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How to Bake a Potato by The BakerMama

How to Bake a Potato

  • Author: The BakerMama
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 45-60 minutes
  • Total Time: 50 - 75 minutes


Crispy skin and a soft, piping hot center: the hallmarks of a great baked potato. In The BakerMama’s Basics: How to Bake a Potato, I teach you the simple, tried-and-true steps to getting the perfectly baked potato, every time.


  • Large Russet potato or sweet potato
  • Olive oil or melted butter (approximately 1-2 tablespoons per potato)
  • Kosher salt


  1. Preheat Oven to 425°F
  2. Prep baking sheet with parchment paper (and optional oiled baking rack)
  3. Wash potatoes thoroughly with a vegetable brush and pierce the skin of the potato with a fork several times.
  4. Rub with olive oil (melted butter works great, too!) and sprinkle generously with kosher salt.
  5. Bake at 425° for 45-60 minutes, flipping potato about halfway through, if not using a rack.


Baking time depends entirely on the size of the potato. Check doneness by piercing with a fork.

Keywords: Baked Potato