PERFECT BAKED POTATO
This baked potato is crisp and golden on the outside but light and fluffy inside. If you wish, serve with a dollop or sour cream. It’s great comfort food!
You’re looking for the perfect baked potato everyone will love? This recipe for baked potatoes yields a crispy yet fluffy potato. It’s just what a perfect baked potato should be.
It’s also made with only a few ingredients you likely already have at home. It could not be easier! This recipe is a must-have for any potluck, barbecue, or week night dinner.
How To Make Baked Potatoes
This recipe is so easy, which is the best thing about it! The full recipe is below. Here’s what to expect when baking the perfect potato.
Season The Potatoes
Begin by washing and scrubbing the potatoes. Next, use a knife or fork to poke each potato so steam escapes when it bakes. You can coat the potato in olive oil or use your hands to rub the oil all over the skin. Season the potato with salt by placing the oil and potato in a zip-top bag.
Bake The Potatoes
Bake at 300 degrees F for about 90 minutes or until potatoes are tender.
Cut the potatoes in half and fluff up the middle. Add butter, Cheddar cheese, and chives to the center.
How Long Does It Take To Bake Potatoes?
The size of your potatoes will determine the baking time for baked potatoes. The baking time can vary between 50 minutes to 1 1/2 hours.
Baked potatoes are done when a fork can easily penetrate the skin with a fork. Bake the potato for another 15 minutes if it is still firm in the middle.
If in doubt, use your digital thermometer. Baked potatoes are ready when the internal temperature reaches 210 degrees F.
How To Top Baked Potatoes
Baked potatoes are versatile. You can add as many toppings or as little as you want to your baked potatoes.
Our favorite toppings for baked potatoes are butter, sour cream, chives and cheese. You can let your imagination run wild with this recipe!
How To Store Baked Potatoes
The remaining baked potatoes can be stored in a metal pan or glass pan covered in foil or plastic wrap in the refrigerator.
Bake the potato in 350°F oven for 15 to 20 mins. It can also be reheated in the microwave, covered with a damp towel, for 2 to 3 mins.
All Recipes Community Tips And Praise
“Cooked 4 large potatoes. The potatoes should be rubbed and pierced. After coating them with olive oil, roll them in kosher salt, then bake at 375 degrees for 60 minutes. They were perfectly cooked. The potatoes were delicious. We had two the first night. We had 2 more potatoes the next day with all the traditional fixings to go with our country-style ribs.
I had never tried olive oil on potatoes before baking, so I decided to give it a try. Two large russet potatoes were used. I put them in a Ziploc bag with olive oils and shaken the bag to spread it evenly. After adding salt, pepper, and garlic powder to the potatoes, I wrapped them in foil and baked them for 2 hours at 325°F. They were delicious.
This potato is a must-have! After reading the reviews, I decided to give the potatoes a 5-minute head start in the microwave. They were large and would take forever. They were perfect after 45 minutes. I increased the temperature to 350 degrees and placed them directly on the oven rack. “Make sure you place a pan or foil on your bottom rack to catch drips.”
- 1 medium baking potato
- 1 teaspoon olive oil
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 2 teaspoons butter
- 1 pinch of freshly ground black pepper
- 1/4 cup shredded Cheddar cheese
- Preheat the oven to 300°F (150°C). Clean the potato and use a knife or fork to pierce the skin. Use olive oil to rub the skin, and then add salt.
- Bake the potato for about 90 minutes in a preheated oven. The potato can be sliced down the middle and served with butter and black pepper. Sprinkle some shredded Cheddar cheese on top if you like.
You can make a delicious treat by slicing off the top of the potato instead of cutting it in half. This will create a ‘lid”. The fluffy potato contents should be scooped out while keeping the skin intact. Combine the potato with the butter, grated cheese, and black pepper. Then, spoon the mixture back into your skin. Serve immediately after removing the lid.