Baked Potato Recipe

Potatoes can be baked in the oven or cooked in the microwave. The microwave version has a soft skin. For a crisper skin, baking in the oven is optimal. Rubbing on a little olive oil, salt and freshly ground pepper (lots of pepper for me) before cooking is a way to infuse more flavor into the potato during cooking and get a crispier skin. Or, just toss the cleaned, dried and pierced potato in the oven with nothing else.




  1. Preheat the oven to 425ºF.
  2. Wash, dry and pierce the potato three times along the top.
  3. Aluminum foil for oil rubbed potatoes.
  4. Method:
  5. Bake until a fork easily pierces the potato, approximately 60 minutes for a medium potato.
  6. Note: To microwave, follow the above procedure, and cook until a fork easily pierces the potato. The timing will depend on the power intensity of your microwave.
  7. To serve: Slit the potato lengthwise and horizontally down the center. Push the ends with your hands to crack the potato open and create a hole to fill with the topping of your choice.