Best Baked Potatoes


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Serving Size: 1 medium potato


  • 4 medium potatoes (about 1 1/2 pounds)


  1. Heat oven to 425°F. A preheated oven reduces total cooking time.
  2. Scrub the potatoes under cold running water and pat dry.
  3. Prick each potato twice with a fork.
  4. Place potatoes directly on the oven rack and bake about 1 hour or until potatoes are cooked through. Bake at least 4 potatoes at one time for energy efficiency. Consider baking more potatoes than needed for one meal and refrigerate the extras for a next day meal.
  5. Carefully remove the potatoes from the oven using oven mitts or tongs.
  6. Serve immediately or let cool, then refrigerate in a plastic bag and use within 4 days. The potatoes will “sweat” inside the bag if you do not let them cool before you put them in the bag. Placing the potatoes in a sealed bag helps prevent them from drying out.


Choose potatoes labeled for baking. Russets and other baking potatoes have a drier texture and a thicker skin. Red skinned potatoes tend to have a thinner skin and a more waxy texture. Some yellow and purple potatoes also are good for baking.

Potatoes are readily available and inexpensive all year long.

Nutrition Facts

4 Servings Per Recipe
Serving Size: 1 potato

Amount Per Serving

Calories 160

% Daily Value*
Total Fat 0g
Saturated Fat 0g
Trans Fat 0g
Cholesterol 0mg
Sodium 15mg
Total Carbohydrates 37g
Dietary Fiber 4g
Total Sugars 2g
Includes 0g Added Sugars
Protein 4g

Vitamin D 0mcg
Calcium 26mg
Iron 2mg
Potassium 926mg

* The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a serving of food contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.

NA* - We are currently in the process of integrating the new FDA Nutrition Standards. Added Sugar information is not currently available for the recipe. We will be updating the information shortly.