Recipes For Perfect Baked Potatoes (oven, instant pot, slow cooker and more!)

  • Author: Melissa Griffiths - Bless this Mess
  • Prep Time: 10 min
  • Cook Time: 1 hour
  • Total Time: 1 hour 10 minutes
  • Yield: 4 servings


Follow these easy recipes to make perfect baked potatoes in the slow cooker, oven, and instant pot! It’s so easy and your potatoes turn out awesome no matter what!


  • small to medium potatoes (between 5 and 8 ounces)
  • OR large baking potatoes (between 8-12 ounces)
  • Additional olive oil and salt for oven baked potatoes


Oven Instructions

  1. To bake potatoes in the oven, all you need to do is preheat your oven to 450 degrees, wash and dry your potatoes, prick them with a fork a few times, slather them with olive oil and then sprinkle them with kosher salt. You can bake them directly on your oven rack or on a baking rack placed inside of a rimmed baking sheet. Bake small to medium potatoes for 45-55 minutes and bake large baking potatoes for 60-75 minutes.

Slow Cooker Instructions:

  1. To make baked potatoes in the slow cooker, simply wash your potatoes, poke them a few times with a fork, and place them in your slow cooker. Add the lid and cook small to medium potatoes on high for 3-4 hours or low of 5-6. Slow cook large potatoes for 4-5 hours on high or 6-7 hours on low.
  2. You can cook them in foil or you can cook them right in the slow cooker. It’s up to you. I have tried both and both work well. You also do not need to add any water to the slow cooker; they’ll be fine without it.

Instant Pot Instructions:

  1. To make baked potatoes in the Instant Pot all you need to do is wash your potatoes and prick them a few times with a fork. Add the trivet to your instant pot and add one cup of water. Add your potatoes (don’t exceed the max fill line, so the amount will vary depending on the size of Instant Pot you have). Close your lid, set the valve to sealing, press manual, and set your time for 10-22 to minutes, depending on the size of your potatoes. Let your Instant Pot natural pressure release for 10 minutes after the cook time is up. Release the rest of the pressure, carefully open the lid, and enjoy.
  2. The pros to this method are that it’s super fast. It’s a little harder to tell when a potato in the Instant Pot is cooked through, though. You can’t just pull one out and test it. The time it takes to cook will depend on the size of your Instant Pot, the size of your potatoes, and how many potatoes you have added to the pot to cook. So it might take a little playing around on your part to determine a perfect cook time for your circumstance. The cons are (besides the difficulty in determining doneness) are that you have to own an electric pressure cooker, and the skin doesn’t get deliciously crisp. THOUGH to remedy that, you can always pull your potatoes out when they are done, slather them with oil and salt and roast them at 450 degrees for about 10-15 minutes to crisp up the skin. Problem solved.


  • Please see post to detailed notes and pros and cons to each method.
  • Number of potatoes needed depends on number of servings needed though don’t try to over fill your Instant Pot (it has lines inside the bowl that indicate how full it can be)
  • Category: Side
  • Method: Bake
  • Cuisine: American
Nutrition Information: YIELD: 4 SERVING SIZE: 1 potato
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 81.8 Fat: 3.6g Cholesterol: 0mg Sodium: 12mg Carbohydrates: 11.8g Sugars: 9g Protein: 1.3g Vitamin A: 0µg Vitamin C: 6.8mg

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