Perfect Baked Potatoes

by Marla on October 15, 2012 · 54 comments

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Ever since I went on the Idaho Potato Harvest Tour I have been thinking about potatoes non-stop. On that trip I became enlightened and excited about everything potato! My family is really happy about that because they LOVE potatoes.

One of the simplest and most comforting meals is a simple, perfect baked potato. I bake them in a Big Batch so we have them at the ready for a few days at a time.


Baked potatoes are great for…

  • Project LunchBox
  • Snacks + Mini Meals
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Any time you need a quick bite.

Have you ever had a baked potato for breakfast? It is a great way to start the day. Stay tuned for an awesome potato breakfast recipe I have for you really soon.


Another thing I love about Perfect Baked Potatoes is that they are adaptable & pair easily with any flavors you want.

Little piggy salt and pepper shakers always make a meal more fun!


Experiement with toppings! Love chili? Throw some on. Pesto? That would be great too. Slathered in tomato sauce and cheese is super tasty. My Bacon Guacamole Salsa recipe would be awesome too.

We love butter, garlic salt, cracked black pepper and fresh herbs. Simple and perfect!


Perfect Baked Potatoes just need a quick rinse, some pokes with a fork or knife (you don’t want them to explode in your oven) a massage with olive oil and a sprinkle of salt and pepper.

You need to be a little patient while they bake for about one hour. The bake time will vary according to the size of your potatoes, you know they are done when a fork easily pierces the baker. If the potato is hard, bake a little longer, that’s all there is to it.

The results are amazing! A crisp skin and tender potato.


Play with ingredients. Try a rub down with coconut oil, butter or ghee. Also play with seasonings. Our favorite is smoked paprika. Curry powder, chili seasoning, Herbes de Provence would all be amazing.

Also play with the kinds of potatoes you use. We love russets and red skinned potatoes.


Do you have any favorite baked potato recipes? Feel free to share your links in the comments.

Perfect Baked Potatoes

Rating: 51

Prep Time: 3 minutes

Cook Time: 60 minutes

Total Time: 63 minutes

Yield: as many as you need it to

Perfect Baked Potatoes


  • a few Potatoes (russet, red, purple, gold ~ your choice)
  • Olive Oil or melted Coconut Oil, Ghee or Butter
  • Garlic Salt
  • Cracked Black Pepper
  • Smoked Paprika (or any seasonings you like)


  • Pre heat the oven to 350 degrees F. Scrub your potatoes with cool water and a soft brush, pat dry. Pierce with a fork or knife several times (this will help release the steam that builds up inside the potato as it cooks.) You need to do this so it doesn't explode in your oven. Rub potatoes with oil/butter. Season all sides with garlic salt, pepper and spice. Lay on a sheet pan of baking dish. Bake for 45-60 minutes. The skin should pierce easily with a fork and the potato soft and fluffy.
  • Serve with sour cream, mascarpone, cottage cheese, butter ~ anything!

Baked Potato Recipe Links

Disclosure: It is my pleasure to be working with the  Idaho Potato Commission to help spread the word about delicious Idaho® potatoes.

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{ 54 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Robyn Stone | Add a Pinch October 15, 2012 at 6:31 am

So warm and comforting, Marla. Baked potatoes just make any meal better, don’t they?


2 Marla October 15, 2012 at 6:37 am

They really do Robyn :) A happy thing indeed!


3 Cookbook Queen October 15, 2012 at 6:32 am

One of my all time favorite dinners is a big baked potato bar. So simple and comforting!!

I love the idea of baking them in batches…much easier for later on!!


4 Marla October 15, 2012 at 6:37 am

Kristan, love the idea of a baked potato bar for family meals and parties!


5 HeatherChristo October 15, 2012 at 6:53 am

I love baked potatoes Marla- they are comfort food in their most nutritious (and easy!) form :)


6 Bev @ Bev Cooks October 15, 2012 at 6:58 am

THOSE are seriously perfect.


7 Maria October 15, 2012 at 6:59 am

I love a good baked potato!


8 Michelle @ Eat Move Balance October 15, 2012 at 7:13 am

I hosted a super bowl party last year, and my friends brought a “baked potato bar”, like your other commenter mentioned. It was such a hit! Especially because you could top the potato with whatever you wanted–it wasn’t done for you. Great for entertaining!


9 Heather (Heather's Dish) October 15, 2012 at 7:17 am

baked potatoes really make a meal super comforting – these really are perfect!


10 Kathryn October 15, 2012 at 7:43 am

I do love a baked potato but I’ve never thought of having them for breakfast and I just love the idea of cooking a whole batch at once!


11 Sommer@ASpicyPerspective October 15, 2012 at 8:12 am

GIRL… those are some good looking potatoes!


12 Nancy @ CouponClippingCook October 15, 2012 at 8:46 am

Potatoes are a refrigerator pantry staple for me. When I’m stumped for what to make for dinner I can always make something with a potato. Your pictures are so pretty. Thank you very much for the mention too!


13 dassana October 15, 2012 at 8:56 am

thanks for the link love marla.

loved the idea of baked potatoes for breakfast and that too in batches. following your through facebook and twitter.


14 Georgia @ The Comfort of Cooking October 15, 2012 at 9:20 am

I’ve never seen baked potatoes look more beautiful! Thanks for sharing your perfect recipe and all your fun ideas for adaptations, Marla. Hope you’re having a happy fall so far!


15 Averie @ Averie Cooks October 15, 2012 at 10:15 am

Beautiful taters! I just want to reach in and take a bite! A warm and perfectly baked potato is a simple delicacy!

