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How to Make Baked Potatoes

Showing you how to make baked potatoes in the oven with all of the best tips and tricks!
Course Side Dish
Cuisine American
Keyword baked potatoes, oven
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour 10 minutes
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Total Time 1 hour 15 minutes
Servings 4 people
Calories 179kcal
Author Blair Lonergan


  • 4 russet potatoes
  • ¼ cup olive oil or melted butter
  • 1 tablespoon coarse kosher salt
  • Optional toppings: sour cream, cheese, chives, parsley, butter, crispy bacon, black pepper


  • Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F. Line a rimmed baking sheet with foil.
  • Scrub the potatoes clean; dry them with a towel. Use a fork to poke holes all over each potato.
  • Place the potatoes on the prepared baking sheet. Drizzle each potato with olive oil or melted butter and use your hands to rub it all over the potato skin. Sprinkle each potato with a generous pinch of kosher salt.
  • Bake the potatoes for 60-75 minutes, or until tender when poked with a fork. I like to turn the potatoes over once or twice during the cooking process to ensure that they cook evenly. The total baking time will vary depending on the size of your potatoes.
  • Use a paring knife to slice the potatoes open lengthwise. Squeeze each potato to open, fluff the insides with a fork, and add your desired toppings.


As I mentioned above, my preferred oven temperature for perfect baked potatoes is 375 degrees F. This yields a crispy (but not charred or burned) exterior, and a tender, dry and fluffy inside. If you want to adjust that temperature to accommodate other parts of your meal, I've included a cooking time chart below. Remember that the total baking time will vary depending on your oven and the size and shape of your potatoes.

Cooking Times

  • 350 degrees F: 75 to 90 minutes
  • 375 degrees F: 65 to 75 minutes
  • 400 degrees F: 55 to 65 minutes
  • 425 degrees F: 45 to 60 minutes


Serving: 1baked potato (about 8 ounces each) | Calories: 179kcal | Carbohydrates: 41g | Protein: 5g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 1755mg | Potassium: 946mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin C: 13mg | Calcium: 29mg | Iron: 2mg