Perfect Baked Potato Recipe (How to Bake Potatoes)

A Perfect Baked Potato has a crispy flavorful outside and a soft and fluffy inside. Learn my easy no-fail method for baking potatoes and serve filled with all your favorite toppings like butter, sour cream, and chives.

Baked Potatoes

4 Russet Potatoes Butter Sea Salt Toppings


Preheat your oven and line a large baking sheet with parchment paper or foil. Set your oven rack to the middle position...

Preheat Oven


place potatoes under running water and scrub them clean using a vegetable scrubber or potato brush. Dry them completely.

Scrub Potatoes


Grab a dinner fork and poke the potato several times on each side.

Poke the Potatoes


Oil the Potatoes


Rub each potato with extra virgin olive oil and generously coat the outside with coarse salt – this is what helps make the skin extra crispy...

Finish the sauce


Transfer potatoes to your sheet pan and bake...

Remove and Garnish


Remove from the oven and carefully cut down the middle using a small paring knife. Squeeze and top with butter, sour cream, salt, and pepper.