crispy baked potato recipe

The Best Crispy Baked Potatoes Recipe

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Not sure how to make crispy oven potatoes? Don’t worry, I’ve prepared a super easy recipe for baked potatoes for you. You will get potatoes with super crispy skin and fluffy inside. All you need to know is just one secret that will allow you to get a perfect result. Well, let’s make the perfect side dish with my easy crispy baked potato recipe.

Crispy Baked Potatoes

Crispy baked potatoes are a great and delicious side dish. They’re potatoes that have been baked until they’re golden brown, crispy on the outside, and soft and fluffy on the inside. This dish typically involves slicing or dicing potatoes, tossing them with oil and seasonings, and then baking them. The result is a delicious combination of textures and flavors. The crispy edges provide a satisfying crunch, and the tender center provides a comforting bite.

Crispy Baked Potatoes are known for their delicious contrast of textures and flavors. The outside is perfectly crispy and lightly caramelized. The inside remains soft and creamy. Seasonings such as salt, pepper, garlic powder, paprika, and herbs such as rosemary or thyme can be used to enhance the flavor. This dish is a popular accompaniment to many entrées because it is both hearty and satisfying.

Ingredients for Crispy Baked Potatoes

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  • The Potatoes: The main ingredient, the potato, provides the basic texture and flavor for this dish. Baked, potatoes develop a crisp exterior while remaining fluffy and tender. 
  • Potato Starch: Potato starch contributes to the crispy texture by absorbing moisture from the surface of the potato during baking. This results in a golden brown, crispy exterior. It is a key ingredient in achieving the desired crispiness.
  • Smoked Paprika: Smoked paprika adds a deep, smoky flavor to the potatoes that enhances their flavor. It also contributes to the attractive reddish color of baked potatoes, making them visually appealing.
  • Dry Garlic: Dry garlic, also known as garlic powder, provides a savory, slightly pungent flavor that is complementary to the potatoes. It is evenly distributed so that each bite has a consistent garlic flavor without the risk of burning that can occur with fresh garlic.
  • Coriander: Coriander adds a subtle, citrusy, and slightly sweet taste to the dish. It blends well with the other seasonings and enhances the overall flavor profile of the crispy baked potatoes.
  • Salt: Salt is essential to enhance the natural flavors of the potatoes and other seasonings. It also helps draw out moisture, which contributes to the crispy texture.
  • Sunflower Oil: Sunflower oil is used to coat the potatoes before baking. It has a high smoke point, which is ideal for high-temperature baking, and its neutral flavor allows the seasonings to shine. The oil helps crisp the potatoes and ensures even cooking.

How to Make Crispy Baked Potatoes?

  1. First, cut the potatoes into wedges. 
  2. Add salt and mix well. 
  3. Then, pour the boiled water so that it covers the potatoes. 
  4. Leave for 20 minutes. 
  5. Mix the starch with the spices.  
  6. Then, drain the potatoes and roll in the starch and spice mixture. 
  7. Add the sunflower oil. 
  8. Then, put in a preheated oven at 392 degrees F (200 degrees C) for 15-20 minutes. Bake until golden brown. 
  9. The crispy potatoes are ready.

Chef Recipe Tips:

  • Crispy potatoes are ideal with tartar sauce. 
  • Potatoes can be deep fried instead of baked in the oven.

Crispy Baked Potatoes Origin

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The concept of baking potatoes to a crisp has roots in various culinary traditions all over the world. Potatoes themselves are native to the Andean region of South America. They were first cultivated by the Incas. Introduced to Europe in the late 1600s, they quickly became a staple due to their versatility and nutritional value.

It is believed that traditional methods of Bakingg vegetables and using hot ovens to provide different textures led to the idea of baking potatoes to achieve a crispy texture. Crispy baked potatoes are widely eaten around the world, reflecting the global love affair with this humble yet amazingly versatile tuber. Whether enjoyed as part of a British Sunday roast, an American barbecue, or a European-style dinner, crispy baked potatoes have become a popular dish across cultures.

Which Potatoes to Baked?

The best way to bake potatoes is to choose waxy potatoes. They have enough starch to make the inside light and fluffy, hold their shape, and develop a nice golden exterior. In the US, Yukon Gold or Russet are good choices. 

Which Oil is Best?

Oils that have a mild flavor and a higher smoke point are the best for frying potatoes because they can be heated to the higher temperatures that are used in the frying process. These oils include light olive oil, canola oil, and grape seed oil.

Herbs & Seasonings

Seasoning: I like to keep it simple by salting and peppering. Kosher or sea salt are both good choices. Try flavorings like fresh garlic, garlic powder, sweet or smoked pepper, and coriander.

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Baked Potatoes FAQs:

Here are answers to some of the most popular questions we’ve received over the years about making baked potatoes…

Can I make a vegan version of baked potatoes? 

Absolutely, just use vegan butter or a high-heat cooking oil (instead of butter).

Can I make baked potatoes in the microwave? 

You can microwave baked potatoes using the same ingredients, but they will not have the same crispy skin and fluffy inside. My recommendation is for the oven method instead.

Can I make baked potatoes in the Instant Pot? 

Yes, you can. However, they will not have the same crispy skin and fluffy center that you get from the oven method.

Can I bake a sweet potato in the same way? 

You can! However, depending on the size/type of potatoes, baked sweet potatoes may have slightly different cooking times.

Do I have to wrap the potatoes in foil? 

No, the potatoes need to be left uncovered for this method to get extra crispy skin.

What if I don’t have any coarse kosher salt?  

Don’t worry. Just sprinkle some fine sea salt on top instead. I also do the occasional sprinkling of old-school seasoning salt on my potato skins, and it is delicious!

The Best Crispy Baked Potatoes Recipe
Author:Vadim Rachok
Category:Side Dishes
As a kid growing up, I always loved these slightly spicy, yet crispy, roasted potatoes. If only I had known then how easy they were to make!
crispy baked potato recipe
Prep Time:
10 mins
Cook Time:
20 mins
Total Time:
30 mins
The ingredients you need:
17,6 ounces (0,5 kg) potatoes
1 ounce (30 g) potato starch
0,1 ounces (3 g) smoked paprika
0,1 ounces (3 g) dry garlic
0,04 ounces (1 g) coriander
0,2 ounces (7 g) salt
3,5 ounces (100 g) sunflower oil
Let’s start !

Cut the potatoes into wedges. 


Add salt and mix well. 


Pour the boiled water so that it covers the potatoes. 


Leave for 20 minutes. 


Mix the starch with the spices.  


Drain the potatoes and roll in the starch and spice mixture. 


Add the sunflower oil. 


Put in a preheated oven at 392 degrees F (200 degrees C) for 15-20 minutes. Bake until golden brown.


The crispy potatoes are ready.

Nutrition Information
Servings Per Recipe: 2 Calories: 1425
% Daily Value *
 % Daily Value *
Total Fat 17g21%
Saturated Fat 3g13%
Cholesterol 31mg10%
Total Carbohydrate 38g14%
Dietary Fiber 2g8%
Total Sugars 16g0%
Protein 5g10%
Vitamin C 5mg6%
Calcium 24mg2%
Iron 2mg9%
Potassium 212mg5%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs. ** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data. (-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption. Powered by the ESHA Research Database © 2018, ESHA Research, Inc. All Rights Reserved
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