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  • How to bake a lot of potatoes at once?

    To bake a lot of potatoes at one time, first try to pick out potatoes of similar size so that they will bake evenly in the oven. Preheat the oven to 500 degrees. Normally you would bake the potatoes at 400 degrees, but when you are cooking this many potatoes at one time it would take them too long to cook at that temperature.

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    Need to bake potatoes for 20, 50, or more people? Need to keep baked potatoes warm for a potluck?

    You can actually bake them ahead of time and keep them warm for up to 6 hours before you need to have them ready. Learn how to make baked potatoes for a crowd, the easy way!

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    Preparing the Potatoes for Baking

    To bake a lot of potatoes at one time, first try to pick out potatoes of similar size so that they will bake evenly in the oven.

    Preheat the oven to 500 degrees. Normally you would bake the potatoes at 400 degrees, but when you are cooking this many potatoes at one time it would take them too long to cook at that temperature.

    Wash the potatoes well, and scrub them with a vegetable brush. Lightly coat the potatoes with olive oil or vegetable oil, and cover them with a light coating of sea salt. Gently prick each potato with a fork a couple of times.

    Baked Potato in Foil or Not?

    Many people say it’s best to bake potatoes in aluminum foil, but this really isn’t necessary. Potatoes do bake a little faster when wrapped in foil, but the result will be slightly different.

    Potatoes wrapped in foil will result in more of a steamed or boiled consistency in your baked potato. Baking the potatoes without foil on them will result in a crispier skin. So whether or not you wrap the potatoes in foil to bake them is a personal preference.

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    Baking the Potatoes

    Place the prepared potatoes on a large baking sheet, making sure that none of the potatoes are touching each other. You can cook more than one baking sheet of potatoes at a time, so place as many potatoes in the oven as you have room for.

    Bake the potatoes for 30 minutes on one side and then turn them over and bake them for 30 more minutes. The potatoes are done when you can easily stick a fork into them.

    While the potatoes are baking fill a cooler half full of hot water and let it sit until the potatoes are done. When the potatoes come out of the oven, pour the hot water out of the cooler and quickly place the baked potatoes in the warmed cooler.

    If you need to bake a second batch of potatoes, bake them and then place them in the cooler with the first batch.

    How Long Can Baked Potatoes be Kept Warm?

    If you keep the cooler closed, the potatoes will stay warm up to 6 hours.

    Note: Some people like to bake potatoes with foil wrapped around them. This is fine if you are going to eat the potatoes right away, but it is not a good idea to use foil to store the potatoes in for hours at a time because bacteria can grow in the foil and possibly cause someone to get sick when they eat them.

    Can Baked Potatoes be Reheated?

    Is it safe to reheat baked potatoes? Yes! It is possible to reheat baked potatoes without them drying. Just heat them up in the oven at 425 degrees for about 10 minutes. Check and see if they need to be reheated a few more minutes.

    For best results, remove the potatoes from the foil first if they are still covered in foil from the first time they were baked.

    It’s also a good idea to let them come to room temperature before reheating them so that they will reheat evenly. Turn them over halfway through reheating to ensure even reheating.

    Can You Freeze Baked Potatoes?

    Yes! You can definitely freeze baked potatoes. Wrap your leftover baked potatoes in aluminum foil and place them in the freezer for a couple hours until they are frozen solid.

    Wrap the frozen potatoes in a second layer of aluminum foil and place them in ziploc freezer bags. When you are ready to reheat the potatoes, remove them from the freezer. No need to de-thaw the potatoes. 

    Reheat the frozen potatoes at 350 degrees for 45 minutes to an hour, until potatoes are heated through.

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  • What to do with leftover baked potatoes?

    —Kallee Krong-McCreery, Escondido, California On a whim, I stuffed eggs into potato shells as a way to use up leftover baked potatoes. It’s the brunch dish people ask for the most. —Lisa Renshaw, Kansas City, Missouri When I bake this for my family, any leftovers are always gone by morning. In the night, people sneak downstairs for a little snack!

    It wasn’t until my husband and I moved in together that I realized I’d been making baked potatoes wrong my entire life. My versions were OK but hardly inspired enthusiasm at the dinner table. Thankfully, as a Scotsman, he knows a thing or two about making jacket potatoes, the epitome of the perfect fluffy baked potato. Over in the UK, they’ve elevated it to an art. Once you adopt the Brits’ tricks, you’ll never make a baked potato any other way.

    What Is a Jacket Potato?

    Jacket potatoes are the British sibling to our classic American baked potato. However, a few slight tweaks to the recipe yield drastically different results. The jacket potato boasts crispy skin with phenomenally fluffy insides, the likes of which I’ve seldom encountered in the States.

    Russet potatoes are a great go-to. Here in the UK, we tend to use a variety called King Edward. Either way, their size and flavor are ideal for baking. Learn more about different types of potatoes.

    How Do the British Make a Fluffy Baked Potato?

    It’s absurdly easy! To achieve that flawless, ultra-fluffy inside, slice a cross-shape into your potatoes, about ¼ inch thick. This lets the steam escape, which helps create that soft cloud-like interior. If you want extra, extra crispy skin, take a pastry brush dipped in extra virgin olive oil, give the outer shells a quick once over, then liberally season with salt and pepper.

    Bake the potatoes at 400° F for about 1 ½ to 2 hours, depending on your oven.

    Then, take the potatoes out and slice deeper into the existing cuts. Pop the spuds back in the oven for another 10 minutes. The last step is to plate your jacket potato and crown it with a pat of butter. (Pick up some Kerrygold. You’ll thank me later.)

    Now that you know the essentials, you can try different toppings on your jacket potato. Check out these killer baked potato recipes for inspiration:

