How to Bake Potatoes in a Crock Pot (without foil)

In an effort to avoid turning on my oven this week to bake potatoes, it occurred to me that maybe I could bake them in my crock pot.  Am I a genius or what?

Or what.  My online search told me that others had already been there done that – and blogged about it too.  So others are the geniuses, and I am a few years late in learning this wonderful potato baking method.

I will, however, take the credit for figuring out that you don’t have to mess with wrapping each potato in foil.  All of the instructions I found online included wrapping each potato lovingly in foil.  I tend to skip this extra step in an effort to save time and to avoid putting aluminum on my food.  Could foil-less potatoes be baked in a crock pot?  I decided to try and see.

I won’t keep you in suspense, because surely you’ve never wondered something so much in your life and the title of this post didn’t give away the answer even a little bit.  You can, indeed, throw a plain ol’ potato in the crock pot and let it bake without foil.  You don’t even need to poke the potatoes first.  It doesn’t get any easier than that.

Bake Your Potatoes in the Crock Pot

Here is the detailed break-down of the oven-less, foil-less, poke-less, practically effort-less crock pot baked potato:

1. Scrub dirt off of potatoes
2. Place potatoes in crock pot
3. Cover and cook on low for 6-8 hours or until potatoes are tender

You can cook as many potatoes as you need.  You can use any size or variety of potato.  And if possible, I would suggest making extras so that you can use your leftovers to make Homemade Hashbrowns.

How should you serve your baked potato?  Well, I personally love mine with lots of butter and sea salt.  I’m sure you’re shocked.  Sometimes we sprinkle on some cheese and call it lunch, along with a side of veggies and fruit.

But if you really want a good baked potato meal, which is super easy and perfect in the summertime (now that we know how to avoid heating our ovens for this fine item), Taco Potatoes are awesome.

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Or, how about topping your baked potato with chopped ham, chicken, or turkey, sour cream, shredded cheddar, and broccoli.  So, so good.

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What’s your favorite way to top a baked potato?  Ever tried making baked potatoes in the crock pot?  Yeah, I bet I know what you’re having for lunch tomorrow…

Comments

  1. Rachel says

    Do you think this would work with sweet potatoes?

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    Laura Reply:

    Yes, I’m sure it would. :)

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    Brighid Reply:

    It certainly does! I do make sure that the sweet potatoes have a bit of water on them from washing. And I
    do sometimes coat the slow cooker with oil just in case one leaks. But it’s great! And when you have a big
    meal, it’s nice to have the sweet potatoes out of the oven, so there’s more room in there.

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    Rachel Reply:

    thanks ladies, I’ll definitely be giving this a try with both white and sweet potatoes!
    This got me thinking though, I wonder if you could cook squashes in the crockpot? I really want to roast some squash to puree to add to things for the extra nutrients, but the idea of turning on the oven to roast them is less than appealing in this heat!

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    Kristin Reply:

    Rachel…the best thing about cooking squash in the crockpot is that you don’t have to cut it first. My mom and sister were amazed to see me throw a whole butternut in there in and close the lid. Mom whispered, “Does she know she didn’t cut it first?” Works great and is much easier to work with when it is soft. You may want to let it cool or get insulated rubber gloves so you don’t burn your hands while skinning and taking the seeds out.

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  2. lyss says

    Yes, I’ve done this…without foil, too. Potatoes bake just fine without. : ) Lately, I’ve been baking potatoes in my toaster oven to avoid heating up the house. Of course, it doesn’t hold very many, so a crockpot would be better for bigger quantities.

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  3. Karen says

    My crock pot died about a year ago and I vowed to try to live without it. So, I still bake my potatoes in the small upper oven of my range in a Corningware dish just like I do to prepare to make your hashbrown recipe. It’s perfect! I suppose my range/oven is new enough to not heat up the house doing it, so it works for us. But I like the idea of maybe plugging in a crock pot to an outdoor outlet and letting the heat stay where it belongs! :)

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  4. says

    I usually bake mine in the oven, no foil. Rubbed with olive oil and sprinkled with salt, pricked with a fork. I like the idea of not using the oven, especially when the weather is hot. Do you need to prick them before placing them in crock pot?

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    Laura Reply:

    No, they can go in without being pricked. :)

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    Lisa Reply:

    Oh okay! Thanks Laura.

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  5. Pam says

    We have used our crockpot for years to bake potatoes. When I make hashbrowns, I cook the potatoes in the crockpot all night and the potatoes are ready to shred the next morning. We also use our crockpot to cook sweet potatoes.

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  6. Laura says

    I’ve made baked potatoes in the crock pot without the foil several times. I find that the potatoes on the bottom of the pot get a little crunchy where they touch the bottom, but we don’t mind at all. Why waste time and energy with foil (nevermind the risk)?

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  7. Diane says

    That is one of my go to ways to make potatoes. Although after I toss them in the crock I usually toss them in a little olive oil and butter. If you cook them on high the ones touching the liner will crisp up, yum.

