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Baked potato without foil on a plate topped with butter.

Perfect baked potatoes (without foil)

How to make the perfect crispy and fluffy baked potato every time, without wrapping them in aluminum foil.
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Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Keyword: baked potato, side dish
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 50 minutes
Servings: 4
Calories: 229kcal
Author: Maria

Ingredients

  • 4 Russet potatoes
  • ½ cup water
  • 2 tablespoons salt
  • 2 tablespoons Vegetable oil

Instructions

  • First, pre heat your oven to 450 degrees. Next, with a fork, pierce the potato skin about 4-5 times evenly all over the potato.
    4 Russet potatoes
  • Make a salt water brine by mixing the water with salt in a large bowl.
    ½ cup water, 2 tablespoons salt
  • Dip the potatoes in the salt water brine for a few seconds so that they're coated all over.
  • Place potatoes directly on a wire rack. Place a baking sheet on the rack below to catch any drippings. This will ensure that the potato gets cooked evenly from all over. Depending on the size of your russet potatoes, you will bake anywhere from 40-60 minutes at 450 degrees.
  • Bake the potatoes until you can easily pierce a sharp knife or fork in it and the outside looks crispy and brown.
  • Take out of the oven and brush with some vegetable oil and a little salt and pepper. Use oven mitts to make sure you don't burn your hands
    2 tablespoons Vegetable oil
  • Place back in the oven for 10 minutes to get the skin nice and crispy.
  • After 10 minutes, take the potatoes out of the oven and immediately cut them open by cutting a large X across the top and squeezing them open.
  • You don’t want to wait too long before opening them, otherwise the steam will get trapped inside and make them gummy

Notes

Tip: If you’re in a hurry, then microwave the potatoes for 3 minutes, and finish in the oven
Potatoes will last 3-5 days in the fridge. 
Reheat them by placing them on the rack in the oven at 350 degrees for 15-20 minutes. 

Nutrition

Nutrition Facts
Perfect baked potatoes (without foil)
Amount per Serving
Calories
229
% Daily Value*
Fat
 
7
g
11
%
Saturated Fat
 
6
g
38
%
Sodium
 
3500
mg
152
%
Potassium
 
889
mg
25
%
Carbohydrates
 
38
g
13
%
Fiber
 
3
g
13
%
Sugar
 
1
g
1
%
Protein
 
5
g
10
%
Vitamin A
 
2
IU
0
%
Vitamin C
 
12
mg
15
%
Calcium
 
31
mg
3
%
Iron
 
2
mg
11
%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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