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The Perfect Baked Potato - The Southern Lady Cooks

There are many ways to make baked potatoes, but I wanted to share my favorite. This is super simple but my family loves these potatoes! I make these  baked potatoes in advance because they are perfect to enjoy on a busy night and heat up well.

I could eat this baked potato every day! Ingredients needed:

Olive Oil

Garlic Powder

Idaho Potatoes

We love the shell of the potato to be crisp and the olive oil and garlic creates a nice crispy shell. Plus the potato keeps its form better if the shell is crispy so none of the delicious toppings fall out. So many great things you can top a baked potato with.

Topping options:



Diced Ham


Sour Cream or Greek Yogurt


Red Onion

Ranch dressing or seasoning


Chili Beans or Chili

Pork BBQ

Pico or Salsa

Broccoli with Cheese Sauce

So many great ways to enjoy a baked potato! We actually love the shell and always make a “shell sandwich” after we finish the potato. We stuff the shell with our favorite toppings and eat it like a sandwich. It’s been a family thing for years. Ha!


The Perfect Baked Potato - The Southern Lady Cooks

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Perfect Baked Potato

The perfect baked potato
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time45 mins
Total Time50 mins
Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: American, southern
Keyword: Baked Potato


  • Olive Oil
  • Garlic Powder
  • Idaho Potatoes


  • Preheat oven to 425. Wash potato in cold water and pat dry. In a bowl coat the bottom with a little olive oil, depending on how many potatoes you are making you may have to add more oil.
  • Roll potato in oil, to coat skin and the sprinkle potato with garlic powder. Cook in preheated oven for 45-50 minutes directly on the rack. I use smaller potatoes, they aren’t the large baking ones because I enjoy a smaller serving size. If you plan to use the larger potatoes, you will need to probably cook longer.
  • I like to cook them until the outside is crispy and the center is very soft. I don’t puncture my potatoes before cooking but you definitely should if you feel your potatoes will explode. I have never had that happen. We enjoy the skin of the potato and this gives it a wonderful taste! Try it, you will enjoy it.

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  1. Sharla Arter says:

    I love baked potatoes.I will make this as soon as I go to the store and get potatoes.Thank you.I do enjoy recipes.

  2. So, you don’t wrap the potatoes in aluminum foil to bake them?

  3. Since the potatoes are put right on the rack do they make a mess in your oven? Does it smell like something is burning with oil potatoes sitting directly on the racks?

    • The Southern Lady says:

      No, not at all. You don’t use a lot of oil, definitely don’t want them dripping in it. Just enough to crisp the outside.

  4. I forget to prick mine one time and had potato all over my oven. If yours have not exploded yet just wait and one day they will. Always poke them a little, they will still get crisp.

  5. Don’t worry, It will not explode. I do this all the time.

  6. I like your recipe for the baked potato, but I’m concerned if you don’t prick the potato that it may explode in the oven, so I will prick mine.

  7. judith judge says:

    i just made these today but i used salt and pepper but garlic salt sounds good ill have to try that also i did prick all over with a fork but this recipe says you dont have to so ill try not to next time. potatoes were very good and they cook so quickly .

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