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Fully cooked baked potatoes cut in half and seasoned with salt, pepper, and butter.
4.82 from 32 votes

Perfect Baked Potato Recipe

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.
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time55 mins
Total Time1 hr
Servings: 4 potatoes
Calories: 292kcal


  • 4 large russet potatoes
  • olive oil
  • flaky sea salt
  • Optional toppings - - butter, salt, pepper, shredded cheese, or sour cream.


  • Preheat oven and prepare baking sheet. Preheat oven to 425 degrees F. and line a large baking sheet with parchment paper or foil.
  • Prepare potatoes. Scrub potatoes under cold water with a vegetable brush. Dry completely. Use a dinner fork to poke the potato several times, and on each side. Rub each potato with olive oil and coat generously with coarse salt.
  • Bake. Transfer potatoes to the prepared baking sheet and bake for approximately 45-60 minutes, or until the inside is soft (you can check for doneness by squeezing the potato-just take care and make sure your hand is protected by an oven mitt or towel). Exact cooking time will vary depending on the size of your potatoes.
  • Serve. 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.


  • Nutrition information will vary depending on the size of your potatoes and types/amount of toppings included.
  • As written this recipe is gluten-free, vegetarian, and vegan.
Originally published Sept 6, 2019


Calories: 292kcal | Carbohydrates: 67g | Protein: 8g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 18mg | Potassium: 1539mg | Fiber: 5g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin C: 21mg | Calcium: 48mg | Iron: 3mg
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