Slow Cooker Baked Potatoes
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Slow Cooker Baked Potatoes – Learn how to make soft, fluffy, tender potatoes with super delicious skin in your slow cooker! Use this method when you want to free up oven space for a holiday meal or when you don’t want to turn your oven on and heat up your house. Foolproof, perfect potatoes every time!
Slow Cooker Baked Potatoes Recipe
Growing up I ate so, so, so many oven-baked baked potatoes. They were my dad’s favorite food, and along with being inexpensive and easy, my mom made sure they were served extremely frequently. Although she never made baked potatoes in a slow cooker.
However there are times when slow cooking whole potatoes is advantageous. Specifically for a holiday meals when you don’t have room in the oven for potatoes.
Or when you have the luxury to plan ahead for hours and your baked potato side will be ready when the main course is ready and they can just hang out and wait in a warm slow cooker until you’re ready to serve the main.
I should note we are not actually “baking” the potatoes and instead they are being slow cooked, which essentially results in them being steamed.
The result is a soft, tender, and fluffy potato no different than you’d get with oven baking. The skin is seasoned, super flavorful, and even non-skin eaters will enjoy it!
Admittedly so, this is one of the easiest and simplest “recipes” out there! It’s not so much a recipe as it is a methodology.
Ingredients in Slow Cooker Baked Potatoes
For slow cooker baked potatoes, you only need the most essential of ingredients including:
- Russet potatoes
- Olive oil
- Aluminum foil, optional but recommended
How to Make Baked Potatoes in a Slow Cooker
Making baked potatoes in your slow cooker is seriously so easy! Actually, it doesn’t get any easier or more basic!
Follow these simple steps:
Step 1: Scrub the potatoes and pat them dry.
Step 2: Pierce the potatoes with a fork.
Step 3: Drizzle or brush them with olive oil.
And season with salt and pepper.
Step 4: Wrap each potato tightly in foil.
Step 5: Place them in your slow cooker and slow cook them until they’re tender before serving.
What Size Slow Cooker Should I Slow Cook Potatoes In?
For slow cooker baked potatoes, because I slow cook 8 at a time, you need to have a decent-sized slow cooker.
I recommend a 7 to 8-quart Crock-Pot, which is nearly the most common size that people own.
If you have a smaller slow cooker, then I recommend reducing the number of potatoes you make.
Should I Cook my Slow Cooker Baked Potatoes on High or Low Heat?
You can slow cook your baked potatoes on either the high or low heat setting.
If cooking on high, they’ll likely be done in about 4 to 5 hours. On low heat, you’re looking at about 7 to 8 hours.
Cooking times will vary depending on the size of the potatoes. I used a medium-large size potato for this recipe.
Potatoes are done when they are fork (or steak knife) tender and exhibit no signs of firmness.
Tip: To check for doneness, insert a steak knife right through the foil and into center of one of the largest potatoes. If there is no resistance, they are ready!
What Kind of Potatoes are Best for Crock-Pot Baked Potatoes?
When it comes to traditional baked potatoes, there’s nothing quite like a Russet potato because they are a starchy potato and bake up soft, fluffy, and just perfect.
Similarly, when talking about making white potatoes in your slow cooker, I only use Russet potatoes.
You could experiment with other types of potatoes such as waxier varieties but I don’t know the cooking time nor how the results will be.
Can I Make Sweet Potatoes in a Slow Cooker?
All that being said, I do know it’s easy and very possible to make sweet potatoes in a slow cooker.
Follow the exact same steps and process as you would with Russet potatoes.
However, cooking time may vary so always check for doneness and play the cooking time by ear.
Do I Have to Wrap Slow Cooker Baked Potatoes with Foil?
I come from a long line of die-hard baked potato fans. When baking potatoes the traditional way in the oven, no one ever wraps them in foil in my family. Namely because foil prevents the skin from crisping up.
However, in a slow cooker whether you wrap them in foil or not, the skin won’t crisp up because you are essentially steaming the potatoes in your Crock-Pot.
Because of the lengthy cooking time of at least 5 hours, or more, I like to wrap my slow cooker baked potatoes in foil because it keeps the interior of the potato juicier.
