How to Bake a Potato

Follow this step-by-step to get delicious baked potatoes that rival any steakhouse's side order.
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  • Step 4: Start Baking
    Start Baking
    Once your oven has pre-heated for 15 minutes, place the prepared potatoes directly on your oven's middle rack. Keep them naked — no aluminum foil needed!

    Bake them for 1 hour to 1 hour and 15 minutes, depending on the size of your potatoes. You'll know the potatoes are done when the skin is golden brown and crispy, and they feel soft when pressed.
    Place a cookie sheet, baking pan or strip of aluminum foil on a lower rack or on the bottom of the oven to catch any drippings.