    pizza potato toppersTaste of Home
    Not only is this recipe quick and easy to make, but it's an economical treat as well. I don't know of a more satisfying way to stretch a half pound of meat! —Sheila Friedrich, Antelope, Montana Get Recipe
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    This recipe is as hearty as it gets—part bbq pork, part potatoes, completely delicious. My family can't get enough of this bbq baked potato recipe. —Shannon M Harris, Tyler, Texas
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    I got this recipe from my aunt, a terrific cook. Full of bacon, cheese and chives, the soup tastes just like a loaded baked potato. My husband and I love to hunker down with it on chilly nights. —Molly Seidel, Edgewood, New Mexico
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    On weekends, we often have salad, steak and a baked potato. This twist on that classic steakhouse dinner combines all three into one easy dish. —Debbie Glasscock, Conway, Arkansas
    Loaded Baked Potato RoundsTaste of Home
    I was trying to create an appetizer that could be served at my teenaged daughters birthday party that the kids would love but that would appear elegant enough for the adults to be interested as well. These are made with simple ingredients yet yield a sophisticated result. Feel free to get creative with the flavors. Try shredded white cheddar in place of mozzarella or thyme instead of the rosemary. Take it up another notch by topping the rounds with smoked fish. —Amanda Digges, South Windsor, Connecticut
    Baked Potato PizzaTaste of Home
    I make this creative baked potato pizza for Super Bowl parties. The sour cream, bacon, onions and cheese make every bite taste just like a loaded baked potato. —Gina Pierson, Centralia, Missouri
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    This is a new way to do breakfast potatoes! This baked potato dish would be eggs-cellent for brunch or a breakfast-for-dinner evening! The options are endless, but one thing's for sure: Once you get a taste, you'll want more! —Becky Carver, North Royalton, Ohio
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    I never thought of using waffle-cut fries as a scoop for dip until a friend of mine did at a baby shower. They’re ideal for my cheesy bacon and chive dip, which tastes just like a baked potato topper. —Betsy King, Duluth, Minnesota
    Slow-Cooker Baked PotatoesTaste of Home
    These slow-cooker baked potatoes are so easy—just add your favorite toppings. Save any extra potatoes to make baked potato soup the next day. —Teresa Emrick, Tipp City, Ohio
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    Sweet potatoes are topped with bacon, veggies, pulled pork and goat cheese for a unique take on a baked potato dinner.
    Pepperoni Pizza Baked PotatoesTaste of Home
    These tasty taters were a spur-of-the-moment recipe I created from leftovers! It's a true mash-up meal that combines two dinnertime favorites into one super-fun meal. —Dawn E. Lowenstein, Huntingdon Valley, Pennsylvania
    Creamy Twice-Baked PotatoesTaste of Home
    With a yummy cream cheese filling, these rich potatoes tucked into their own skins are sure winners. They look fancy but are not tricky to make. —Linda Wheeler, Harrisburg, Pennsylvania
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    For a nifty way to spice up plain old potatoes, try Tressa Surdick's recipe. To make them, she slices the spuds, then seasons them before baking. "Just before they're done, I sprinkle cheese on top of each potato. Our guest always rave about the," Tressa pens from Bethel Park, Pennsylvania. (To make the cutting easier, Tressa share this tip: "Place the handle of a wooden spoon along the bottom of the potato—this will prevent your knife from going all the way through.")
    Buenos Dias Baked PotatoesTaste of Home
    Convenience products take the heavy labor out of this Tex-Mex baked potato entree.
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    These special stuffed baked potatoes are a hit with my whole family, from the smallest grandchild on up. I prepare them up to a week in advance, wrap them well and freeze. Their flavorful filling goes so nicely with juicy ham slices. —Marge Clark, West Lebanon, Indiana
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    Wondering how to make potato skins taste great? I top my restaurant-worthy loaded potato skins with cheese, bacon and a dollop of sour cream. Have them at lunch, snack time or cocktail hour. —Trish Perrin, Keizer, Oregon
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    I found our favorite soup in an unexpected place—a children's cookbook! This creamy comfort food is not only delicious but also scaled down to make a small amount that's perfect for my husband and me. —Linda Mumm, Davenport, Iowa
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    My family and friends love the warm and inviting flavors of the luscious citrus butter, smooth cream cheese, sweet dates, fresh sage and toasted pecans that surround and capture the deliciousness of sweet potato in every bite of this side. —Brenda Watts, Gaffney, South Carolina
    That's Amore Baked PotatoesTaste of Home
    We add a touch of Italy to these baked potatoes with beefed up spaghetti sauce, pepperoni and more. Now, that's amore!
    Two-Tone Baked PotatoesTaste of Home
    One potato...two potato...this recipe is doubly wonderful as far as spud lovers are concerned. I have a reputation at home and at work for trying out new recipes. Everyone is glad I took a chance on this one. -Sherree Stahn, Central City, Nebraska
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    My daughter gave me this twice-baked potatoes recipe because she knows I love potatoes. The hearty casserole is loaded with a palate-pleasing combination of bacon, cheeses, green onions and sour cream. —Betty Miars, Anna, Ohio
    Favorite Baked Potato SoupTaste of Home
    My husband and I enjoyed a delicious baked potato soup at a restaurant while on vacation and I came home determined to duplicate the flavor. It took me five years to get the taste right! —Joann Goetz, Genoa, Ohio
    Taco Tater SkinsTaste of Home
    I wanted to make a version of these with ingredients most people have on hand. We make a meal out of these skins, but they're also great for parties as appetizers. —Phyllis Douglas, Fairview, Michigan
    Loaded Baked Potato SaladTaste of Home
    I revamped my mother's potato salad recipe to taste more like baked potatoes with all the fixin's, which I love. It's now the most requested dish at family gatherings. Even my mother asked for the recipe! —Jackie Deckard, Solsberry, Indiana
    Chili Dog Baked PotatoesTaste of Home
    These chili dogs are nestled in baked potatoes for a delicious and satisfying meal. They're perfect for a barbecue, but they're just as tasty any time of year! —Anna Miller, Churdan, Iowa
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    It always amazed me that this simple recipe could make potatoes taste so good. Mom liked to make them for Easter because they were more special than ordinary baked potatoes. —Ruth Seitz, Columbus Junction, Iowa
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    This is a stuffed potato with a tasty twist. Teenagers like the flavor the green chiles and cheese add.
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    I can never get enough of this baked sweet potato fries recipe! Even though my grocery store sells them in the frozen foods section, I still love to pull them out of my garden and chop them up fresh! —Amber Massey, Argyle, Texas
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    These well-seasoned baked potatoes are a fun alternative to plain baked potatoes. It's easy to help yourself to just the amount you want, too, since the potato halves are scored into sections. — Barbara Wheeler, Sparks Glencoe, Maryland
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    Bacon, cheddar and sour cream turn ordinary potatoes into an extraordinary twice baked potato casserole. It's one of our family's beloved standards for the holidays. —Kyle Cox, Scottsdale, Arizona
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    This side always takes my guests by surprise because of the smoky, creamy flavor. No doubt you'll get major kudos when you place these potatoes on your table. —Cynthia Boberskyj Rochester, NY
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    I recommend serving these Parmesan potato wedges alongside a salad for a light lunch or serving them as a side dish with a chicken or beef entree. —Beth Ask, Ulster, Pennsylvania
    Ham and Broccoli Baked PotatoesTaste of Home
    This loaded baked potato dish is a spin on a favorite family recipe I have made for years: ham and potato casserole. It's a great recipe when you have a tight food budget, and it tastes amazing! The potatoes and filling can be prepared ahead of time, then assembled prior to serving. —Patricia Prescott, Manchester, New Hampshire
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    My husband is a meat and potatoes guy, so I try new combinations for variety. In this dish, twice-baked potatoes and potato skins make a scrumptious casserole. —Cyndy Gerken, Naples, Florida
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    My husband is a rancher who loves a hearty potato dish, so consider these spuds with cheddar and spinach cowboy approved! My crowd never leaves leftovers. —Jody Augustyn, Loup City, NE
    Southern Loaded Sweet PotatoesTaste of Home
    For a taste of a southern classic, we make sweet potatoes stuffed with pulled pork and coleslaw and manage to sidestep the calorie overload. —Amy Burton, Cary, North Carolina
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    Take a break from heavy meat dishes with these chock-full-of-vegetables baked potatoes. —Taste of Home Test Kitchen
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    I can't count the times I've turned to this tried-and-true recipe when company is coming. The potato filling is creamy and rich tasting, plus the servings are attractive. But the best part is you can spare yourself the hassle of mashing potatoes at the last minute. —Audrey Thibodeau, Gilbert, Arizona
    BLT Twice-Baked PotatoesTaste of Home
    Two favorites go together in this hearty dish: BLTs and twice-baked potatoes. I like to serve these potatoes with grilled steaks or barbecued chicken. —Mary Shenk, DeKalb, Illinois
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    Stuffed with your favorite fixings, this baked potato recipe is an easy meal in one. Make it vegetarian by using smashed black beans instead of ground beef. —Anne Ormond, Dover, New Hampshire
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    My four young children are experts at eating with their hands. This breakfast potato recipe (or "brunchskins") with veggies makes an easy finger food that they love. —Mindy Campbell, Rapid City, Michigan
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    Each week my husband and I have steak with a potato variation, like these tangy baked spuds. How can you go wrong with mushrooms and sherry? —Charlene Chambers, Ormond Beach, Florida
    Corned Beef Baked PotatoesTaste of Home
    Corned beef and potatoes make a good team! This yummy dish is an easy way to use up any leftover corned beef, or you can buy a small amount at a deli. You can even make these ahead, or make extra to freeze for later. —Kallee Krong-McCreery, Escondido, California
    Fiesta Egg & Potato BoatsTaste of Home
    On a whim, I stuffed eggs into potato shells as a way to use up leftover baked potatoes. It’s the brunch dish people ask for the most. —Lisa Renshaw, Kansas City, Missouri
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    When I bake this for my family, any leftovers are always gone by morning. In the night, people sneak downstairs for a little snack! Stir in broccoli, asparagus or peas if you've got 'em. —Colleen Trenholm, Dartmouth, Nova Scotia
    This Is the Secret to the Perfect Fluffy Baked Potato
  • How do you clean potatoes before baking?

