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Quick Baked Potatoes

Love baked potatoes but don’t have an hour or more to bake them? Make these quick baked potatoes. You can have baked potatoes in 30 minutes or less. 

Quick Baked Potatoes

I love potatoes, especially baked potatoes, but I don’t always have the time to cook them. 

Yes, you can cook them in the microwave, but that can take a long time when cooking baked potatoes for a family. 

Baked potatoes take at least an hour to bake. They take even longer if they are really large potatoes.

They are not hard at all to cook, but I usually need dinner on the table in a hurry and something that takes over an hour to cook does not often fit into my schedule.

Quick Baked Potatoes

That is why I love these quick baked potatoes. 

I have been making these baked potatoes for years. I think the original recipe came from an old Taste of Home magazine. 

These baked potatoes are delicious with chicken, beef, or pork. They make a great side dish for a lot of different meals. I have been known to actually skip the meat and eat these baked potatoes for the main part of the meal. They are that good. 

These quick baked potatoes work great for busy nights. These take much less than an hour. I find that small potatoes can be cooked in about 30-40 minutes like this. That is half the time that baked potatoes usually take.

They are easy and delicious to make. Not only are they quick and easy, my kids loved them.

Quick Baked Potatoes

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Quick Baked Potatoes

Quick Baked Potatoes

Baked Potatoes in 30 minutes.

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes


  • 4  potatoes, washed and scrubbed clean
  • 4 Tablespoons butter melted
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 4-5 Tablespoons grated Parmesan cheese ( I use the stuff in the green can here. It works best and gives it a nice crispy edge.)


  1. Cut the potatoes in half lengthwise.
  2. In a small bowl combine salt and cheese.
  3. Brush each cut half of potato with butter or dip cut half in butter.
  4. Then dip in cheese until well coated.
  5. Place cut side down/cheese side down on an cookie sheet or baking pan.
  6. Bake at 375 for 30-40 minutes or until potatoes are fork tender. 30 minutes for smaller potatoes and 40 minutes for larger potatoes.

Originally posted September 2010. Updated April 2019. 

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  1. We have a microwave/convection oven combo and it is awesome for potatoes! I can make four baked potatoes in 16 minutes and it doesn’t heat up the house. (a really big deal when you live in PHX and it’s still over 100 in Sept)

    • @karen, That would be nice. I am not a big fan of microwaved potatoes because I like crispy skins, but a convection microwave oven combo one would work great. I did not know it would cook them that fast.

  2. what a good idea! thanks for sharing 🙂

  3. These look delicious!

  4. I love a baked potato and the crispier the skin the better for me. These look great and will have to try your recipe soon.

  5. This is such a great idea! Thanks for the tip!

  6. FaithofAllCrafts says

    This is a great idea! I usually do baked potatoes in the crock pot. Poke holes with a fork, add a couple table spoons of water, put them on at quiet time (just after lunch) & they’re ready for dinner. I like your quick method that doesn’t require my thinking ahead!

  7. We had these tonight for supper. I am so excited about this new, EASY recipe!!! They were sooooo tasty. I made them with smaller potatoes than what is pictured and would be great as a party finger food too! Thanks!

  8. Look great! I often set the timer on my oven to have baked potatoes started before I get home from work. But that’s not foolproof as I don’t use my oven timer that often and often forget exactly how to set it!

  9. I made these potatoes last night. They were delicious and a hit with the whole family! Thanks for another yummy recipe!

  10. This is a neat idea! I have a microwave/convection oven combo that I’ve never thought to use for potatoes…I bet this would work great in it.

  11. Great tip! I usually microwave to save time, but I also love the crispy skins and the microwave totally doesn’t do that. I’ve never thought of doing it this way. Looks yummy! Thanks!

  12. The trick with using the microwave is to only partially cook them in it. I nuke the spuds for about 5 mins then, put them on the grill wrapped in foil or in the oven and it shortens the baking time dramatically.

  13. Just put these in the oven for dinner this evening. They look like they are going to be fantastic.

  14. These look great! They would be so much easier for Steak Night when friends over! Thanks for the great idea!

  15. Daphne Blumenthal says

    This is an AWESOME recipe. My family loved it and it’s fast and cheap. I used Pecorino Romano instead of Parmesan – they’re similar. I coated the potato haves in butter on both sides. Thanks! Daphne

  16. Kathy Davis says

    These potatoes sound really good. Did you use the micro/convection when cooking these? You say “bake” so don’t know if microwave was involved. I’ve just gotten my microwave/convection oven and I’m eager to use it!

  17. Ted Schoonard says

    What are the settings for baking a potato in a microwave convection combination oven

    You talk about it but you never give the settings of how to do it

  18. Is the 375 setting for convection?

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