How to make the Perfect Baked Potato right in the oven! It’s simple, easy and the results are delicious! The softest skins with perfectly cooked insides! Let me show you how to do it…
Long holiday weekends usually mean a big barbecue for my family. And a barbecue isn’t complete without a delicious perfect baked potato on the side! There are a few ways to cook potatoes but my favorite is in the oven. It’s simple, easy and the results are delicious! The softest skins with perfectly cooked insides!
So here’s what you need:
(4) russet baking potatoes
baking sheet covered in tin foil
First, preheat your oven to 425 degrees. Next, wash your potatoes off thoroughly. Use a vegetable scrubber if necessary. Then pierce the skin of each potato with the fork several times. Now rub a good amount (about a teaspoon) of olive oil onto the skin of each potato. (I use my hands to do this) Place on a foil-lined baking sheet. Sprinkle generously with coarse salt.
Bake for 45 minutes to an hour, depending on size and thickness of the potatoes. (Best way to tell if they’re done is to stick a fork in the center. If the potato is finished cooking, it will be easy to push the fork through with no resistance.)
Back in the day, I was a server at Outback Steakhouse. The servers were expected to cut the baked potatoes right before bringing them to their customers so we were taught a little trick to getting that pretty, fluffy, smooshed potato look.
All you have to do is make a slit with a knife from end to end, longwise then squeeze the two ends together (using your thumb and middle fingers) toward the middle! It makes even the ugliest potato more round and makes it easier to fill with yummy toppings! My favorite toppings are what you see below. I devoured this potato after taking its pictures. 🙂 Soft, buttery skin and all! Enjoy!
- 4 russet baking potatoes
- Olive oil
- Coarse salt
- Preheat oven to 425 degrees. Wash potatoes thoroughly. Prick the skin of each potato with a fork several times.
- Rub about a teaspoon of olive oil onto the skin of each potato. Place on a foil-lined baking sheet. Sprinkle generously with coarse salt.
- Bake for 45 minutes to an hour, depending on size and thickness of potatoes. (Best way to tell if they're done is to stick a fork in the center. If the potato is finished cooking, it will be easy to push the fork through with no resistance.) Serve and enjoy!
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Julie Evink says
Mmmmm sea salt makes everything better!
Millie Snyder says
This is so easy! I love making potatoes and I will have to try your recipe!
Lois Christensen says
I make mine very much the same way! Love a good baked potato and yours looks amazing! Thank you for linking up with Foodie Friends Friday! Sharing your recipe on my Walking on Sunshine FB page today!
Michelle Rushing Hilton says
I love baked potatoes! Thanks for sharing on Foodie Friends Friday!
Jamie @ Love Bakes Good Cakes says
I enjoy an occasional baked potato for lunch …. and I make mine very similar! Thanks so much for sharing at last week’s All My Bloggy Friends! I can’t wait to see what you share this week 🙂
Florence Sobolewski says
Your baked Spud tips are spot on . . . raised by the best ever family cooks, one of whom did open & run a local small town cafe for decades.
Yum! I’m making these tonight for our Valentines feast! Thanks
Hi Sally! I hope they turned out delicious!
I’ve made these a number of times and ALWAYS a hit. Good to warm up on another day. ❤️
I know, right?! And soooooo easy to make, too!