How to Bake a Potato

If you’ve been searching for the perfect method for how to bake a potato, I’m delighted to bring you my guide for making a perfectly baked potato with a fluffy center and a crispy, salty skin.

Let’s get started!


Preheat the oven to 400 degrees. Wash and scrub your potatoes clean. Poke each potato with a fork a few times to allow steam to release while cooking.


Place potatoes directly on a baking rack set inside a baking sheet and place them in the oven.


Bake until the center of the potato reaches between 205 and 212 degrees. This will be roughly 35-45 minutes depending on the size of the potatoes.


Remove from the oven and use a pastry brush to coat each potato in a thin coat of olive oil.  Sprinkle with salt and then flip them over and brush the other side with oil and sprinkle with salt.


Bake the potatoes for an additional 10 minutes to crisp the skin. Remove the potatoes from the oven, cut a small X on the top of each potato.


With 2 hands, gently press the potatoes inward so that they "bloom" from the X. Enjoy right away with your favorite toppings.

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