How to Bake a Potato in the Oven

The time for baking a potato will depend on the size of the potato. It can take anywhere between 50 minutes and 1 ½ hours.

Usually a baked potato is done when you can stick a fork in the potato and easily pierce through the skin. If the potato is still hard in the middle, you can continue to bake for a little longer.

You can always use your digital thermometer as a baked potato is considered done when the internal temperature reaches 210 degrees F (100 degrees C).

The method I will share today will require the following ingredients:

  • 1 medium baking potato
  • 2 teaspoons butter
  • 1 teaspoon olive oil
  • 1 pinch freshly ground black pepper
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ¼ cup shredded Cheddar cheese

Process of Baking a Potato

The best part about baking a potato is that it’s so incredibly easy. You can start off by rinsing and scrubbing the potato. Then, pierce the potato with a fork or knife so that steam can escape when baking. Coat the potato with olive oil and season with salt.

Bake in the oven at 300 degree F until the potato is tender and golden brown, about 90 minutes.

Top with black pepper, Cheddar cheese, butter, sour cream, chives, or anything else you like.


  • Preheat oven to 300 degrees F (150 degrees C).
  • Scrub the potato, and pierce the skin several times with a knife or fork.
  • Rub the skin with olive oil, then with salt.
  • Place the potato in the preheated oven.
  • Bake until slightly soft and golden brown, about 90 minutes.
  • Slice the potato down the center, and serve with butter and black pepper. Sprinkle shredded Cheddar cheese over the top, if desired.
how to bake a potato in oven

Should the baked potato be wrapped in foil?

Foil is known to hold in moisture and steam potatoes. It is recommended not to wrap the potato in aluminum foil for baking as it may result in a boiled taste and texture.

What are the good toppings for a baked potato?

Black Beans, Diced onions or green onions, Chili, Chives, Cheese, Salsa, Broccoli are all of my favorite toppings.

Do you need to boil the potato before baking?

No. But the heat in the oven will have to work on cooking the potato through before it can do anything else. By boiling the potato there is a better chance of getting crispy in the oven.

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