Alton Brown's Baked Potato

READY IN: 1hr 5mins
Recipe by Moonshadow_Girl

From the Good Eats episode: This Spud's for you. I was looking for information on how long to bake potatoes in the oven and came across this basic recipe from Alton Brown. Perfect potatoes every time! I wanted to include it here so I can add it to my Cookbook.

Top Review by NannyMarvel

Absolutely amazing - I have always loved baked potatoes in restaurants but never could achieve the same result at home. My potatoes were always too dry or too moist on the outside - the insides were always a surprise. This recipe turns out perfect potatoes every time - better than a restaurant. I put some white truffle oil in with the canola and that was soooo good. Thanks for posting.

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Heat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Wash potatoes thoroughly with a stiff brush and cold running water.
  3. Dry, then using a standard fork poke 8 to 12 deep holes all over the potatoes.
  4. Place in a bowl and coat lightly with oil.
  5. Sprinkle with salt
  6. Place potatoes directly on top rack in middle of oven. Place a baking sheet on the lower rack to catch any drippings.
  7. Bake 1 hour or until skin feels crisp and inside feels soft.
  8. NOTE: If you're cooking more than 4 potatoes, you'll need to extend the cooking time by up to 15 minutes.

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