Best Baked Potato

Recipe by cooking_geek
READY IN: 1hr 10mins


  • Heat oven to 350°F and position racks in top and bottom thirds.
  • Wash potato (or potatoes) thoroughly with a stiff brush and cold running water.
  • Dry, then using a standard fork poke 8 to 12 deep holes all over the spud so that moisture can escape during cooking.
  • Place in a bowl and coat lightly with oil.
  • Sprinkle with kosher salt and place potato directly on rack in middle of oven.
  • Place a baking sheet (I put a piece of aluminum foil) on the lower rack to catch any drippings.
  • Bake 1 hour or until skin feels crisp but flesh beneath feels soft.
  • Serve by creating a dotted line from end to end with your fork, then crack the spud open by squeezing the ends towards one another.
  • It will pop right open.
  • But watch out, there will be some steam.
  • NOTE: If you're cooking more than 4 potatoes, you'll need to extend the cooking time by up to 15 minutes.