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Best Way to Make Baked Potatoes

This is the best way to make baked potatoes so they’re tender and fluffy on the inside with crispy flavorful potato skins! Used as a side dish or dinner stuffed with chili or cheese they’re delicious and cheap to make. If you’re looking for an easy baked potato recipe I’ve got it here.

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I don’t know why it took me so long to explain the best way to make baked potatoes, but I guess the simple recipes get overlooked sometimes! These are the best baked potatoes hands down! (originally published 4/18, affiliate links present)

You could fill them with just about anything though. For a flavorful potato skin with tender insides this is the trick to the perfect taters.

That is the goal right??

You want a crispy skin that is so flavorful you don’t just want to eat the insides right? If your kids (or you) aren’t fans of eating the whole thing, I bet you will when you try this method they will!

First you have to start with some baked potatoes right? We live in Idaho so we are set in that department. 😉

Grab a bag of russets, medium size, and I prefer sea salt myself because I think the taste and texture is better…especially for this side dish.

fluffy potatoes in the oven

Best way to make baked potatoes

  1. Russet potatoes – medium size, large is fine it just will take a bit longer in the oven
  2. Sea salt – this one is great, much better than table salt for this
  3. Olive oil
  4. Fork – for piercing
  5. Baking sheet – I line it with foil just for easier cleanup

The key is to make the skin a bit crunchy and super flavorful, you do this with olive oil and sea salt.

BUT you want the inside to be as fluffy as possible which works best in your oven at a steady temperature for just under an hour (medium size, larger potatoes may take longer).

  • I poke them with a fork 4-5 times on the top and the bottom to get a consistent texture inside your baked potato.

Then serve as is or I have a few yummy suggestions below on how to stuff it and make it a great dinner.

oven baked potatoes

Like I said we like twice stuffed potatoes. I like to use my pressure cooker a lot, but not for baked potatoes.

That is not the best way to make them because you won’t get the perfect outer texture like when they’re baked in the oven.

How do you keep potatoes warm?

  1. Remove from the oven and set them on a dish or rack.
    1. Be sure not to cut open or pierce any part of the potato yet.
    2. Tightly wrap each one with foil so that there are no uncovered or loose sections.

The foil will keep any steam from escaping, keeping the potato warmer longer.

Baked Potatoes in oven

What goes good with a baked potato?

  1. Instant Pot chili is a yummy filler topped with cheese
  2. Here’s a recipe for the best vegetarian chili if you don’t eat meat

You can make the Easiest cheese sauce as well with the following ingredients:

  1. 1 can cheddar cheese soup
    1. 3/4 c. heavy cream, or milk if you like a thinner cheese sauce
    2. whisk together over stovetop until warm, or microwave for 1 min. & stir until warm
    3. add broccoli florets with cheese too!

Make a quick broccoli cheese soup and top with that. Looking for more potato recipes?

Potato side dishes

Ways of cooking baked potatoes

Wondering how to make air fryer baked potatoes? We have that info as well as making air fryer potato skins once they are tender.

We have information on that too!

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Best Way to Make Baked Potatoes

This is the best way to make baked potatoes so they’re tender and fluffy on the inside with crispy flavorful potato skins! Used as a side dish or dinner stuffed with chili or cheese they’re delicious and cheap to make. If you’re looking for an easy baked potato recipe I’ve got it here. 
Course Appetizer, Entree, Main Course, Side Dish
Cuisine American
Keyword baked, crispy, fluffy, potatoes, soft
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 50 minutes
Total Time 1 hour
Servings 6
Calories 230kcal
Author The Typical Mom

Ingredients

  • 6 russet potatoes less or more depending on how many you want to make, medium size
  • 3 tbsp olive oil
  • 3 tsp sea salt less or more depending on how large your potatoes are

Instructions

  • Preheat your oven to 425 degrees. Wash your potatoes and pat dry with a paper towel.
  • Use a fork to pierce each potato 4-5 times on the top and the bottom.
  • Use your hands to rub olive oil on each one and put on a baking sheet (I line my sheet with tinfoil first).
  • Sprinkle sea salt on the top of each potato on your baking sheet, then flip each one over and sprinkle the same amount on that side.
  • Put into your oven for 50 minutes.
  • Slice right down the middle of each one and gently squeeze the sides to plump the inside of the potato out a bit and serve or fill with toppings and enjoy!

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Nutrition Facts
Best Way to Make Baked Potatoes
Amount Per Serving (4 oz)
Calories 230 Calories from Fat 63
% Daily Value*
Fat 7g11%
Saturated Fat 1g6%
Sodium 1173mg51%
Potassium 888mg25%
Carbohydrates 38g13%
Fiber 2g8%
Sugar 1g1%
Protein 4g8%
Vitamin C 12.1mg15%
Calcium 28mg3%
Iron 1.9mg11%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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