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Baking a Potato in a Convection Oven

Baking a potato in a convection oven at 400 is the best. You’ll get fluffy tender insides with crispy baked potato skins. A fast cheap side dish like our Baked Potatoes at 375 in Foil except this time the skins will be salty and crunchy!

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Convection oven baked potatoes are the best. With the crispiest texture on the salty potato skins but still tender so you can stuff with chili or butter as a simple side too. On a sheet pan you can bake with your main dish in another dish too. (affiliate links present)

Is a convection oven faster for baking?

Yes it is, and your convection oven potatoes will get crispier too, it’s a win win. This time we used russets, most popular when baked and stuffed really. The largest variety that is easily stuffed as a dinner or just buttered as a side dish. In the event you wanted to make Baked Red Potatoes you could do that as well.

The texture of these come out like our Ninja Foodi Baked Potatoes. If you want them baked, and/or made in a large batch you would want to follow these directions though. In small countertop appliances you can only fit a few at a time.

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How long does it take to bake a potato in a convection oven?

This may be the all time Best Way to Make Baked Potatoes by far. Especially if you are already making chicken or a roast you can time it well so that everything gets done and warm at the same time. Now the question become, how is a convection oven different than a traditional oven?

A convection circulates hot air around the food being cooked, using a fan or multiple fans. This constant circulation of hot air results in more even cooking and faster cooking times compared to the conventional. I will say the texture is the biggest difference for us and why we love it.

You can bake, roast, broil, and even dehydrate foods in it. The circulating air helps to remove cooking odors more effectively than conventional ovens, keeping your kitchen smelling fresh. Some countertop convections are compact and can be a space-saving alternative making them ideal for smaller kitchens or as a secondary option.

If you live in a small place, the closest you can get to these is to air fry or Baking Potatoes in a Toaster Oven. I mean this is great too but certainly doesn’t fit much food in it at one time.

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What is the difference between convection bake and convection roast for baked potatoes?

You want to use convection bake mode for this one, it is typically used for baking items that require even heating from top to bottom. While convection roast mode is designed for roasting meats and poultry, where a higher temperature and faster cooking time are desired.

What convection temp for baked potatoes?

375 to 400 is ideal. Now you won’t get that smoky flavor permeating the skins like we do with our Smoked Baked Potatoes but when cooking inside this is a close second. You could brush just a tad of liquid smoke on before the oil to give it a touch of that wonderfullness.

How to Bake Potatoes in Convection Oven

  • Preheat the oven to 400 F. Turn on convection mode.
  • Wash the potatoes thoroughly and dry well with paper towels.
  • Poke holes in the skins with a fork all the way around.
  • Rub the skins with olive oil all around so they are well coated, sprinkle with sea salt and pepper.
  • Place in a baking dish lined with parchment paper or baking sheet if you like.
    • For very crispy oven roasted potatoes, set right on the rack itself.
  • Bake for 40-60 minutes. (timing will vary depending on how large and thick they are)
  • Check for doneness by piercing them with a wooden skewer or knife.
  • If it slides in easily and the skins are crispy they are ready.

Now if you are going to make these into an entire meal you will want to slice the top and press the sides with both of your hands with 2 fingers near the bottom pressing up. Fluff with a fork and add some sour cream, cheddar cheese, or a protein in the form of our 5 ingredient chili.

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Ingredients for Potatoes in a Convection Oven

You just a few here. The main hero of it all is obvious, though the type can vary. For the thickest skins so they stay in tact and you can twice stuff them later if you’d like I would go for russets, medium sized. Yukon Gold have thinner outsides. Olive oil is better than other varieties for flavor and health benefits.

I like Kosher salt with larger granules and other seasonings are up to you especially if I am making Pulled Pork Baked Potato for dinner. Other potato recipes may be better with firmer red varieties. If you aren’t a huge fan of perfectly crispy skins (we can’t be friends) then it really wouldn’t matter as far as the outsides are concerned.

Wondering What to do with Leftover Baked Potatoes because you didn’t finish them all? We have a lot of ideas, many of which take 20 minutes or less since they are already tender. Jump to recipe to get started and let us know what you think!

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Baking a Potato in a Convection Oven

Course Side Dish
Cuisine American
Keyword baked potatoes, convection oven, potatoes
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 45 minutes
Servings 4
Calories 93kcal
Author The Typical Mom

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Instructions

  • Preheat the oven to 400 F. Turn on convection mode. Wash the potatoes thoroughly and dry well with paper towels. Poke holes in the skins with a fork all the way around.
  • Rub the potatoes with olive oil all around so skins are well coated, sprinkle with sea salt and pepper. If you want the crispiest skins you should place directly on the rack (if so the oil may drip a bit to the bottom)
  • Or you can place in a baking dish. Bake for 40-60 minutes. (timing will vary depending on how large and thick they are)
  • Check for doneness by piercing them with a wooden skewer or knife. If it slides in easily and the skins are crispy they are ready.
Nutrition Facts
Baking a Potato in a Convection Oven
Amount Per Serving (2 oz)
Calories 93 Calories from Fat 99
% Daily Value*
Fat 11g17%
Saturated Fat 1g6%
Polyunsaturated Fat 1g
Monounsaturated Fat 8g
Sodium 194mg8%
Potassium 2mg0%
Carbohydrates 0.1g0%
Fiber 0.03g0%
Protein 0.01g0%
Vitamin A 1IU0%
Calcium 1mg0%
Iron 0.1mg1%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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