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The Best Baked Potato is a thing of beauty. Our method best way to bake a potato yields a crisp, salty skin with fluffy insides every single time and is absolutely fool proof.
5 from 12 votes

Best Baked Potato

Course Side Dish, Snack
Cuisine American
Keyword best baked potato, perfect baked potato
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 45 minutes
Total Time 55 minutes
Servings 8
Calories 199kcal
Author Rebecca Lindamood


  • 8 russet potatoes washed and completely dried
  • 2 tablespoons grapeseed oil or pure olive oil, canola oil, vegetable oil, or peanut oil
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper


  • Preheat oven to 425°F.
  • Rub the potatoes thoroughly with the oil, then with the salt and pepper.
  • Use a fork to poke each potato at least 8 times all over it. Be certain the fork penetrates at least 1/8-inch into the potato each time.
  • Place the potatoes directly on the preheated oven racks and bake for 40-50 minutes, or until the potatoes yield slightly when gently squeezed or reaches 205°F internal temperature when checked with an instant read thermometer.
  • Jab an "x" into the top of the potato with a fork, and press down at the four corners to burst the potato open.


The perfect doneness temp for the interior of the best baked potato is 205°F. If you have an instant read thermometer and don't trust the squeeze test, you can test your thickest potato.


Calories: 199kcal | Carbohydrates: 38g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 3g | Sodium: 301mg | Potassium: 888mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin C: 12.1mg | Calcium: 28mg | Iron: 1.9mg