3 Ways to Bake a Potato

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There are three easy ways to bake a potato:

  • In the microwave
  • In the oven
  • In the slow cooker

For all methods, the first four steps are:

  1. Wash hands with soap and hot water.
  2. Clean the potatoes.
    • Scrub the potatoes thoroughly under running water, then pat potatoes dry.
    • Trim away any blemishes with a paring knife. You don’t have to remove all the eyes.
  3. Season the potatoes.
    • Drizzle oil over the potatoes. It is easiest to use your hands, but a pastry brush works well.
  4. Prepare the potatoes.
    • Poke the potatoes with a fork. This allows steam to escape while baking.

In the microwave

  • Complete steps 1-3
  • Place potatoes on microwave-safe dish
  • Microwave at full power for 5 minutes
  • Turn over potatoes
  • For 1 potato, microwave 3 minutes. For 2 or more potatoes, microwave 5 minutes.
  • Potatoes are done when soft. If needed, continue to microwave.

In the oven

  • Complete steps 1-3
  • Preheat oven to 425°
  • For crispy potato skins, cook on a baking pan. For softer potato skins, wrap each potato in aluminum foil.
  • Cook for 45 to 60 minutes until skin is crispy and potato is soft.

In the slow cooker

  • Complete steps 1-3
  • Wrap each potato in aluminum foil
  • Place the potatoes in the slow cooker so they fit snugly next to each other. Stack 5 or more potatoes in a second layer if needed.
  • Cover the slow cooker
  • Cook on low for 8-10 hours
  • The potatoes will be ready to eat when soft

(Sweet potatoes may require additional cooking time in the microwave, oven, or slow cooker.)


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Serve while hot and enjoy!

Refrigerate leftovers within 2 hours.

This material was funded by USDA’s Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program – SNAP. This institution is an equal opportunity provider.