Long holiday weekends usually mean a big barbecue for my family. And a barbecue isn’t complete without a delicious perfect baked potato on the side! There are a few ways to cook potatoes but my favorite is in the oven. It’s simple, easy and the results are delicious! The softest skins with perfectly cooked insides!

First, preheat your oven to 425 degrees. Next, wash your potatoes off thoroughly. Use a vegetable scrubber if necessary. Then pierce the skin of each potato with the fork several times. Now rub a good amount (about a teaspoon) of olive oil onto the skin of each potato. (I use my hands to do this) Place on a foil-lined baking sheet. Sprinkle generously with coarse salt.

Baked Potatoes are easy to make and they are a delicious and fun way to prepare everyone’s favorite spud. Potatoes are baked until the skin is crisp, and the insides are soft, white, and fluffy.

Top baked potatoes with your favorite toppings like bacon, sour cream or cheese to create a perfect side dish (or heartier meatier options to turn it into a complete meal)!

Baked potatoes go perfectly alongside a steak, grilled veggies, and a salad or put everyone’s favorite toppings, and have them dress their own. Everyone loves loaded baked potatoes!

Bake for 45 minutes to an hour, depending on size and thickness of the potatoes. (Best way to tell if they’re done is to stick a fork in the center. If the potato is finished cooking, it will be easy to push the fork through with no resistance.)

Back in the day, I was a server at Outback Steakhouse. The servers were expected to cut the baked potatoes right before bringing them to their customers so we were taught a little trick to getting that pretty, fluffy, smooshed potato look.
All you have to do is make a slit with a knife from end to end, longwise then squeeze the two ends together (using your thumb and middle fingers) toward the middle! It makes even the ugliest potato more round and makes it easier to fill with yummy toppings! My favorite toppings are what you see below. I devoured this potato after taking its pictures.
Soft, buttery skin and all! Enjoy!


  • 4 large Russet potatoes
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon salt


  1. Preheat the oven to 425 degrees.
  2. Wash and dry the potatoes.
  3. Pierce the potato 2-3 times with a fork.
  4. Rub oil all over the potatoes.
  5. Rub salt all over the potatoes.
  6. Place the potatoes on a baking sheet and bake for about 45 minutes. The exact baking time will depend on how large the potatoes are. The potato should be tender inside if you poke a fork into it.
  7. Serve with butter, cheese, chives, sour cream and all of your favorite toppings!

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