How To Make Perfect Baked Potatoes

Perfect Baked Potatoes Recipe | How To Cook A Best Ever Baked Potato In The Oven
Fluffy baked potatoes with flavorful, thin, and crispy skin are HERE. And you'll never have to eat a dense, leathery baked potato ever again!

America’s Test Kitchen has made my cooking life better in so many ways, but this procedure for baked potatoes has been the MOST revolutionary, game-changing recipe of theirs that I’ve tried so far. It does not disappoint. If you’ve spent enough of your life eating unevenly cooked, sad baked potatoes, then toil no more and scroll on! And behold! How to make perfect baked potatoes!

Perfect Baked Potatoes Recipe | How To Cook A Best Ever Baked Potato In The Oven
Just LOOK at that paper thin crispy skin. My GOD!

Perfect Baked Potatoes Recipe

Perfect Baked Potatoes

This recipe is by America’s Test Kitchen
Course: lunch, Main Dish, Side Dish


  • russet potatoes
  • 2 tbsp salt
  • 1/2 cup warm water
  • canola oil or other high smoke point oil


  • Scrub potatoes well with warm water, dry, and poke a few holes in each with a fork
  • Heat the oven to 450F with the rack in the center position. While the oven heats, dissolve the salt in the ½ cup warm water. When the oven is hot, dip each potato into the salt-water mixture and place directly on the oven rack. Bake the potatoes for 45 minutes, turning over once with tongs halfway through cooking.
  • After 45 minutes, use an instant read thermometer to check the internal temperature of the potatoes. It should be 205F. (if it isn’t quite there, return to the oven to cook a bit longer.)
  • Use a pastry brush to coat the potatoes with canola oil, and return to the oven for 10 minutes more. (I recommend putting a baking sheet or foil beneath the potatoes for this part, because dripping oil can cause a lot of smoke.)
  • Remove the potatoes from the oven and immediately cut a 2 inch slit in each, pinching open for steam to escape. (This will keep the skin crispy!)
  • Serve hot right away.

Tell me what you think in the comments below!

Perfect Baked Potatoes Recipe | How To Cook A Best Ever Baked Potato In The Oven

What do you like on your baked potatoes? I love the classic fixings… or broccoli and cheddar cheese!

Try one of these amazing baked potatoes with some Tomato Habañero Soup!

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  1. says: Kim

    One thing that would be a great quick dinner idea are these beauties- will definitely try. I like mine with caramalized onion and cheddar. Healthy and fast:)

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