How to Bake a Potato

Seriously Tender Baked Potato (in oven)

It’s time to learn how to make a perfect baked potato! These baked potatoes have perfectly crispy skin with buttery smooth insides. We are going to teach you how to bake a potato and you’ll never make them another way again.

Prep: 10 minutesCook: 60 minutesTotal: 1 hour 10 minutes
Fat 3 Carbs 67 Protein 8
Yield 6 1x


  • 6 large russet potatoes (~3/41 lb. each)
  • 3 teaspoons olive oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground pepper


  1. First, preheat the oven to 425ºF and spray a baking sheet with nonstick cooking spray.
  2. Then scrub potatoes under warm water and pat them dry. Use a fork to pierce each potato 8-10 times. This will help prevent them from exploding in the oven.
  3. Next, rub each potato with olive oil and then generously season with salt and pepper.
  4. Place potatoes on the baking sheet, making sure they are not touching. Roast at 425ºF for 45-60 minutes. Flip potatoes every 20 minutes. Time will vary depending on the size of the potato. You know your potatoes are done when you can easily pierce them with a fork.
  5. Let the potatoes cool for around 10 minutes before slicing down the middle and using a fork to mash and fluff.
  6. Serve baked potatoes with your favorite toppings such as butter, salt, pepper, and shredded cheese.

Tips & Notes

  • Cook time will vary depending on the size of your potatoes.

Nutrition Facts

Serving Size: 1/6 Calories: 312 Sugar: 2 Sodium: 212 Fat: 3 Carbohydrates: 67 Fiber: 5 Protein: 8
Author: Lee FunkeCategory: SideMethod: OvenCuisine: AmericanDiet: Gluten Free

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