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How to Bake Potatoes ~ Fast & Easy Recipe

Updated on April 8, 2015
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I love cooking & creating my own fun food masterpieces. I also enjoy sharing my own recipes including my decorative cake & cupcake tutorials


Baking White Potatoes in the Oven

Baking potatoes in the oven is really very easy. Potatoes are one of my favorite foods to eat or cook. I frequently add potatoes to our meals simply because everyone likes potatoes, even if they are not crazy about the main dish.

I like potatoes just about any way they are cooked or prepared, but my all time favorite has to be a baked potato. Personally, I would be perfectly content to eat just a baked potato, or two, for my entire meal.

In this article, I am going to show you exactly how I bake potatoes, but I would also like to hear from you. There is a section below where you can add your favorite potato recipe lens and also an opportunity for you to share how you "dress" your baked potato. I would love to hear your thoughts and opinions!

My Cooking Motto

Fast and Easy!

How to Bake Potatoes
How to Bake Potatoes

What You Need to Bake Potatoes

  • White Baking Potatoes
  • Vegetable Scrubber
  • A Fork
  • Aluminum Foil
  • Heavy Duty Baking Sheet


Step by Step Instructions for Baked Potatoes

Step 1: Wash and Scrub your Potatoes ~ Do not dry them

Step 2: Poke each potato 6 or 7 times with a fork ~ I poke them 3 times on each side as deep as the fork prongs will goWrap each potato in Aluminum Foil

Step 3: Place them on a Baking Sheet

Step 4: Bake on 375° for 1 1/2 hrs. ~ You will know they are finished when you can easily be poked with a fork

Potatoes are Ready for the Oven


Which Is Your Favorite

Do you prefer a Baked Potato or Fried Potatoes?

Baked Potato

Baked Potato

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  • wattyan 4 years ago

    Baked is better.

  • KimGiancaterino 5 years ago

    Bakes potatoes are versatile and so good for you.

  • anonymous 5 years ago

    I prefer baked potato so there won't be any oil on them.

  • JoleneBelmain 5 years ago

    Baked potatoes are so yummy, and perfect for BBQ season (my favourite season of the year ;)

  • miaponzo 5 years ago

    Definitely baked any day :)

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  • totorotube 5 years ago

    Baked Potato is great!

  • SLHamilton LM 6 years ago

    Baked! So much better for you than fried.. and so many more things you can do with them.

  • miaponzo 6 years ago


  • clouda9 lm 6 years ago

    Baked potato with all the fixin's!

  • happynutritionist 6 years ago

    Baked...and I've been hearing my husband tell me for some time now that he really loves them really baked, not "nuked" in the microwave. So, think I'm gong to have to change my get them done in 10 minutes ways:-) Nice page.

  • Sandy Mertens 6 years ago from Frozen Tundra

    Nothing better than a baked potato with cheese or sour cream.

  • lemonsqueezy lm 6 years ago

    Baked potato... twice baked potato to be specific.

  • Missmerfaery444 6 years ago

    Definitely baked! The only thing I like fried is eggs lol!

  • boutiqueshops 6 years ago

    I love baked potatoes, with LOTS of butter. =)

  • puzzlerpaige 6 years ago

    I like them both, but baked wins out for me!

  • Heather Burns 6 years ago from Wexford, Ireland

    Baked and loaded:)

  • Kathy McGraw 6 years ago from California

    Oh Baked for sure....with a ton of sour cream and chives :)

  • capriliz lm 6 years ago

    Baked potatoes with all the stuff that is not good for you.

  • WhiteOak50 6 years ago

    Without a doubt Baked Potatoes are my favorite. Except I do not like them with butter. A little sour cream and a lot of pepper. Oh, yummy!

  • BuckHawkcenter 6 years ago

    Oh, I love baked potatoes. So fast and easy!

  • Jennifer P Tanabe 6 years ago from Red Hook, NY

    Oh yes, I can go for a Baked Potato or 2 for my lunch any day!

  • Mary Beth Granger 6 years ago from O'Fallon, Missouri, USA

    Love baked potatoes and twice baked are even better.

Fried Potatoes

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  • Miha Gasper 4 years ago from Ljubljana, Slovenia, EU

    Love both!

  • missbat 6 years ago

    I am quite partial to fried.

  • hexagon 6 years ago

    I prefer fried potatoes.

How to Bake Potatoes
How to Bake Potatoes | Source

Dress Your Baked Potato and Serve

When the potatoes are cooked, carefully cut open each potato, season and serve.

As soon as i cut open the potato, while the potato is still very hot, I add butter, salt and pepper to each potato. Then I allow each individual to finish dressing their own potato.

Dress Your Baked Potatoes
Dress Your Baked Potatoes | Source

Dress Your Baked Potato

Please tell us what you like on your Baked Potato

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Baked Potatoes are Ready for Dinner

Steak & Baked Potato
Steak & Baked Potato | Source

© 2010 Cynthia Sylvestermouse

Am I the Only One Ready for Dinner Now? - Making this lens made me hungry for a Baked Potato!

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      Anna 3 years ago from chichester

      Me too!! I really do think the humble baked potato is one of my all time favourites :) yummy!

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      Paula Hite 3 years ago from Virginia

      Congrats! You're on our "What's Cooking at Squidoo" Google+ page. Check it out!

