These crock pot baked potatoes are fluffy, easy to make and absolutely delicious. I know, I know, you wouldn’t think it, but it’s true!
Easy Crock Pot Baked Potatoes Side Dish!
Looking to whip up a quick side dish that requires minimal effort? You can never go wrong with potatoes, and if you’ve got a few Russet potatoes lying around, this one’s the perfect recipe to get started with.
Why Specifically Russet Potatoes For Baked Potatoes?
Browse through the farmer’s market or a grocery store and you’ll come across several different kinds of potatoes. Most russets (and sweet potatoes) in particular have impressive starch content and are perfect for frying and baking.
The waxy kind of potatoes (fingerling, Yukon gold, and red-skinned variants) work well for soups and salads since they hold their shape pretty well.
And then there are all-purpose potatoes- the blue and purple potatoes which are great for pretty much everything- mashing, baking, and roasting. (not to mention fun colors!!)
It is always a good idea to have your basic potato varieties cleared so that you don’t end up having a potato salad that resembles a mashed potato mixture, and a mashed potato that doesn’t seem to have the right amount of creaminess and fluffy texture to it.
Don’t ask me how I know.
Ok, moving on….
Why Make The Potatoes In The Slow Cooker?
Baked potatoes are awesome when made in the slow cooker for a few reasons:
1. They won’t heat up the kitchen by putting them in the oven to roast
2. You can ‘set them and forget them’ in the slow cooker. You become an amazing double, triple or even multitasker!
3. Use less power than working the oven for a few potatoes.
Directions For Making The Spuds
So let’s dive right into this crock pot baked potato recipe, shall we? Here’s how I made it.
- I started by coating 3 Russet potatoes in oil and seasonings.
- Pierce the potatoes all over and wrap them in foil.
- Put them in the crockpot and you’re off to the races!
- That’s it. It’s that easy!
The reason why these crock pot roasted potatoes are perfect for those who have a busy schedule is that you can put set them up in the cooker and leave for work, and find them ready once you get back home. Easy peasy right?
And yes, you can also plan meals around them- which is another plus!
What Can I Do With Leftover Potatoes?
This is part of the beauty of leftover slow-cooked baked potatoes! They’re really versatile and there’s no reason to waste the extras.
How about making some Chicken Ranch Potato Bake with the leftover potatoes? Add a bit of rotisserie chicken and you have a fantastic one-pan meal!
You could heat and then mash them up, caramelize some onions, and make this Mashed Potatoes with Caramelized Onions and Bacon! That recipe is always a hit when I make it! It’s done with the Instant Pot, but you can use the leftover mashed potatoes to make a half recipe!
Or, check out Julia’s Album. She has a fantastic recipe for Breakfast Flank Steak & Eggs with Guacamole. Replace the tortilla with leftover cubed potatoes and you have a morning breakfast worth waking up early for!!!
Tips & Tricks For Even Better Baked Potatoes
You might be confused about how many you need to make, but the beauty of this easy recipe is that even if you have leftovers, you can easily put them to good use- since they are super versatile.
You can bake up to six potatoes in the slow cooker at once time. Just keep remembering to give them a flip and rotate them once during cooking time.
When picking the potatoes, pick medium-sized, oblong-shaped potatoes. They should have no major blemishes on them, and if there are some eyes or bruises, carefully cut them out.
If the potato is soft in spots or has a smell, then discard it. It’s old and shouldn’t be used.
What about Freezing These Slow Cooker Bake Potatoes?
Yes, you sure can. After roasting them, I would keep them in their foil jackets and put them (cooled) into a freezer-safe container or plastic bag.
You can freeze them like that, and then thaw them ahead of time (overnight is perfect in the fridge).
You can reheat them in the microwave (removed from the foil jackets of course), or you can dice them up and pan-fry them for skillet potatoes! Just remember to add a bit of seasoning to the potatoes.
If you need a thickener to some soups, take a frozen potato out of the package, remove the foil jacket, microwave to thaw, and then cut or mash and add to your soup for a thickener.
Ok, so that’s about it for making Crock Pot Roasted Potatoes!! I hope that when you try this recipe you’ll give me a shout in the comments on a quick email at firstname.lastname@example.org and let me know what you thought of it!
