Perfect Baked Potato

Perfect Baked Potato

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Simple basics: Here's how to bake a potato so it's perfectly cooked every time.

"A simple yet great recipe! We stopped wrapping our potatoes with foil many years ago. We change-up the method just slightly and add a little salt as well. We first prick the potatoes with a fork, then toss in a bowl with oil and use our hands to thoroughly coat. I like to then toss the potatoes with a little kosher salt before placing in the oven. For our taste, we let the potatoes cook completely through in the oven, for an hour maybe more depending on size, or until the skins crisp-up a smidgen. We eat the whole potato, skin and all, and enjoy the crisp, lightly salted skin immensely."

- chefhoward76

Top-ranked recipe named "Perfect Baked Potato"

5 avg, 36 review(s) 89% would make again


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1 large Potato; Russett or Idaho
1 tablespoon Vegetable oil
-- Toppings - Optional --
1 ounce Cheese; grated
2 tablespoon Butter
3 tablespoons Butter; (up to)
3 tablespoon Sour cream
1 tablespoon Bacon
2 tablespoons Scallion; chopped
3 tablespoons Mushroom; sauteed
salt and pepper; to taste

Original recipe makes 1 Serving



Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.

Thoroughly wash and scrub the potato. Pat dry with paper towel. Moisten paper towel with vegetable oil and rub it all over the potato -- this will help keep the potato from drying out during the long baking time. Optionally, salt the outside of the potato. (Do not use pepper at this stage, as pepper burns.) Place a cookie sheet or pan underneath to catch any drippings, if at all. Prick the potato with a fork or knife several times to let the steam escape without tearing the skin.

Place in the oven on the middle rack, and bake for 50 minutes. Using oven mitts, remove from oven and wrap in aluminum foil (optional); this will keep the moisture in for another 10 minutes as it continues to cook.

Serve; add optional toppings.


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marie0717 14 hours ago
Excellent and easy !
hessa23 15 hours ago
Delicious and easy!!
jenniferfoxbellis 1 month ago
This ends up being very easy to fix and great
susan293 5 months ago
Easy to make. My kids love to help roll the potatoes.
michelle_michlowitz 8 months ago
The best baked potatoes I've made! Happy family!!
ssjj 11 month ago
The best. My kids even eat the skins!
csmithwa 11 month ago
Just to add a helpful tip because I made this again yesterday and realized that I didn't put it in my last review.... It's easiest to put the olive oil (or vegetable oil) on a paper towel to rub onto the potato. Remember it's great to add butter to the outside of the potato (like the olive oil) when you put it in foil for the last 10mins. :D Ennnnnnjoy!
kristajamison 1 year ago
csmithwa 1 year ago
great way to make a baked spud! i love it!!! better than wrapping them in foil the old way;)
sherrisarussell 1 year ago
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