Perfect Baked Potato Recipe

There are several methods to baking a potato, but this is the Perfect Baked Potato Recipe because the potato skin is crispy and the insides are soft and fluffy.

There are several methods to baking a potato, but this is the Perfect Baked Potato Recipe because the potato skin is crispy and the insides are soft and fluffy.

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I can’t tell you how many times I used to call my mom just to ask her how to bake a potato. I am pretty sure it drove her crazy, but I finally figured it out.

We like to have potatoes for dinner once in awhile. It’s a cheap meal, and it can be fun for the kiddos too. We put out all the fixin’s, {chili, cheese, sour cream, green onions, sliced olives, diced tomatoes, etc}and the kids have a blast creating their very own dinner.

How to Bake the Perfect Outback Style Baked Potato

How To Bake a Potato:

  • Try to find potatoes that are similar in size for consistent baking.
  • To start off, preheat your oven to 375 degrees F.
  • Scrub the potatoes under running water to remove all the dirt.
  • Pat the potatoes dry with a paper towel.
  • Using a fork, carefully pierce the potatoes two to three times per side.

Use a fork to pierce the skins of the potatoes.

How To Get Crispy Skinned Baked Potatoes?

Tired of soggy potato skins? DON’T wrap your potatoes in foil when baking, use these simple steps to get crispy skin with a delicious salted crust!

  • Brush the whole potato with olive oil. This will make the skins nice and crispy when baked.
  • Sprinkle the tops with some sea salt.
  • Place them directly on the middle rack of the oven.
  • Bake for 45-60 minutes or until a fork is able to pierce the potato with little resistance.

PRO TIP: I like to place a foil lined baking sheet on the shelf underneath the potatoes just in case anything drips off of the potatoes.

To get the perfect baked potato, brush them with olive oil and sprinkle with sea salt before baking.

 

Tips For Opening a Baked Potato:

Once the potatoes have cooked, you’ll want to pop them open to enjoy those fluffy insides. To get that restaurant quality baked potato, follow these simple steps!

  • Remove from the oven and let cool for 5-10 minutes.
  • Run a knife lengthwise across the salted top, leaving about 1/2 inch on both sides.
  • Using both hands, pinch each side of the potato.
  • While pinching, push towards the center of the potato, forcing it to open up.
  • Keep pushing and squeeze the fluffy insides up. It might take one or two tries, but it will look like one fancy potato once you master this technique!
Push the sides of the baked potato together to open like they do in the restaurants!

And there you have it! One crispy-skinned baked potato ready for all the fixin’s!!

What To Serve With Baked Potatoes

Baked Potatoes are a delicious side dish to go along with just about any meal, but here are a few of my favorite main dishes to pair them with.

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The Perfect Baked Potato

How to bake the PERFECT potato every single time! Crispy and salty skins with a fluffy inside.

  • Author: Shawn
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 1 hour
  • Total Time: 1 hour 5 minutes
  • Yield: 4 1x
  • Category: Side Dish
  • Method: Baking
  • Cuisine: American
Scale

Ingredients

  • 4 Baking Potatoes – make sure they are all similar in size
  • 2 tbsp Olive oil
  • Salt – I prefer to use a coarser sea salt

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F.
  2. Scrub the potatoes under running water to remove all the dirt. Pat the potatoes dry with a paper towel. Using a fork, carefully pierce the potatoes two to three times per side.
  3. Brush the whole potato with olive oil, then sprinkle the tops with salt.
  4. Place them directly on the middle rack of the oven. (I like to place a foil lined baking sheet underneath just in case anything drips off of the potatoes) Bake for 45-60 minutes or until a fork is able to pierce the potato with little resistance. Remove from the oven and let cool for 5-10 minutes.

Notes

To Open Potatoes:

  1. Run a knife lengthwise across the salted top, leaving about 1/2 inch on both sides.
  2. Using both hands, pinch each side of the potato.
  3. While pinching, push towards the center of the potato, forcing it to open up. Keep pushing and squeeze the fluffy insides up. Fill with any toppings you would like!

Keywords: Baked Potato, Crispy, Fluffy, Easy, Perfect

The Perfect Baked Potato

About the author

Shawn is the Owner and Creator of I Wash You Dry. She loves to create and share simple, family-friendly recipes. Mom to 5 adorable children and dwells in the desert of Southern Utah.
103 Responses
  1. Doris

    Definitely going to try….but I only make baked potatoes at Christmas, lol. I order them out, but ONLY if they will have salt on the outside! I do bake a lot of sweet potatoes and, like you, always placed a foil lined baking sheet underneath. A couple of weeks ago I had an aha moment and now just put my silicone baking mat directly on the rack under the potatoes! If you don’t have one, get one…..game changer!

  2. I love your recipes there simple and easy to follow and i have tried quite a few of them and they have turned out great yum yum so to speak i was trying to find a good recipe source and was trying to use jiamie oliver but his recipes are to complicated for me I am not a natural cook and the only cooking i had done was in the army compo rations , so when i went om facebook I found you, that was a turn of good,, luck keep them coming obviosley I dont use them all but I do have about 20 printed out ready to try love some of the potatoe ones ,, keep up the good work you have a fan , Bob

    1. Hey Bob! Thanks so much for the comment, I truly appreciate you taking the time. I hope you find many more recipes to try out and enjoy them all!

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Shawn Syphus Hi, I'm Shawn and I'm a busy mom of five; pretending to live on a budget. I love to cook, and explore new recipes, but they have to be quick and easy with as few dishes as possible.

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