Quick Baked Potatoes

This quick and easy way to bake potatoes will have you making baked potatoes at home more often. It’s so easy!

quick baked potatoes

I’m Irish to the core. Well, at least I think I am. If nothing but for my lack of self control when anything potato is involved, I would say I’m totally Irish.

That has to mean something, right?

Potatoes are a staple in our home. We have to moderate our intake and how they’re prepared, but a good baked potato is always the perfect standby for us to serve as a side, or as the main star topped with chili, or maybe even something healthy. I’ve learned a shortcut for cooking baked potatoes quicker, and I have to say, tastier. My friend Cindy, tipped me off to this technique a few years back.

Cindy is also the person that originally spurred me on to begin this site. I didn’t really know what a blog was when she suggested I look at starting one of my own. So thank you for that, Cindy! And thank you for showing me how to bake a potato faster too.

how to bake a potato

Here’s how it works. It couldn’t be easier. Begin with washed potatoes. We use sweet potatoes for this too. Sweet potatoes are my husband’s favorite. I always toss one in the batch for him. When you’ve washed, and removed any icky or weird looking parts, cut the potatoes in half length wise. Then pour a little olive oil, and sprinkle a good amount of salt on a parchment lined baking sheet. Coat the cut potato halves with the olive oil and salt, and place them on the baking sheet, cut side down. Just use your hands to coat the potatoes with the oil and salt. It’s easier. Plus, olive oil and salt make for an excellent hand scrub. Once they’re coated on all sides, sprinkle a little more salt, then bake at 400°F for about 30-40 minutes, depending on your oven. Check with a fork for doneness and enjoy!


See? Isn’t that easy?

When potatoes are baked this way they develop a super tasty skin (which I enjoy even more than the flesh), and they’re the healthiest part of the potato too. They end up being a cross between a baked potato and twice baked potato without all the scraping and restuffing involved. Super simple. Super quick. And super satisfying.

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Try it soon and let me know what you think!

Do you have any tips for cooking vegetables quicker without losing flavor and health benefits? Do share!

Quick Baked Potatoes
A quicker way to bake a potato.
Recipe type: side dish
  • 2-3 tablespoons olive oil
  • several pinches kosher salt
  • 4 baking potatoes, washed
  1. Preheat oven to 400°F, and line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Drizzle lined baking sheet with olive oil and sprinkle with salt.
  2. Cut potatoes in half length wise.
  3. Coat potatoes all sides with olive oil and salt, and place cut side down on lined baking sheet. Sprinkle potatoes with additional salt.
  4. Bake at 400°F for 30-40 minutes until done. Check with fork for doneness.


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  1. 1

    Nancy says

    Thanks so much for posting this. I do this all the time but don’t cut the potatoes in half. My husband and I always split the potato after it is baked. I feel like an idiot for not thinking of cooking them this way!

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    Deborah says

    I cook my potatoes this way too ever since eating some at Cindy’s house. I really miss her. We should get a group together and do a road trip up to TN one weekend.

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      cbp says

      Hey Deborah! I was looking up a recipe on Amy’s site and just happened to come across this post from a while back. So fun… miss you so much and would LOVE to have you make a road trip to TN!

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    Amy! This is SO SMART! It took me about 8 years if married life to learn how to bake a potato correctly. I know that sounds so silly, but I just could not get it right…they were always hard in the middle! Mr. E is going to think I’m a rock star when I make these! 😉

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    Sommer@ASpicyPerspective says

    Amy, you are so smart! This is a great quickie trick, and I’ve got a bag of potatoes just waiting to be baked.

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    Amy says

    I do something similar also. First I bake the potatoes in th micro for 5-7 minutes, just until they start to soften. Then I rub them with olive oil and kosher salt and bake them in the oven at 400, 425 for about 15 minutes. Totally going to start cutting them in half!!!

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    Beverly says

    I’ve always had trouble getting baked potatoes *right*… Can’t wait to try this… And I love the *toss in a sweet potato* idea!… Thanks, Amy!

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    First of all, gorgeous photos – potatoes never looked so pretty!

    Second, I am about to brave this ice storm and go get potatoes just to have these for dinner tonight. I love how comforting they are!

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    Kim @ Soliloquy Of Food & Such says

    I love it when I can exfoliate, moisturize, and cook all at the same time! These potatoes are enticing.