My favorite aluminum foil of all time for any baking or cooking need is Reynold’s Nonstick Heavy Duty Aluminum Foil.
If you are dead set against wrapping them with foil for whatever reason, just don’t then – knowing your potatoes won’t be as moist and may seem a bit dried out.
Serving and Storage Suggestions for Baked Potatoes in a Crock-Pot
After you’ve finished slow cooking your baked potatoes, you can keep them in the slow cooker on the warm setting for up to 3 hours after cooking.
This is perfect for parties or events like Thanksgiving, Christmas, Easter, or any type of holiday meal where you are trying to time your sides with the main course and if it’s a big main, such as a whole turkey, the cooking time can vary. At least you know your slow cooker baked potato side dish will be ready and can wait.
This is a nice way to enjoy the taste of oven-baked potatoes but in warmer months when you don’t want to turn on your oven and heat up your house.
I like to serve them with plenty of butter, more salt and pepper, and if you’re into it add some shredded cheese, bacon bits, sour cream, chives or whatever you like on your baked potatoes.
While you’re at it, you can make a baked potato bar with these eight perfectly slow cooked potatoes!
I don’t recommend trying to make mashed potatoes from these Crock-Pot baked potatoes. I’v got plenty of mashed potato recipes though including The BEST Mashed Potatoes, Slow Cooker Browned Butter Mashed Potatoes, and Bacon Cheddar Loaded Mashed Potatoes.
Extra potatoes will keep whole, sliced, or diced airtight in the fridge for up to 5 days or in the freezer for up to 3 months.
Tips for the Best Slow Cooker Baked Potatoes
These slow cooker baked potatoes have amazing tasting skin! I strongly encourage you to eat the skin because it’s lightly oiled and perfectly seasoned with salt and pepper, thin, and tender.
I know there are people who never eat potato skins but this is one time where you need to give it a try.
There is nothing grosser to me than undercooked, hard potatoes. If you feel any resistance at all when you pierce the potatoes with a knife, keep on cooking them.
There’s little harm that can be done such as “over-cooking” them when they’re being cooked in your Crock-Pot since it cooks at about half the temperature that you’d use if oven baking the potatoes.
Make sure to test the biggest or nearly the biggest potato for doneness and not the smaller ones.
Also, I advise medium-large potatoes of approximately all the same size so they will all cook in a similar timeframe.
This isn’t a time personally when I would select a jumbo sized potato since they will take forever to cook through!
If weighing them, about 1/3 to 1/2 pound each is what I recommend.
For anyone who just can’t get enough slow cooker potato recipes, try this Slow Cooker Browned Butter Mashed Potatoes next!
- 8 Russet potatoes
- 2 tablespoons olive oil, divided
- 1 tablespoon kosher salt, divided
- 1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper, divided
- Scrub the potatoes well under cold water and pat them dry.
- Place the potatoes on a cutting board, baking sheet, or clean countertop and pierce the potatoes all over with a fork. I pierce each potato about 10 times. I would rather over than under do it to prevent one from exploding!
- Evenly drizzle the potatoes with olive oil and evenly sprinkle with salt and pepper. Use your hands to lightly massage it all in.
- I recommend wrapping each potato tightly in non-stick heavy duty aluminum foil which ensures the interiors stay moist and juicy and don't dry out, although this step is technically optional.
- Place the potatoes in a 7 to 8-quart slow cooker and cook on high for about 5 to 6 hours OR on low for about 7 to 8 hours, or until done.* (See Notes)
- Unwrap, slice, and serve as desired including by adding additional salt and pepper, butter, shredded cheese, bacon bits, sour cream, chives or however you like your potatoes.
- Extra potatoes will keep whole, sliced, or diced airtight in the fridge for up to 5 days or in the freezer for up to 3 months.
*To check for doneness, insert a steak knife right through the foil and into center of one of the largest potatoes. If there is no resistance, they are ready! If there is any resistance, keep on slow cooking them. There is very little danger in "overcooking" them since a slow cooker cooks at such a low temperature in comparison to an oven.
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 198Total Fat: 4gSaturated Fat: 1gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 3gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 496mgCarbohydrates: 37gFiber: 4gSugar: 2gProtein: 5g
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