    Scrub potatoes and rinse well with cold water. Remove excess moisture by drying potatoes with a clean tea towel or white paper towels, if baking in a conventional oven. Remove the "eyes" from the potatoes. Cut off any bruised or bad spots, if required. Pierce the potatoes once or twice with a fork. This will allow for faster, more even cooking.
    • Baking potatoes, 6 to 8 ounces each — russet or red potatoes, depending on personal taste
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    • Chives (optional)
    • Olive oil (optional)
    • Butter (optional)
    • Cheese (optional)
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      Rub the potatoes with olive oil to coat evenly. (optional). Season with salt and pepper. Place the potatoes on a baking tray or roasting dish (optional). (Some people prefer to put the potato directly onto the wire rack.)

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      Bake potatoes at 425 °F (218 °C) for 45 to 60 minutes.[2] [3] Potatoes are done when they can be pierced easily with a fork.

      • Potatoes may also be baked at lower temperatures for longer times. This process tends to give the outside of the spud a crisper skin.[2] 350 °F (177 °C) for approximately 90 minutes or 375 °F (191 °C) for approximately 75 minutes is a good guideline.
      • Cooking times will vary. Not all potatoes are uniform in size and mass, making these cooking times a guideline, not a rule. Perform the fork test to figure out if the potato has reached the doneness you want.
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      Wrap the potatoes in aluminum foil. Aluminum foil is a good conductor of heat, meaning that the cooking time on baked potatoes wrapped in aluminum foil will probably go down. If you like baked potatoes with crispy skins, however, look out: wrapping in aluminum foil creates a potato with skin that is more steamed than crispy.[4]

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      Bake at 425 °F (218 °C) for ~45 to 60 minutes, or 400 °F (204 °C) for 60 to 70 minutes. Slower-cooked baked potatoes often have a creamier center.

      • Check the potato for doneness slightly before you think it may be finished cooking. Because the aluminum foil accelerates the cooking, you may want to check early to avoid an overdone potato.
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    • Question

      Should the potato be poked with a fork while wrapped in foil?

      Community Answer

      You can do that, but it's better to pierce the potato prior to wrapping it in foil. This allows for the potato to cook more evenly.

    • Question

      Can I use any size of potato?

      Community Answer

      When baking potatoes, size is never the key. Any size will work, but bigger potatoes may take longer to fully bake than smaller potatoes.

    • Question

      Is it very important to remove the eyes?

      Community Answer

      No. It gives more texture to the potato. The eyes are edible and won't hurt you.

    • Question

      How long does it take to cook a jacket potato in the oven?

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      Slow and steady is the key here, so bake the potato at 350 °F (175 °C) for about 1 hour and 30 minutes. Alternatively, you can bake it at 375 °F (191 °C) for about 1 hour and 15 minutes.

    • Question

      Can I bake potatoes in a toaster oven?

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      It depends on the quality of the toaster oven. In a Breville Smart compact oven, sure. In one of those cheap tin machines, probably not. If the oven toasts bread evenly, it will probably be fine.

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      How long do you bake a potato wrapped in foil?

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      You can bake a foil-wrapped potato in the oven at 425 °F (218 °C) for 45 to 60 minutes. You can also bake it at 400 °F (204 °C) for 60 to 70 minutes.

    • Question

      How many potatoes can I bake at one time?

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      It depends on the size and power of your oven along with several other factors, but you should definitely be able to cook about 6 at a time without an issue. I often bake 8 potatoes at a time! Just be careful and make sure you can monitor them all so they don't burn. If you're using a microwave, you should really only do one at a time.

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      To speed up the process, can I bake in microwave and crisp up in the oven?

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      Yes, that can work. Microwave the potatoes for 2 - 3 minutes until soft, then allow them to crisp in the oven for 10 - 15 minutes.

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      How long will it take to bake ten potatoes?

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      It doesn't really depend on the amount of the potatoes but more on the size. Try to cut them in smaller pieces and make sure they are all about the same size so that all potatoes are baked on the same time. It can take about 20 to 25 minutes if they are smaller. You can prepare them in a microwave as well.

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  • How to reheat a baked potato?

    To reheat the potato, take it out of the refrigerate and let it get back to room temperature. Then bake at 350° until it's warmed through, about 15 minutes. Now you're armed with our best know-how. How you top your baked potato is a different story and entirely up to you.

    Each day, thousands of people search "how to bake potatoes." So please, do not be embarrassed to be here, you are definitely not alone. Though the only kitchen skill you might need is how to set your oven's timer, there are still a lot of ways you can go wrong. Here are our top baked potato tips for perfect results every time:

    The Best Types Of Baking Potatoes

    Russet potatoes make the best baked potatoes because of their thick skin and starchy, fluffy interior (once baked, of course). Leave the waxy potatoes for halving and roasting with some rosemary.

    Why You Need To Scrub Them 

    Those russets you're about to eat came from the ground and are probably still covered in a considerable amount of dirt. Give 'em a rinse, people! 

    The Key To Crispy Skin

    Dry skin = crispy baked skin, and you definitely want to eat the skin. It's got all the flavor. After you give the potatoes a good scrub down, make sure to dry them thoroughly with a clean dish towel. Moisture will result in soggy sadness.  

    You'll also want to coat them with olive oil. Not only does it help the skin crisp up even more but it makes it taste better. Rub the potatoes all over (you want them slick!) before baking, then season generously. Without enough salt, they'll taste boring and plain.

    Poking Holes

    When you don't pierce the potato before baking, it'll likely explode in the oven—literally. It will also creepily whistle! (We're still trying to get to the bottom of this.) Pricking it all over with a fork or paring knife helps steam escape and avoid both of the above (not ideal) situations. 

    How Long To Bake Potatoes In The Oven

    A baked potato takes patience—most likely an hour and a half! Turning up the temperature in an effort to cook the potatoes more quickly won't work. The outside will cook too quickly and you'll have a sad, hard, semi-raw middle. 

    Storing Leftovers

    Baked potatoes taste best straight from the oven. But if you want to make them ahead of time, let them cool completely before storing them in an airtight container for up to 5 days. Do not store it in foil as experts warn that this has been linked to botulism. 

    To reheat the potato, take it out of the refrigerate and let it get back to room temperature. Then bake at 350° until it's warmed through, about 15 minutes. 

    Baked Potato Variations

    Now you're armed with our best know-how. How you top your baked potato is a different story and entirely up to you. Personally, I love filling it with spinach-artichoke dip. 😈  But if you prefer buffalo-chicken, you do you. 

    What is a twice baked potato?

    A twice baked potato is simple in its genius and deliciousness. Essentially they are baked potatoes that are halved and scooped out slightly. The scooped out potato flesh is mashed and mixed with things like sour cream, butter and scallions and that filling is then stuffed back into the potato skins. Sprinkle them with cheese and bake until melty. It will have you questioning which type of potato reigns supreme.

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    2. Bake until potatoes are easily pierced with a fork, 1 hour to 1 hour 30 minutes. 

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One potato, two potato—you’ll be making more when you use all the tips here for fluffy baked potatoes with crispy skin.

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Fraya is a chef and a contributing writer at Food Network.

It’s quite possible that the best baked potato you ever had was at a steak house. Maybe it just had butter, salt and freshly ground black pepper – or maybe it was loaded with sour cream, shredded cheese, bacon and green onion. Either way, it probably had crackly-crisp thin and unbelievably fluffy inside. What’s the best way to achieve said baked potato perfection? There are a few specific tips and steps you should follow; we’ve outlined them here.

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 baked potato will register 210 degrees F on a quick-read thermometer when fully cooked. A sweet potato might register up to 212 degrees F because it has so much sugar in it.

No, No, No. Not if you want that delicious crispy skin. The foil traps the steam that escapes the potato and the skin will never crisp.

Let’s start with the single most important factor: you must use a russet potato for a fluffy baked potato. A russet is a brown, high-starch potato that can be grown anywhere, but we most frequently call them Idaho potatoes or just bakers. High starch gives you a fluffy baked potato, whereas a red potato is low starch, much better and more stable in a soup or stew or chowder because it won’t break down easily. Buy potatoes that are as close in size as possible to one another so they will bake in the same amount of time. Select firm, smooth potatoes, free of cuts from shovels and spots that are sprouting (these are called “eyes”).

