, with your desired toppings.

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Notes

*Baking sheet:You can either bake the potatoes (1) directly on the oven racks themselves, with an extra baking sheet on a rack below to catch any drippings (2) on a baking sheet, which I recommend covering with foil or parchment paper (at your own risk) for easy cleanup.

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FAQs

What temperature is best for cooking baked potatoes? ›

We recommend baking potatoes at 400 degrees F for about an hour. Smaller spuds might take a little less time, while larger baking potatoes over 1 pound might take a little more. For a fully baked Idaho Russet Burbank, the internal temperature should be right at 210 degrees F.

Should potatoes be wrapped in foil to bake? ›

No! Wrapping potatoes in foil holds the moisture in—which means the potatoes will start to steam. If you wrap them in foil you'll be left with soggy potatoes instead of crispy ones. Baking them on a baking sheet (or even directly on the oven rack) spaced apart lets the air circulate around them for more even cooking.

How long does it take for a baked potato to cook in the oven at 400? ›

Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F. Toss the potatoes in a bowl with the oil, salt, and pepper until completely coated. Place on a baking sheet and bake until fork tender, about 45 minutes.

How long does a potato take to bake at 350? ›

You should bake potatoes for about 60 to 75 minutes at 350 F until they are soft and the internal temperature has reached between 205 F and 212 F. However, the baking time will differ depending on the size of the potatoes, though, as the larger they are, the longer they will need to bake.

Is 450 too hot for baked potatoes? ›

Baking at 450 degrees F is way too high and the potato will have a wrinkled skin. Baking for an hour and a half is too long, the potato will be overcooked. Of course it can take that long if potatoes are stacked on top of each other. Be sure to place in a single level, preferably right on the rack.

How long to bake potato in aluminum foil? ›

Preheat oven to 425 degrees F. Poke holes in potato and wrap in foil. Bake in oven for 45 to 60 minutes until tender.

Should you poke holes in potatoes before baking? ›

"Yes, it's good to prick them," Smith told Food52. "It pokes holes in the skin, which allows steam to escape. Otherwise, they could explode—it doesn't happen all the time, but it happens every once in a while. The potato is full of water it's trying to turn to steam, or water vapor.

How much time does it take to bake a potato? ›

How Long to Bake a Potato? In a 400 degrees F oven, potatoes take 45 minutes to 1 hour - they're done when they're soft when squeezed (with oven mitts, of course!). A good indicator: a paring knife or the tines of a fork should slide easily into the potato when it's done baking.

Do baked potatoes cook faster with or without foil? ›

We've found that when wrapping a potato in foil, they actually cook faster because the aluminum foil traps the heat, thus cooking them faster.

Does covering potatoes in oven cook faster? ›

Some say wrapping baked potatoes in aluminum foil helps them cook faster (aluminum conducts heat, then traps it), and it does keep them hot for longer once they come out of the oven, which is why we think restaurants use this method. Wrapping potatoes will also give you a softer, steamed skin, if that's what you like.

How long does it take to bake a potato at 375 in foil? ›

How Long To Bake Potatoes At 375 In Foil?
  1. For smaller potatoes, bake them for about 25-30 minutes.
  2. For larger potatoes, bake them for 45 minutes to an hour.
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Can you overcook a baked potato in the oven? ›

Visual signs: The potato skin will start to wrinkle when over cooked. The potato, when wrapped in foil or placed on the bottom of a pan will have a dark brown spot on the bottom, a sure sign of over cooking.

How long to bake a potato at 350 wrapped in foil? ›

Place each potato on its own sheet of foil. Rub the potato with the olive oil mixture making sure to get some of the crushed garlic on the potato. Sprinkle with additional seasoning mix and roll up tightly in aluminum foil. OVEN: Place potatoes in a 350 degree oven for 60 minutes.

How long does it take to cook a baked potato in the oven at 375? ›

Perfect baked potatoes have crispy skin, and fluffy texture, and are filled with delicious toppings! How long to cook a baked potato at 375 degrees will take approximately 50 to 65 minutes, approximately.

Is it safe to cook potatoes in aluminum foil? ›

Aluminum foil helps the skin on your potato stay nice and soft, and it is safe to use as long as you don't allow your baked potato to cool down to a dangerous temperature while still in the foil after cooking.

