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Baked potatoes

Crispy Skin, Fluffy Inside: The Best Baked Potatoes

Baked potatoes

The baked potato: a humble yet timeless dish that never goes out of style. It's the epitome of culinary comfort food – simple to prepare, endlessly versatile, and bursting with delicious flavor. With this easy recipe, you'll be a master of the baked potato in no time!


  • 4 Russet potatoes (or baking potatoes)
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil (or melted butter)
  • Salt
  • Optional Toppings:
    • Sour cream
    • Shredded cheese (cheddar, mozzarella, etc.)
    • Chopped chives
    • Bacon bits
    • Cooked chili
    • Broccoli florets
    • Salsa
    • Guacamole


  1. Preheat for Perfection: Preheat your oven to 400°F (200°C).
  2. Spud Scrub-a-Dub-Dub: Wash your potatoes thoroughly under running water to remove any dirt or debris. Pat them dry with paper towels.
  3. Poke-a-licious: Using a fork, poke several holes around each potato.
  4. Fat Fancy: Brush or rub each potato with olive oil or melted butter.
  5. Seasoning Supreme: Sprinkle each potato generously with salt.
  6. Baking Beauty: Place your prepared potatoes directly on the oven rack for maximum crispness, or on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper for easier clean-up. Bake for 45 minutes to 1 hour, or until the potatoes are tender when pierced with a fork.
  7. Doneness Test: Gently squeeze the potatoes - they should give slightly when pressed but not feel mushy.
  8. Serving Up Spudtacularness: Remove the potatoes from the oven and let them cool for a few minutes before handling.
  9. Fluffilicious Fun: Slice each potato open lengthwise and use a fork to gently fluff the inside.
  10. Topping Paradise: Add your favorite toppings! Sour cream, cheese, chives, bacon bits are just a few ideas. Get creative and experiment to find your perfect flavor combinations.


  • Potato Perfection: Choose potatoes of similar size for even baking. Larger potatoes will take longer to bake than smaller ones.
  • Double the Crisp: For an extra crispy skin, preheat your baking sheet in the oven while it preheats. This creates a hot surface that will crisp the potato skin even faster.
  • Microwave Magic: Short on time? While not ideal for the crispiest skin, you can pre-bake your potatoes in the microwave for a few minutes to shorten the oven baking time. Pierce the potatoes with a fork and microwave on high for 5-7 minutes, then finish baking in the oven until tender.
  • Salt Strategies: For an even saltier flavor, try using coarse sea salt instead of table salt. You can also experiment with flavored salts like rosemary salt or garlic salt for added depth.
  • Reheating Leftovers: To reheat leftover baked potatoes, wrap them in aluminum foil and place them in a preheated oven at 350°F (175°C) for 15-20 minutes, or until heated through.


  • Skin On or Off? You can choose to enjoy your baked potato with the skin on or off. The skin contains nutrients and fiber, so leaving it on is recommended for a more nutritious option. However, if you prefer the texture of the potato without the skin, simply remove it after baking.
  • Herb Heaven: Add a touch of dried herbs like rosemary, thyme, or oregano to the olive oil or melted butter before brushing it on the potatoes for an extra layer of flavor.
  • Garlic Goodness: For a garlicky twist, rub the potatoes with a halved garlic clove before drizzling with oil and sprinkling with salt.
  • Cheese Explosion: Want an extra cheesy experience? Fill your baked potato with shredded cheese before placing it in the oven to bake. The cheese will melt throughout the potato for a delicious cheesy center.
  • Stuffed Spuds: Feeling adventurous? Once baked, cut open your potato and hollow out the center. Mash the insides with butter, milk, and seasonings, then pile the mixture back into the potato skin. Top with cheese and bake for a few additional minutes until the cheese is melted and bubbly. You can also get creative with other stuffings like chili, broccoli and cheese, or even pulled pork.

By following these tips and exploring the variations, you can elevate your baked potato game and create a delicious and satisfying dish that everyone will enjoy.