Get great ideas for cooking baked potatoes in the slow cooker, oven, and instant pot so that no matter what, you are going to have awesome baked potatoes.
Long live perfectly cooked baked potatoes. It’s one of the simplest side dishes to make for just about any dinner and they are easy enough to turn into a main course of their own. Baked potatoes are one of those recipes that sound simple, but I’m always wondering if there’s a different/better/faster way to do it. So today I’m sharing with you how to bake, slow cook, and pressure cook a “baked potato” and the pros and cons of each method. Now you’ll be able to have baked potatoes no matter the time or tools you have in your kitchen!
I wanted to distinguish the difference between small to medium potatoes and large potatoes. Small to medium potatoes are generally the ones that come in a 10-20 pound bag. A small to medium potato will weigh between 5 and 8 ounces and will be a little longer than the palm of your hand. Large baking potatoes, often sold individually or marked as “baking potatoes”, will generally weigh 8-12 ounces and will be the size of your whole hand, palm to fingertip. The size of your potatoes doesn’t matter much – it’s consistency that matters when it comes to baking multiple potatoes at once. Big or small, it’s always best to find potatoes of a similar size to cook for your meal. That way, no matter the cooking method, they are all done at about the same time. If I have a mix of large and small potatoes, I’ll often cut my largest ones in half so that they are closer to the smaller ones in size.
Now onto the cooking methods for “baked” potatoes!