Learn How to Bake a Potato

Learning how to bake a potato is one of the easiest recipes you'll learn!

It's rather foolproof and always tastes great! Oven baked potato recipes are healthy options for side dishes or a whole meal.

Baked Potato Recipe


Potatoes - I prefer Russet potatoes as the skin gets deliciously flaky!


  1. Choose approximately one potatoe per person, more if you want to have left overs to make potato soup or mashed potatoes tomorrow. The perfect potato has an even brown color, no sprouts, doesn't have a green tone, and is firm to the touch.

  2. Preheat oven to desired tempurature. Potatoes are so forgiving that you can cook them anywhere between 325 degrees F and 400 degrees F - this comes in handy if you're baking other dishes at the same time.

  3. Scrub the potatoes under running water.

  4. Pierce each potato with a fork or knife six to eight times to avoid exploding potatoes!

  5. Place potatoes directly on the oven rack.

  6. Cook 50 minutes at 400 degrees F., 1 hour at 350 degrees F, or 1 1/2 hours at 325 degrees F.

  7. Potatoes are done when they are pierced easily by a fork.

Healthy Baked Potato Serving Suggestions

Now that you've learned how to bake a potatoe you've got lots of options for side dishes and small meals. They are so delicious and quite healthy if you don't over do them, even more so if you eat the skins.

As a side dish I like them plain with just a bit of sea salt and low fat sour cream.

As a small meal or healthy snack I like to top them in a variety of ways:

  • homemade salsa
  • Mexican beans and salsa
  • plain low fat yogurt or sour cream mixed with garlic, dill, red pepper flakes, or any other seasoning of your choice
  • chili
  • grated parmesan cheese

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