The bake time for potatoes in the oven is 50 minutes at 425 degrees. For the best baked potatoes, use russet potatoes: Their insides get nice and fluffy when they’re baked. Make sure to prick them all over with a fork before you bake them so that the steam can escape. Then, pop them into the oven for 25 minutes. Pull them out, brush them with butter, and sprinkle them with salt before putting them back in the oven for another 25 minutes. The result will be delicious baked potatoes with crispy skins. Cut them open and top them with butter, or add sour cream, chives, cheese, bacon, and/or salsa!