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4.31 from 13 votes

The Perfect Baked Potato

Crispy on the outside and fluffy in the middle, truly the perfect baked potato
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time45 mins
Total Time55 mins
Course: Main
Cuisine: American
Keyword: bacon, bacon fat, best, perfect, potato
Servings: 2 servings
Calories: 292kcal
Author: Kevin Is Cooking


  • 2 Large Russet Potatoes
  • olive oil or bacon fat
  • Kosher or Sea Salt


  • Preheat your oven to 450°.
  • Adjust the rack in your oven to the middle position and preheat oven to desired temperature (see Cooking Temperature Chart below).
  • Rinse and scrub each potato. Dry each potato thoroughly with a clean towel.
  • Pierce each potato deeply with a fork or sharp knife four (4) times on each side. This will allow steam to escape during the baking. If you don't pierce the potatoes, they may explode during baking in your oven.
  • Don't wrap your potato, you'll be "steaming" it, not baking it for the desired crispy skin and light fluffy insides.
  • Rub the outside of the potato with bacon fat, olive oil, vegetable oil, or butter. Sprinkle the potatoes all over in kosher or sea salt before baking.
  • Bake on racks of oven until the outside is crisp and the potato gives a little when lightly squeezed.
  • Bake in 450° oven for 45 minutes.


Calories: 292kcal | Carbohydrates: 38g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 14g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 156mg | Potassium: 888mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin C: 12.1mg | Calcium: 28mg | Iron: 1.8mg