A perfect baked potato is simple to prepare in the oven, with crispy skin and a fluffy interiors. This basic recipe for how to bake a potato is foolproof.

A perfect baked potato is so easy to make and this simple method is my go-to. Although you can make it fast in the microwave, baking it in the oven allows the outside to brown and crisp. Once you cut into it, the inside is soft and fluffy. Enjoy this baked potato recipe as a side dish with your favorite protein or make it a meal and top it with chili or broccoli and cheese like the Chili Baked Potato and this Broccoli and Cheese Twice Baked Potatoes. Potatoes are a whole food, a good source of fiber and are also full of antioxidants. You may also like this Baked Sweet Potato recipe.

I like to use russet potatoes but you can also use Yukon Gold or Idaho. You’ll also need olive oil spray not to be confused with cooking spray, and salt. Once you’re ready to bake follow these steps:

Don’t wrap it with foil. Although you may be tempted to wrap the potato in foil, doing so won’t give you that really crispy skin that we are looking for here. Leaving the potatoes unwrapped will give you the best results.

Salt the outside. The skin is the loaded with fiber, so don’t toss it! To make it flavorful you’ll want to salt it so it’s tasty and crisp.

Depending on how hungry you are you can eat a half or whole potato as a side dish. Serve this oven baked potato with some sour cream or a little butter, salt, and pepper. Or load it up with sour cream, crumbled bacon, shredded cheese and chives to make a loaded baked potato.

Source: skinnytaste.com