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The Best Baked Potato

The Best Baked Potato

  • Yield: 1 serving
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cooking Time: 1 hour
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  • 1 large Russet potato
  • Canola oil
  • Kosher salt
  • Optional toppings, such as butter, sour cream, shredded Cheddar and/or scallions


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees and position racks in top and bottom thirds.
  2. Wash potato thoroughly with a stiff brush and cold running water. Pat dry with a paper towel.
  3. Using a fork, poke 8 – 12 deep holes all over the potato so that moisture can escape during cooking.
  4. Place in a bowl and coat lightly with oil. Sprinkle with kosher salt and place potato directly on rack in middle of oven. Place a baking sheet on the lower rack to catch any drippings.
  5. Bake 1 hour or until skin feels crisp but flesh beneath is soft.
  6. Serve by creating a dotted line from end to end with your fork, then crack the potato open by squeezing the ends towards one another. It will pop right open.
  7. Add desired toppings and serve warm.


Recipe adapted from