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  8. Miki Ingram says

    I have been doing this for a couple years now and will never go back to the oven/foil way. I do however, put a little water in the bottom of the crock. Someone mentioned that the ones on the bottom get a little crunchy, this should help that, plus I remove the ones that are finished so none of them are over cooked. That can make them hard also.

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  9. Lana says

    I have found that potatoes in the crockpot without foil are so much better because they do not steam themselves inside the foil. I do however put a small piece of foil in the bottom of the crock to avoid the crunchy dark skins on the bottom.

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  10. Kristine says

    This is too funny. I just “baked” a crockpot full of potatoes on Monday. We had a baked potato bar for dinner and then I grated them for hashbrowns and put them in the freezer for a later date and time. Great minds think alike!

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  11. says

    Yes, I could have skipped reading this post when I saw the title but I love your writing so much that I kept reading anyway and enjoyed it so much! :)

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  12. Mary Beth Elderton says

    This is fantastic! I did try the foil wrapped potatoes that I had read about, but I don’t like to use any more foil than I have to. I am so glad to know that we will be having baked potatoes again…without the oven.

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  13. judy says

    Yes, you are a genius, and I have no problem with anyone who is genius enough to come up with something in the kitchen to help me. Blessings to you and your family today and always in Jesus Christ!

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  14. says

    I started doing this too a couple years ago, but I cook mine on high and it works fine too (I never seem to remember to start the crock pot in the morning). Thanks for the reminder — I currently have no AC on the kitchen level of my house and I am trying to plan our meals for next week, so baked potatoes are definitely going on the list!

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  15. Debbie says

    Yep, I have been doing this, too! It is super easy and I don’t have to heat up my house by using oven. LOVE my slow cooker!

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  16. Sheila says

    I like to drizzle a little oil on them and sprinkle some sea salt. I’ve done them on high and low (depending on time), and I’ve done sweet potatoes as well. I loved all of them.

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  17. Lisa says

    This is brilliant! The crockpot is the easiest way for us to have dinner on time when we both get home from work. You just helped us expand our weeknight meal selection!

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  18. Charlotte Moore says

    I have done this before one time for a large crowd. Haven’t thought of it in a long time. I do like the crunchy skins.

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  19. Susan Alexander says

    Genius! I usually do mine in the microwave (I know, I know!).

    Debating shoving them in the crockpot now on high for dinner in 2-2.5 hours. I guess if they didn’t full cook, I could microwave the rest of the way. :p

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  20. Joy says

    We cook potatoes this way all the time. Especially nice to have ready when coming home from church (they need to be on high to be ready after church). If you have more than one crock pot, the other could be keeping chili warm for chili-topped potatoes! YUM!

    One way that I have prevented the “crunchy” bottoms is to set a small vegetable steamer in the crock first before placing the potatoes in. Then add about an inch of water at the bottom. This keeps the potatoes moist, but doesn’t allow them to sit right in the water (making the bottoms mushy). I’m with you on wanting to minimize aluminum foil!

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  21. Sady says

    What a blessing to receive this of all days. had company coming over and volia’ DINNER! Yahweh Bless!

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  22. says

    sound wird i’ll give it try but what temp. did you put it on ?

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    Laura Reply:

    My crock pot just has a “low” and “hi” setting. I set mine to “low” for this.

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  23. Jamie says

    I’ve been doing this as well. I also “discovered” (through other bloggers, lol) that I can put potatoes on the bottom of the crock pot and a meat on top of them and a lighter veggie on top of that (like peas) and have an entire meal ready at the same time. Fyi: each item IS in foil…not all thrown together, hehe.

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  24. sage_brush says

    I’ve been doing this for over 30 years. I do, however, put crunched up foil on the bottom. It’s wonderful to have two crocks going at the same time during the busy home school years.

    For super easy mashed potatoes, bake the potatoes in the crock as usual, (with about a 1/4 c. of hot water) remove the foil, and then mash the steaming hot potatoes right in the crock with milk and butter. (Cream cheese is a nice enhancement as well) You can keep the mashed potatoes on the warm setting until you are ready to serve them.

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  25. Jess McCarthy says

    I saw your post this morning and I decided to try it out. I am so grateful!!!!!!! They came out perfect! I had filled my large crockpot to the top to use extras over the next few days. I am so grateful I did- my poor hubby came home very sick. :( I’m sure I’ll be extra busy the next few days, so it’s nice to have something done ahead of time. And I did plug in my crockpot on my deck, so I didn’t heat up the house.

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  26. says

    My mother has used this method for years,and keeps encouraging me to try it. I keep my crockpot pretty busy as it is – I think it might be time to get a second! thanks for sharing. I’m excited to finally try baked potatoes in my crockpot!

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  27. Sherri Scribner says

    Yes, I’ve tried the crock pot method and it works great. I have switched to making mine in a pressure cooker because it’s super fast! I can cook 5 to 6 regular sized potatoes in just 7 or 8 minutes. Just put an inch or so of water in the bottom, cut the potatoes in halves or thirds, and start timing when the steam starts coming out and the rocker is going. Pretty easy, and I can have a potato dinner on in less than half an hour.

