Perfect Baked Potato

Perfect Baked Potato


"This baked potato has a crisp, golden skin, and is light and fluffy on the inside. Great comfort food!"

Ingredients 1 h 31 m {{adjustedServings}} servings 419 cals

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  • Calories:
  • 419 kcal
  • 21%
  • Fat:
  • 24.5 g
  • 38%
  • Carbs:
  • 38.3g
  • 12%
  • Protein:
  • 13.1 g
  • 26%
  • Cholesterol:
  • 58 mg
  • 19%
  • Sodium:
  • 1448 mg
  • 58%

Based on a 2,000 calorie diet

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  1. Preheat the oven to 300 degrees F (150 degrees C). Scrub the potato, and pierce the skin several times with a knife or fork. Rub the skin with olive oil, then with salt.
  2. Place the potato in the preheated oven, and bake for 90 minutes, or until slightly soft and golden brown. Slice the potato down the center, and serve with butter and black pepper. Sprinkle shredded Cheddar cheese over the top, if desired.
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  • Variation
  • For a treat, try slicing the very top of the potato off rather than slicing it in two, forming a 'lid'. Scoop out the fluffy contents of the potato, keeping the skin intact. Mix the potato in a bowl with butter, grated cheese and black pepper, then spoon the mixture back into the skin. Replace the lid and serve.
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These potatoes were yummy! Here's what I did... I scrubbed three potatoes, poked holes, and microwaved them for 5 minutes to get them started and to save time in the oven. I put the olive oil in a baggie and rolled them around in it (careful, they were hot!), then rolled them in some kosher salt on a plate. I used my finger to evenly distribute the salt so it wasn't too clumpy. Then I baked the potatoes at 350 degrees for 40-45 minutes - no foil, just right on the rack. I did put a cookie sheet underneath and I'm glad I did because it caught a bunch of oil & salt the dripped off. When they were done, we loaded them up with butter, sour cream, and a little pepper (my hubby also added bacon bits). They were really good! My husband even ate the skin and he never eats the skin from baked potatoes. I'll definitely make these again!


I think the oven temperature needs to be a little higher or the potatoes should be much smaller. I used what I considered to be a medium potato but it was still a little firmer than I would have preferred. It was still tasty though. I found it to be easier to rub the potato with oil by placing it in a bag, pouring the oil in, and rubbing through the bag. No greasy fingers that way!

Butterfly Flutterby

Love baking potatoes this way. I usually have large potatoes so I have to bake them a long time. I usually have the oven on 350 or 400 degrees depending on how much time I have for them to bake. Baking them longer (2.5 hours or so) at 300 is great, but I usual don't have that kind of time. I coat these with the oil, and then generously sprinkle crushed sea salt and then sprinkle garlic powder on them. Of course, we love garlic, so this is yummy to us. Our family then top these a variety of ways. Oh, I put these directly on the rack in the oven and have a drip pan on the next rack down to catch anything. This works well for me. These are so delicious!