How to Make the Perfect BAKED POTATO

How to Make the Perfect BAKED POTATO

There are many, many ways to bake a potato.

Toss them in the microwave, wrap them in foil for the oven or you can even cook them up in a crock pot. (Who would have thought!)

Though I have used the above mentioned methods in the past, I have been on the lookout lately for the best, most delicious way to bake a potato. So, I spent some time with Google. Isn’t google amazing? There’s not a lot the old guy doesn’t know.  I’m crossing my fingers he never goes away, for this simple fact that I don’t own any encyclopedias and I’m not strong to enough to carry a whole set around with me.

Anyhow, Google showed me just how easy it is to make a Baked Potato that is fluffy and soft on the inside while remaining crispy and delightful on the outside. They are better than any baked potato I have made in the past! My whole family loved them.

Here are a few recipe that go well with Baked Potatoes:

Broccoli and Cheddar Cheese Sauce
Crispy Cheddar Chicken
Grandpa Mark’s Meatloaf
Grilled BBQ Chicken 

Let’s make em, man.

How To Make The Perfect Baked Potato


Time: 10 min prep + 45-60 min baking
Yield: 7 servings

***NOTE: The method listed below uses an oven to bake the potatoes. However, I have had a lot of success by allowing the potatoes to cook in the microwave for about 7-8 minutes, rubbing them with olive oil, salt and pepper and then baking them inside my grill. Just place them on the warming rack, close the lid and let them bake for 20 minutes or so. Works out great if you are already grilling up some burgers, or chicken.***

7 large russet potatoes
olive oil
salt and pepper



1. Preheat your oven to 425 degrees.
2. Find yourself 7 large russet potatoes and toss them into the sink. Scrub them with warm water. Use a wire bristled brush to scrub the dirt from the potato.


3. Pat the potatoes dry with a towel.
4. Line a large baking sheet with tin foil and lay the potatoes out over the foil.


5. Drizzle olive oil over the top of the potatoes,


then rub the oil all over them.

6. Sprinkle them with salt and pepper on both sides.  (Montreal Steak Seasoning also works well).


7. Use a fork to poke holes in several spots on each potato.

Baked Potatoes from Jamie Cooks It Up!
8. Pop them in the oven and bake for 45-60 minutes, or until the potato is soft on the inside.


9. Let them cool for a few minutes, then slice them open


and enjoy!


I stuffed this one with a little butter, cheddar cheese, salt and pepper, green onions and some of the leftover shredded BBQ Chicken I posted earlier this week. Turned out to be a great way to use the leftover chicken.



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  1. 1
    June 14, 2013 at 11:27 am

    This is how i do my potatoes but i dont put them on a sheet, i just lay foil and put on the rack directly, i think this is by far the best method to BAKE potatoes! Very soft, and sooo good. I use coarse sea salt on my potatoes 🙂

  2. 2
    June 14, 2013 at 11:54 am

    This is how I do it too, especially nice to have.

  3. 3
    June 14, 2013 at 12:32 pm

    I love potatoes!! And stuffed with the BBQ chicken…oh yum!

  4. 4
    Linda Gruber
    June 14, 2013 at 8:11 pm

    That BBQ chicken baked potato looks to die for!!!!

  5. 5
    June 17, 2013 at 8:15 pm

    I made these potatoes tonight (with the leftover BBQ chicken on top) and both were delicious. The potatoes really are very fluffy–yum!!

  6. 6
    July 3, 2013 at 1:55 pm

    This is by far the best way to bake potatoes. I do wrap my potatoes instead of putting them on a pan. Will have to to try doing them without wrapping them. My family loves oven baked potatoes. Yummy!!!!!

  7. 7
    September 22, 2013 at 10:16 am

    I agree that this simple way of doing potatoes is by far the best way! Instead of olive oil, though, I have always used butter and smeared a light layer over the entire potato. Just grab a few fingerfulls in your hand and rub all over your bakers. Leaves the skins much crispier – which I love!

  8. 8
    January 27, 2014 at 4:45 pm

    Perfect but don’t forget the garlic powder.

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  12. 12
    Shane Martin
    September 21, 2014 at 1:50 pm

    I’m trying the steak seasoning for the first time tonight. I’m so excited. Never thought of that before!

    • 13
      Shane Martin
      September 21, 2014 at 1:52 pm

      I’m doing ribs in the crock pot as the main dish to the potatoes.

  13. 14
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  14. 15
    April 12, 2015 at 3:10 pm

    This method was awesome!!!!!

  15. 16
    Rachael Trongeau
    January 19, 2016 at 6:08 am

    These sound so delicious! I’m gonna try them today.

  16. 17
    January 18, 2017 at 1:59 pm

    I am just starting to cook new things. This was very easy to follow and it came out like I was a professional. I look forward to try them with different toppings.

    • 18
      January 19, 2017 at 7:47 am

      So happy they turned out well for you!

  17. 19
    July 6, 2017 at 12:01 am

    Thank you for posting about these delicious looking potatoes! Everything you make looks amazing! I’m so glad I found your blog!

  18. 20
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  19. 21
    January 7, 2019 at 10:14 am

    This looks YUMMY!

  20. 22
    February 3, 2019 at 9:07 pm

    OMG! I didn’t think that there was much to know to make a baked potato it’s simple knowledge but wow what I didn’t know, THIS RECIPE IS AMAZING AND SO YUM YUM YUMMY!! IT MELTS IN MY MOUTH I GIVE THIS A 6****** RATING

  21. 23
    July 28, 2019 at 3:57 pm

    I always boil my potatoes in salt water for 45mins then wrap them up in foil with kosher salt and olive then place them on the grill for another 45mins to an hour. Best baked potatoes ever

  22. 24
    Robin Windham
    October 27, 2019 at 5:37 am

    Love this method. I usually prepare these in the morning and refrigerate them and later in the day cut them in 1 inch chunks add a little bit of cheese mayo and milk salt and pepper and bake it. DELISH!

  23. 25
    January 5, 2020 at 1:59 pm

    What temperature do you set oven too? If I missed it I’m sorry

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