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A close up image of a baked potato with melted shredded cheese and chopped bacon.

Baked Potato

A baked potato makes a fitting side dish to many meals. This baked potato is made without using aluminum foil. The best part is that the skin turns out just as delicious as the fleshy inside.
Course Side Dish
Cuisine American
Keyword potatoes
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour 5 minutes
Servings 1
Calories 186kcal
Author Elizabeth


This recipe is for one potato. If you need more, just repeat with each additional potato, make as many as you need.

  • 1 Large Baking Potato or as many as needed
  • ½ - ¾ teaspoon Canola Oil per potato
  • ¼ - ½ teaspoon Coarse Salt per potato – Kosher or Sea Salt work well


  • Preheat the oven to 375°F.

Prep the potatoes

  • Scrub the potatoes thoroughly using a vegetable brush and pat dry.
  • Prick the potatoes a few times on all sides with the tip of a sharp knife.
  • Rub the potato with the oil
  • Rub the potato all over with the salt.
  • Repeat with any additional potatoes.

Bake the potatoes

  • Place the potatoes on a baking sheet or shallow pan.
  • Bake the potatoes in the preheated oven for about 60 minutes. The cooking time will depend on the size of the potato, adjust more or less time accordingly.
  • Test if the potato is done by inserting a sharp knife into the thickest part of the largest potato. If the knife slides in and out easily, it’s done. If the knife does not slide in and out easily, continue cooking for 10 minutes at a time and test again.

Cut the baked potato open

  • Cut the potato down the middle running the length of it. Be careful during this step. The potato will be hot and there will be steam accumulated inside.
  • Push the sides in gently to open the middle. Since the potato is hot, use paper towels or a clean kitchen towel to protect your fingers.
  • Fluff the fleshy inside with a fork.
  • Dress the potato with your favorite toppings and enjoy.



We loaded our potato up with butter, sour cream, cheese and crispy bacon. The classic loaded baked potato.


Calories: 186kcal | Carbohydrates: 38g | Protein: 5g | Fat: 2g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 592mg | Potassium: 888mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin C: 12.1mg | Calcium: 28mg | Iron: 1.8mg