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Baked Potatoes

How to make baked potatoes

Baked potatoes are one of the most loved foods around.

They are also one of the easiest foods to make.

You can even get the kids in on the preparation if they are old enough to be in the kitchen.

Did You Know?…

Not all potatoes are good baking potatoes.

New potatoes, available in the spring or early summer, tend to be waxier and don’t bake as well.

The best potato for baking is an Idaho potato or any other potato marked as a baking potato. They will usually tell you on the bag or on the sign in the store.

Cooking baked potatoes is best done when you have another reason for the oven to be on already. That way you aren’t using extra energy just for a few potatoes in the oven.

I often make oven baked potatoes when cooking a roast or casserole.

Just pop them in the oven next to whatever you are cooking and let it sit. You can’t get much easier than that.

How to make baked potatoes

Baked Potatoes

Oven baked potatoes are so good and easy to make. Learn how to bake a potato and the difference between an oven baked potato and a microwave baked potato.
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes
Course Side Dish
Cuisine American


  • baking potatoes, Idaho or another baking potato


  • Preheat oven to 425°F.
  • Wash and scrub the potatoes. Dry them then grease them lightly with a bit of butter.
  • Bake the potatoes for 40 - 60 minutes. The cooking time will depend on the size of the individual potatoes. When they are half done, puncture the skin once with a fork and turn them over.
  • When the potatoes are done, serve them with your choice of toppings suggested below, or create your own treat.


Suggested Toppings:

Add any or all of the following:
  • butter
  • sour cream
  • chopped chives or parsley
  • grated cheeses
  • cheese sauce
  • broccoli with cheese sauce
  • chili
  • salsa
  • and of course salt and pepper to your taste


Cholesterol: 0mg
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The traditional topping for baked potatoes is salt, butter and sour cream (maybe with a few chives chopped into it).

The rule book goes out the window on this one. If you like it, and you think it goes well with potatoes, put it on. Generally things that are moist, like sauces or sauced food (like chili) work best on baked potatoes.

Microwave Baked Potato

You aren’t really baking a potato when you cook it whole in a microwave, but most of us refer to it as a “baked potato”. There are two important points to remember when cooking a whole potato in the microwave:

  • ALWAYS use a knife to make small cuts all around each potato. If you don’t do this your potato can explode in the microwave as it cooks and the inside heats up. You need to create ways for the steam to escape the cooking potato.
  • Wrap the potato in a piece of paper towel. This will help it to cook and keep moisture in the potato.
  • Cook each potato on high for 4 to 5 minutes, based on the size of the potato. A large potato will take about 5 minutes.

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Baked Potatoes

1 thought on “Baked Potatoes”

  1. These comments come from the old version of our site:

    Crispy outside and moist insides 🙂

    by Carry
    (Ottawa, ON)

    Using a barbecue brush, brush over the outside of the potato with cooking oil before putting it directly on the rack.

    Continue to flip the potato every 15 minutes or so, lightly brushing over the potato with more oil as you go along. The potato will cook really nicely inside and give you nice crispy potato skins on the outside. It’s really good 🙂


    Feedback to Potatoes!

    by annika

    These mash potatoes were DELICIOUS
    BUT i did find one small seasoning that could make it 100 times better.

    Two teaspoons of red pepper!

    I tried it the second time i made them. it spiced it up. if you’re not a pepper person, NO PROBLEM, just try adding half a teaspoon, but trust me the red pepper made a huge difference – and a good one too!


    Baked Potato Toppings

    by Kira
    (Bowmanville, ON, Canada)

    Try salsa as a topping.

    Salsa and sour cream make a good combo too.


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