Learn how to cook perfect baked potatoes every time with this easy test kitchen-approved recipe. Even better, just 3 pantry ingredients are needed for this recipe.
PERFECT POTATOES, EVERY TIME
Russet potatoes are the best for baking because the interior gets nice and fluffy due to the high starch content.
Scrub potatoes under cool water to remove excess dirt, then dry thoroughly.
Pierce a few holes all over the potatoes with a knife or fork so steam can escape, preventing the potatoes from bursting open while baking.
Rub the potatoes with oil and salt before baking so the skins get nice and crisp.
While baked potatoes are best eaten fresh from the oven, they'll keep up to three days in the fridge.
Preheat oven to 450°. Place a large piece of aluminum foil in the bottom of the oven to catch any oil dripping from potatoes.
Rub potatoes with oil and salt in a large bowl.
Bake potatoes on oven rack until tender, about 1 hour. Remove from oven, split, and serve immediately.
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 7g 10%
Saturated Fat 1g 5%
Cholesterol 0mg 0%
Sodium 18mg 0%
Carbs 67g 22%
Fiber 5g 20%
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.