Store potatoes in a cool, dark, dry spot, being careful not to place them anywhere near onions: onions produce ethylene gas, which can cause potatoes to sprout, soften and rot. And don’t ever store potatoes in the refrigerator. The cold temperature tricks the potato into thinking that it’s winter and it needs to feed itself, so it converts its starch to sugar. Sugar isn’t fluffy and starchy, and you’ll end up with dense baked potatoes.

To start: Position the oven racks in the bottom and middle of the oven and preheat to 400 degrees F. Wash and dry the potatoes. Using a fork, pierce each potato twice, once on each side. Put the potatoes on a baking sheet and drizzle with oil.

Add oil: Use a pastry brush to evenly coat the potatoes with the oil.

Season with salt and pepper: Season the skin with salt and freshly ground black pepper.

Place potatoes on the oven rack: Put the potatoes directly on the upper oven rack - you want the air to move freely around the potato to keep the skin dry to encourage crisping - and put the baking sheet on the rack below them to catch any drippings. Bake until the potatoes are soft when squeezed and the skins are crispy, about 45 minutes.

Cut down the middle of the potato: Using your sheet pan, transfer the potatoes from the oven to the counter. Cut a slit about 3/4-inch down the length of each potato.

Push the potato open: Hold an end of the potato in each hand and push down and inward to open the potato up and squish some of the potato out of the skin so it fluffs up.

Top the potato: Top each split baked potato with butter, salt and freshly ground pepper. Serve with chives and any ingredients you’d like for loaded baked potatoes.

Fun fact: the high-speed fan will crisp the skin better than any other method.

  1. Follow all the steps for prepping a potato in a regular oven.
  2. Set the Air Fryer to 375 degrees F and bake the potato for 50 to 60 minutes.

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This is the fastest way to make a baked potato, but it doesn’t make for crispy skin. For crispy skin, pop the cooked potatoes in a 425-degree F oven for five-ten minutes after microwaving.

  1. Prick them with a fork four or five times: you don’t want the steam to build up in the skin and explode your potato.
  2. Rub them with oil and season with salt and pepper.
  3. Place two potatoes max in a shallow microwave safe dish. If you’re cooking one potato, cook it for 5 minutes. If you’re making two, cook them 5 to 7 minutes. Flip the potatoes and cook them about 3 minutes longer, checking for doneness by sliding a fork or knife into the center – the potatoes are done when it slides in easily.

Baking sweet potatoes is almost exactly like baking Russet potatoes. Heat oven to 425 degrees F. Wash the sweet potatoes and prick them a few times with a fork. Put the sweet potatoes on a sheet pan and bake them on the sheet pan: sugar will ooze out of the potatoes as they bake and will drip to the bottom of the oven if you bake them on the open rack. Check for doneness after 45 minutes. For more in-depth directions and pictures, check out How to Bake Sweet Potatoes.

Baked Potatoes

This baked potato recipe calls for small potatoes, so keep an eye on the time when baking them: they'll be cooked through in less than 1 hour.

Cheese-Stuffed Baked Potatoes

Cheese-Stuffed Baked Potatoes are actually Twice-Baked Cheese-Stuffed Baked Potatoes. You can make them early in the day and then just reheat 20 minutes before dinner.

Sloppy Joe Baked Potatoes

These Sloppy Joe Baked Potatoes are super easy, but we think their best attribute is that they are a dinner in one dish: the chili makes it a meal. Add a fresh salad and dinner is done.

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Horseradish-Bacon Twice-Baked Potatoes

Using horseradish is not for timid eaters: its flavor is strong but oh-so-delicious when mixed with sour cream.

Super-Stuffed Baked Potatoes

Bacon, cauliflower, buttermilk, cheese and scallions: all this in a potato? Yup, that’s why we call them Super-Stuffed.

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Here are five ways to bake whole potatoes using an oven, microwave, slow cooker, grill, or air-fryer. No matter what your cooking set up is at home, you can enjoy baked 'taters, precious.

A baked potato can be a simple side dish topped with butter and herbs, or a hearty meal in itself, stuffed with whatever your hungry imagination has in mind. (Got leftover chili, stew, or vegetables? Tuck them into your baked potato.) But first, you need to bake a potato so it's tender and fluffy and ready to showcase those toppings. Ready. Set. Bake!

Best for when you've got other things to do for an hour or so.

Baked Potato with bacon, scallions, and cheese

Try this recipe: Baked Potato

Turn the oven on to 350° F. (Note that the oven does not have to be fully up to temperature before you put the potato in. Convenient, right?) Scrub the potato with a vegetable brush. Prick all over with a fork or cut a deep slit on the top to release steam as it cooks. At this point, you can bake it three different ways:

  1. For crispy skin, place a potato directly on the middle oven rack and bake for 60 to 90 minutes.
  2. For tender skin, pat your potato dry and rub the skin with olive oil. Sprinkle with kosher salt (optional), place in a baking dish, and bake for 60 to 90 minutes. For skin that's even more tender, wrap your scrubbed, pricked, dried, oiled, seasoned potato in foil before baking on the oven rack or in a baking dish.

Tip: Pierce the potato before wrapping it in foil. If you pierce it afterwards, you might push bits of foil into the potato. (Not exactly what you want in your baked potato.)

How long to bake potatoes? Total cooking time depends on the size of the potato; it's done when its starch has become tender and fluffy. To test, put on an oven glove and lightly squeeze the potato. It should easily give way to gentle pressure.

Great for cooks in a hurry.

Microwave Baked Potato topped with sour cream and bacon

Try this recipe: Microwave Baked Potato

Scrub the potato, prick all over with a fork, and place on a microwave-safe plate. How long does it take to bake a potato in the microwave? Again, it depends. The user's manual that comes with your microwave may have instructions. But if not, start by cooking the scrubbed and pricked potato on full power for 5 minutes. Turn over and cook again for 5 minutes, or until the potato is soft when squeezed. Note the skin will not be crisp like an oven-baked or grilled potato.

When you need to keep your oven free, you don't want to heat up your kitchen, or you want potatoes to bake while you're away.

Slow Cooker Baked Potatoes

Try this recipe: Slow Cooker Baked Potato

Scrub potatoes and prick all over with a fork. Rub the skin with olive oil and sprinkle with salt and dried herbs (optional). Wrap with foil, and cook on High for 4½ to 5 hours, or on LOW for 7½ to 8 hours until soft.

A classic choice for camping or cookouts.

potatoes wrapped in foil on a grill

Try this recipe: Leslie's Salty Grilled Potatoes

Heat grill to medium-high. Scrub potatoes and boil for 5 minutes to jumpstart the cooking process. Or prick with a fork and microwave for 2 minutes, turn them over, and microwave for another 2 minutes. (Obviously, if you're camping you might not have a microwave handy.) Rub skin with olive oil and season as desired. Now you can grill it a couple of different ways:

  1. Place wrapped or unwrapped potato on the heated grill, close cover and cook over indirect heat for about 15 minutes, turning occasionally, until potato is tender. OR
  2. Double wrap potato in heavy-duty foil and bury in hot coals for 30 to 60 minutes, or until tender.

Another good use for your air fryer.

Try this recipe: Air Fryer Baked Potato

Poke some holes in your scrubbed potatoes with a fork. Rub them with a little vegetable oil, sprinkle with salt and pepper and other seasonings if you like, and place them in the air fryer basket. Don't crowd the potatoes because you want the hot air circulating around them. Cook at 390° F. How long does it take to bake a potato in the air fryer? Depends on the size, of course. Check after about 35 minutes. The air fryer will create a nice crispy skin.

Ultimate Twice Baked Potatoes
  • Slice the potato in half to form two boats, make slits in the flesh, and top as desired. Or use the two halves to make twice-baked potatoes.
  • Cut a slit down along the top and squeeze both ends of the potato toward the center to fluff up the starch and release the steam. Top as desired with butter, sour cream, cheese, vegetables, chili, stew...you get the picture.