How did you switch it up? Did you make it exactly like I did? What ideas do you have to make with the leftover baked potatoes??
Thank you so much for stopping by The Salty Pot today, and I really wish you have an excellent day today!! See you next time!
Crock Pot Baked Potatoes
A super easy and efficient way to cook/roast baked potatoes in the slow cooker! I like to season mine before they go in the pot for cooking, and after following my method, you'll want to make baked potatoes in the slow cooker every single time! (Especially when you're busy!!)
- 3 medium-sized russet potatoes (see notes)
- 1 tbsp olive oil
- 1/2 teaspoon Italian seasoning
- as desired, salt and pepper
- Wash and pat dry the potatoes. With a fork, pierce the potatoes all over.
- Place them in a bowl and drizzle the oil, seasoning and salt and pepper over them.
- With clean hands, spread the seasoning/oil mixture evenly over all the potatoes.
- Cut three sheets of aluminum foil and wrap each potato in one piece of foil.
- Place them in the slow cooker for 2-3 hours on high, or 6-8 hours on low.
- After cooking time is up, check for doneness by inserting a fork. If the fork goes in easy, the potatoes are done. If there is a lot of resistance or the fork sticks in the potato and doesn't want to come out easily, then it will need more time.
- When the potatoes are finished, remove carefully by using oven mitts and open up the foil. Slice the potato lengthwise and dress with preferred toppings.
If your potatoes are larger than a medium sized potato (about 5 ounces or so), then the cooking time may be a little longer. Please adjust your time accordingly.
Joan Martin says
So glad to find this. Our gas bill was so high, I am happy ro find ways to use my slow cooker and use solar power instead of gas.
Hi Joan! I’m happy that you like this post! I absolutely love doing potatoes this way, and you’re right, every bit helps with the gas bills. I’m thrilled that you use solar power, it’s something I’ve been wanting to take a look into!
Can you bake more than 3 at a time?
Hi Barbara! Absolutely. Just wrap each individually, and as long as you can fit the lid of the cooker on properly, it will be good to go.
Theresa Freele(Robinson) says
I’m going to try this looks yummy !
Thank you Theresa! Let me know what you thought of it! 🙂
How long does it take about
Hi Norma! When you scroll to the bottom of the post, you’ll see the recipe card. It has all the instructions and cooking times there. On high, about 3 hours, on low, about 8.
Robin Dailey says
Hello I was wondering how you could cook them without using aluminum foil . Not a fan of using foul . Any suggestions?
Hi Robin – I suppose you could cook them without the foil but I think the texture might be a bit different? If you give it a go, please let me know!
Freddie WALDEN says
very interesting gonna do it
Barb G. says
Hi, I just found your site. I don’t have a slow cooker yet, but plan on it soon. Your recipe sounded easy and great, but you didn’t say to add any liquid to the cooker so they don’t burn or ruin the cooker. Is that important?? I want to try this, but I will write it down for later use. Thanks!!!
Hi Barb! So, no, I don’t add any liquid to the slow cooker. The potatoes are wrapped in foil so it keeps the moisture that’s naturally occurring in the potato. They’re a fantastic way to make them, I hope you love the recipe!
When you make them, give me a shout at my email address and let me know what you thought! email@example.com
Louise G says
Can I do baked potatoes in the Ninja slow cooker? (My Ninja Multi Foodi only arrived last week, so I’m new to all this – so pleased I’ve found your website, as there aren’t many recipes about for the basics)
Hi Louise 🙂 So, theoretically, it should work the same. That being said, all slow cookers (slow cooker functions) can behave differently, so it’s best to just give it a go, and test how it turns out. I would do the ‘test’ on a time where you’re not counting on the potatoes – maybe the day before or something? Just so you’re not disappointed if you’re waiting too long, or they cooked too fast?
I use my slow cooker at least a few times a week but I never thought to use it to cook potatoes. Well, I will try it soon! 😀
Yay Debi, I hope you love them like I do!! 🙂
Hi Joanne I have done this several times and they come out fantastic
That’s awesome! It’s such a great way to make these potatoes!