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Crispy Baked Potatoes

Crispy Baked Potatoes are the perfect side for any meal! Crunchy on the outside with a fluffy inside, you only need 4 ingredients to feed your family or a crowd with this cheap side dish.

Baked potatoes split open on sheet pan

Do you eat the skin off of your baked potatoes? We do! When we make these potatoes, the outside skin is our favorite part. It’s crunchy, crispy, salty and practically crave-worthy!

The great thing about these baked potatoes is the simplicity! Simply rub down the outside with olive oil, season with salt and bake. Whether you are making these for ten people or two, the recipe alters ever-so-slightly - making this a foolproof side dish for a weeknight or a crowd.

close up of rustic baked jacket potatoes with butter

If you are looking for another great potato recipe, try my mashed potatoes! These are super creamy and a Pinterest favorite.

  • It’s easy! With only 4 ingredients total, and I’m positive you already have these in your kitchen!
  • It’s kid-friendly.
  • It’s cheap. A bag of 10 pounds is less than $5….which is a lot of potatoes!
  • It’s the perfect side to…anything. Soups, meats, other veggies, or just by itself!
  • It’s hands-off. The cooking time is a little on the longer side, but if you are in a hurry, skip the crisping part and remove when the potato is cooked through. This will cut cooking time in half.

How to Make Crispy Baked Potatoes

You know me and my easy recipes! This potato recipe only takes a few steps with a few ingredients.

First, wash the outside of the potato. Since we are eating the skin, we want to get rid of any dirt residue or weird “eyes” that may be forming.

Fresh Organic Whole Potato on a background

Dry off the potatoes, then slather in olive oil. You don’t want to add olive oil excessively, but a solid coating should do the trick. Potatoes should not be dripping.

Then, generously sprinkle with Kosher salt and rub the seasoning into the skin of the potatoes.

Place on a foil-lined baking sheet (use foil for easy clean up!) with a rack, and place in the oven for 1 hour or until a sharp knife pierces the potatoes easily.

Can you over bake a potato?

You would almost have to try to ruin a potato. If you do over bake, the potato will be shriveled and tough to eat. The directions in this recipe will not over bake a potato.

This is where it gets really yummy! Then, split the potatoes as if you were preparing a regular baked potato. Carefully, with pot holders, squeeze the top and bottom of the split to get the potatoes to “open up” a bit.

To the inside, add a pat of butter and salt and gently stir. This adds a lot of flavor to a plain jane potato!

Baked potatoes split open on sheet pan

Place the split potatoes back in the oven for another hour, or until the outside edges begin to brown.

Serve hot as a side or as the entree!

Yield: 4

Crispy Baked Potatoes

Baked potatoes split open on sheet pan

Crispy Baked Potatoes are the perfect side for any meal! Crunchy on the outside with a fluffy inside, you only need 4 ingredients to feed your family or a crowd with this cheap side dish.

Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 2 hours
Total Time 2 hours 5 minutes

Ingredients

  • 4 large baking or Russet potatoes
  • Butter
  • Olive Oil
  • Kosher Salt

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 375F degrees.
  2. Wash the outside of the potato.*
  3. Dry off the potatoes, then slather with olive oil. Potatoes should not be dripping. 
  4. Then, generously sprinkle with Kosher salt and rub the seasoning into the skin of the potatoes.
  5. Place on a foil-lined baking sheet (use foil for easy clean up!) with a rack, and place in the oven for 1 hour or until a sharp knife pierces the potatoes easily. 
  6. Then, split the potatoes as if you were preparing a regular baked potato. Carefully, with pot holders, squeeze the top and bottom of the split to get the potatoes to “open up” a bit.
  7. To the inside, add a pat of butter and salt and gently stir. This adds a lot of flavor to a plain jane potato! 
  8. Place the split potatoes back in the oven for another hour, or until the outside edges begin to brown. 

Notes

Since we are eating the skin, we want to get rid of any dirt residue or weird “eyes” that may be forming.

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

4

Serving Size:

1 grams

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 345Total Fat: 7gSaturated Fat: 2gUnsaturated Fat: 4gCholesterol: 8mgSodium: 210mgCarbohydrates: 64gFiber: 7gSugar: 3gProtein: 8g

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These were perfect! We loaded them up with cheese and bacon.

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