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Three baked potatoes on a white tray cut open with butter inside
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How To Bake A Potato

Learn how to bake a potato perfectly which has a crisp skin but perfectly fluffy tender inside. This technique will yield a perfect baked potato each and every time!
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time1 hr
Total Time1 hr 10 mins
Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Servings: 3 potatoes
Calories: 239kcal


  • 3 russet potatoes medium
  • 6 tsp oil
  • kosher salt to taste


  • Preheat oven to 450 degrees.
  • Begin by scrubbing your russet potatoes, getting rid of debris and dirt then pat dry.
  • Next prick each potato all over with a fork making sure to pierce the inside.
  • Rub down each potato with 2 teaspoons of oil or use the olive oil spray to evenly coat the potatoes.
  • Sprinkle each potato liberally with salt.
  • Add each potato to a wire rack inside of a baking pan then place in the oven for 50-70 minutes or until you can easily push through the surface of the potato into the flesh with no resistance. You can even squeeze it with mitted hands and if it gives easily, it’s ready to eat!
  • Cool for 10 minutes then serve them up!


How to cook a baked potato in the microwave
If you want to get your potatoes ready faster, the microwave is the best way to speed it up!
You can even still get the baked potato vibe by splitting the time between both appliances.  Add the potato to the microwave for half of the time then pop in the oven to finish it off for that beautiful baked potato feel with less time.
How long to microwave a baked potato
Up to 10 minutes max.  Using oven mitts, begin checking your potato doneness around the 4-5 minute mark so it doesn’t shrivel up too much.


Calories: 239kcal | Carbohydrates: 38g | Protein: 5g | Fat: 8g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 2g | Monounsaturated Fat: 5g | Trans Fat: 1g | Sodium: 11mg | Potassium: 888mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 2IU | Vitamin C: 12mg | Calcium: 28mg | Iron: 2mg