How to bake a potato

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Baked potatoes make for excellent dinners and they are pretty easy to make. There are different ways on how to bake a potato but each has just a handful of steps.


  • Potatoes
  • Olive oil or butter
  • Seasoning (sour cream, chives, cheese or anything you like)

Basic steps:

  1. Wash the potatoes well and scrub them until cold tap water.
  2. Dry the potatoes using a clean towel.
  3. Cut the bruised spots, bad spots and take out the eyes.
  4. Prick the potatoes using a fork once on each side.

Baking potatoes in the conventional oven:

  1. Preheat the oven to 425 degrees Fahrenheit.
  2. Rub the potatoes with olive oil or butter.
  3. Sprinkle seasoning (salt and pepper).
  4. Place the potatoes on a baking sheet or directly onto the oven rack.
  5. Bake for about 40-60 minutes depending on the sizes of the potatoes. You will know it is done when the skin is crispy and the potatoes can be pricked without resistance.
  6. Garnish as needed.

Baking potatoes wrapped in foil:

  1. Follow steps 1-3 of baking in a conventional oven.
  2. Wrap the potatoes in aluminium foil.
  3. Pop them in the oven for 40-60 minutes. The skin will be soft and not crispy and have a creamier center.
  4. Garnish as you please.

Baking potatoes in the microwave:

  1. Follow steps 1-3 of baking in a conventional oven.
  2. Put the potatoes in a microwave-safe dish.
  3. Microwave at full power for 5 minutes.
  4. Turn the potatoes over and microwave the other side for an additional 3-5 minutes.
  5. Prick up to the middle to check if it is done.
  6. Use 1-minute intervals until fully cooked.
  7. Garnish as needed.

Baking potatoes in the slow cooker:

  1. Clean the potatoes but do not dry them.
  2. Place in the slow cooker and cook for 5 to 8 hours at low heat to minimize risks of overcooking.


  • Baking at lower heat means more cooking time but it also means other dishes can be baked alongside the potatoes such as meat loaves or pastas.
  • Bacon bits, chives, cheese, sour cream and butter are the most popular garnish for baked potatoes.
  • Baked potatoes also work well with steaks and chilli dishes.


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