How to Bake a Potato in Tin Foil in a Toaster Oven

Along with toasting bread, toaster ovens can bake and broil. If you use yours to bake a potato, you can free up your conventional oven for other dishes. Baked potatoes make a satisfying side dish or main course, especially when topped with lean ground beef or reduced-fat cheese. It generally takes about an hour to bake a potato in a toaster oven, depending on the size of the potato. Wrapping it in foil before baking actually steams the potato, trapping in its natural moisture.

A freshly cooked baked potato.
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Step 1

Preheat your toaster oven to 425 degrees Fahrenheit.

Step 2

Choose potatoes that are firm and that do not contain any blemishes or green spots. Rinse the potato under cool running water. Scrub the skin to remove any dirt; most of the nutrients in a potato are contained in the skin.

Step 3

Poke several holes into the top of the potato with a fork. The holes allow the steam to evaporate and will help to prevent the potato from exploding while cooking.

Step 4

Rub olive oil around the outside of the potato for flavor.

Step 5

Wrap the potato in aluminum foil and place it on the toaster oven baking tray.

Step 6

Cook for 45 to 60 minutes or until the potato is tender throughout. You can insert a fork into the center of the potato to determine if it's ready. Allow the potato to sit for five minutes after cooking. Serve while warm.

Things You'll Need

  • Toaster oven

  • Potato

  • Tin foil

  • Olive oil


You can bake multiple potatoes at the same time in a toaster oven, depending on the size of the oven. Add 10 to 15 minutes cooking time when baking four or more potatoes together.

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