Keep Your Potatoes Warm After Baking With These Tips!

  • By: VidJovanovic
  • Date: October 19, 2022
  • Time to read: 6 min.

I love potatoes. But I hate when my potato dishes are cold. This is the case with baked potatoes, croquettes, hash browns and more.

So how do you keep your potatoes warm after baking them? Here are some tips for keeping your baked potatoes warm!

Key Takeaways

  • Preheat your oven to its lowest setting before you begin baking the potatoes.
  • Bake the potatoes for the full amount of time specified in your recipe.
  • Remove the potatoes from the oven and wrap them tightly in foil.
  • Place the wrapped potatoes in the oven warmly for up to 30 minutes.
  • Remove the potatoes from the oven and serve immediately.
A steaming hot potato on a cloth
Keep Your Potatoes Warm After Baking With These Tips

How To Keep Potatoes Warm After Baking?

There are several ways you can keep your potatoes warm after baking them.

  • The oven is a great place to keep your potatoes warm if it’s not in use and there’s room for them. Put the oven’s temperature on its lowest setting, open the door wide enough for you to slip in a baking sheet or two (with or without foil), and place your cooked potatoes right on top of the hot coils inside! Be sure not to forget them—you don’t want burnt spuds!
  • Another option is wrapping individual servings of baked potatoes in aluminum foil while they’re still warm. This will help retain some heat while also keeping steam from escaping through cracks in their jackets, making them soggy again soon after being unwrapped and reheated later on down the road when dinner time rolls around again that evening.

Preheat Your Oven To 200 Degrees Fahrenheit

steaming hot potato on a spoon
Preheat Your Oven To 200 Degrees Fahrenheit

Your oven must be preheated to 200 degrees Fahrenheit, simply set it for the temperature and wait until it reaches the right temperature.

You’ll know when that is because you’ll see your oven light and hear a clicking sound indicating that your heating elements have come on.

When it comes to preheating, more is better, so we recommend setting your timer for at least 15 minutes before baking any potatoes—and up to 30 if you want them extra warm.

But why do you need to preheat? There are two main reasons: firstly, as we’ve already discussed above, cooking raw potatoes in boiling water can cause them to burst or become mushy.

Place The Baked Potatoes On A Wire Rack Over A Baking Sheet And Put Them In The Oven

Like a baked potato on the rack, alone in the darkness. To keep your potato warm after baking, place it back in the oven and set the temperature to 200 degrees Fahrenheit.

Feel free to go back to doing whatever you did before you decided to bake potatoes as long as they are still hot.

Let The Potatoes Warm For 10-15 Minutes

After you’ve baked your potatoes, allow them to sit for 10-15 minutes. The time frame depends on how hot your oven heats up and how long it takes for the potatoes to bake.

If you wish to use extreme caution, keep a close eye on the temperature of your oven. You last want to burn your dinner because dinner was too warm.

If you’re still nervous about keeping your potatoes warm after baking them, wrap each potato in foil before placing them back into their little baking dish.

This method will help keep the heat inside while also allowing moisture from evaporating out through uncovered parts (as if they were just sitting uncovered).

Remove From The Oven And Serve Immediately

As soon as you remove them from the oven, pop your potatoes into a serving dish and serve immediately. Wrap them in foil if you need to keep them heated for more than 15 minutes.

This will prevent them from drying out or going soggy while they wait for their owners’ return.

To Keep The Potatoes Warm For Longer, Wrap Them In A Foil Before Placing Them On The Wire Rack

Keeping your potatoes heated longer is necessary. Wrap them in foil before placing them on the wire rack. I usually do this right after taking them out of the oven.

Then, place the wrapped potatoes back on top of another layer of foil and place them back in the oven (or wherever else you have already set up).

Let these keep baking until everything has cooled down completely, at which point you can remove it from its foil wrapper and serve.

Be Sure To Check On The Potatoes Every 30 Minutes Or So To Make Sure They Are Still Warm

The first thing to note is that potatoes can get cold quickly. You should ensure that your potatoes are still hot by checking them every 30 minutes.

If they have cooled down, put them back in the oven for another 10-15 minutes until they are warm again.

If they’re still warm after being heated up a second time, it’s safe to say you can serve them without further ado (though we recommend making some gravy, just in case).

Why Do You Need To Keep Potatoes Warm?

Staming hot potato.
Why Do You Need To Keep Potatoes Warm

You’ve just baked your potatoes and want to keep them warm for as long as possible.

You might think that the best way to do this is by simply leaving them in the oven until you’re ready to serve them, but this method only works for about an hour.

If you need your potatoes warm longer than that, there are a few options available:

  • Wrap them in foil and place them on a baking sheet at 250 degrees Fahrenheit (121 degrees Celsius). The foil will reflect heat into the potato, keeping it warm without drying out its skin.
  • Place your potatoes in an insulated bag or container with additional padding (such as towels) around it before putting it back into the oven at 250 degrees Fahrenheit (121 degrees Celsius), keeping in mind that extra insulation can cause condensation on top of delicate ingredients such as cheese or butter so make sure they are thoroughly covered before closing up any containers or bags!

How Long Will My Potatoes Stay Warm?

Potatoes will stay warm for about an hour, but if you want to keep them warm for longer, wrap them in foil. You can reheat the potatoes in the microwave if they cool down too much.


For me, the most important thing is to keep my potatoes warm. They’re so good when they’re hot, but once they cool down, all you have left is a cold potato that doesn’t taste as good.

It’s not so much about keeping them warm for long periods (though if you want them to stay warm for longer than an hour or two, this trick might come in handy).

Instead, what I like best about this method is its ability to keep them warm while allowing plenty of air circulation around each piece so that none end up getting dried out during their time in the oven.

Frequently Asked Questions

How do I keep my potatoes from getting cold after baking them?

One way to keep potatoes warm after baking them is to wrap them in foil.

Is there a way to keep my baked potatoes warm for longer?

Yes, you can microwave the potatoes if they cool down too much.

How long can I keep baked potatoes in the fridge?

Baked potatoes can be stored in the fridge for up to three days.

Can you store potatoes in the fridge or freezer?

You can store potatoes in the fridge or freezer, but in the freezer, they can be stored for longer.


Vid Jovanovic

I’m Vid Jovanovic and I’m 36 years old. I’m a teacher by profession and my passion lies in baking. I have been baking since my early teens, when my grandmother taught me how to make a simple cake that you can find in any supermarket. My passion for baking grew as I got older and I started experimenting with different ingredients and recipes.