Oven Baked Potatoes {Steakhouse Copycat}

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Table of Contents
  1. What are the best potatoes for baking?
  2. What is the best way to bake a potato?
  3. Watch us Make Oven Baked Potatoes
  4. Frequently Asked Questions
  5. What’s the Best Baked Potato Recipe?
  6. Oven Baked Potatoes {Steakhouse Copycat} Recipe
  7. Baked Potato Toppings
  8. Other Potato Recipes

Wondering how restaurants get those perfect potatoes? Here’s the hints on how to make the best oven baked potatoes with salty, crispy skin and fluffy potato inside. 

Does your family love potatoes? Mine will take them any way they can get them: stuffed potatoes, cheesy potatoes, roasted potatoes…even sweet potatoes. If oven baked potatoes are for dinner, they’re 100% all in.

how long to bake a potato in the oven

How did your mom bake potatoes when you were growing up? I honestly can’t remember how my mom did, but I know that when I first got married, if I wanted a baked potato, I’d take the easy route and throw them in the microwave.

Now potatoes are good any time and with just about any main dish recipe, but microwaving a baked potato can lead to dry potato skin and even a dry potato inside if you cook it too long.

As we started visiting several steakhouses that served amazing, crispy, salted skin potatoes, I knew I had to figure out how to get that same flavor and texture at home.

We’ve made baked potatoes in the air fryer, but what about the perfect baked potato in the oven?

We’re talking the best baked potato recipe here today that takes just 5 minutes prep time and yes, a little longer to bake than the microwave, but so totally worth it.

What are the best potatoes for baking?

To start, you need to choose the best type of potato. As you remember from our ultimate potato guide that we shared last year, Russet potatoes are the best for baking. They are a high starch potato that when baked, lend a light, mealy texture.

potatoes sitting on a cutting board

What is the best way to bake a potato?

If you love the restaurant-style, crispy skin potatoes, here’s how you get it.

  • Scrub the potatoes to get off any dirt, then dry them.
  • Pierce the potato 2-3 times with a fork or a small paring knife.
  • Rub olive oil all over the outside of the potatoes.
  • Rub salt (or salt and pepper) on the outside of the potatoes. Be generous with both the oil and the salt. It’s what gives the potatoes that amazing flavor and makes you want to eat the skin.
  • Place the potatoes on a baking sheet (line with parchment paper for easy cleanup) and bake in a preheated oven (425ºF) for about 50 minutes. We put our pan on the middle oven rack. The exact timing will depend on how large the potato is.

Pro Tip

If you are fixing bacon as a topping, cook it in advance and rub bacon grease on the outside of the potato rather than oil. It’s amazing!

An alternative is to use coconut oil or butter for rubbing on the outside. Each fat gives just a little bit of a different flavor. Try several to find which one your family likes best.

Watch us Make Oven Baked Potatoes

Frequently Asked Questions

Is it better to bake potatoes in aluminum foil?

You will often see recipes for wrapping a potato in foil. Although this works, we don’t believe this is best. The potato actually gets u0022steamedu0022 and the skin will not get crispy if it is baked wrapped in foil. For that reason, we say no foil is best!

Do I have to poke potatoes before baking?

The purpose behind piercing a potato with a fork is to let the steam escape and prevent the potatoes from exploding while baking. I’ll be honest that I don’t always poke the potatoes before I bake them. I’ve never had a potato explode on me. But…for safety, I do recommend piercing the potatoes.

What goes good with baked potatoes?

This baked potato recipe goes great with just about any main dish, but we especially love potatoes with ham, roast beef, pulled pork and steak.

How Long do I Bake a Potato in the oven?

I like to bake potatoes at 425ºF. It generally takes a large Russet potato about 45 minutes to become tender, but the exact timing will depend on how large the potato is. And testing the potatoes is when I do pierce them with a fork. Poke the potato with a fork to ensure that the potato is soft inside.

What should the internal temperature of a baked potato be?

According to the Idaho Potato Commission, the perfect baked potato will be 210º Fahrenheit inside.

Are baked potatoes healthy?

Roasted potatoes are not low in carbs, but they are a natural food so are a great option, especially for those who lead active lifestyles. Be sure to eat the skin where most of the vitamins and minerals are.

What’s the Best Baked Potato Recipe?

