The Perfect Baked Potato Recipe

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Maxine Published: January 18, 2021 Modified: September 16, 2021
The Perfect Baked Potato Recipe

How To Make The Perfect Baked Potato

Secrets to the perfectly baked potato are here! Crispy and flavorful on the outside, soft and fluffy on the inside. So easy and takes zero kitchen skills!

Preparation: 2 minutes
Cooking: 50 minutes
Total: 52 minutes



  • 1medium-to-large Russet potato,scrubbed clean of any dirt
  • 1-2tspbutter or olive oil,melted
  • pinch of coarse Kosher salt
  • pinch of freshly-cracked black pepper


  1. Heat oven to 450 degrees F. Line a large baking sheet with foil (or parchment*), and if you happen to own a wire cooling rack, place it on top of the baking sheet.

  2. Using a dinner fork or a small paring knife, poke the potato at least 10 times on all sides. Place the potato on the prepared baking sheet.

  3. Bake for about 25 minutes. Remove baking sheet from the oven.

  4. Using a pastry brush, brush the outside of the potato with melted butter or olive oil until it is completely coated on all sides. Sprinkle the potato with a generous pinch of Kosher salt, and place the potato back on the baking sheet reverse-side-up, so that it can cook evenly on both sides.

  5. Bake for about 20 minutes. Using an oven mitt, carefully squeeze the potato to check for doneness. If the insides are soft and give under pressure, remove the potato from the oven. Otherwise, continue cooking in 5-minute increments until the potato is soft.

  6. Slice halfway through the potato lengthwise using a small paring knife. Then give it a gentle squeeze to open. Serve immediately, with your desired toppings.

Recipe Notes

*Either bake the potatoes (1) directly on the oven racks themselves, with an extra baking sheet on a rack below to catch any drippings; or (2) on a baking sheet covered with a foil or parchment paper (at your own risk) for easy clean up.


  • Calories: 233.66kcal
  • Fat: 4.70g
  • Saturated Fat: 0.69g
  • Monounsaturated Fat: 3.29g
  • Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.58g
  • Carbohydrates: 44.36g
  • Fiber: 3.22g
  • Sugar: 1.52g
  • Protein: 5.26g
  • Sodium: 129.95mg
  • Calcium: 32.60mg
  • Potassium: 1023.44mg
  • Iron: 2.15mg
  • Vitamin A: 0.04µg
  • Vitamin C: 13.96mg
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