How long does a baked potato take in the oven at 500? ›

Cooking time will vary depending on the size of the potatoes, but on average, they typically take 45-55 minutes to cook.

Does it take to bake a potato at 350? ›

Preparation
  1. Preheat oven to 350°. ...
  2. Place potatoes directly on an oven rack and roast until very soft when squeezed and skin is crisp, 60–75 minutes.
  3. Cut open each potato; season with salt and pepper and top with butter, Parmesan, and/or chives.

How do you know when baked potatoes are done? ›

Potatoes are ready when their internal temperature reaches 208 to 211° Fahrenheit. A fork easily pierces a baker when it's done. If the potato is hard, bake a little longer. However, watch out for over-baking, or drying of the underskin will occur.

Which side of the aluminum foil do I use for baked potatoes? ›

Shiny side wins!
  1. Yes, if the shiny side is touching the potato, it will cook faster, so wrap it right!
  2. The shiny side cooks faster because it absorbs more radiation from the oven and reflects more radiation back into the potato due to the difference in emissivity between the shiny and dull sides of the aluminum foil.

Why do you put potatoes in water before baking? ›

Soaking potatoes in water helps remove excess starch. Excess starch can inhibit the potatoes from cooking evenly as well as creating a gummy or sticky texture on the outside of your potatoes.

How many times should you poke a baked potato? ›

A: Poke the potatoes with a fork just enough to pierce the skin so the potato won't burst when baking, especially in the microwave. Four or five times should be plenty. A potato is composed mainly of water, so poking them helps release steam as it cooks.

Should you split a potato before baking? ›

Why baking a potato cut in half is great for more than just saving time. By cutting your potatoes in half lengthwise and placing them cut side down on a greased sheet pan before cooking, you will do two things. One, you have made them half the thickness, so they will cook through in literally half the time.

Is 2 hours too long to bake a potato? ›

Baking your potato without foil in a 250°F oven should take around 2 hours; however, use an instant-read thermometer to check whether the internal temperature has reached 208°F to ensure it's properly cooked.

Is it better to bake potatoes on foil or parchment paper? ›

TIP: parchment paper is better to prevent sticking, but aluminum foil yields crispier results. If you use foil, you'll want to lightly grease it to prevent the potatoes from sticking. Note that even if you do that, they may still stick.

Do potatoes cook better covered or uncovered? ›

Place the pot over medium-high heat and bring to a boil. Once boiling, reduce the heat to a bare simmer. Do not cover. (Covering changes the environment in the pot and can make the potatoes turn mushy.)

Why are my potatoes not getting crispy in the oven? ›

To make crispy roast potatoes, the temperature of the oven needs to be hot 220°C or 425°F - but if the oven is too hot the potatoes will burn before they crisp up. If the oven temperature is too cold your potatoes will not be crispy.

How long to bake potatoes at 250 in foil? ›

Bake potatoes at 250 degrees in foil for about an hour, or until they are soft. Prick them a few times with a fork before baking to allow steam to escape and prevent them from bursting. You can also add salt, pepper, or other spices to the potatoes before baking.

Are baked potatoes better in the oven or microwave? ›

While microwaving to completely cook the potato will result in a soft and mealy Russet, cooking in the microwave for just 5 to 6 minutes before placing in the oven keeps the potato's original texture. Drizzling with olive oil and sprinkling with salt before baking at 400 F will allow the skin to get nice and crisp.

How long to bake a potato in a convection oven at 425? ›

Directions:
  1. Pre-heat oven to 425°F. Wash and dry potatoes.
  2. With a fork or sharp knife, pierce each potato 2 or 3 times.
  3. Rub each potato with a little oil (just enough to lightly coat) and salt generously.
  4. Place on a cookie sheet or baking pan. Bake 50 to 60 minutes or until tender when pierced with a fork.

How long to bake Yukon Gold potatoes at 350? ›

Place potatoes on the oven rack and bake for 1.75 hours, until skins are hard and crispy. Remove from oven and using a serrated knife, cut in half, but not all the way through. Drizzle with your best olive oil and sprinkle on the salt. Enjoy!