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    I’ve done it with sweet potatoes but not regular potatoes. Duh! Thanks, Amy.

    And your photography makes me want one … now … for breakfast! LOL

  10. 19


    I’m loving baked sweet potatoes and anything to make that effort quicker and easier rules!

    Roasting or grilling asparagus was a life changer for me. No longer a pile of mushy ew; they are amazing prepared in a similar manner for a much shorter time!

  11. 20

    Denise says

    We love these! Also very tasty slathered in melted butter, garlic salt and pepper…yum! :)

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    Deegy Landers says

    Thank You, Thank You!!!! We too like sweet potatoes….this is so easy to do while every thing else is cooking..

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    Marly says

    I’ve got a little Irish in me (thus the wee little “Mc” in me last name). This must explain my affinity for all things potatoes. And now that you’ve shown me this quick and easy (and delicious) way of making them? I’m toast. Or maybe I should say I’m potatoed. It’s not a word, I know. I just made it up. 😉

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    Kim says

    You make it look so good Amy! I am definitely
    going to try this recipe out soon! There are so
    many times when I wanted to make baked potatoes
    but didn’t because it would take too long.

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    Aggie says

    I am making these tonight :) been craving a baked potato since you posted this! (The skins my favorite part too)

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    Bridget says

    Just made these for dinner and everything you’ve read is true – they’re great! Couldn’t be easier and I love how the cut side gets browned a little. I had garlic salt in a grinder that I used instead of plain salt and it worked out really well. I will definitely do this again.

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      Barbara says

      I like putting in the microwave for 10 seconds then bake as she suggested but not so long.

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    Bridget R. says

    We grew potatoes this fall and most are too small for traditional baked potatoes. I found your site last night while trying to come up with something new to do with our little spuds other than mashed potatoes. My boys (8 and 4) loved them! The oldest ate more than his dad and then took the leftovers for lunch today. Thank you so much for the post. They are delicious.

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    Kara says

    YUMMY!!! My family loooooooooves these potatoes! Thank you for the awesome recipe!!

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    cbp says

    Hey Amy… so fun running across this post while looking up a recipe on your site! Even though I’ve moved to another state, I am still a faithful follower of She Wears Many Hats and have no idea how I’d overlooked this… so imagine my surprise! :) Loved seeing “my” favorite potato recipe and all of the fun comments. Especially loved remembering talking to you about starting your own blog and telling you about PW and how much I loved her and getting you to check her out and how fun it was to “convince” you that you should have a blog of your own and how excited it was to be right there with you as you were thinking of a name for it and helping you check your first few posts for typos and then listening to you think about what to wear on your first TV interview and then hearing about all of the trips you were beginning to take and people you were meeting and friends you were making and then before I knew it YOU were on a weekend at PW’s ranch with other blogger friends and I was so proud of you and always will be, all along the way. Still love your blog and love the way it suits you perfectly. Keep it up my friend… keep it up. I’m sure the best is yet to come!

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    Deb W says

    Slice a couple of Vidalia onions in half and throw them on the baking sheet with the potatoes! Fantastic side dish to a good steak!

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    Eldemila says

    OMG! I was wanting some sweet potatoes after trying some roasted ones at TJ’s. I found your recipe, went and bought some potatoes and made them tonight. They came out so fanastic that I ate 3 of the 4 I made for dinner. Being I can’t really cook, eating my own cooking like this says a lot! Thank you for posting this recipe!!!!

  22. 44


    My favorite way to prepare almost any vegetable, fresh or frozen:

    Lay out veggies on lined cookie sheet in a single layer.
    Drizzle with oil of your choice (I prefer EVOO).
    Sprinkle with salt, pepper and garlic powder (NEVER garlic salt).
    Bake at 425 for about 30 to 45 minutes until they reach desired done-ness.

  23. 45

    Linda says

    I tried this with a very large sweet potato (that would have taken over an hour to bake whole) & it was absolutely delicious! There was no need to add butter or anything else to the finished potato. It was beyond good! Thanks so much. This recipe is a keeper.

  24. 47

    Chris Nicole says

    I just stumbled upon this and made sweet potatoes this way tonight and will never go back to my old ways. Thanks so much for sharing!

