Toaster oven baked potatoes are the perfect, easy side dish for any meal, especially if you're gluten-free or vegetarian. Plus, you can make it a meal on it's own with a loaded baked potato bar (psst - we've listed several savory ideas further down!)
Cooking baked potatoes in a toaster oven gives them delightfully crispy skins with soft, fluffy insides, and it takes less energy than a regular oven. It's small size is perfect when you just want to make a couple baked potatoes.
OTHER BAKED POTATO METHODS
TOASTER OVEN BAKED POTATO INGREDIENTS
You only need 3 simple ingredients to make these toaster oven baked potatoes. See recipe card below for ingredient amounts.
- Potatoes: Russet potatoes (called Idaho potatoes) are best for baking because of their thick skins and high starch, low moisture content.
- Vegetable Oil: Use a high heat cooking oil like olive oil or avocado oil.
- Coarse Salt: Kosher salt or sea salt contribute a nice crunch, or you can use whatever salt you have on-hand.
Enjoy toaster oven baked potatoes as a great addition to a full meal with these other recipes:
- Easy Chili – Perfectly spiced ground beef chili with beans and tomatoes.
- Cornbread Muffins - A perfect crumbly texture, prep in just 10 minutes.
- Air Fryer Broccoli – Add info. this recipe link coming soon
- Air Fryer Cauliflower – Add info. this recipe link coming soon
- Blackberry and Apple Crumble - Bursting with sweet, tart flavor and topped with a buttery crisp, this dessert is hard to resist.
FULLY LOADED OVEN BAKED POTATOES
Everyone in your family will enjoy loading their potato up with all the fixin's. Here are some of our favorite baked potato toppings:
- Loaded Classic – Cheddar cheese, dollop of sour cream, green onions and bacon bits (optional).
- Loaded Chili – Easy chili (or omit meat for vegetarians), cheddar cheese, sour cream, green onions and/or avocado.
- Broccoli Cheddar – Parmesan roasted broccoli and melted cheddar cheese.
- Southwestern – Pico de gallo or salsa, corn, black beans, cheese, sour cream, cilantro, avocado (or guacamole).
- Lox - Smoked salmon, chives, cream cheese.
- Fajita - Fajita chicken, bell peppers, onion, cilantro lime sour cream and shredded cheese.
- Goat Cheese and Herbs - Goat cheese, olive oil, parsley, shallots and lemon zest.
TOOLS AND SUPPLIES NEEDED:
- cutting board
- basting brush
- paring knife
PREHEAT: Preheat the toaster oven to 450°F.
CLEAN POTATOES: Scrub potatoes under running water to remove dirt. Pat dry.
POKE POTATOES: Poke potatoes 6-8 times with a fork to vent the potato.
PLACE ON RACK: Place potatoes directly on the middle rack of the oven or on a baking sheet.
BAKE POTATOES: Bake for 45 minutes. Brush the potatoes with oil and sprinkle them with salt (optional).
CONTINUE BAKING: Bake for 10-15 more minutes, or until a fork will insert easily into the center of the potato. If it is still a little firm, cook longer, checking every 5 minutes.
FLUFF AND TOP POTATOES: Slice the potato open down the middle and fluff insides with a fork. Add toppings that melt first, like butter or cheese, and place back in the toaster oven briefly. Then, add more toppings like sour cream, chives and bacon.
Refrigerate: Baked potatoes can refrigerated in an airtight container for up to 3 days. While the skin may not be as crispy, your leftovers will still taste just as good.
Freeze: Fully cool and remove any toppings before freezing. Then, wrap potatoes in foil or plastic wrap and place in a sealed freezer bag without any excess air. Freeze for up to one month.
Defrosting: Thaw in the refrigerator overnight or, for faster results, in the microwave.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Russet potatoes (sometimes called Idaho potatoes) are the best potatoes for baking because they are low in moisture. Avoid waxier, thin-skinned varieties such as red-skinned potatoes because they won’t have a fluffy center when baked.
We recommend baking potatoes at 450˚F to get the crispiest skin on the outside and the hot, fluffy texture inside.
Skip the aluminum foil! Wrapping potatoes in foil traps steam, which creates soggy potatoes, instead of crispy ones. We recommend baking them unwrapped on a baking sheet or directly on the oven rack, leaving space between them.
Cooking time will vary depending on the size of your potatoes. Start with 45 minutes at 450°F and check the softness by poking the potatoes with a fork. If your potatoes are still firm, bake for 10 more minutes, or until a fork will insert easily into the center of the potato.
Baking potatoes in the oven is the best method for getting crispy potato skin and a hot, fluffy interior. You can use the same ingredients to make a microwave baked potato, however the skin will not be crispy and the insides may be slightly more dense.
Baked potatoes are the perfect blank canvas for any of your favorite toppings. The classic loaded baked potato usually includes butter, cheddar cheese, sour cream, bacon bits and green onions. However, you can add meat (chicken or chili, for example) or go totally vegetarian or vegan with your toppings.
For vegan baked potatoes, use a vegan butter or a high-heat cooking oil to prepare the outside of your potatoes.
Yes, however, sweet potatoes have a slightly different cooking time, depending on the size and type of potatoes. Also be sure to cook them over a baking sheet as some varieties make ooze sugary liquid while cooking.
- 2 potatoes
- 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
- 1 tablespoon coarse salt
- Preheat the toaster oven to 450°F.
- Scrub potatoes to get all dirt off the skin of the potato. Pat dry.
- Poke potatoes 6-8 times with a fork to vent the potato.
- Place potatoes on the middle rack on the oven or on a rack on a baking sheet.
- Bake for 45 minutes. Brush the potatoes with oil and sprinkle them with salt (optional).
- Bake for 10-15 more minutes, or until a fork will insert easily into the center of the potato. If it is still a little firm, cook for longer, checking every 5 minutes.
- Slice the potato open down the middle. Fluff the cooked potato with a fork then top with shredded cheese. Place back in the toaster oven until cheese is melted.
- Top potato with other ingredients. Serve.
- Add toppings that melt first, like butter or cheese. Then add more toppings like sour cream, chives, bacon or any of your other favorite toppings.
- If you’ve always wrapped your potatoes in foil to cook in the oven you will be pleasantly surprised by how these turn out! No need to wrap your potatoes in foil anymore.