How to Make Perfect Baked Potatoes
Baked potatoes are a simple enough item you’re probably wondering why I’m posting about how to cook them. Once you make a baked potato this way you will never make them any other way again. I promise!Print
How to make perfect baked potatoes
Perfect baked potatoes every time! The only way to make a baked potato.
- Prep Time: 10 minutes
- Cook Time: 60 minutes
- Total Time: 70 minutes
As many russet potatoes as you want
1 ½ cup water
1 tablespoon salt
Olive Oil (no need to measure, just brush onto potatoes)
Flaky sea salt or coarse salt for sprinkling onto potatoes.
All the baked potato toppings you’d like. I use-
Preheat oven to 400 F.
Line a baking sheet with foil.
Clean potatoes and pierce with a fork every ~inch all over potato.
In a small bowl mix warm water and salt together till dissolved. Dip potatoes in salt water and roll them around to let some of the water get into the pierced holes.
Place potatoes on foil lined baking sheet and bake till almost done (roughly 45 minutes, but depends on the size of your potatoes.
Remove from oven and use a pastry brush to brush olive oil all over the potatoes and then sprinkle with flaked salt or coarse salt and return to oven for about 15 minutes (or until done). Remove from oven and immediately cut potatoes open to release steam or your potato will become denser and less fluffy.
The salt water seeps a bit into the holes you created to make the potatoes tender and to dry out the skin as it bakes. The olive oil put on the skin towards the end of the bake makes the skin crispy and not leathery like it would if you put the olive oil on at the very beginning of baking.