A Perfect Baked Potato

Updated November 28, 2022
A Perfect Baked Potato
A Perfect Baked Potato
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This application provides a crisp crust and a tender interior. If you feel the need for speed, you can start the potato in the microwave. Let it cook on high for 9 to 12 minutes, but then finish it in the oven.

Makes1 perfect baked potato

Cooking MethodBaking



Total Timeunder 1 hour

Kid FriendlyYes

OccasionCasual Dinner Party

Recipe CourseSide Dish

Dietary ConsiderationEgg-free, Gluten-free, Halal, Kosher, Lactose-free, Peanut Free, Soy Free, Tree Nut Free, Vegan, Vegetarian

Five Ingredients or LessYes



Taste and TextureCrisp, Salty

Type of DishVegetable


  • 1 medium-size high-starch potato (russet or Idaho)
  • Canola oil
  • Kosher salt
  • Vegetable brush
  • Paper towels
  • Fork
  • Small bowl
  • Fireproof gloves


  1. Preheat oven to 350°F.

  2. Wash the potato with a vegetable brush and dry with paper towels. With the fork, poke holes all over the potato surface. This will allow steam inside the potato to release as it heats, which will result in a great fluffy texture. Pour a small amount of canola oil into a bowl, add the potato and turn until the entire surface is lightly coated with the oil. This not only makes for a slightly crunchy skin, because the oil can get so much hotter than the water inside the potato, it will regulate the moisture. Sprinkle the potato skin with the kosher salt.

  3. Place the potato directly on the rack in the center of the oven. A medium-size russet should be fully cooked in about 1 hour. To check for doneness, give the potato a squeeze (wearing fireproof gloves). If the skin feels kind of crunchy but the meat inside is soft, it’s time to eat.


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I have been baking potatoes like this for years and years. No one taught me. I just wanted a baked potato so badly one day and I always wash and clean a potato and then I pricked it with a fork, rolled it in oil and sprinkled it with salt and then put in microwave for about 4 mins. I then had the oven ready at about 400 and put the potato on a small rack on a baking sheet and cooked for about 45mins to an hour. I was chomping at the bit as I really wanted a baked potato. It was so, so good I have been making them this way ever since. The 45 to an hour in the oven was well worth it. As it states the perfect Baked Potato. I often cook them when I have Meatloaf and cook my baked beans in the oven and so all in the oven together and an easy meal. My son always eats half of his potato and then pours beans on the top of the rest and devours his meal. Nothing nice than to see a person really enjoying their meal. I am 84years young and have been making them this way since the microwave was invented. June.

Hi Alton Fluffy it is . I was wondering though heating the oven for 1ne potato how much of the earth's energy is that compared to the benefit ? Each and everyone of us does have to own responsibility to leave the place as good , or better than how we found it . Thanks for giving it a thought M.E.

I love this recipe!

Since the potato is not on fire I don't know why you would need fireproof gloves.

This is how I make baked potatoes except that I usually don't bother with the oil or salt. Also, 400 degrees seems to work better with my oven. You can't get fluffy baked potatoes by microwaving them.


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