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The Best Baked Potato Recipe

The best baked potatoes are EASY to make! Use this simple recipe to get perfect baked potatoes every single time with minimal effort. Serve them simply, or load them up with your favorite toppings!

Close-up of a baked potato from the oven.

I know baked potatoes are a basic recipe, but this best baked potato recipe is one you definitely need to have in your recipe box! Once you know how to make amazing baked potatoes with that salty, crispy skin and fluffy interior, you’ll have an easy side dish for any meal.

A group of 4 russet potatoes on a white board.

It is true, baking potatoes takes time {I’ll be posting an instant pot recipe soon!} but it really is so easy, the majority of the time you are just waiting for the oven! My first tip for making the best baked potatoes is to use RUSSET potatoes {sometimes labeled IDAHO potatoes}.

Russets are starchy, NOT waxy, and starchy potatoes bake up fluffy and light. Russets make the best baked potatoes. 

Drizzling olive oil on a raw russet potato on a lined baking sheet.

Once you have the right potato, making the best baked potato is as simple as 1, 2, 3. Frist, line your baking sheet with foil or parchment, that saves you a mess to clean up later.

Rubbing olive oil onto a raw russet potato.

Second, once you have your sheet tray lined, simple drizzle olive oil on the russet potatoes and then rub it in. You want to be sure that the whole potato is coated!

Sprinkling salt onto a russet potato.

Third, sprinkle with salt and make sure you get both sides. SO EASY! And the best baked potatoes are oh-so-delicious. The amount of time your potatoes need to bake will depend on how large they are. You can get a good feel for how big these ones are from the video, and they took about 30 minutes. If you are using really large potatoes, you may need to give them up to an hour.

4 baked potatoes on a lined sheet tray.

Once the potatoes are baked up to perfection, top them however you choose. You could go plain and simple….or load them up {my preferred method!}. The best baked potatoes EVER! These are amazing with Grilled BBQ Chicken or Pan Seared Pork Chops or even Ham and Cheese Sliders – check them out!

Side, front view of a baked potato loaded with sour cream, cheese, bacon, and green onions.

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Side, front view of a baked potato loaded with sour cream, cheese, bacon, and green onions.
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The Best Baked Potatoes

The best baked potatoes are EASY to make! Use this simple recipe to get perfect baked potatoes every single time with minimal effort. Serve them simply, or load them up with your favorite toppings!

Course Side Dish
Cuisine American
Keyword best baked potato recipe, best baked potatoes
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 45 minutes
Total Time 50 minutes
Servings 4 people
Calories 230 kcal

Ingredients

  • 4 russet potatoes
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon salt

Optional Toppings

  • Sour Cream
  • Green Onions sliced
  • Cheese cheddar, shredded
  • Bacon cooked, crumbled

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees F.

  2. Line a baking sheet with parchment or foil. 

  3. Wash potatoes thoroughly and place on the baking sheet. 

  4. Drizzle the potatoes with the olive oil and rub it in with your hand or a pastry brush. 

  5. Sprinkle both sides with salt. 

  6. Bake for 30-50 minutes, exact baking time will depend on the size of your potatoes and the number of potatoes you are baking (see note). 

Recipe Video

Nutrition Facts
The Best Baked Potatoes
Amount Per Serving
Calories 230 Calories from Fat 63
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 7g 11%
Saturated Fat 1g 5%
Sodium 592mg 25%
Potassium 888mg 25%
Total Carbohydrates 38g 13%
Dietary Fiber 2g 8%
Sugars 1g
Protein 4g 8%
Vitamin C 14.7%
Calcium 2.8%
Iron 10.2%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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4 Comments

  • Reply
    Christine
    March 22, 2018 at 10:12 PM

    I have never seen a baked potato photographed so nicely! Far from basic, I think! I love all things potatoes. Thanks for sharing!

    • Reply
      Alli
      March 23, 2018 at 11:34 AM

      Thanks so much, Christine!! I appreciate you stopping by the blog!

  • Reply
    Alli
    March 22, 2018 at 3:57 PM

    Baked potatoes are the best!

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