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  28. says

    This was perfect timing! We went camping for a week and part of that was with friends who wanted a nicer “sit down” meal one night. I happened to have the crockpot in the camper for keeping things warm while cooking and so I threw the potatoes in there before we left for the mornings activities. When we finally got back to camp at 6:00, the other mother was trying to brainstorm ways we could keep the kids busy while we waited for the potatoes to bake over the fire. She had no idea they were already done! Thanks so much!

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  29. Cathy says

    Wow! I have not used my crockpot much – don’t know many recipes – but I love this! Anymore ideas with a crockpot?

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  30. Susan Parker says

    Hey Laura,
    Just wanted to let you know I tried the crock pot method for baked potatoes. I couldn’t believe how great they came out. I wanted to make potato salad for the upcoming days ahead, so cooked the potatoes, turned them off after the 8 hours, let the crock cool down, put the whole crock insert into the refrigerator for overnight. Next day, took out cold potatoes and cut into bite size pieces for potato salad.

    Thank you for giving me an easier way to make potatoes for my potato salad, without boiling potatoes and possibly getting too mushy.

    Susan

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  31. Esther says

    Last night my husband balled up foil and pit in bottom of crock pot. Then on top put a whole chicken some red potatoes and carrots. Cooked overnight. We have a healthy lunch. He hates the chicken too greasy is why putting all on top to keep it from cooking in it. It is wonderful.

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    Diane Johnson Reply:

    I’m going to experiment with using canning rings (the screw on part to top jars, not the flat surface)
    and spray with Pam in bottom of crock, then add chicken or whatever I don’t want to sit in
    liquid on top.
    Rings should clean easily in dishwasher.

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  32. Jean says

    To bake potatoes/sweet potatoes…..how long do you have to bake them in a crockpot and at what temp…..high or low and for how long on each temp.?

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    Laura Reply:

    Low, 6-8 hours. High, 4 hours.

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    Jean Reply:

    Thanks for the info…..gonna try it!!! Have a great day! :-)

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  33. says

    Does it matter what type of white potatoes you use? I noticed in the picture you use red potatoes, but will it take longer for say, Russet potatoes, to cook?

    Love your website BTW!

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    Debbie P. Reply:

    I’m also curious – Is it the same time for the typical “baking potatoes” that are 2 – 3 times the size of the Russet potatoes? We’ve been microwaving them as we don’t always know we’re going to eat them, but there are plenty of times we plan having them, so from now on, no more microwave!! I also wouldn’t be “baking” more than 3 or 4 at a time since it’s just 3 of us.

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    LindseyforLaura@HHM Reply:

    Same time for all potatoes!

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    LindseyforLaura@HHM Reply:

    I would think that 3 of them would cook in about the same amount of time.

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    LindseyforLaura@HHM Reply:

    Any kind of potato should work!

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  34. says

    Great idea for potatoes! I love your suggestions of adding ham and cheese to the potatoes. We are dairy free and egg free due to food allergies, but have a cheese substitute we can use. This is a great idea for a light dinner.

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  35. Linda Hayes says

    Does anyone know if this would work with spaghetti squash?

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    Kelley Morrison Reply:

    yes spaghetti squash works. I just rolled up some foil and set it on the foil whole and cooked on low while I was at work.

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  36. Jen says

    I love making potatoes in the crock pot..I figured out that after washing them, i dry them and then coat in olive oil (yep, I use my hands) and then roll in herbed or plain kosher salt. They turn out amazing and we eat them skins and all! Organic potatoes of course :)

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  37. Beth says

    Laura (post July 17, 2013)…. you and many of those who posted regarding foil-less potatoes in the crock pot are truly meal saving “lifesavers”. My husband has recently been diagnosed with diabetes (type 2) and we since then have been trying to eat the way a diabetic needs to (this goes for the entire family). So add THAT onto my parents coming for dinner this pm AND then I opened the cupboard to see that I had NO FOIL!! My oven was being taken up pork chops being baked all day!! How to I “make” these sweet potatoes without having to “doctor” them up, thus allowing each person to “fix” their own the way they want (ie: my husband the low sugar route)? I found your post and walah!! My sweet potatoes are in the slow cooker (aka: crockpot) as we speak!! Thank You once again!!!!

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  38. Debbie P. says

    Ooh, I’m FINALLY trying this today and have 4 organic big baking potatoes cleaned up and in the crockpot on low and hope to be ready for dinner when I get off of work.

    Then, it just donned on me… With the holidays coming up and the few times I have to make mashed potatoes… OH my, I could put all of my potatoes in the crockpot and let them cook all day and then make mashed potatoes when I get home?!?! And if I do half and half with skins on, should I go ahead and peel half of them before putting them in crockpot?

    Anybody tried this yet?

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  39. Kate D. says

    I’m new to crock pots and was specifically looking for a no-foil version of baked potatoes. This helps save the planet and a bit of money, too! Thanks so much.

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