Baked Potato Recipe

This classic baked potato recipe ensures you get a perfectly crispy skin with a fluffy interior every time. Ideal as a side dish or as a meal on its own with various toppings.


  • 4 large russet potatoes
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • Salt, to taste
  • Pepper, to taste
  • Optional toppings: butter, sour cream, chives, shredded cheese, bacon bits


  1. Preheat the Oven:
  • Preheat your oven to 400°F (200°C).
  1. Prepare the Potatoes:
  • Scrub the potatoes thoroughly under running water to remove any dirt.
  • Pat them dry with a clean towel.
  1. Prick the Potatoes:
  • Using a fork, prick each potato several times. This allows steam to escape during baking.
  1. Coat with Oil and Season:
  • Rub the potatoes all over with olive oil. This helps to crisp up the skin.
  • Sprinkle them generously with salt and pepper.
  1. Bake the Potatoes:
  • Place the potatoes directly on the oven rack. You can place a baking sheet on the rack below to catch any drips.
  • Bake for about 45-60 minutes, or until the potatoes are tender. You can check this by inserting a fork or skewer into the center of the potato; it should go in easily.
  1. Serving:
  • Remove the potatoes from the oven and let them cool for a few minutes.
  • Slice each potato open lengthwise and fluff the insides with a fork.
  • Add your favorite toppings such as butter, sour cream, chives, shredded cheese, or bacon bits.
  1. Enjoy:
  • Serve immediately while hot and enjoy your perfectly baked potato!

This simple recipe ensures you get the best of both worlds with crispy skin and a tender, fluffy interior. Customize with your favorite toppings to make it a perfect dish for any occasion.

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