Perfect Oven Baked Potatoes Recipe [Video]

Catalina Castravet
By Catalina Castravet
5 from 16 reviews

One Pan Recipes Side Dishes

Cook time Cook time: 45 minutes

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 Roasted Potatoes are my favorite side dish ever. They are delicious and can be served with chicken meals 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.

Easy Oven Baked Potatoes Recipe

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.

What’s the best temperature to bake crispy skin potatoes?

The secret to crispy potatoes in the oven 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?

  1. Start by washing and drying the potatoes. It is very important to pat them dry.
  2. Then, preheat the oven to 425 degrees F.
  3. 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.
  4. Next, rub olive oil over the potatoes. You can use a baking brush as well.
  5. Sprinkle with some sea salt and pepper on all sides.
  6. 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.
  7. Once baked, serve with your favorite dressing, such as ranch, blue cheese, or sour cream.

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 them 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 perfect 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. 

Can you freeze baked potatoes?

Of course, you can! All you have to do is to cover each potato with plastic wrap and put them in the freezer. Within a few hours the potato will be frozen. You can store in in the freezer up to 3 months. 

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.

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.

Best Baked Potato toppings

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

Serve these Roast Potatoes with…

Oven-roasted potatoes recipe tips:

  • As stated above, try using organic potatoes, especially when baking them with skin-on.
  • Before baking them, rinse and scrub the potatoes 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.
  • Also, for deeper flavor, you can sprinkle some dried herbs on them. Some great suggestions would be homemade Italian seasoning, ranch seasoning, or cajun seasoning
  • If you are short on time, try making Instant Pot Roasted Potatoes

Oven Baked Potatoes

Oven Baked Potatoes

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. 
5 from 16 votes
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Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 45 minutes
Total Time: 55 minutes
Servings: 6 servings
Calories: 246kcal
Author: Catalina Castravet


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


  • Preheat oven to 425 degrees F.
  • 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.
  • Next, rub olive oil all over the potatoes. You can use a baking brush as well.
  • Sprinkle some sea salt all over the potatoes.
  • 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.
  • Flip the potatoes once or twice during the baking process. This will endure even baking.
  • Once baked, serve with your favorite toppings and dressing, such as ranch, blue cheese, or sour cream.



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


This one is perfectly dressed :)



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


I plan on making some this year!



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.


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.


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??


Sandy Liu

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


Happy that you loved them!


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.


Jenn Mitchell

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


The toppings are the best!



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.


Always got organic when you intend to eat the skin!



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



I like to make a bunch at a time. If I store in a plastic bag in fridge they no longer are crispy. What is the best way to store them?


No matter how you store them, they won't stay crispy. What I recommend is when reheating to rub them with olive oil and some sea salt and place under the broiler for a few minutes.



They came out so yummy! This is such an easy recipe, that I have made it twice already this week. We love potatoes, and making them in the oven is a little rotation from our usual recipe. I topped with bacon and sour cream, pure deliciousness! Thanks for the video tutorial as well. It actually helped!!! Also, we’ve made your meatloaf recipe and paired with baked potatoes, it was a perfect dinner for our family! Highly recommended!!!


Thanks Karen for your feedback! Happy you liked it. It is a great side dish to make during the week, and it definitely goes well with other meats such as our popular meatloaf recipe!)))



I just made this recip, and it turned out super delicious. Very simply, yet so amazing! It is the perfect side dish for us, as you can pair it with pretty much anything! We made some pork chops and it was the perfedt family dinner. Will make them for Christmas as well. Also, we loaded on sour cream and cheese on top))) perfection!!


Hi Tammy, glad you enjoyed it. Thanks for your review!


rohit aggarwal

thank you sweetandsavorymeals for giving me wonderful information


Nancy Baker

Amazing! If all vegetables tasted this good I would be a vegetaruan.


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