When it comes to baking, a russet potato is your best choice. Also known as an Idaho or baking potato (go figure), a russet potato contains the kind of starch that cooks up drier and flakier, making it ideal for soaking up butter, sour cream, chili, and whatever else you're pouring over your potato. Its thick skin also helps the potato create its own delicious, edible serving bowl.

Choose dry, firm, smooth-skinned russet potatoes without cuts, bruises, sprouts, or hints of green. That greenish tinge is caused by a poisonous glycoalkaloid called solanine, caused when the potato is exposed to light during the growing cycle. Always cut the green parts away before cooking. The sprouts are harmless signs of growth, but should be cut out before baking. Store potatoes in a cool, dry, dark spot with ventilation (not in a plastic bag).

  • Find more baked potato recipes, and get tips for different ways to cook potatoes, including mashed, fried, stewed, shredded, sliced, diced, and wedged.
  • To really switch things up, make these show-stopping Swedish-style Hasselback potatoes.
  • And just in case you think potatoes aren't paleo-friendly, think again. Turns out paleo people CAN have potatoes with their steak.

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11-10-2021 · Directions Preheat the oven to 400˚. Scrub the potatoes clean and dry them, then prick them all over with a fork. Place the potatoes on a baking sheet. Rub them all …

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Baked potatoes are one of the best—and easiest—comfort foods to make. Plus, potatoes are inexpensive, last a long time in your pantry, and can take on just about any flavor you throw at them. They're delicious served alongside a juicy steak or with chicken, but are also a great base for a meal on their own when topped with bacon, cheese, and sour cream. The best part is that you only need a couple of ingredients to truly make the perfect simple baked potato: potatoes and oil. Oh and some butter—always finish them off with a hefty pat of butter! But if you're not sure how to make a baked potato in the oven, we've got all the information you need here. 

Any potato can be baked whole, but we recommend russets for the best results. They're high in starch and low in moisture, which makes them perfect for baking. The skin gets nice and crisp and is sturdy enough to protect the fluffy potato flesh inside. Once you have the method down, try some of our favorite baked potato recipes, like BLT Baked Potatoes, Twice Baked Potatoes, Slice-Baked Potatoes, or these spicy Buffalo Chicken Baked Potatoes.

What type of potato is best for baking?
You can really bake any kind of potato, but the best potatoes for baking are those that are low in moisture, like a russet or an Idaho potato. Waxier potatoes like yukon golds or red-skinned potatoes won’t result in a fluffy center when baked.

What temperature do you bake potatoes at?
We recommend baking potatoes at 400˚ to get the best texture inside and the crispiest skin on the outside.

Should baked potatoes be wrapped in foil?

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 should you bake a potato for?

Depending on the size, 50 minutes to 1 hour at 400˚ should do the trick and result in perfectly fluffy flesh with crispy skin.

Why bake potatoes in the oven instead of the microwave?

The microwave may be the faster method, but the oven will cook the potatoes more evenly and give the potatoes a crispy finish with a soft inside.

What is the best way to store potatoes before and after you bake them?


Store raw potatoes in a cool, dry place away from light. If stored correctly, they’ll last about two weeks before you should toss them. Learn more about how to store potatoes. Leftover baked potatoes can be stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3 days—they won't be quite as crisp on the outside, but they'll still be good!
 

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  1. Preheat the oven to 400˚. Scrub the potatoes clean and dry them, then prick them all over with a fork.
  2. Place the potatoes on a baking sheet. Rub them all over with the canola oil and bake until they are cooked thoroughly and soft in the center, about 1 hour.

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If you’ve been searching for the perfect method for how to bake a potato, I’m delighted to bring you my guide for making a perfectly baked potato with a fluffy center and a crispy, salty skin.

Here are a few of my favorite potatoe recipes: Classic Scalloped Potatoes, Instant Pot Loaded Baked Potato Soup and Twice-Baked Potatoes with Bacon.

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How to Bake a Potato

You may not think baking potatoes is rocket science, but I will say it’s somewhat of an art that not everyone is aware of! That’s why I wanted to collect and share my best tips for how to bake a potato to perfection — we don’t want any dry, crumbly insides or mushy skins up in here. In fact, I firmly believe the *perfect* baked potato has a slightly crispy and salty exterior with a fluffy, moist inside.

If that sounds like your idea of a good time, then you’ll love these tips and use them all the time just like I do. In fact, I serve baked potatoes as an entree to my family at least once a month! They often get cast as a side dish, but with the right selection (the bigger, the better) and toppings (get you some protein and veggies on there), they make for an easy and delicious dinner that the whole family can have fun with customizing.

Potato being brushed with oil by pastry brush

What does a perfectly baked potato look like?

The interior should be entirely fluffy and light, while the skin needs to be crispy and salty, but not burnt. (It’s a fine line!)

What is the best type of potatoes for baking?

Russets are generally considered the best potato for baking because of their thick skin that can get nice and crisp and their high starch content, which lends to that great fluffy texture inside that we want.

Four photo collage of baked potatoes. The first photo is of four potatoes. The second photo is of a fork poking a potato. The third photo is of oil being brushed onto a potato. The last photo is of the baked potato being cut open.

Do I have to prick the skin of the potato?

I’ve never personally experienced a potato exploding if you don’t prick it, but I do think it helps some of the moisture to escape. (UPDATE January 2020, I TOTALLY hade a baked potato EXLPODE!!!! I take back what I said, POKE THOSE POTATOES, it was a mess to clean up and I’m just grateful it happened when the oven door was shut!)

Why shouldn’t I just stick the potato in the microwave?

Microwaves are good for reheating food, but they heat very unevenly, causing the heat to get too high and pressure to build. The potato cell walls actually burst and release starch molecules that glue together the broken cell walls. (See? It IS a little more science than you’d think!) This results in an unevenly cooked potato that is gummy in the middle. Yuck. So, it can be done in a pinch, but I wouldn’t recommend for all the time.

top view of baked potatoes with butter on board with knife

Why do you skip the foil?

Foil will trap the heat in and essentially steam the potato instead of roasting it. And trust me, you want it roasted because that’s what crisps up the skin and makes it SO good.

Why don’t you brush the oil on the potato before baking it?

Just like foil, oil acts as a barrier and the steam won’t be able to release the same. By adding the oil after the potato is cooked, and then baking it for 10 more minutes, you end up with the most delicious skin that is crisp but not burnt. I also recommend not using butter because the water in butter makes the skin soggy instead of crisp, and butter burns easier at high temperatures.

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What if I want to bake my potatoes with another dish?

Such a great question! I do this all the time. I’ll often make a pan of my favorite chicken leg recipe and bake the potatoes alongside it. Just bake the potatoes until they register between 205 to 212 degrees F. on the inside, add your oil, and bake for 10 more minutes. You can easily check the internal temperature with a cheap instant-read thermometer.

How long do you bake a potato? What temperature do you bake potatoes at?

If your potatoes are medium sized, about 5 to 8 ounces, here’s about how long you bake them at varying temperatures:

45 minutes at 400 degrees F.
60 minutes at 350 degrees F.
90 minutes at 325 degrees F.

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If you’re wondering how to bake a potato, this post is exactly what you need! This is your ultimate guide to making a perfectly baked potato with a fluffy center & a crispy skin.

