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Nothing beats a classic baked potato, with a creamy interior, and a crispy exterior. We’re talking all about How to Make Baked Potatoes and our favorite ways to serve them to inspire your side dish game.

Two baked potatoes on a plate.How to Make Oven Baked Potatoes

When done right, a baked potato should have a crispy exterior skin and a fluffy and flavorful filling. A good baked potato needs nothing more than a bit of butter or ghee and a little bit of salt and pepper. But a great baked potato can go much further, with many different options for customizing or stuffing. This classic side dish isn’t complicated to make, but we do have a few tricks to share. We’re showing you everything you need to know in order to make the BEST Baked Potatoes in the oven.

Looking for a good baked potato, but made quickly? Check out our Instant Pot Baked Potato recipe. Or how about a set it and forget it baked potato? Check out this Slow Cooker Baked Potato recipe.

Poking a hole in russet potatoes.

What Type of Potatoes are Best

Russett Potatoes are great because they have a high starch and low moisture content, which means really fluffy insides. Plus, that thick skin lends itself to getting nice and crisp on the outside (more on that later).

When buying potatoes, steer clear of any potatoes with soft or dark spots on the outside. This can indicate that there is a rotten or spoiled part inside of the potato, and we obviously want to try to avoid this since you won’t know it until after it’s been cooked. And of course, avoid potatoes with any sprouted eyes.

Other Ingredients Needed for this Recipe

Aside from the potatoes, you’re going to need:

  • Oil
  • Coarse Salt + Pepper
  • Butter or Ghee (for placing inside of the potato after it’s cooked)

Tools Needed

  • Sheet Pan
  • Fork
  • Pastry Brush

Brushing on oil on a russet potato.

A Few Tips for Making Baked Potatoes in the Oven

  • Make sure to check the outside for any blemishes that might indicate any rot inside of the potato, since you won’t know until you cut into them. Similarly, try to grab potatoes that are similar in size so they all cook at the same time.
  • Don’t forget to poke those holes in the potatoes, to let the steam escape while they bake.
  • Make sure to rotate the potatoes as they cook, so they cook evenly and one side of the potato doesn’t get too crispy, while the others remain soft. I find it helpful to set a time for 20 minutes, to make sure I go in and rotate throughout the baking time.
  • Be careful when you slice it and push the potato to open. Hot steam can escape and burn you if your hand is too close. The potato will be VERY HOT.

Baked Potatoes on a sheet tray.

How to Serve Baked Potatoes

And now comes the fun part! Obviously baked potatoes are so delicious on their own, with a pat of butter or ghee, and a big pinch of salt and pepper. But stuffing these potatoes is a great way to go too! Here are some suggestions on what to stuff a baked potato with:

Classic Stuffed Baked Potato with sour cream or greek yogurt, crispy bacon, cheese and scallions.

Taco Stuffed Baked Potato with your favorite taco filling and taco toppings.

Chili Stuffed Baked Potato with homemade chili and chili toppings.

Pizza Stuffed Baked Potato with marinara sauce, mozzarella cheese and pepperoni.

Other stuffing ideas:

toppings for baked potatoes.

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Baked Potatoes

How to Make Baked Potatoes

Nothing beats a classic baked potato, with a creamy interior, and a crispy exterior. We're talking all about How to Make Baked Potatoes and our favorite ways to serve them to inspire your side dish game.
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 50 minutes


  • Russet Potatoes
  • Avocado oil
  • 1-2 tablespoons of butter or ghee
  • Fine Sea Salt
  • Freshly Ground Pepper


  • Preheat oven to 425ºF.
  • Scrub and dry potatoes. Poke each potato all over with a fork.
  • Place potatoes on rimmed baking sheet. Rub or brush avocado oil over the potato and sprinkle each with a big pinch of salt.
  • Roast in the oven, rotating the potato every 20 minutes, until the potato is dry on the outside and easily pierced with a fork, about 50-70 minutes.
  • Carefully slice open the potato, and press it together to separate the flesh. Fluff the interior of the potato with a fork and add a pat of butter or ghee, a sprinkle of salt and fresh ground black pepper.
  • Add butter and salt or desired filling.
Keyword: Baked Potatoes
Course: Side Dish
Method: Bake
Author: Lexi's Clean Kitchen

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