You’ll find that just below. Because of the flavor of the olive oil and salt, I’m happy just topping the baked potato with butter and a little bit of fresh parsley, but when I’m feelin’ crazy? Serve with sour cream, cheddar cheese, chives and bacon for the most delicious loaded baked potatoes.

Want to air fry potatoes? They’re amazing. Try our recipe.

baked potato on a plate with a fork
baked potato on a plate with a fork

Oven Baked Potatoes {Steakhouse Copycat}

4.76 from 181 votes
Wondering how restaurants get those perfect potatoes? Here’s the hints on how to make the best oven baked potatoes with salty, crispy skin and fluffy potato inside. 
Servings 4
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 45 minutes
Total Time 50 minutes

Ingredients
 

  • 4 large Russet potatoes
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon salt

Instructions
 

  • Preheat the oven to 425ºF.
  • Wash and dry the potatoes.
  • Pierce the potato 2-3 times with a fork (See notes in article above!)
  • Rub oil all over the potatoes (or choose one of the other options above to rub on the outside).
  • Rub salt all over the potatoes. We prefer coarse sea salt or pink himalayan salt.
  • Place the potatoes on a baking sheet and bake for about 45 minutes.
  • The exact baking time will depend on how large the potatoes are. The potato should be tender inside if you poke a fork into it.
  • Serve with butter, cheese, chives, sour cream and all of your favorite toppings!

Video

Notes

The calories shown are based on one potato with no toppings, but all potatoes are a different size. To get an exact calorie count,  weigh the potato and search google for the amount of calories that size potato.  Since different brands of ingredients have different nutritional information, the calories shown are just an estimate. **We are not dietitians and recommend you seek a nutritionist for exact nutritional information.**

Nutrition

Calories: 410kcal | Carbohydrates: 66g | Protein: 7g | Fat: 13g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 1762mg | Potassium: 1538mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin C: 21mg | Calcium: 48mg | Iron: 3.3mg
Course Side Dish
Cuisine American
Calories 410
Keyword best baked potatoes, perfect baked potatoes

Baked Potato Toppings

Loaded baked potato bars are a fun idea for a party. Here’s some toppings ideas other than traditional cheese, sour cream and onions:

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About Julie Clark

I'm Julie Clark, CEO and recipe developer of Tastes of Lizzy T. With my B.A. in Education and over 30 years of cooking and baking, I want to teach YOU the best of our family recipes.

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Cindy
3 years ago

5 stars
I think the FOIL confusion maybe be caused by a practice in some restaurants back in the day….they would wrap the potatoes AFTER baking to aid in keeping them warm and keep them from getting dry. But I believe they baked them without the foil, because I do not remember them having that boiled texture you get when you use foil to cook them in.

Christine Mccullough
3 years ago

5 stars
I poke them then oil and salt them and wrap them in foil and bake…the skins come out crisp and tender but not mushy….my mom taught me this back in the 60’s

Debby
3 years ago

5 stars
Best baked tater..

Ola
3 years ago

5 stars
The bacon grease took it to a whole new level. Loved it

Anonymous
3 years ago

I followed this recipe exactly and my potatoes weren’t cooked through. I ended up having to slice then in half and cook another 15 minutes to get dinner out promptly

Anonymous
3 years ago

5 stars
Good

Amy Patterson
3 years ago

5 stars
Turned out GREAT!

Ron
3 years ago

Is it best to use regular salt or kosher salt for the outer rub? This sounds great and will accompany our weekend steak dinner. Thanks

Jill
3 years ago

Mine took 9 minutes longer

Anonymous
3 years ago

5 stars
I never liked to bake potatoes at my house…until I made this recipe! Now I have to get potatoes every week!

Tom
3 years ago

I’m planning rather large family gathering and need to prepare 50 to 60 potatoes; how would this effect your recipe for 4 potatoes?

Tamera Lewan
3 years ago

5 stars
Thank you.

Shakura
3 years ago

5 stars
Thank you! So easy and so tasty! I made the stuffing via another recipe but needed info on the degrees, length of baking and what to rub the potatoes with! Thank you!

Mary Morelli
3 years ago

How long do you think it would take to cook them at 325 degrees? Thank you!

Williams
3 years ago

5 stars
I love to cook and I am always looking for new recipes for my daily menu, which is interesting for my work. Today’s my lucky day, Oven Baked Potatoes is great, just follow the instructions and everything is so easy, I love it. Thanks for your sharing