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      Faye Rutledge 3 years ago from Concord VA

      I eat a baked potato with cheese and a salad for lunch almost every day. I prefer them baked in the oven, but for lunch, I just pop one in the microwave. Yum!

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      Takkhis 4 years ago

      Nice lens! I ate potato fry today! :)

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      kabbalah lm 4 years ago

      I love potatoes

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      skhdesigns lm 4 years ago

      Ohh, making me hungry!

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      Jogalog 4 years ago

      I love cheese and bacon on a baked potato. I can't think of anything more comforting!

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      KarenCookieJar 4 years ago

      I love baked potatoes!

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      Miha Gasper 4 years ago from Ljubljana, Slovenia, EU

      I can eat enormous quantities of baked potato. Potato offers so many possibilities one human life is hardly enough to explore only the surface of the ocean of options!

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      RetroMom 4 years ago

      Yum! I love baked potatoes! Thanks for sharing this tasty recipe!

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      I'm so on my way to yours house for dinner. Yum!

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      mrsclaus411 5 years ago

      I'm just about ready to have a baked potato now.

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      KimGiancaterino 5 years ago

      It's too hot for the oven today, or I'd be baking a batch of potatoes right now.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Great lens. Thanks for the recipe.

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      JoleneBelmain 5 years ago

      OMG!!! My mouth is watering for a steak and baked potato right now :P *drool*


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      Blackspaniel1 5 years ago

      Nice lens

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      miaponzo 5 years ago

      Back for a blessing! :)

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      flicker lm 5 years ago

      My favorite ways to have potatoes is baked or mashed. I sometimes mash potatoes together with carrots. Yum.

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      Mauhro 5 years ago

      i like potatoes in every way. yummy lens

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      clouda9 lm 6 years ago

      "Lucky Leprechaun Blessing" :* and featured on

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      miaponzo 6 years ago

      It's early in the morning and I'm ready for dinner :)

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      clouda9 lm 6 years ago

      Oh I just popped in a could I not after browsing this delicious page?!

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      Nothing, and I really mean nothing, tastes better than a really good baked potato! Yummy lens.

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      missbat 6 years ago

      Yummy! I know what I'm having for dinner tonight!

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      Sandy Mertens 6 years ago from Frozen Tundra

      I love baked potatoes. Too bad for all the starch or I would eat them more often.

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      Andy 6 years ago from London, England

      Mmmm. Delicious. I do love baked potatoes.

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      Missmerfaery444 6 years ago

      Great lens! Lensrolled to my 101 Best Baked Potato Toppings lens!

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      boutiqueshops 6 years ago

      Nobody can call ME late for dinner ~ LET'S EAT! We have the same Cooking Motto, luv! Let's create a secret cooking handshake! lol You reminded me of MY potato recipe...I shall make a lens for it and add it to yours and yours to mine. =)

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      Cynthia Sylvestermouse 6 years ago from United States

      @KathyMcGraw2: Ah, now I want potato salad!

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      Cynthia Sylvestermouse 6 years ago from United States

      @puzzlerpaige: Your mother-in-law must be an excellent cook :)

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      tandemonimom lm 6 years ago

      Now featured on How to Bake Fabulously Light and Fluffy Baked Potatoes - they can choose if they like foil-wrapped or self-steaming! ;-)

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      poutine 6 years ago

      No, you are not the only one ready for dinner NOW.

      It's only 10:45 AM and this lens made me want a baked potato

      so much....I think I'll go and make a quick one in the microwave

      right now.

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      puzzlerpaige 6 years ago

      This is exactly how my mom-in-law makes baked potatoes. I love 'em! Sooo good!

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      tandemonimom lm 6 years ago

      I do love baked potatoes!

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      Heather Burns 6 years ago from Wexford, Ireland

      my kind of cooking for sure! Baked potatoes rock!

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      Kathy McGraw 6 years ago from California

      LOL I just made a funny potato salad so no potatoes left to bake :) Fun...and when I come for dinner I want horsey cupcakes for dessert after a baked potato meal .....

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      capriliz lm 6 years ago

      Now I am very hungry for a baked potato!

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      WhiteOak50 6 years ago

      OMG.. I was going to have baked potatoes tonight but decided I would wait until tomorrow. I love baked potatoes with a salad. Goodness, *looks at the clock* nope too late tonight, but will have them tomorrow night! GREAT yummy lens!

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      BuckHawkcenter 6 years ago

      First, I love your motto! Second, I'm starved for baked potatoes tonight!

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      Jennifer P Tanabe 6 years ago from Red Hook, NY

      Yes, I'm hungry for baked potato now! And I agree with MaryBeth, adding broccoli and cheese makes it into a great meal.

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      Cynthia Sylvestermouse 6 years ago from United States

      @mbgphoto: You are such an angel!!! Thank you for stopping by, leaving such a great idea in the comments and certainly for the blessing!

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      Mary Beth Granger 6 years ago from O'Fallon, Missouri, USA

      I had a baked potato for lunch. It was leftover from a company dinner so I just mashed it a bit, added some leftover broccoli and topped it with shredded cheese. I then popped it in the microwave for 1 minute and I had a delicious lunch.

      Great lens. Blessed.