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.
Restaurant Style Baked Potato
You can make a baked potato just like Outback. It takes just an extra step or two to make your everyday baked potato taste like it came from a steakhouse.
Perhaps you have seen this classic baked potato in the steakhouse for years and you may have wondered for a long time how to prepare this famous side dish. It is very easy to do.
Here’s a list of what you need:
- Vegetable oil
- Kosher salt
I really recommend using a russet potato. They bake up very well and are ideal for a baked potato. Your cooking time may vary. If you have an extra-large potato you will need to be prepared 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 sprouts 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 degrees 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.
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 those have that consistent brown skin.
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Be sure to check out more of the best side dish recipes and copycat restaurant food.
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.
I’ve been baking potatoes like this for years, but Outback must do something different. Mine are never like this.
I am not sure what you mean. Are the potatoes that you bake not like this? Or are potatoes at the restaurant not like the copykat recipe?
I have a very bad allergy to monosodium glutamate.
I took the potato peel home with a piece of steak. I ate it in the evening.
I immediate got sick. Distended abdomen & diarrhea alll nighT.
I am not the Outback Steakhouse, I am a recipe website. How can I help you?
Michele J Maramarco
Excellent step ,cooking a baked potato that sometimes we don’t think about makes the potato wonderful
I always wondered how restaurants do this! Thanks.
I loved this recipe.
When I worked at Outback, they rolled the potatoes in butter and coarse salt. Then each potato was wrapped in a sheet of foil. This recipe sounds pretty close.
Looking for Baked Sweet Potato Recipe
Just tried your recipe and it was spot on!!! My husband and I have tried to recreate the Outback Baked Potato numerous times via recipes and have always been disappointed!
Thanks for sharing your expertise!
I am glad you enjoyed it!
I worked at Outback for almost 9 years. Here is how we do it:
We would cover the potato with margarine (yes, margarine ) and then sprinkle with rock salt. They would then put them on a tray to “age” for 1 1/2 to 2 days. Just in the open, not covered, After a couple days they are then wrapped in aluminum foil and baked until done.
I would bring some extra ones home, leave them in the fridge for 4-7 days (still wrapped in the foil) and then use them for hash browns, grating the whole potato. Aging in the fridge is important, it dries the potato to perfection. 🙂
Thank you, Shelly…nothing beats first hand experience.
Hi Shelly do you put your potatoes inside the refrigerator for a days or just leave it outside ? Thanks
Try reading what Shelly wrote again. I bet you’ll find the answer to your question right away. (shaking my head).
She didn’t say what “out in the open” meant in the first part. It just says not covered. It could mean out in the open inside the fridge but not covered. And she only spoke of aging in the fridge in terms of hashbrowns. It is a valid question Yana asked. Although unclear as to if she herself is talking about baked or hashed, certainly not cause for which being condescended to is warranted.
Relax people and don’t be so judge mental .
If you don’t have margarine, can you use salted butter? Would you have to refrigerate it? Thanks in advance.
I am looking for the no rules outback pasta. Does anyone have it?
Thank you, Shelly.