Crock-Pot Baked Potatoes

This method for baking potatoes is one of the easiest I've found and it produces a nice fluffy potato every single time. You can even set this up the night before so all you need to do is flip the Crock-Pot on in the morning as you're heading out the door. I've been making baked potatoes this way for years, but I thought I would share my method with you just in case you haven't seen it yet.

CrockPot Baked Potatoes

Crock-Pot Baked Potatoes 
makes 4 or more depending on the size of your crock-pot

Ingredients

4 - 6 large baking potatoes (I use russet, but Yukon gold and sweet potatoes are a great choice as well)
1-2 Tablespoons Extra Virgin Olive Oil 
Kosher salt, to taste
Aluminum Foil, for wrapping

Directions

  • Wash and scrub potatoes. Make sure to let them dry before continuing on.

Don't skip this next step or your potatoes may explode. 

  • Stab each potato at least once with a fork, to allow steam to escape. 
  • Using a pastry brush or your fingers, coat each potato with olive oil, then roll in kosher salt.
  • Wrap potatoes in aluminum foil and place in crock-pot. 
  • Cook on high for 2-4 hours if you need them in a hurry or low for 7-8 if you have some time to spare. Cooking time will depend on the size and number of potatoes.
  • Remove from Crock-Pot using tongs and cover with your choice of toppings.

Topping Ideas

Russet or Yukon Gold

Butter, sour cream, bacon, and chives

Broccoli, cheddar and a dash of red pepper flakes

Chili, red onion, and cheddar

Salsa, pepper jack, and green onions

Black beans, salsa, and cilantro

Fresh rosemary, salt, and black pepper 

Sweet Potatoes

Butter, brown sugar, and pecans

Pumpkin pie spice

Honey

Real maple syrup 

Butter, salt, and black pepper

Ginger, cinnamon, cloves, light brown sugar, mild molasses, and butter 

Notes

Don't forget to check out our recipe for Loaded Baked Potato Soup it's a great way to use up any leftover baked potatoes you may have.

Inspiration for this recipe

I've seen this recipe everywhere from lifehacker to Martha Stewart. This method for cooking potatoes has been around for awhile and I have no idea where it originated.