Ultimate Baked Potato Recipe

Indulge in the comforting simplicity of a perfectly baked potato with this ultimate recipe. Crispy on the outside, fluffy on the inside, it’s a classic dish that never fails to satisfy.


  • 4 large russet potatoes
  • Olive oil
  • Salt
  • Toppings of your choice: butter, sour cream, shredded cheese, chives, bacon bits, etc.


  1. Preheat your oven to 425°F (220°C).
  2. Scrub the potatoes thoroughly under running water to remove any dirt. Pat them dry with a clean kitchen towel.
  3. Pierce each potato several times with a fork or knife. This allows steam to escape while they bake.
  4. Rub each potato with olive oil, ensuring they are evenly coated. This helps crisp up the skin.
  5. Sprinkle salt all over the potatoes, providing seasoning and enhancing the flavor.
  6. Place the potatoes directly on the oven rack or on a baking sheet lined with foil. Make sure there’s space between them for air circulation.
  7. Bake for 45 minutes to 1 hour, or until the skins are crispy and the insides are tender when pierced with a fork.
  8. Remove the potatoes from the oven and let them cool slightly for a few minutes.
  9. To serve, make a lengthwise slit across the top of each potato and gently squeeze the ends to open them up.
  10. Add your desired toppings such as butter, sour cream, shredded cheese, chives, bacon bits, or any other favorites.
  11. Enjoy your deliciously baked potatoes as a satisfying side dish or as a meal on their own.

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