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How Long To Bake Potatoes At 400

How to make baked potatoes cooking them at 400 degrees F.
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time1 hr
Total Time1 hr 5 mins
Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Keyword: baked potato
Servings: 4
Calories: 230kcal
Author: Heather


  • 4 russet potatoes
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon salt or to taste


  • Preheat the oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper or aluminum foil.
  • Clean off potatoes and pat dry. Using a fork, poke holes into the top of the potatoes to let moisture escape while they are cooking.
  • Brush potatoes all over with olive oil. Sprinkle all over with salt.
  • Bake for 50-60 minutes or until the skins are crispy and it's easy to pierce potatoes with a fork.
  • Carefully remove from the oven. Let cook for several minutes and then slice down the middle to open them up.



  • No foil needed: You don't need to wrap your potato in foil. To achieve crispy skin, they need to stay unwrapped while baking.
  • Cooking time: The size of the potatoes can effect the cooking time of the potatoes. Small potatoes will take around 50 minutes, large potatoes, closer to 60 minutes.
  • Temperature: To ensure they are cooked all the way through you can check the internal temperature. It should be somewhere between 208 - 212 degrees Fahrenheit for hot, fluffy potatoes.
  • Cut: Using a sharp knife, cut down the center of the potato, but not all the way through. Squeeze the ends of the potato towards the center to help fluff the center.


Calories: 230kcal | Carbohydrates: 38g | Protein: 5g | Fat: 7g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 5g | Sodium: 592mg | Potassium: 888mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 2IU | Vitamin C: 12mg | Calcium: 28mg | Iron: 2mg