Traditional Baked Potatoes in Oven Without Foil

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Baked Potatoes in Oven

Jeff Baygents
The old-fashioned way of baking potatoes in the oven is unknown to many. It saves crowding out the microwave and the end result is better consistency with a flavorful potato skin.
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Prep 5 mins
Cook 1 hr
Total Time 1 hr 5 mins
Servings 2
Calories 346kcal


  • 2 large potatoes white, idaho
  • 1 tbsp oil or bacon drippings


  • Preheat the oven to 375°F. Wash potatoes over running water and pat dry.
  • Puncture each potato about ½ dozen times all around with a fork to allow steam to escape.
  • Rub some bacon drippings around each potato to coat. Alternatively, use a cooking oil.
  • Place on a baking sheet or directly on the oven shelf. Bake for about 1 hour.
  • Test to confirm baked by poking half-way deep with a fork. No resistance past the skin is good for being done.


Calories: 346kcal | Carbohydrates: 64g | Protein: 7g | Fat: 7g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 2g | Monounsaturated Fat: 4g | Trans Fat: 1g | Sodium: 22mg | Potassium: 1553mg | Fiber: 8g | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin A: 7IU | Vitamin C: 73mg | Calcium: 44mg | Iron: 3mg


Baked Potatoes in Oven Without Foil Questions

What temperature should a baked potato be cooked at? AND How long to cook baked potatoes?

These are the more common temperatures:
400o F Large Potatoes for 45-50 minutes
400o F Small or Medium Potatoes for 40 minutes
375o F Large Potatoes for 1 hour
375o F Small or Medium Potatoes for 50 minutes
350o F Large Potatoes for 1 hour – 1 hour and 10 minutes
350o F Small or Medium Potatoes for 1 hour
Final internal temperature of a baked potato is about 210o F.

Should you wrap a potato in foil when baking?

No. But, if you do, it won’t be as flavorful and will taste more like a steamed potato since it retains all the moisture. Also, the baking time might need to be increased slightly. You should focus on baked potatoes in oven without foil.

Should you poke holes in potatoes before baking?

Yes. You want the steam to escape the potato so, prick it about 6 times all over with a fork. If you don’t, they also have the chance of exploding to release the excessive steam.

How can you tell when a baked potato is fully cooked?

Here are 3 methods:
1. The internal temperature will be about 210o F.
2. Insert a fork at least 1/2 way into the largest part of the potato. If it has no resistance past the skin, and the consistency of the potato seems soft during the entire insertion, chances are high that it’s ready.
3. With experience, you can tell by squeezing a cooked potato. Using 2 hands (protected with oven mitts or potholders), 1 on each side of the potato length, place your fingers area at the center height. Squeeze inward. If it squeezes inward with little resistance and smoothly, you can tell if it’s fully done or needs more time. You can practice this method during the cooking process to learn that level of resistance from a partially backed potato.

How do you get a baked potato ready to add toppings?

There are 2 ways. One easy, speedy way is to cut it completely in half lengthwise and add the toppings to each half. The 2nd way is traditional. Cut it lengthwise across the middle, a little more than 1/2 way deep.  And again crossways.  With each hand, use a thumb and index finger (each in-between each cut and on the lower portion of the potato), squeeze together and inward to force the potato to spread open evenly.  It will appear as a flower blooming. Add any preferred toppings beginning with butter first, if that’s one of them.

Then, here’s the recipe for loaded baked potatoes so, you’ll have a good idea on how and what toppings to add.

Why would I want to bake a potato in the oven instead of the microwave?

If you’re already baking something for about an hour, you can usually pop the potatoes in the oven alongside. That saves money by avoiding the use of the microwave. Regarding other reasons, the potatoes will definitely be more evenly baked and they’ll have a better flavored skin, although not everyone eats the skin. If you’re not baking anything in the oven, however, there are some very good microwaves with a specific baker potato setting. See a Microwave comparative review (over 100 reviewed) with a winner in 3 different price ranges. It covers 2 winners over-the-range and 1 winner for the counter.

Resources ref Baked Potatoes in Oven Without Foil

There are countless temperatures and ways to bake a potato in the oven. Some use foil and some don’t. There’s a specific reason for baking potatoes out in the open using no foil, as is explained in the FAQ section above. Also, you can successfully bake them at differing temperatures that commonly vary between 350oF and 400oF as is also shown above in the Q & A list. Going lower or higher than those temps can result in inconsistent results, especially across different oven models.

Also, when planning baked potatoes in oven without foil, there will be 2 considerations. You either place them directly on the oven shelf or on a baking sheet. If you’re doing several, it’s easier on a baking sheet due to easier insertion, checking for doneness, and speedy removal.

Here are some very good recipes that go well with baked potatoes but they ALSO share similar times and oven temps!

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Preparing to oil the baker potatoes
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Oiled, punctured, and ready to be baked potatoes in oven without foil
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Finished baked potatoes in oven without foil

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