Perfect Oven Baked Potatoes [Video]

Catalina Castravet
By Catalina Castravet

Oven Baked Potatoes are crispy on the outside, and perfectly fluffy and tender on the inside. All you need is some potatoes, olive oil, and sea salt. 

These Oven Baked Potatoes are my favorite side dish ever. They are delicious and can be served with chicken or beef dishes, and the best part is that they require about 5 minutes of prep work. Once baked, you can serve them as is, or pile high with your favorite toppings.

Oven Baked Potatoes

Easy Oven Baked Potatoes

Oven-Baked Potatoes have always been my weakness. When I was a child, my mom would always bake them to crispy perfection, and even until now, they are the best side dish in the world. For this recipe, I used skin-on potatoes, as the skin is essential to make them super crispy on the outside, and also it preserves the fluffiness on the inside.

This homemade dish is very easy to make, you basically coat the potatoes with olive oil and sea salt, and roast them in a hot oven. You can also serve them with your favorite dipping sauce, such as ranch or blue cheese.

How long does it take to make crispy Oven Baked Potatoes?

The secret to crispy oven baked potatoes is to coat them with olive oil and bake at a higher temperature. For this recipe, I suggest you bake them at 425 degrees F for about 45-50 minutes. But note, the exact baking time will depend on how large they are. The potato should be tender inside if you poke a fork into it.

How to make oven baked potatoes?

  • Start by washing and drying the potatoes. It is very important to pat them dry.
  • Then, preheat the oven to 425 degrees F.
  • After that, use a fork to poke them a few times. I usually poke three times on one side and three on the other side.
  • Next, rub olive oil over the potatoes. You can use a baking brush as well.
  • Sprinkle with some sea salt on all the sides.
  • Place the potatoes on a baking sheet and bake them for about 45-50 minutes. Please note, the cooking time will vary on how large they are. If using extra-large potatoes, give them additional 5-10 minutes to bake. Make sure you flip them on the other side mid-baking. They should be tender inside if you poke a fork into them.
  • Once baked, serve with your favorite dressing, such as ranch, blue cheese, or sour cream.

Easy Oven Baked Potatoes

What are the best potatoes for baking?

As a general rule, you want to use starchy potatoes when baking. The best ones for baking would be Yukon Gold and Russets potatoes, as they have the most starch in them.

Do you poke the potatoes before baking?

Usually, I do poke the potatoes when baking. The main purpose behind piercing them with a fork is to let the steam escape and prevent the potatoes from cracking when baking. I try to not poke them from time to time because I believe this way the skin becomes even crispier. However, if you feel concerned, feel free to pierce them before cooking.

How to make baked potatoes in the Slow Cooker?

Making this dish in the slow cooker is a great alternative to the traditional oven method. If you decide to use the slow cooker, please follow the recipe in the Slow Cooker Baked Potatoes post.

What is the most nutritious part of a potato?

I always recommend using organic potatoes when cooking, since they contain way fewer chemicals, and are safe to eat with skin-on. That being said, potato skin contains significant nutrients. Similarly, the flesh is healthy and has good nutrients. Potatoes are a rich source of fiber, iron, vitamin C and vitamin B-6, but to get the most nutrients you’ll need to eat the whole potato.

Simple Oven Baked Potatoes

How much fiber is in a potato without skin?

The skin of the potato contains a good amount of fiber. However, if you are not a fan of eating the skin, you will still get plenty of fiber. According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, a 1-cup serving of potatoes without the skin contains about 3.2 grams of dietary fiber, slightly more than half the fiber you’d receive from a large baked potato with the skin intact.

Oven baked potatoes recipe tips:

  • As stated above, try using organic potatoes, especially when baking them with skin-on.
  • Before baking them, rinse and scrub them of any dirt. Similarly, make sure to dry them before coating with olive oil.
  • Watch them closely after about 30 minutes of baking. It would be best if you can flip them once or twice during the baking process, to ensure even cooking.
  • Sprinkling them with sea salt is optional, but delicious. If you are watching your sodium intake, you can skip this step.

Oven Baked Potatoes Recipe

Great Toppings Suggestions:

  • Sour cream
  • Bacon bits
  • Chopped green onions
  • Chives
  • Cheddar cheese

Perfect Oven Baked Potatoes Recipe Video:

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5 from 13 reviews
Oven Baked Potatoes
Author: Catalina Castravet Serves: 6 servings
Prep time: 10 minutes Cook time: 45 minutes Total time: 55 mins

Ingredients

  • 5-6  large Russet potatoes 
  • 1/3 cup  olive oil 
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons  sea salt 

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees F.

  2. Start by washing and drying the potatoes. Pierce the potatoes with a fork a few times, about 4-6 times, depends how large the potato is.

  3. Next, rub olive oil all over the potatoes. You can use a baking brush as well.

  4. Sprinkle some sea salt all over the potatoes.

  5. Place the potatoes on a baking sheet and bake them for about 45-50 minutes. Please note, the cooking time will vary based on how large the potatoes are. If using extra-large potatoes, give them additional 5-10 minutes to bake. The potatoes should be tender inside if you poke a fork into them.

