Are Salt Baked Potatoes really worth their salt? With the help of a few expert recipes, a boatload of salt and one very curious Potato Popper, I put salt baking to the test with Idaho Potatoes. Watch the How to Make Salt Baked Potatoes Video and see for yourself!
Get the recipe for Salt Baked Potatoes as seen in the video!
For more great recipes using Idaho Potatoes, check out the Idaho Potato Commission Website.
RECIPESalt Baked PotatoesPrint
Baking potatoes on a bed of salt produces more flavorful baked potatoes with crispy skin and a steamy, fluffy interior.
- 4 Idaho Russet Potatoes 8-10 ounces each
- 2-3 cups salt
- 1 head garlic
- fresh or dry herbs
Serves four. Total bake time one hour, thirty minutes. Consider making Roasted Garlic Butter from the garlic after baking in the salt. Simply squeeze softened cloves from husk and mix with room temperature butter. Add any other herbs, seasonings or citrus. Serve Roasted Garlic Butter with piping hot Salt Baked Potatoes and other toppings such as sour cream, chives and bacon bits. For added instruction and entertainment and to see the Potato Popper (above, left) in action, watch the How to Make Salt Baked Potatoes Video.
Wash and dry Idaho Russet Potatoes.
Pour salt into a 9x13 baking dish. Nestle potatoes in the salt, equal distance apart. Optionally, add a capped head of garlic and herbs of your choice to the salt.
Cover the baking dish with aluminum foil and bake in a preheated 450(F) oven for one hour, fifteen minutes.
Remove baking dish from the oven and preheat oven for a second time to 500(F).
Remove foil from baking dish and remove garlic from salt. Squeeze garlic from husk if using for butter.
Brush the tops of each potato with olive oil and return, uncovered, to preheated 500(F) oven. Bake for 15-20 minutes more.
When the potatoes are done, use a clean towel to chip excess salt from the bottom of each potato. Serve immediately with your favorite toppings.
love it! i adore salt potatoes! I baked beets the way once and they were divine, too. :-) YUM!
Average Betty says
Valentina! I saw your beautiful recipe for Salt Potatoes http://cookingontheweekends.com/2011/08/salt-potatoes-with-fresh-dill-and-mascarpone/ — I definitely want to try boiling them next :) I bet beets would be out of this world.
in the absence of a potatoe tool I’m using a plastic bag putting the potatoe in it after cooking, wrapping a thick towel around the potatoe then squeezing/massaging the potatoe till soft not breaking the skin, placing the potato on a plate and opening a top place in the skin over which I pour a dressing, butter, sour cream, or even flavored water.
Average Betty says
Sounds like a great plan! Using a fork in place of the popper helps too! Enjoy :)
Where can one find that potato popper you show in the video? I have looked everywhere and no luck. The recipe makes awesome baked potatoes!
Sarah R says
OMG Sara, I have to try this. BTW, I love your videos!
Diana McCullough says
My son makes awesome baked potatoes. Wash,dry and rub potatoes with olive oil, than roll in a mix of your favorite herbs and salt. We use salt, garlic powder and chives. Now wrap and bake. We put them on the grill. They are heavenly! You can wrap the garlic in foil and grill it to if you want the garlic butter. Everyone eats those nutritious skins this way!!!
Please tell me where to find that potato popper in the salt baked potato video?? Can’t find anywhere
Average Betty says
It was just on loan to me from the Idaho Potato Museum. This product is no longer manufactured — Watch this video and my other one, How to Pop a Potato (using a fork) and you won’t need a one-trick-pony-popper.