How to make a Baked Potato

Baked potatos are something that look easy to make, but usually don’t turn out the way you expect them to. Oftentimes, even after cooking them the way recipes and instructions suggest, the baked potato is still hard in the middle.

This article shows you exactly how I make perfect baked potatos every time.

Here are the tools and utensils you’ll need to make your baked potato:

  • Aluminum foil
  • Shallow baking dish
  • Sharp knife

And here are the ingredients you’ll need to make your baked potato:

  • Large oblong baking potato
  • Sour cream
  • Butter
  • Salt and pepper

Here’s how to make the perfect baked potato every time

First things first, turn on your over to 425 degrees so it pre-heats while your preparing your ingredients.

Cover the bottom of your baking dish with a layer of foil and lightly grease the bottom so the potato doesn’t stick.


Wash and scrub your potato, but leave the peel on. Now cut your potato in half down the long part. Then with the tip of your knife, make 2 cuts down the length of each half as deep as you can without cutting through the peel on the other side. Then make 4 or 5 cuts across the face of each half using the same principle. The cuts in the face of each half should look like a checker board.

Now place both halfs in your greased, foil covered baking dish with the cut side facing up and peel down. Then spread butter on top of each piece. Place another piece of foil over your baking dish to form a tent and be sure that this foil doesn’t touch the top of your potato or it’ll stick. Then put the baking dish in the pre-heated, 425 degree oven for 50 minutes.

After the 50 minutes are up, take off the top piece of foil, shake salt and pepper on the potatos plus any other toppings you choose, like shredded cheese, herbs, etc. and put them back in the oven for another 10-15 minutes until they turn golden brown on top.

Remove from the oven and serve the baked potato halfs with a dalop of sour cream or even chili on each.

Because baked potatos are more or less a ‘blank slate’ that you can do a lot of other things with, get creative with your toppings. Next time I make baked potatos, I’m definitely going to try it the way the lady in the video below does.

Video: How to make a baked potato

Filed Under: Food & Cooking


About the Author: Leona Kesler is a head-chef at a very popular food restaurant in New York. Also she is a blogger who shares her experiences, tips, and other informative details about food and cooking. Her recipes are featured on many magazines.

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