  6. Flip the potatoes once or twice during the baking process. This will endure even baking.

  7. Once baked, serve with your favorite toppings and dressing, such as ranch, blue cheese, or sour cream.

Calories: 246 Carbohydrates: 32 Protein: 3 Fat: 12 Saturated Fat: 1 Cholesterol: 0 Sodium: 1753 Potassium: 740 Fiber: 2 Sugar: 1 Vitamin C: 10.1 Calcium: 23 Iron: 1.6
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Stacie

Those look so good! I love to serve baked potato with almost any meal. It's the perfect side for almost everything.

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Yes, it goes well with so many dishes!

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Melissa Chapman

We have been making more potatoes but usually cut up in our favorite recipes. Those baked potatoes are great as a side dish and I will use your recipe.

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They are definitely a perfect side dish!

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robin rue

I am going to have to try this! I always end up burning my potatoes.

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Oh no, you should try these!

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Liz Mays

Great advice! I should really make potatoes like this as sides for a bunch of meals. These turn out so well.

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You will love them!

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Emily

This is totally how I do my potatoes and its the best! It's the best way to flavor the skins and make them yummy too!

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Yes, the skins get crispy and so yummy!

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Brianne

A baked potato is a great addition to just about any meal. I'd like to try your recipe. They look so good!

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I hope you try the recipe!

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Sherry

Baked potatoes are my favorite but we usually wrap them in foil. I'm going to try this method next time.

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Love that method too, but this way you get a crispy skin :)

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Kathy

Those look amazing. I love baked potatoes. I haven't had these in so long. I have some potatoes too, so I'll have to get to making these soon.

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:) hope you like them

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Amy

I love a good baked potato! These look like total perfection!! I want one right now!

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You should make some, they are so easy to fix!

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Scott

I love oven roaster potatoes. We have them at least once a week and use the baby ones instead of the larger russets!

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Love the baby ones too!

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Gisele

I LOVE baked potatoes! I'm saving this information. Thank you for this post!

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You are very welcome!

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Tasheena

I wish I had everything on hand to make this for dinner tonight. This recipe looks so yummy. 

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Just grab some potatoes and the toppings :) you will love these!

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GiGi Eats

THOSE really do look pretty perfect I have to admit! If I could eat potatoes, I totally would devour one or two of these!

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They are so good :)

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Alli Smith

I love baked potatoes and this is how I make mine except I don't pierce them with a fork before baking. The sea salt gives them so much flavor. Next time I'm going to try piercing them with a fork.

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I don't always pierce mine, but piercing give them a fluffier texture inside.

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candy

Can never have to many side dishes and can't go wrong with potato.  All the toppings are perfect.

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I love baked potatoes!

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Tamara

There is nothing better than a good baked potato. And yes, Yukon is the best choice.

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Love Yukon :) so good

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Amber Myers

I'll try this recipe for sure. I just love baked potatoes but whenever I make them at home, they still come out hard. I'll see if this one works out for me!

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These come out fluffy and tender :)

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Tomi C

We love oven baked potatoes but I've never made them in the slow cooker so thanks for including a link to that recipe. I will definitely have to try it

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Thats a very easy option too!

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Karen

Oh yeah! Nothing beats a baked potato for a side or a meal all on its own. I'm such a baked potato fan, I've been known to eat them for my main meal.

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There is nothing better than a well-dressed baked potato. I love how you presented and dressed it. My daughter also loves a baked potato like this. So delicious!

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This one is perfectly dressed :)

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Pam

I love a good baked potato. We had a baked potato bar for our Christmas Eve meal last year.

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I plan on making some this year!

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Teresa

I love a great baked potato too. My daughters and I could eat these everyday! My husband won't eat potatoes much these day for health reasons and I keep telling my son he needs to try a baked potato, but I can't convince him they are better than french fries.

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Dennis Littley

Baked potatoes are a classic that can be the ideal side for most meals, especially during this time of year! They are delicious! Thanks for sharing this with us.

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Terri Steffes

Mmmm! I love a good baked potato in the winter! The salt removes the moisture and helps to crisp the skin. Isn't that the perfect way to eat a potato??

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Sandy Liu

My favorite side dish, i made them last night and its simple and delicious! 

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Happy that you loved them!

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Vyjay Rao

Potatoes are a favourite and like them in all forms. Of course, baked potatoes have their own charm. Love perfectly baked crispy potatoes with spicy toppings. WIll try this recipe over the weekend.

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Jenn Mitchell

Making the best baked potato possible is so very great. I love to add so many different toppings!

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The toppings are the best!

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Marysa

I definitely like a crispier potato, and I totally agree with you to go with organic potatoes and to keep the skins on. This sounds like a great way to bake potatoes.

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Always got organic when you intend to eat the skin!

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Swathi

These are perfect oven baked potatoes, filling love that crispy skin loaded with bacon, so yum.

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