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  • 4 Potatoes (about 58 ounces each)
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • Salt
  1. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees. Wash and scrub your potatoes clean. Poke each potato with a fork a few times to allow steam to release while cooking.
  2. Place potatoes directly on a baking rack set inside a baking sheet and place them in the oven.
  3. Bake until the center of the potato reaches between 205 and 212 degrees. This will be roughly 35-45 minutes depending on the size of the potatoes.
  4. Remove from the oven and use a pastry brush to coat each potato in a thin coat of olive oil.  Sprinkle with salt and then flip them over and brush the other side with oil and sprinkle with salt.
  5. Bake the potatoes for an additional 10 minutes to crisp the skin.
  6. Remove the potatoes from the oven, cut a small X on the top of each potato and then using two hands (be careful, they are hot), gently press the potatoes inward so that they “bloom” from the X.
  7. Enjoy right away with your favorite toppings.
  • These were medium sized potatoes that came in a 10 pound bag. If you are using the large “baking” potatoes, be sure to add at least a half an hour, if not more, to the cooking time.
  • Table salt, kosher salt, and sea salt (fine to coarse) all work well here. I like a mix of fine and coarse sea salt on the outside.
  • Not committed to putting the tater directly on a oven rack? Stick a wire baking wrack inside of a rimmed baking sheet and let the potatoes cook on the rack. Last option, line a baking sheet with foil and bake on the baking sheet.
  • Category: Side
  • Method: Oven
  • Cuisine: American
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 176 Fat: 1.6g Cholesterol: 0mg Sodium: 710.4mg Carbohydrates: 37.3g Sugars: 1.7g Protein: 4.4g Vitamin A: 0µg Vitamin C: 42mg

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Basics by The BakerMama: How to Bake a Potato

12-01-2021 · Wash potatoes thoroughly with a vegetable brush and pierce the skin of the potato with a fork several times. Rub with olive oil (melted butter works great, too!) and sprinkle generously with kosher salt. Bake at 425° for 45-60 minutes, flipping potato about halfway through, if not using a rack.

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Crispy skin and a soft, piping hot center: the hallmarks of a great baked potato. In Basics by The BakerMama: How to Bake a Potato, I teach you the simple, tried-and-true steps to getting the perfectly baked potato, every time.

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Welcome to Basics by The BakerMama! I created this how-to series to help beginner cooks hone their skills, make the most of their time in the kitchen, and create great family memories. I hope you enjoy!

How to Bake a Potato (Easy, Peasy)

On its own or side-by-side with a great cut of beef, I adore a baked potato, hot from the oven. I know, I know. A microwave gets the job done faster. But nothing beats a real, baked-in-the-oven potato. There’s something so satisfying about taking an ordinary baking or sweet potato from hmm… to yum! in just a few simple steps. Like magic!

First, wash your potatoes throughly with a vegetable brush. Potatoes grow in the dirt, after all 😉. Prep a baking sheet with parchment paper or foil (be sure to oil the foil to prevent the potatoes from sticking). You can also use a wire baking rack sprayed with non-stick cooking oil.

Next, pierce the skin of the potato with a fork several times. This shortens the baking time and, at the same time, allows steam to escape and keeps your potato from rupturing. Then rub with olive oil (melted butter works great, too!) and sprinkle generously with kosher salt. That right there is the secret to crispy, delicious potato skin.

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Finally, Bake at 425° for 45-60* minutes, flipping potato about halfway through, if not using a rack. *Baking time depends entirely on the size of the potato. Check doneness by piercing with a fork or squeezing with an oven mitt.

Split down the middle, top with a pat of butter or your favorite toppings, and enjoy your perfectly-baked potato!

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Tips and Tricks

  • Russet potatoes make great baking potatoes, with thick skins that crisp up beautifully.
  • Sweet potatoes cook more quickly because they have a much thinner skin.
  • Don’t have an hour to kill? Microwave your washed potatoes for 8 minutes, then prep as normal and finish baking in a 425°F oven until skin crisps and potato is soft, about 15 minutes.

Looking for more Basics by The BakerMama? Try How to Bake Bacon for the most scrumptious, crispy (and camera-ready!) bacon every time. Or learn How to Poach an Egg! I hope you find these simple basics helpful! When you make something with the help of my BakerMama’s Basics series, be sure to snap a picture and tag me on Instagram @thebakermama so I can see and others can be inspired!

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Crispy skin and a soft, piping hot center: the hallmarks of a great baked potato. In The BakerMama’s Basics: How to Bake a Potato, I teach you the simple, tried-and-true steps to getting the perfectly baked potato, every time.

  • Large Russet potato or sweet potato
  • Olive oil or melted butter (approximately 1-2 tablespoons per potato)
  • Kosher salt
  1. Preheat Oven to 425°F
  2. Prep baking sheet with parchment paper (and optional oiled baking rack)
  3. Wash potatoes thoroughly with a vegetable brush and pierce the skin of the potato with a fork several times.
  4. Rub with olive oil (melted butter works great, too!) and sprinkle generously with kosher salt.
  5. Bake at 425° for 45-60 minutes, flipping potato about halfway through, if not using a rack.

Baking time depends entirely on the size of the potato. Check doneness by piercing with a fork.

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Learn How to Bake a Potato so that it has a crispy texture and is soft on the inside. Easy steps to make the best steaming hot bake potato.

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Easy Baked Potato Recipe:

Baking potatoes in the oven require a little more time and preparation than if you were to bake them in the microwave. Potatoes make the perfect side or we have even had them as a main dish.

Making the perfect potatoe is easy to do with these steps. They come out with a crispy skin and soft, fluffy inside. It helps to coat the skin with sea salt to add so much flavor to the skin.

There are many things to top a potato. You can top with meat or keep it as simple as cheese and butter. We love that potatoes are simple and easy to make and are budget friendly.

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How to make a Bake Potato:

When we are preparing to make potatoes, we use russet potatoes. We love the way the skin gets crispy and really fluffs up during the baking process.

Prepare your potatoes but rubbing your potatoes with avocado oil and salt. Poke holes in the potatoes with a fork and place in the oven. In about an hour, you will have the best potatoes.

Then top with your favorite toppings.

Ingredients needed - potatoes, avocado oil, sea salt

Ingredients:

  • Medium Russet Potatoes, cleaned and dried
  • Avocado Oil – You can also use Olive Oil.
  • Sea Salt

How to Bake a Potato:

  • Prepare Oven – Preheat the oven to 425 degrees F and line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  • Get Potatoes ready for baking – Use a fork to poke various holes into the potatoes. Place the potatoes on the baking sheet, rub the potatoes with the oil and then sprinkle the salt all over the outside of the potatoes.
4 potatoes on a parchment paper lined baking pan.
  • Place potatoes in oven on oven racks – Bake the potatoes for 1 hour – 1 hour and 15 minutes until the potatoes are fork tender and the skin is crispy. The cooking time will vary based on the size of the potatoes.
  • Remove from oven – Allow the potatoes to cool slight before serving. Then cut with a paring knife, top with your favorite toppings and enjoy!

What type of Potatoes for baking?

We like to russet potatoes for baking. If we plan on baking potatoes, we do not use the ones in the bag. In the produce section, there is an area designated for bake potatoes and those are the ones we get.

Russet potatoes have a thicker, sweet texture and make the perfect baked potato.

Can I use Sweet Potatoes?

We love putting sweet potatoes in the oven. You can prepare them the same way as you do the russet potatoes with the oil and the salt. We have found that sweet potatoes do not take as long to bake as russet potatoes.

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How long to Bake a Potato:

When we are purchasing bake potatoes, we try to get the same size of potatoes. This ensure that they will be done around the same time.

Bake potatoes for an hour in the oven. Poke potato with a knife or a fork to see if tender. If fork slides in easily, then potatoes are done. If not, then bake for for another 15 to 20 minutes.

Can I put Potatoes in the Microwave?

Yes, you can put potatoes in the microwave. This is a quick way to prepare your potatoes but they do not come out as crispy texture as they do in the oven.

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Bake Potato Toppings:

  • Classic Toppings – These are our favorite classic toppings butter, cheese, chives, sour cream, salt and pepper or bacon bits.
  • Top with Meat – Any type of meat – shredded chicken, pork, beef
  • Chili – Top with your favorite traditional chili and cheese.
  • Vegetables – If you have some roasted vegetables, top them on your potato.
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Tips for Bake Potatoes:

  • Dry Potatoes – Make sure that the potatoes are dry before baking to prevent any burning on the outside of the potato skin.
  • No Foil Needed – For the best crispy skin, do no wrap potatoes in foil. This causes the skin to softened.
  • Add the Salt – We recommend not skipping on the salt. Adding the salt makes the skin extra crispy and gives the skin so much flavor. I used to not eat the skin, until I started adding the salt.
  • Cooking time will vary – Depending on the size of the potatoes and your oven, baking time will vary. If you have smaller potatoes they may take about 45 minutes. But larger potatoes take over an hour.
  • Wash Potato – Make sure to thoroughly wash the potato before preparing it for baking.
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How to Store:

Store any leftover potatoes in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 5-7 days. Potatoes are really good leftovers. We top them with more cheese and bake again for about 10 minutes. It gets the skin extra crispy.

