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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Baked Potatoes Toppings Suggestions:
- Sour cream
- Bacon bits
- Chopped green onions
- Cheddar cheese
Perfect Oven Baked Potatoes Recipe Video:
Prep time: 10 minutes Cook time: 45 minutes Total time: 55 mins
- 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.