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How to bake a potato in a oven

You probably have seen many different ways to bake a potato. But this is my go-to recipe that will give you crispy skin, no hard spots and a fully cooked through potato.

What makes a Perfect Potato?

  • Fluffy
  • Mealy
  • Crispy skin
  • Steamy
  • Fully cooked through


Ingredients for baked potato

Potato: Russet potato or a potato that is high in starch. Choose potatoes that are the same size.

  • Russet
  • Idaho

Oil: Olive oil, but you can use any oil.

Salt: kosher salt or sea salt.

How to make a baked potato

Scrub, wash, dry: Scrub and wash your potato to get rid of all of the dirt. Dry your potato with a paper towel.

Pierce/place on rack: Pierce your potato on both ends of the potato. Place on a rack with a sheet pan underneath.

Oil/Salt: Brush your potato with olive oil on both sides. Sprinkle with kosher salt on both sides of the potato.

Bake: Bake your potato at 400F for about an hour. Bigger potatoes may take additional 20 minutes.

What can I serve the potato with?

  • Herbs such as parsley, chives, dill and etc.
  •  Butter such as compound butter, salted or unsalted butter.
  • Sour cream

Questions Asked

Why pierce the potato?

Piercing the potato will help the steam to escape.

Why to not bake your potato in foil?

Baking your potato in foil will not bake your potato, but the potato will end up steaming in its own moisture. Baking in foil will also prevent crispy skin.

Why I use a rack?

Using a rack or a cookie rack, will help your potato from getting hard spots. It also helps the heat to circulate freely around the potato.

How to tell if your potato is ready?

Checking the temperature, gently squeezing and poking with a fork or knife.

Temperature: 210° F or 99°C

Squeezing: Squeeze your potato with your hand using a kitchen towel. If the potato yields to gentle pressure that means it’s ready.

Poking: Poke with a knife or fork, if your knife or fork doesn’t come out easily that means your potato still needs to cook for a couple more minutes.

How much minutes does a small, medium and large potato take to bake?

Small: 45 minutes to 1 hour.

Medium: 1 hour.

Large: 1 hour and at least up to 20 minutes.

Baked Potato


  • Cookie rack
  • Sheet Pan
  • Oven
  • Fork


  • regularly shaped russet potatoes
  • 1 -1 1/2 tbsp of Olive oil per potato
  • 1 tsp of kosher salt, per potato


  • Scrub and wash your potato. Dry your potato with a paper towel and pierce both ends of the potato with a fork or skewer.
  • Place onto a rack with a sheet pan underneath and brush your potato with olive oil. Sprinkle your potato with kosher salt on both sides of the potato.
  • Bake at 400F, until fully cooked through, about 1 hour. Bigger potatoes may take additional 20 minutes to fully cook through.
  • Serve your potato with your favorite topping!


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