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How to make a perfect baked potato

How to make a perfect baked potato, including a clever time-saving trick! This method gives a super fluffy middle, and a crispy skin - utterly perfect!
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time30 mins
Total Time40 mins
Course: Light lunch, Side Dish
Servings: 1
Calories: 344kcal
Author: Becca Heyes


  • 1 large potato
  • 1/2 tsp oil


  • Preheat the oven to 190°C (Gas Mark 5 / 375°F).
  • Thoroughly wash the potato, and remove any eyes or sprouts. Prick a few times all over with a fork.
  • Place on a microwave-safe plate, and cook in the microwave for around 6-10 minutes (depending on the size of the potato), until the centre is almost entirely cooked and the skin is just starting to wrinkle. Turn over halfway through cooking.
  • Drizzle the potato lightly with oil, and rub it all over the skin.
  • Bake the potato until the skin has reached your desired level of crispiness - anywhere from 10 to 30 minutes.



Serving: 1large baked potato | Calories: 344kcal | Carbohydrates: 64.5g | Protein: 7.5g | Fat: 7.1g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 22mg | Potassium: 1554mg | Fiber: 8.1g | Sugar: 2.9g | Calcium: 30mg | Iron: 2.9mg