Basic Baked Potatoes

This simple method for making baked potatoes turns out fluffy, tender spuds that are ready to top with cheese, sour cream, chili and whatever else your heart desires.

Basic Baked Potatoes
Photo: Eric Wolfinger
Active Time:
5 mins
Total Time:
1 hr


  • 8 medium russet and/or sweet potatoes


  1. Preheat oven to 425°F.

  2. Pierce potatoes all over with a fork. Bake until soft, about 45 minutes. Transfer to a cutting board and let cool slightly.

  3. Holding each potato with a kitchen towel to protect your hands, make a lengthwise cut to open it, but don't cut all the way through. Pinch the ends to expose the flesh.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

168 Calories
37g Carbs
5g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Calories 168
% Daily Value *
Total Carbohydrate 37g 13%
Dietary Fiber 4g 14%
Total Sugars 2g
Protein 5g 10%
Vitamin A 17IU 0%
Potassium 952mg 20%

Nutrition information is calculated by a registered dietitian using an ingredient database but should be considered an estimate.

* Daily Values (DVs) are the recommended amounts of nutrients to consume each day. Percent Daily Value (%DV) found on nutrition labels tells you how much a serving of a particular food or recipe contributes to each of those total recommended amounts. Per the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the daily value is based on a standard 2,000 calorie diet. Depending on your calorie needs or if you have a health condition, you may need more or less of particular nutrients. (For example, it’s recommended that people following a heart-healthy diet eat less sodium on a daily basis compared to those following a standard diet.)

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a special diet for medical reasons, be sure to consult with your primary care provider or a registered dietitian to better understand your personal nutrition needs.

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