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These quick baked potatoes roast in half the time! This easy trick will become your go-to for a perfect potato in just 30 minutes (it tastes better, too).

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Here’s a trick for making quick baked potatoes that cuts the time in half! It’s easy to throw whole potatoes into foil in the oven. But large potatoes can take 1 hour or more to bake. In this quick and easy method, the potatoes bake in about 30 minutes. This little trick takes baked potatoes from weekend affairs to weeknight meals (for us, at least!). Bonus: they taste even more flavorful than the standard method. Here’s exactly how to do it: and how to make them into a healthy dinner perfect for a crowd!

How to make quick baked potatoes

You might have guessed at our quick baked potatoes trick from the photograph. Here’s the magic: instead of baking the potatoes whole, cut them in half. That’s it! That simple 1-minute trick saves about half the baking time in the oven. Because the potatoes are half as thick, they bake in half the time. Simple as that! There are just a few things to know about this easy method:

  • Bake at 450 degrees. Roasting vegetables at very high heat makes them crispy on the outside and tender on the inside.
  • Slice the potatoes in half, then rub them with olive oil. No need for foil! Just rub the potatoes lightly in olive oil.
  • Place the cut side down. Baking the potatoes cut side down gets the best flavor (and a nice crispy exterior).
  • Roast until tender, 25 to 35 minutes. Because potato size varies, taste test and remove them from the oven when they’re perfectly tender.
Quick baked potatoes
To get that classic baked potato flaking, simply mash the top with a fork!

Baked potatoes that are quick AND taste better!

Call us crazy, but Alex and I are not huge fans of the flavor of a standard roasted potato. Throw it in foil and bake it whole, and it comes out tender but lacking in flavor. You have to seriously load it up to make it taste good. In contrast, these healthy quick baked potatoes are:

  • Nicely browned and crispy on the outside
  • Perfectly salted

They’re perfect for serving in all sorts of ways. Speaking of…

Quick baked potatoes
Baking with the cut side down makes for a crispy exterior

Ways to serve quick baked potatoes

You can easily serve up these quick baked potatoes as a side dish for salmon or meat: just top with a pat of butter or a drizzle of olive oil! But our favorite way to serve baked potatoes is as a main dish meal. Here are some baked potato topping ideas turn them into a healthy meal that can feed a crowd:

Chili baked potato
Chili baked potatoes are an easy way to serve a crowd!

More healthy potatoes recipes

Eating potatoes in a healthy way is all about eating them in a way that doesn’t load on the calories. Top these quick baked potatoes as we noted above, and they’re a healthy dinner recipe. Or use our quick sweet potatoes recipe for a potato that’s more easily digested (especially for diabetics). Here are a few more potato recipes you might enjoy:

  • Loaded Potato Soup Here is the very best easy potato soup you’ll find! Creamy and comforting, it’s made in minutes with no cream and no need for a blender. Also try: Vegan Potato Soup
  • Spanish Tortilla A potato and egg omelette that is a tasty Spanish dinner or tapas recipe!
  • Vegan Shepherd’s Pie Make mashed potatoes into a healthy dinner recipe by using them in shepherd’s pie! The hearty veggie and lentil filling contrasts a layer of creamy potatoes in this stunning plant based dinner recipe.
  • Perfect Boiled Potatoes These potatoes are tender and buttery: the ideal easy side dish!
  • Creamy Broccoli Potato Soup Just like broccoli cheese soup, but plant based! This vegan soup uses potatoes to help make a creamy base.

This quick baked potatoes recipe is…

Vegetarian, vegan, plant-based, dairy-free, and gluten-free.

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Quick baked potatoes

Quick Baked Potatoes

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  • Author: Sonja Overhiser
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 30 minutes
  • Total Time: 35 minutes
  • Yield: 4 1x
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These quick baked potatoes roast up in half the time! This easy trick will become your go-to for making a perfect potato in just 30 minutes.


  • 4 medium russet potatoes*
  • Olive oil
  • Salt and pepper


  1. Preheat the oven to 450 degrees Fahrenheit.
  2. Wash the potatoes and slice them in half. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Place the potatoes on top and rub them with olive oil, just enough to coat. Sprinkle them with kosher salt.
  3. Turn the potatoes cut side down and prick the tops several times with fork.
  4. Bake until the potatoes are tender and lightly browned on the edges, about 25 to 35 minutes depending on the exact size of the potatoes. Prick them with a fork to assess doneness. Taste and add an additional sprinkle of salt if necessary. 
  5. To serve as a traditional baked potato, just mash the tops lightly with a fork. Serve immediately.


*This recipe is easy to double: just roast 2 sheets! The bake time will need to be increased by a few minutes since there will be more volume roasting at once. Just bake until tender!

  • Category: Essentials
  • Method: Baked
  • Cuisine: Vegetables

More easy side dish recipes

If you love these quick baked potatoes, here are a few more easy side dish recipes to add to your repertoire!

More recipes with potatoes? Go to our Best Potato Recipes (or Vegan Potato Recipes).

About the authors

Sonja & Alex

Hi, we’re Alex and Sonja Overhiser, married cookbook authors, food bloggers, and recipe developers. We founded A Couple Cooks to share fresh, seasonal recipes and the joy of cooking! Our recipes are made by two real people and work every time.

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  1. Val & Ruedi Dubs says:

    These are the best and tastiest backed potatoes, we love them so much and make them every week with a salad side dish.
    Thank you two.

    1. Alex Overhiser says:

      That’s awesome. Thank you!

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  3. Kim says:

    I can’t wait to try this! I’m going to roast some asparagus alongside the potatoes. I do have one comment – it’s best to use an oil with a high smoke point. I don’t like the taste of avocado oil so I use rice bran oil; it has a neutral flavor.

  4. Jonathan Durkota says:

    I was wondering if you knew how to adjust either the temperature or the time to cook if I wanted to implement this recipe on a 10 pound bag of russet potatoes

    1. Alex Overhiser says:

      You’d still need to keep them somewhat spaced out on multiple racks for a good bake. It shouldn’t take more than 5 minutes longer than stated.

    2. Kristi Honaker says:

      Oh my WORD! These are better than traditional baked potatoes! That lovely crust that develops on the cut side is sooo goooood! 🤤 And can we talk about the time? Baked potatoes in a half hour?! This recipe is a game changer, and a keeper! Thank you!!!

      1. Alex Overhiser says:

        You’re welcome! So glad you enjoyed.