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How to make Perfect Baked Potatoes

Learn step by step the best way to make Baked Potatoes at home in the oven! Tender on the inside and crispy on the outside, plus super easy to prep these baked potatoes are perfect on their own or topped with your favorite toppings!

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Perfect Baked Potatoes on a white tables with one cut open

I never considered myself much of a meat and potatoes type girl until I started writing this post. I just realized I absolutely love potatoes and nothing pairs better with potatoes then a good piece of meat, whether it be a perfectly grilled chicken breast, a t-bone steak, or juicy burger. So in honor of my new found identity I present to you How to make Perfect Baked Potatoes.

You’ll start with your potatoes, however many you plan on serving it doesn’t matter (remember leftover potatoes are a wonderful thing).

For the best baked potato you will want a large russet baking potato, most grocery stores have potatoes in bulk for specifically making baked potatoes, get those if you can, if not any russet will work. It is also important to note that the potatoes will bake best when they are all around the same size so keep that in mind when picking your potatoes.

So once you have you potatoes the first step is to wash them clean, really make sure any of the dirt that might have been on them comes off.

4 potatoes sitting on a cutting board

Once your potatoes are all clean you will want to poke them with a fork, 5-6 times all over the potato.

fork poking little holes into a potato to get it ready for the oven

Next you will massage them with olive oil, yes massage 😉 Give them each a little drizzle and a good rub. You want them covered in oil but not dripping. Also this step is a good place to point out it is best to have a cutting board or plate under the potatoes to catch all the drippings!

olive oil drizzles on a potato

oiling a potato to get ready for the oven

Next you are ready to salt. For this step go big or go home. Start with high quality salt, it makes all the difference. Try course sea salt or fresh ground pink himalayan salt (my favorite). Really go to town on the salt, this is the step I think makes the biggest and best impressions and flavors. Salt all sides of the potatoes so there is almost a coating of salt. Finish off with some freshly ground pepper to your liking.

salting a potato on a cutting board for the oven

And just like that you are ready for the oven. You will want to place the potatoes spread out on the middle rack and bake at 400º F for 1 hour. (I like to place a piece of tin foil on the bottom rack to catch any drippings).

oiled and salted potatoes ready for the oven

Once the potatoes are done baking you will want to let them cool for a few minutes before indulging. Top with your favorite toppings! Enjoy your Perfect Baked Potatoes 🙂

Baked Potato opened up to show fluffy white inside

Perfect Baked Potatoes on a marble table with a knife and fork

Lastly if you are looking for some delicious Baked Potatoes for dinner check out my Reuben Stuffed Baked Potatoes, Broccoli Cheese Baked Potatoes, or my Spinach Mushroom Stuffed Baked Potatoes with Cheddar

baked potato sliced open showing white insides

How to make Perfect Baked Potatoes

Yield: 4 servings
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 1 hour
Total Time: 1 hour 5 minutes

all you need to know how to make the perfect baked potatoes in the oven


  • 4 large russet potatoes
  • olive oil
  • high quality salt (sea salt or pink himalayan)
  • fresh ground pepper


  1. Preheat oven to 400º F with oven racks in middle and bottom positions. Place a piece of tin foil large enough to catch any dripings on the bottom rack.
  2. Clean and dry potatoes so no dirt remains.
  3. Once your potatoes are all clean you will want to poke them with a fork, 5-6 times all over the potato.
  4. Over a plate or cutting board drizzle olive oil over each potato. One by one massage oil evenly onto each potato, you do not want olive oil dripping off the potato at this point.
  5. Generously sprinkle potatoes with salt, so that the salt is almost breading each potato. Sprinkle potato with pepper to your liking.
  6. Place potatoes directly onto middle oven rack, ensuring that the potatoes are not touching each other. Bake for 1 hour.
  7. Let cool for at least 5 minutes before serving, enjoy!
Nutrition Information:
Yield: 4 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 321Total Fat: 4gSaturated Fat: 1gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 3gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 333mgCarbohydrates: 64gFiber: 7gSugar: 3gProtein: 8g

Nutritional data is automated, final nutritional information will depend on ingredients used and any changes made.

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Lauren, The Schmidty Wife

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Friday 26th of March 2021

So you do not wrap these in foil after putting on the oil, salt and pepper?

Lauren Schmidt

Friday 26th of March 2021

Nope, no wrapping in foil!

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