Potatoes are a classic main meal or scrumptious side dish. But did you know you can do so much more than bake these beauties? We've rounded up the best ways to cook potatoes and came up with five easy options for your daily life. Read on for our very best "baked" taters:

baked potatoes with rosemary on parchment paper

Oven Baked Potatoes

The easiest and most traditional way to prepare spuds is to bake them in an oven.


Step #1: Prep Time

Preheat oven to 425 degrees. Rinse and wash the potatoes, then drizzle with olive oil and season with salt and pepper. Prick the potatoes multiple times with fork to avoid an explosive potato bomb!

Step #2: Beautifully Baked

Line a flat baking sheet with parchment paper or aluminum foil. Dependent on your oven, cook the potatoes for 45 minutes to an hour. Remove from the oven and enjoy!

potato in foil packet

Grilled Potatoes

In sweet summertime, it's so easy to whip up a great baked potato dish using your grill.


Step #1: Gorgeous Grill

Start grill and heat to about 400 degrees. Rinse the potatoes, then rub in olive oil and poke with fork.

Step #2: Fantastic Foil

Wrap the potatoes in heavy duty aluminum foil or wrap them twice with regular foil. Cook for an hour, flipping after about 30 minutes. Remove carefully, top with your favorite garnishes and dig in!

baked potatoes on wooden board with garnishes

Microwave Oven Baked Potatoes

A quick way to cook tubers, the microwave is convenient all year long.


Step #1: Potato Prep

Rinse the potatoes, then rub them in olive oil and season with salt and pepper. Poke each potato all around with a fork. Place in microwave safe container for cooking.

Step #2: Magnificent Micro

Microwave on high for five minutes, then flip over and cook for another four minutes. Remove, add toppings and eat immediately. Yum!

baked potatoes with butter in cast iron skillet

Cast Iron Potatoes

We are obsessed with cast iron cooking, so of course had to include potatoes cooked in our favorite skillet!


Step #1: Butter is best

Heat cast iron skillet on stovetop over medium-high heat for at least five minutes. Add three tablespoons butter to the pan and melt. Tilt pan so butter coats the entire bottom.

Step #2: Potato Perfection

Rinse potatoes and pierce with fork. Place them into heated skillet, sprinkle with salt and pepper and do not touch for 10 minutes. Flip them over, cover with lid and cook another 10 minutes. Carefully remove from cast iron and enjoy! Theses potatoes will have an amazing crust on them from the butter and skillet, and are an incredible addition to any table.

flat lay of stuffed baked potatoes with chives and bacon

Instant Pot Potatoes

Instant pots are taking the home cooking world by storm, so we were sure to include these pressure cooker baked spuds in our list.


Step #1: Ingenious Instant Pot

Add a cup of cold water to cooker, then insert the instant pot's metal rack. Rinse your medium potatoes and poke them with a fork. Then place them on the rack and cook for about 12 minutes.

Step #2: Rest Time

Allow pressure to release naturally for about 10 minutes. Next, turn valve to release any remaining pressure. Remove cooked potatoes, add some toppings and seasonings and eat them up!

close up of baked potatoes with salt and pepper

Slow Cooker Potatoes

We dig our crockpot for hands free cooking, and think it offers an especially inventive way to tackle potatoes. Throw these guys in before work and come home to totally cooked tubers!


Step #1: Potato Prep

Rinse potatoes, then rub in olive oil and season liberally with salt and pepper. Poke with fork tines multiple times. Wrap tightly in aluminum foil, and place in slow cooker.

Step #2: Slow Down

Cook on low for eight hours, carefully remove, and enjoy! We hope you try out some of these great ways to cook "baked" potatoes; there's truly an option for every home chef!

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