The Little piggy salt and pepper shakers are TOO CUTE and love the spider web ketchup and mustard :)


16 Marla October 16, 2012 at 6:08 am

Averie, it really is a simple delicacy and I LOVE that you can see it that way. Delicacies don’t have to be really expensive to have large impact. I flipped for those piggies when I saw them.


17 Angie October 15, 2012 at 10:51 am

What beautiful potatoes! Looks like you guys had a blast on the trip.


18 Marla October 16, 2012 at 6:07 am

We really did Angie ~ those Idaho farmers took great care of us!


19 Rebecca October 15, 2012 at 11:49 am

Love this post! Thank you so much for helping us make the best simple things better. We will be having baked potatoes tonight. The pictures are making my mouth water!


20 Marla October 16, 2012 at 6:07 am

Oh goodie Rebecca!! Hope you had a great potato feast :)


21 Patti at Worth The Whisk October 15, 2012 at 12:02 pm

Fabulous post, you did your fellow traveling food bloggers PROUD with this gorgeous and inspiring potato-lovers feast. Great job.


22 Marla October 16, 2012 at 6:06 am

Thanks so much Patti ~ I have so much fun and many giggles when I think about our FUN potato trip!


23 Marta @ I love breakfast October 15, 2012 at 1:26 pm

It looks amazing, on some pictures like small sandwiches.


24 Marla October 16, 2012 at 6:06 am

Interesting Marta ~ I can see that :)


25 Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugar October 15, 2012 at 1:45 pm

Love a good baked potato!


26 Erin @ Dinners, Dishes and Desserts October 15, 2012 at 1:58 pm

Love a crispy skin – these do look perfect!


27 Marla October 15, 2012 at 5:04 pm

Erin, that’s my favorite part :)


28 Laura (Tutti Dolci) October 15, 2012 at 2:47 pm

Those are the prettiest potatoes I’ve ever seen!


29 Marla October 15, 2012 at 5:03 pm

Why thank you Laura!


30 Donna October 15, 2012 at 4:53 pm

Holy Cow! I have been doing it wrong all these years! ust try your perfect version asap.


31 Marla October 15, 2012 at 5:03 pm

Oh Donna, I bet you make some GREAT baked potatoes!


32 Minnie(@thelady8home) October 15, 2012 at 5:41 pm

They really look PERFECT. 😀 Fabulous!!!!


33 Marla October 15, 2012 at 7:15 pm

Thanks Minnie!


34 Rachel @ Baked by Rachel October 15, 2012 at 6:41 pm

That’s genius to bake a bunch for now and later. I need to do that!


35 Marla October 15, 2012 at 7:16 pm

You gotta do the Big Batch Rachel – takes to long to wait on one at a time. So nice to have them ready to go.


36 Allison [Girl's Guide to Social Media] October 15, 2012 at 7:03 pm

Baked potatoes are one of my favorite side dishes. I’ve never tried topping with pesto, but now I am inspired. Thanks for sharing this delish recipe!


37 Marla October 16, 2012 at 6:05 am

Allison, the pesto is awesome on potatoes ~ give it a whirl when you can :)


38 Leanne @ Healthful Pursuit October 15, 2012 at 7:14 pm

Oh my, pesto on potatoes… that’s brilliant! My Dad is really into potatoes but my Mom hates them! When she’d go traveling for business, Dad would make us loads of potato things… fries, baked potato, mashed potatoes… yum!


39 Marla October 16, 2012 at 6:05 am

That is hilarious Leanne, sounds like it was a total potato party!


40 susan October 15, 2012 at 10:29 pm

Those truly do look perfect!


41 Joanne October 16, 2012 at 3:51 am

Mmm I love the idea of smoked paprika on the potatoes!


42 Marla October 16, 2012 at 6:04 am

Joanne, the smoked paprika is a total win!


43 Rachel Cooks October 16, 2012 at 5:48 am

I love, love, love baked potatoes and these do look perfect! I wish my husband liked them more.


44 Marla October 16, 2012 at 6:04 am

Thanks Rachel…maybe with the right toppings your hubs could like them too? Maybe?


45 Deliciously Organic October 16, 2012 at 9:20 am

A loaded baked potato is one of my favorite comfort meals!


46 Meagan @ Scarletta Bakes October 16, 2012 at 10:53 am

LOVE this post! Baked potato bar is a favorite in my house – simple to set up and fun to personalize your own tater. Your cute idea of serving a catsup cobweb with mustard will make it even more fun. Thank you, Marla!!!


47 Carlas Confections October 16, 2012 at 10:54 am

Love baked potatoes! I havent had any in a long time though. Im going to need to make them again soon :)


48 Kankana October 16, 2012 at 10:14 pm

There are few things that should never run out in my kitchen and potato is one of them! Love it, in shape and form, size and color :)


49 domonique @ abowlfullofsimple October 18, 2012 at 9:27 pm

s+p, greek yogurt and steamed broccoli!! my fave. we do a baked potato bar every so often. the kids love it!


50 Rosa October 20, 2012 at 4:21 pm

They look really scrumptious! Ah, baked/jacket potatoes remind me of England and pubs…




51 aida mollenkamp October 22, 2012 at 12:12 pm

Marla, your gorge photos even make a simple baked potato look amazing!


52 Marla October 22, 2012 at 12:28 pm

Thanks Aida ~ never thought a simple baked potato would be so fun to shoot!


53 Celeste January 21, 2013 at 5:29 pm

Found this on Pinterest and tried your recipe tonight. Potatoes turned out great! We had ours with chopped ham, sour cream and dill pickle pieces (interesting combo)! They were delicious. :) Thx!


54 Marla January 21, 2013 at 5:31 pm

That sounds who wonderful Celeste! I must try the ham too :)


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