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Three baked potatoes with butter and herbs and a bowl of herbs

The Perfect Baked Potato

The perfect baked potato is just a few simple steps away. Follow this easy method for how to bake a potato and get fluffy, flavorful baked potatoes every time!
Course Side Dish
Cuisine American
Keyword Baked Potato, Side, Side Dish
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour 5 minutes
Servings 1
Calories 327kcal
Author Emily Walker


  • 1 large Russet potato
  • 1 teaspoon oil vegetable or canola oil
  • Kosher salt to taste


  • Heat oven to 350 degrees and position racks in top and bottom thirds. Wash potato (or potatoes) thoroughly with cold water. Dry well. Using a fork, poke 8 to 12 deep holes all over the potato.
    four raw potatoes on a dishcloth with a fork and a bowl of salt
  • Place in a bowl and coat lightly with oil.
    potatoes covered in olive oil
  • Sprinkle with kosher salt and place potato directly on the rack in the middle of oven. Place a baking sheet on the lower rack to catch any drippings.
    A bowl of salt going on top of potatoes
  • Bake 1 hour or until skin feels crisp but flesh beneath feels soft. Serve by creating a dotted line from end to end with your fork, then crack the potato open by pushing the ends towards one another. The potato will be hot and steamy so be careful!
    Three baked potatoes on a plate with butter and herbs



NOTE: If you're cooking more than 4 potatoes, you'll need to extend the cooking time by up to 15 minutes.


Serving: 1potato | Calories: 327kcal | Carbohydrates: 67g | Protein: 8g | Fat: 4g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 647mg | Potassium: 1539mg | Fiber: 5g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 179IU | Vitamin C: 21mg | Calcium: 48mg | Iron: 3mg