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Learn How to Bake a Potato so that it is has a crispy texture and soft on the inside. Easy steps to make the best steaming hot bake potato.
  • Preheat the oven to 425 degrees F and line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  • Use a fork to poke various holes into the potatoes. Place the potatoes on the baking sheet, rub the potatoes with the oil and then sprinkle the salt all over the outside of the potatoes.
  • Bake the potatoes for 1 hour – 1 hour and 15 minutes until the potatoes are fork tender and the skin is crispy. The cooking time will vary based on the size of the potatoes.
  • Allow the potatoes to cool slight before serving. Then cut, top with your favorite toppings and enjoy!
Make sure that the potatoes are dry before baking to prevent any burning on the outside of the potato skin. Store any leftover potatoes in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 5-7 days.
Calories 230kcal, Carbohydrates 38g, Protein 5g, Fat 7g, Saturated Fat 1g, Polyunsaturated Fat 1g, Monounsaturated Fat 5g, Sodium 1755mg, Potassium 889mg, Fiber 3g, Sugar 1g, Vitamin A 2IU, Vitamin C 12mg, Calcium 29mg, Iron 2mg

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Step 1: The Stuff. POTATOES. For realsies. You can bake just about any potato, but for the romantic fluffy potatoes you will need russets. Commonly known as Baking Potatoes. OIL. Lots of people call for olive oil which is an okay thing.

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Learn how to make Baked Potatoes in the oven with all of the best tips and tricks! Customize this classic easy side dish with any of your favorite toppings -- butter, sour cream, cheese, chives or bacon -- anything goes. The foolproof baked potatoes have a crispy outside and a fluffy inside, making them a perfect companion for almost any entrée.

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Crispy Oven Baked Potatoes

A baked potato in the oven sounds like a fairly simple task, right? If you've ever had a crunchy, under-baked spud or a soggy, mushy version of this dish, then you probably understand the importance of learning how to make baked potatoes that come out perfectly every time!

The goal is an evenly-cooked potato with a crispy exterior (but not too charred), and a tender, fluffy interior (but not too mushy). With a few important tricks, this easy baked potatoes recipe always gives you the foolproof results that you're looking for.

The Best Potato for Baked Potatoes in the Oven

Russet potatoes make the best baked potatoes! These potatoes have a thick skin, which gets nice and crispy in the oven. Russets also have a lot of starch in them, which creates a dry, fluffy interior.

Tray of russet potatoes

What temperature for Baked Potatoes?

I prefer to bake potatoes at 375 degrees F for about 70 minutes. That said, you've got some flexibility here, because sometimes you have other dishes that also need to go in the oven at a different temperature.

How Long to Bake a Potato

As I mentioned above, my preferred oven temperature for perfect baked potatoes is 375 degrees F. This yields a crispy (but not charred or burned) exterior, and a tender, dry and fluffy inside. If you want to adjust that temperature to accommodate other parts of your meal, I've included a cooking time chart below. For instance, you might have an entree that bakes at 400 degrees F, in which case you'll want to add your potatoes to the same 400 degree F oven. That's fine! Remember that the total baking time will vary depending on your oven and the size and shape of your potatoes.

Cooking Times

  • 350 degrees F: 75 to 90 minutes
  • 375 degrees F: 65 to 75 minutes
  • 400 degrees F: 55 to 65 minutes
  • 425 degrees F: 45 to 60 minutes

Do I need to Wrap the Potatoes in Foil?

No, you do not need to wrap the potatoes in foil. It's important to let the skin of the potato dehydrate in the oven to create that crisp exterior. Wrapping the potatoes in foil traps steam and moisture, which yields a soft skin.

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How to Bake a Potato

Here I'll show you the step-by-step process for how to make the perfect baked potato. It truly could not be easier!

Ingredients for the Fluffiest Baked Potatoes

  • Russet potatoes
  • Olive oil or melted butter
  • Coarse kosher salt

Step 1: Prepare Potatoes

Scrub the potatoes clean and pat them dry. Use a fork to prick holes in about 3 or 4 different places around each potato.

Using a fork to poke holes in a potato

Step 2: Season Potatoes

Place the prepared potatoes on a foil-lined baking sheet. Coat with olive oil or melted butter and season with kosher salt.

Ingredients for baked potatoes in the oven

Step 3: Bake

Bake the potatoes in a 375 degree F oven for about 70 minutes, or until the outside is crispy and the inside is tender when poked with a fork.

Crispy oven baked potatoes on a sheet pan

Step 4: Serve

Cut slits in the tops of the potatoes with a paring knife, squeeze the potatoes open (be careful...steam will come out), use a fork to fluff up the insides, and add your favorite toppings.

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Baked Potato Toppings

  • Butter
  • Salt and pepper
  • Sour cream
  • Crispy chopped bacon
  • Grated cheese
  • Chopped fresh chives or thinly sliced green onions
  • Chili and cheese
  • Taco meat, guacamole, sour cream, cheese and salsa
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What to Serve with Baked Potatoes

There are so many delicious entrees that go well with baked potatoes. Here are a few options to get you started:

How to Bake a Potato in the Microwave

While it's definitely the fastest way to cook a potato, the microwave is not my preferred method for "baking" potatoes. First, the microwave cooks foods unevenly. Second, rapidly heating the potato yields a dense, gummy interior. All of that said, you can certainly use this quick method for a weeknight emergency!

To do so, prepare the potatoes by scrubbing and pricking them with a fork. Place one potato on a microwave-safe plate and cook on HIGH for 5 minutes. Turn the potato over and microwave for 3-5 more minutes, or until tender inside. Repeat with remaining potatoes. Do not use foil if you're baking potatoes in the microwave.

Storage

Leftover baked potatoes will keep in an airtight container in the refrigerator for 3-4 days. To reheat the potatoes, place on a baking sheet and warm in a 350 degree F oven for about 20 minutes.

Can you freeze Baked Potatoes?

Yes! Allow the potatoes to cool completely, wrap individually with plastic wrap and foil, and freeze for up to 1 month. To reheat the potatoes directly from the freezer, unwrap the potatoes, place on a baking sheet, and tent loosely with foil. Warm the frozen potatoes in a 425 degree F oven for 35 to 45 minutes. If the skin isn't crisping back up, remove the foil during the final few minutes.

What to do with Leftover Baked Potatoes

There are so many great ways to take advantage of leftover baked potatoes. Use the potatoes in Baked Potato Soup, prepare Taco Stuffed Potatoes or Chicken, Broccoli and Cheese Stuffed Potatoes, or use the leftovers for Twice Baked Potatoes.