  25. 48

    Dina says

    Thank you for posting this great recipe! It was very easy and delicious. My favorite part was that my mom actually loved it and she rarely is a fan of what I make.

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    Justin says

    Searched online for way to cook potatoes fast in our busy lives. These were tremendous and done in 30 minutes. Thanks for posting. Can’t wait till try sweet potatoes this way.

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    Sandra says

    Amy, thank you so much for this wonderful recipe! It seems so simple, but it’s hands-down the best potato recipes I’ve ever had to work with. Easy, painless, and am trying the sweet potato for the first time tonight. Can’t wait!

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    Moe Young says

    My Irish husband who prefers rice wants you to know that he loves you … Enough said, except thank you!

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    I came across this post months ago and have been baking my potatoes this way ever since; they are perfectly cooked, every time! Thanks for the great tip!
    PS… your photos are phenomenal! Seriously, potatoes have never looked so pretty! Nice work!

  30. 56

    susaninfrance says

    I have used this for quite some time and needed to come back to thank you so much!! I love this recipe/method and am applying it to all kinds of vegetables now. super, really. thanks.

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    April says

    Made these this past weekend…. turned out perfect! Easy, delicious, crispy outside, fluffy inside. Won’t make baked potatoes any other way from now on! Pinned, shared on FB, printed and in my fave recipe binder. Thank you for this one!

  32. 61

    Tammy says

    I made a quick search of Pinterest for baked potatoes to go with our steak dinner on Christmas day. I found this recipe and followed it to the letter. The potatoes came out beautifully – they looked just like your pictures(!) – and my family and I loved them! It would have taken so much longer to cook the potatoes whole – they were huge potatoes. Thank you so much for this recipe!! Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

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    Thank you so much for this quick baked potatoes recipe! They turned out great and I loved the crispy salty potato skins. We could eat these even without any toppings. Like giant french fries, kinda.

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    Nana says

    This is actually simpler version of a Croatian an Bosnian dish called “pole” (literaly means “halves”), but I would recommend you to bake young potatoes cause their skin is thinner so you can eat it too, and to bake them cut side up. This way potatoes would be crispy on all sides :)
    Also, I rub each potato with the mixture of sea salt and ground dried vegetables (carrots, celery, onions etc.) and dried garlic powder. On each half I put a slice of unsalted butter or a few drops of olive oil.
    When they’re almost baked you should put a thick slice of few-time-smoked hot sausage on top of each potato so that nice and aromatic smoky flavor and scent will cover each half and sausage slices become crunchy.
    If you do not like hot sausages (our’s are homemade with a lot of organic paprika and very hot), I recommend you rub potato halves before bake with a bit of ground red paprika as well.. With this dish I always serve chopped sauerkaut with sunflower oil, ground black pepper and paprika.
    This is how we cook in continental Croatia! 😀

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    Mary Hill says

    This sounds great. I am going to try tomorrow for my daughter. She loved garlicky bakedpotatoes. I will add a dash of spices and flavorings, too. :)

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    Michael Boudreault says

    This is my go to when doing baked potatoes. I make a bunch extra on a Friday or Saturday night so in the morning I cut them into small bite sized pieces and sprinkle with Lawrys and pepper and fry in the skillet to make the best home fries to serve with your eggs. Yum.

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    Sharon says

    These were amazing! I did both regular and sweet potatoes. My family devoured them. And so easy….thanks!

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    Syl-v says

    I coat sweet potatoes with olive oil and cut inch slices down 1/4 inch from bottom and wrap in foil and bake 450 for 45in. Cool then put wrapped in fridge and eat a section every morning

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    Dorie says

    Thank you! My Mom made the best roasted potatoes, I have never been able to match hers until now! I cooked mine a few minutes longer, and I think I’d use a butter/olive oil combo. My potatoes came out so good, crispy on the cut side and so good!!! Mom I got it!!! Thank you! :)

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    Carla Coyne says

    Tried these tonight and all three kids LOVED them! You’re a miracle worker!!!

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    Chelsea says

    Seriously so good! I’ve made this a bunch of times since I read this post and the potatoes come out flawlessly every time! Perfectly crispy yet fluffy on the inside. I’m actually making them tonight ;). I never even post comments on recipe blogs. That’s how much I love this! Haha. Thanks for the recipe :).

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