There aren’t many things better than a perfect Baked Potato. This is our go-to method for how to bake potatoes with crisp salty skin and a tender and creamy center.
The Best Baked Potato Recipe
Our simple method for baking a potato in the oven never fails. These salt-crusted baked potatoes are crisp and flavorful on the outside and hot and fluffy on the inside. Enjoy these potatoes as a side dish with butter and sour cream, or load them up with toppings to make it a meal. Here’s why you’ll love this method:
Simple – There’s nothing fancy about this method, but the potatoes always come out tasting great. You’ll never want to bake a potato in the oven any other way.
Flavorful – Coating the outsides of your potatoes with a “crust” of oil and salt makes a world of a difference in terms of flavor.
Perfect Every Time – We’ve consistently had the best results using this oven-baked method. The potatoes come out tender and creamy, with flavorful crispy skins.
Make-ahead Friendly. The oven-baked potato is the best for making a large batch and feeding a crowd, and for making a little bit ahead.
Below are the ingredients you’ll need to make the perfect baked potatoes. You’ll find the full recipe details available in the recipe card.
Potatoes – We love baking Russet potatoes, also called Idaho potatoes as they have the creamiest texture. Make sure your potatoes are roughly the same size so that they’ll bake evenly.
Olive Oil – Extra virgin olive oil gets the outsides of the baked potatoes extra crispy in high heat.
Salt and Pepper – You’ll sprinkle the outside of your potatoes with kosher salt prior to baking. You’ll also need additional salt and pepper for seasoning to taste.
Butter – Butter makes everything better! You can use salted or unsalted butter.