Tips to Make the Best Baked Potatoes

  • Prick each potato with a fork before baking. This allows steam to escape so that your potato doesn't explode in the oven.
  • Select potatoes that are all roughly the same size and shape so that they will bake in the same amount of time.
  • Turn the potatoes over once or twice during the baking process to ensure even cooking.
  • Cut a slit in the top of your potatoes shortly after they come out of the oven. If you allow a baked potato to sit for too long before cutting into it, the insides will develop a gummy texture.
  • The coarse kosher salt adds nice texture to the potato skins, but you can use a smaller amount of regular table salt if that's what you have on hand. Seasoned salt is also a good option!
  • Coat your potatoes with olive oil or melted butter. This adds flavor and also helps them turn a nice, crispy golden brown in the oven.
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Showing you how to make baked potatoes in the oven with all of the best tips and tricks!
Keyword baked potatoes, oven
Cook Time 1 hour 10 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 15 minutes
  • 4 russet potatoes
  • ¼ cup olive oil or melted butter
  • 1 tablespoon coarse kosher salt
  • Optional toppings: sour cream, cheese, chives, parsley, butter, crispy bacon, black pepper
  • Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F. Line a rimmed baking sheet with foil.
  • Scrub the potatoes clean; dry them with a towel. Use a fork to poke holes all over each potato.
  • Place the potatoes on the prepared baking sheet. Drizzle each potato with olive oil or melted butter and use your hands to rub it all over the potato skin. Sprinkle each potato with a generous pinch of kosher salt.
  • Bake the potatoes for 60-75 minutes, or until tender when poked with a fork. I like to turn the potatoes over once or twice during the cooking process to ensure that they cook evenly. The total baking time will vary depending on the size of your potatoes.
  • Use a paring knife to slice the potatoes open lengthwise. Squeeze each potato to open, fluff the insides with a fork, and add your desired toppings.
As I mentioned above, my preferred oven temperature for perfect baked potatoes is 375 degrees F. This yields a crispy (but not charred or burned) exterior, and a tender, dry and fluffy inside. If you want to adjust that temperature to accommodate other parts of your meal, I've included a cooking time chart below. Remember that the total baking time will vary depending on your oven and the size and shape of your potatoes.
  • 350 degrees F: 75 to 90 minutes
  • 375 degrees F: 65 to 75 minutes
  • 400 degrees F: 55 to 65 minutes
  • 425 degrees F: 45 to 60 minutes
Serving: 1baked potato (about 8 ounces each) | Calories: 179kcal | Carbohydrates: 41g | Protein: 5g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 1755mg | Potassium: 946mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin C: 13mg | Calcium: 29mg | Iron: 2mg
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A Baked Potato is such a simple, inexpensive, easy, and delicious dish! Make the perfect potato by following a few simple tricks. Serve it with butter, chili, broccoli & cheese sauce, or loaded with bacon, cheese & sour cream.

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Baked Potatoes are such a simple and tasty classic! They can be eaten plain with butter and salt or turned into a full meal by topping it with ALL the things! Serve your potatoes as a side to Beef Brisket,

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If you think baked potatoes are lame, you’re probably just not making them right. Follow this recipe that includes all the trick and tips to creating the perfect baked potato.

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Ingredients for Baked Potatoes:

  • Russet Potatoes– This is a very starchy potato that results in a fluffy soft interior when baked.
  • Olive Oil– This oil has good flavor as well as a high smoke point making it a good option since the potatoes are baked at 450°F.
  • Kosher Salt– This large granular salt is free from additives that can take on a metallic taste. The larger granulates also make it easier to handle and apply without over doing it.
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How to Bake a Potato :

Time needed: 1 hour.

  1. Prep oven

    Adjust oven rack so it is in the center of the oven and preheat to 450°F. 

  2. Clean Potatoes

    Wash and scrub the potatoes. Dry thoroughly.Poke each potato all over with a fork ~12 times going about 1 inch deep. This will allow steam to escape.

    Diptych- scrubbing a potato; poking a potato with a fork.

This Is the Secret to the Perfect Fluffy Baked Potato

10-08-2020 · Bake the potatoes at 400° F for about 1 ½ to 2 hours, depending on your oven. Then, take the potatoes out and slice deeper into the existing cuts. Pop the spuds back in the oven for another 10 minutes. The last step is to plate your jacket potato and crown it with a …

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It wasn’t until my husband and I moved in together that I realized I’d been making baked potatoes wrong my entire life. My versions were OK but hardly inspired enthusiasm at the dinner table. Thankfully, as a Scotsman, he knows a thing or two about making jacket potatoes, the epitome of the perfect fluffy baked potato. Over in the UK, they’ve elevated it to an art. Once you adopt the Brits’ tricks, you’ll never make a baked potato any other way.

What Is a Jacket Potato?

Jacket potatoes are the British sibling to our classic American baked potato. However, a few slight tweaks to the recipe yield drastically different results. The jacket potato boasts crispy skin with phenomenally fluffy insides, the likes of which I’ve seldom encountered in the States.

Russet potatoes are a great go-to. Here in the UK, we tend to use a variety called King Edward. Either way, their size and flavor are ideal for baking. Learn more about different types of potatoes.

How Do the British Make a Fluffy Baked Potato?

It’s absurdly easy! To achieve that flawless, ultra-fluffy inside, slice a cross-shape into your potatoes, about ¼ inch thick. This lets the steam escape, which helps create that soft cloud-like interior. If you want extra, extra crispy skin, take a pastry brush dipped in extra virgin olive oil, give the outer shells a quick once over, then liberally season with salt and pepper.

Bake the potatoes at 400° F for about 1 ½ to 2 hours, depending on your oven.

Then, take the potatoes out and slice deeper into the existing cuts. Pop the spuds back in the oven for another 10 minutes. The last step is to plate your jacket potato and crown it with a pat of butter. (Pick up some Kerrygold. You’ll thank me later.)

Now that you know the essentials, you can try different toppings on your jacket potato. Check out these killer baked potato recipes for inspiration:

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05-11-2021 · To reheat the potato, take it out of the refrigerate and let it get back to room temperature. Then bake at 350° until it's warmed through, about 15 minutes. Baked Potato Variations

05-11-2021

Each day, thousands of people search "how to bake potatoes." So please, do not be embarrassed to be here, you are definitely not alone. Though the only kitchen skill you might need is how to set your oven's timer, there are still a lot of ways you can go wrong. Here are our top baked potato tips for perfect results every time:

The Best Types Of Baking Potatoes

Russet potatoes make the best baked potatoes because of their thick skin and starchy, fluffy interior (once baked, of course). Leave the waxy potatoes for halving and roasting with some rosemary.

Why You Need To Scrub Them 

Those russets you're about to eat came from the ground and are probably still covered in a considerable amount of dirt. Give 'em a rinse, people! 

The Key To Crispy Skin

Dry skin = crispy baked skin, and you definitely want to eat the skin. It's got all the flavor. After you give the potatoes a good scrub down, make sure to dry them thoroughly with a clean dish towel. Moisture will result in soggy sadness.  

You'll also want to coat them with olive oil. Not only does it help the skin crisp up even more but it makes it taste better. Rub the potatoes all over (you want them slick!) before baking, then season generously. Without enough salt, they'll taste boring and plain.

Poking Holes

When you don't pierce the potato before baking, it'll likely explode in the oven—literally. It will also creepily whistle! (We're still trying to get to the bottom of this.) Pricking it all over with a fork or paring knife helps steam escape and avoid both of the above (not ideal) situations. 

How Long To Bake Potatoes In The Oven

A baked potato takes patience—most likely an hour and a half! Turning up the temperature in an effort to cook the potatoes more quickly won't work. The outside will cook too quickly and you'll have a sad, hard, semi-raw middle. 

Storing Leftovers

Baked potatoes taste best straight from the oven. But if you want to make them ahead of time, let them cool completely before storing them in an airtight container for up to 5 days. Do not store it in foil as experts warn that this has been linked to botulism. 

To reheat the potato, take it out of the refrigerate and let it get back to room temperature. Then bake at 350° until it's warmed through, about 15 minutes. 

Baked Potato Variations

Now you're armed with our best know-how. How you top your baked potato is a different story and entirely up to you. Personally, I love filling it with spinach-artichoke dip. 😈  But if you prefer buffalo-chicken, you do you. 

What is a twice baked potato?

A twice baked potato is simple in its genius and deliciousness. Essentially they are baked potatoes that are halved and scooped out slightly. The scooped out potato flesh is mashed and mixed with things like sour cream, butter and scallions and that filling is then stuffed back into the potato skins. Sprinkle them with cheese and bake until melty. It will have you questioning which type of potato reigns supreme.

Have you made this recipe? Leave a comment below to let us know how it went.  

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Yields: 4 servings

Prep Time: 0 hours 5 mins

Total Time: 1 hour 5 mins

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russet potatoes, scrubbed

Freshly ground black pepper

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  1. Preheat oven to 350°. Pierce potatoes all over with a fork. Rub with oil and season generously with salt and pepper, then place  on a baking sheet.  
  2. Bake until potatoes are easily pierced with a fork, 1 hour to 1 hour 30 minutes. 

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