Learn how to bake potatoes in the oven, and enjoy fluffy, flavorful baked potatoes every time you make them with this step-by-step guide! 

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Ingredients You’ll Need

Potatoes: We’re using medium Russet potatoes for this recipe.  

Sea Salt: Don’t skip this! It adds lots of flavors, creating restaurant-style baked potatoes. 

Olive Oil: This creates a crisp exterior and helps the salt cling to the potato skins. Be sure to choose a great-tasting oil that you love. 

Helpful Tools

  1. Baking Sheet Pan
  2. Parchment Paper
  3. Fork Sharp Knife

How to Bake Potatoes in the Oven 

Step One: First, start by preheating your oven to 425 degrees Fahrenheit. 

Step Two: Thoroughly clean your potatoes, removing any dirt or grit. This is also a good time to get rid of any eyes or dark spots. Run the potatoes under cool water, and use your hands to brush off any dirt on the skin. Once the potatoes have been rinsed, use a paper towel or kitchen towel to pat them dry, and remove any excess water. 

Step Three: Next, use a fork to prick the outer surface of the potatoes all over. Then, drizzle the potatoes with oil, and use your hand to rub it all over the skins. 

Step Four: Place the potatoes on a sheet pan lined with parchment paper. Then, sprinkle salt all over the skins. 

Step Five: Bake the potatoes for 45 to 60 minutes or until they’re completely tender. You should easily be able to stick a skewer or toothpick into the thickest part. 

Step Six: Remove the potatoes from the oven, and let them cool on the baking sheet for about five minutes. Next, use a sharp knife to split the top, and give the potatoes a gentle squeeze inward. Add your favorite toppings, and enjoy warm! 

sliced baked potatoes with toppings

Topping Ideas and Serving Suggestions

The most common way to enjoy baked potatoes is topped with butter, salt, and pepper, but there are so many ways to enjoy this side! Some of my favorite topping combinations include: 

Otherwise, they pair wonderfully as a side with a variety of main courses such as: 

How to Store and Reheat Oven Baked Potatoes

I love to bake a few potatoes at a time for meal prep. Here’s how to store oven baked potatoes to keep them fresh:

  • Let the potatoes cool completely. Then, transfer them to an airtight container. 
  • There’s no need to split the potatoes down the center before storing them. We will do that when we’re ready to reheat. 
  • Hold off on adding any toppings as well. 
  • Reheat leftover potatoes in the microwave. To do so, split your potato down the center, and heat for 30 seconds at a time until warmed through. 
  • Add your favorite toppings, and serve!

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How to Bake Potatoes

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  • Author: Ashlea Carver
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 60 minutes
  • Total Time: 1 hour 10 minutes
  • Yield: 4 1x
  • Category: Sides
  • Method: Baking
  • Cuisine: American
  • Diet: Gluten Free


Learn how to bake potatoes in the oven, and enjoy fluffy, flavorful baked potatoes every time you make them with this step-by-step guide! 


  • 4 medium russet potatoes
  • sea salt
  • olive oil
  • optional toppings: 
    • butter, salt, pepper
    • thinly sliced green onions, Greek yogurt, salt, pepper,
    • loaded: shredded cheddar, sliced green onion, Greek Yogurt, bacon bits, salt, and pepper


  1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees
  2. Thoroughly clean the potatoes and remove any dirt or grit.
  3. Prick the potatoes a few times all over with a fork. Drizzle with olive oil and then use your hands to rub the oil all over the skin of the potatoes.
  4. Place the potatoes on a sheet pan lined with parchment paper and then sprinkle salt all over the skin of the potatoes.
  5. Bake the potatoes for 45-60 minutes until completely tender. You should easily be able to stick a skewer of toothpick into the thickest part.
  6. Once the potatoes are tender, remove them from the oven.
  7. Let the potatoes cool slightly (for 5 minutes) and then use a sharp knife to split the top of the potato open and give it a gentle squeeze inward.
  8. Add your favorite toppings and enjoy!

Recipe by: Ashlea Carver / All the Healthy Things | Photography by: Jess Gaertner

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