Have you ever wondered why the Outback Steakhouse Baked Potato tastes so good? What do they do differently from you and me? The potatoes have a magnificent salt crisp crust with a moist, tender inside.
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Restaurant Style Baked Potato
You can make a baked potato just like Outback. It takes just an extra step or two to make your typical baked potato taste as if it came from a steakhouse. Hands down, this is one of my favorite and most used copycat recipes.
Perhaps you have seen this classic baked potato in the steakhouse for years and may have long wondered how to prepare this famous side dish. It is straightforward to do.
Here’s a list of what you need:
- Vegetable oil
- Kosher salt
I recommend using a russet potato. They bake up very well and are ideal for baked potato. Your cooking time may vary. If you have an extra-large potato, you will need to be prepared it so that it will cook for a little longer.
This recipe works best when using potatoes that are 5 ounces. For a 5-ounce potato, you will need to cook it for 50 minutes. If your potato is larger, you will need to cook it longer.
Also, cut the sprouts off your potatoes before cooking them. The nodes are not tasty, and they are said to be poisonous.
How to Make Outback Baked Potatoes
- Wash and dry the potatoes and do not poke each potato once or twice with a fork.
- Pour the vegetable oil into a small dish and dip a paper towel into the oil.
- Rub the oil all over each potato.
- Place the potatoes on a baking sheet.
- Sprinkle salt over the potatoes.
- Bake at 350°F for about 1 hour.
- Check the potatoes for doneness by inserting a fork into one. If it presses through easily, the potato is thoroughly baked.
- Serve with butter, sour cream, shredded cheese, bacon bits, and chives.
What to serve your baked potato with
Now that you have a perfectly baked potato, you will add the perfect toppings. I would suggest the following:
- Salt and freshly ground black pepper
- Sour cream
- Shredded Cheddar cheese
- Sour cream
- Crispy bacon cumbles
- Sliced green onions
Potato Buying Tips
I have two major tips when it comes to buying potatoes:
- Do not buy potatoes with a green tint. Potatoes with a green tint are old and they are past their prime.
- You should pick potatoes that are even in size and have that consistent brown skin.
How to store leftovers
- Cool the potatoes: Allow the baked potatoes to cool completely at room temperature. This will prevent moisture from building up in the storage container, which can cause the potatoes to spoil quickly.
- Store in an airtight container: Once the potatoes have cooled, place them in an airtight container. Ensure the container is big enough to hold the potatoes without crowding them. You can use a plastic container with a lid, a resealable plastic bag, or wrap them in plastic.
- Refrigerate the potatoes: Store the airtight container in the refrigerator. Baked potatoes can be stored in the fridge for up to four days.
Four different ways to reheat a baked potato
There are several ways to reheat a baked potato, but the best method depends on personal preference and the equipment you have available. Here are some standard methods:
- Oven: Preheat the oven to 350°F (175°C). Place the baked potato on a baking sheet and bake for 15-20 minutes until heated.
- Microwave: Pierce the baked potato several times with a fork to allow steam to escape. Place the potato on a microwave-safe plate and microwave on high for 1-2 minutes, turning the potato over halfway through.
- Air Fryer: Preheat the air fryer to 375°F (190°C). Place the baked potato in the air fryer basket and cook for 5-10 minutes until heated and crispy outside.
- Grill or BBQ: Cut the baked potato into thick slices and grill over medium-high heat for 3-5 minutes on each side until heated through and crispy.
No matter which method you choose, monitor the potato closely to avoid overcooking or drying it out. You can also add toppings like butter, cheese, sour cream, or chives after reheating to add flavor and texture.
Love Outback? Make these copycat Outback Steakhouse recipes!
- Bloomin Onion
- Outback Alice Springs Chicken Recipes
- Baked Sweet Potato with Cinnamon Butter
- Outback Steamed Vegetables Recipe – Green Beans
- Outback Soups – Walkabout Creamy Onion Soup
- Dill Sauce for Steak
Best Potato Recipes
- Air Fryer Baked Potatoes
- Air Fryer Potato Wedges
- Lipton Onion Soup Mix Potatoes
- Red Skin Potatoes Recipe
- Baked Potato Slow Cooker
- Parmesan Roasted Potatoes
- Leek and Potato Bake
- Easy Scalloped Potatoes Recipe
- Roast Potatoes Greek Style
Outback Steakhouse Baked Potato
- 4 russet potatoes (about 1/2 pound each)
- 1/2 cup vegetable oil
- 1 to 2 tablespoons kosher salt
- Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.
- Wash and dry the potatoes and do not poke each potato once or twice with a fork. Again, do not poke any holes in the potato. Potatoes only explode when they are overcooked.
- Pour the vegetable oil into a small dish and dip a paper towel into the oil. Rub the oil all over each potato.
- Place the potatoes on a baking sheet. Sprinkle salt over the potatoes.
- Bake for about 1 hour. Check the potatoes for doneness by inserting a fork into one. If it presses through easily, the potato has completed cooking.