Should I flip baked potatoes? ›

Bake for 50 to 60 minutes. Make sure to flip them every 20 minutes or so. The potatoes are done when the skins are dry and the insides feels soft when pierced with a fork.

Is 425 too hot for potatoes? ›

You can bake potatoes at different temperatures like 350, 375, even 425 degrees F. I recommend baking them at 400 degrees for crispy skin.

How long does it take to bake a potato at 400 in a convection oven? ›

As a general guide line with the convection oven you can bake the potatoes at 375 degrees F versus a higher temp in a conventional oven. Still, I have found 400 degrees F for 55-60 minutes works well and the potatoes are fully cooked when they reach 210 degrees F.

How long to bake Yukon Gold potatoes at 375? ›

The cook time will vary depending on the size and type of potato you're using, but generally, small Yukon Gold or Red Potatoes will take 20-25 minutes to cook, larger Russet Potatoes will take 30-35 minutes to cook, and sweet potatoes will take 35-40 minutes to cook.

What is the healthiest way to eat a baked potato? ›

"The healthiest way to eat a potato is baking it with the skin on," says Upton. "Baked potatoes add no additional calories like frying or roasting with oil." Sign up for our newsletter! Leaving the skins on the potato brings extra nutrients to the food.

How long do baked potatoes take at 375? ›

Perfect baked potatoes have crispy skin, and fluffy texture, and are filled with delicious toppings! How long to cook a baked potato at 375 degrees will take approximately 50 to 65 minutes, approximately.

Is 400 degrees too hot for potatoes? ›

You can bake potatoes at different temperatures like 350, 375, even 425 degrees F. I recommend baking them at 400 degrees for crispy skin.

How long to bake potatoes at 375 in foil? ›

How Long To Bake Potatoes At 375 In Foil?
  1. For smaller potatoes, bake them for about 25-30 minutes.
  2. For larger potatoes, bake them for 45 minutes to an hour.
Aug 3, 2022

Do potatoes bake faster in foil? ›

Some say wrapping baked potatoes in aluminum foil helps them cook faster (aluminum conducts heat, then traps it), and it does keep them hot for longer once they come out of the oven, which is why we think restaurants use this method. Wrapping potatoes will also give you a softer, steamed skin, if that's what you like.

Do I wrap potatoes in foil do they cook faster? ›

Wrapping potatoes in foil does not hasten baking. On the contrary, since the foil itself has to be heated before the potato begins to bake, cooking times increase slightly. Not only do you get better baked potatoes when you bake them unwrapped, you also save money.

Do potatoes bake faster covered or uncovered? ›

Yes, due to the steam not escaping, and steam has huge energy in it, so top and sides cook, without which that heat just “evaporates”, but the potatoes won't brown due to the moisture, so for that nice golden color and taste they need to finish uncovered.

How long to bake a potato at 400 in convection oven? ›

As a general guide line with the convection oven you can bake the potatoes at 375 degrees F versus a higher temp in a conventional oven. Still, I have found 400 degrees F for 55-60 minutes works well and the potatoes are fully cooked when they reach 210 degrees F.

Can you overcook a baked potato? ›

Over baking the potato -

Visual signs: The potato skin will start to wrinkle when over cooked. The potato, when wrapped in foil or placed on the bottom of a pan will have a dark brown spot on the bottom, a sure sign of over cooking.

What temperature will damage potatoes? ›

Frost damage occurs when tuber temperature drops below approximately 30 degrees Fahrenheit and tuber tissues freeze. Potatoes that are closer to the surface are more likely to experience freezing temperatures than those deeper in the soil.

How much time should you bake potatoes? ›

Preheat the oven to 425°F and line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Use a fork to poke a few holes into the potatoes. Place on the baking sheet, rub with olive oil, and sprinkle liberally with sea salt all over. Bake 45 to 60 minutes, or until the potato is fork-tender and the skin is crisp.

Do you poke holes in potatoes before baking? ›

"Yes, it's good to prick them," Smith told Food52. "It pokes holes in the skin, which allows steam to escape. Otherwise, they could explode—it doesn't happen all the time, but it happens every once in a while. The potato is full of water it's trying to turn to steam, or water vapor.

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