ArtsAutosBooksBusinessEducationEntertainmentFamilyFashionFoodGamesGenderHealthHolidaysHomeHubPagesPersonal FinancePetsPoliticsReligionSportsTechnologyTravel

How to Bake Fabulously Light and Fluffy Baked Potatoes!

Updated on April 8, 2011

Yes, Baked Potatoes Can Be Fluffy and Light, Not Heavy and Soggy!

Baking potatoes to be light and fluffy rather than heavy and soggy is actually very simple ... and it's not even an old family recipe! Here's the big secret: no aluminum foil! Don't panic - the new method is just as easy as the old and your potatoes - and those eating them - will thank you!

baking potatoes
baking potatoes

Ingredients for Fluffy Baked Potatoes

Simple Secret for Light and Fluffy Baked Potatoes, Step 1

Large, smooth potatoes will work best, and you will get the best results with unbroken skin, so choose big, smooth potatoes that don't have eyes to dig out or bad spots to cut off.

Coconut oil or your favorite cooking oil is essential to getting light and fluffy baked potatoes. I do recommend coconut oil if you are interested in lowering your cholesterol, boosting your immune system, or aiding your digestive tract ... but it's up to you.

The third ingredient is, simply, salt! I do strongly recommend sea salt for multitudinous health reasons.

A good assistant is essential to making fabulous baked potatoes!

A good assistant is essential to making fabulous baked potatoes!
A good assistant is essential to making fabulous baked potatoes!

Choose the Scrubber You Like Best - A scrubber should fit your hand and be comfortable to use.

HIC Harold Imports Fruit Sock
HIC Harold Imports Fruit Sock

The fruit & veggie sock fits over the entire piece, then you just rub it between your hands under running water for a thorough cleaning!

Chef'n Palm Brush, Cherry
Chef'n Palm Brush, Cherry

The rubber grip fits over your finger to hold the scrubber securely in the palm of your hand.

OXO Good Grips Vegetable Brush (color may vary)
OXO Good Grips Vegetable Brush (color may vary)

The non-slip body is flexible and easy to hold onto as you scrub.

Boston Warehouse Scrubber, Porcupine
Boston Warehouse Scrubber, Porcupine

The curved shape is easy to hold onto, and it's so cute you'll want to leave it out on the counter!

Msc International Mr Potato Brush (1, A)
Msc International Mr Potato Brush (1, A)

Scrub your potatoes with a real potato brush! Sturdy bristles will get into every crevice.


Cover the potatoes completely with a coat of oil (easy to just rub it in by hand). Then salt HEAVILY all over the potato.

Cover the potatoes completely with a coat of oil (easy to just rub it in by hand). Then salt HEAVILY all over the potato.
Cover the potatoes completely with a coat of oil (easy to just rub it in by hand). Then salt HEAVILY all over the potato.

Why Oil and Salt the Potatoes?

The oil coating gives the potato skins a delightful crispness. The salt helps to draw moisture out of the potatoes as they steam inside their jackets.

Bake 45-60 min @ 450* until fork-tender. Halfway thru, turn over & prick potatoes to release steam.

When they are fork-tender, they are ready to eat! Enjoy your light and fluffy potatoes!

When they are fork-tender, they are ready to eat! Enjoy your light and fluffy potatoes!
When they are fork-tender, they are ready to eat! Enjoy your light and fluffy potatoes!

Foiled Again!

Wrapping the potato in foil traps

all the moisture inside, so it usually becomes heavy and soggy.

The salt draws the moisture out while allowing the potato to steam in its own jacket. Pricking the potato halfway through baking allows the rest of the moisture to escape for light and fluffy baked potatoes!

Where I Found This Great Cooking Tip - And where you can find lots more like it!

The Joy of Cooking is a total kitchen classic, in print since 1931, and it is where I found these simple steps to baking great potatoes. The older versions are generally considered better than the latest revisions, and fortunately are still in print because they are so popular! Julia Child says it's the one book she'd keep if she could only have one English title on the shelf.


Many thanks for

SquidAngel blessings from

Thanks to tagsforkids for his angelic SquidArt.

Squidoo logo is a trademark of Squidoo LLC. Graphics, Squidart and Squidoodles 2008 by tagsforkids (Steve Thompson).

Some rights reserved. This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial 3.0 License.


    0 of 8192 characters used
    Post Comment

    • Blackspaniel1 profile image


      6 years ago

      Nice lens

    • clouda9 lm profile image

      clouda9 lm 

      7 years ago

      Love baked potatoes and your wonderful tricks to getting them light and fluffy! This lens is featured on Over 101 Words That Describe Food ( for the word light. Feel free to submit another sentence or two, the form is at the bottom of the lens ;) *Blessed and SWAH!

    • profile image


      8 years ago

      Wonderfully done lens.

    • Missmerfaery444 profile image


      8 years ago

      This is how I make mine! Thanks for featuring my 101 baked potato toppings lens! Lensrolled :)

    • kateloving profile image

      Kate Loving Shenk 

      8 years ago from Lancaster PA

      I have this on my list to try--asp! I love baked potatoes!

    • Lee Hansen profile image

      Lee Hansen 

      8 years ago from Vermont

      Baked potatoes are my favorite - we always use organic spuds so just a good scrub and check for no eyes or green spots and we're ready to go!

    • profile image


      8 years ago

      I LOVE baked potatoes! So Yummy. I've done them like this for years, and never thought to make a lens about it, so well done! - Kathy

    • TreasuresBrenda profile image

      Treasures By Brenda 

      8 years ago from Canada

      Your potatos sound (and look) yummy. Most of us hate two jobs in the kitchen. 1. Washing lettuce (the appeal of the lettuce spinner loses its draw once your children become teenagers) and 2. Washing potatoes. We need an enthusiastic assistant.

      Thank you for featuring my Hawaiian Potato Salad here. I'm lensrolling you back.

    • Spook LM profile image

      Spook LM 

      8 years ago

      They look tremendous. Blessed by an Angel.

    • SusanDeppner profile image

      Susan Deppner 

      8 years ago from Arkansas USA

      Gotta love a fluffy baked potato. Definitely! Thanks for sharing the secret!

    • Sylvestermouse profile image

      Cynthia Sylvestermouse 

      8 years ago from United States

      I am absolutely LOL over here. Seems great minds think alike and hey, at least we prepare our baked potatoes in a different way :) I do love baked potatoes!

    • BuckHawkcenter profile image


      8 years ago

      Now, you've made me really hungry! Great idea here.

    • profile image


      8 years ago

      Now I know how to get them perfect - every time! Thanks for the tips!

    • OhMe profile image

      Nancy Tate Hellams 

      8 years ago from Pendleton, SC

      Wow, this sure does sound great. I will definitely try this way to Bake Fabulously Light and Fluffy Baked Potatoes. Thanks. Blessed.

    • profile image


      8 years ago

      I will definitely try this! Thanks!


    This website uses cookies

    As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

    For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at:

    Show Details
    HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
    LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
    Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
    AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
    Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
    CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the or domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
    Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
    Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
    Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
    Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
    ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)