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Slow-Cooker Baked Potatoes

These slow-cooker baked potatoes are so easy—just add your favorite toppings. Save any extra potatoes to make baked potato soup the next day. —Teresa Emrick, Tipp City, Ohio
  • Total Time
    Prep: 10 min. Cook: 8 hours
  • Makes
    6 potatoes


  • 6 medium russet potatoes
  • 3 tablespoons butter, softened
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 cup water
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • Optional: Sour cream, butter, crumbled bacon, minced chives, guacamole, shredded cheddar cheese and minced fresh cilantro


  • Scrub potatoes; pierce each several times with a fork. In a small bowl, mix butter and garlic. Rub potatoes with butter mixture. Wrap each tightly with a piece of foil.
  • Pour water into a 6-qt. slow cooker; add potatoes. Cook, covered, on low 8-10 hours or until tender. Season and top as desired.

Test Kitchen tips
  • Serve the potatoes right in the foil packets to get the most out of the garlic butter.
  • This is an easy way to make potatoes for a baked potato bar at the office.

  • Health Tip: Skip the high-calorie sour cream and try a dollop of fat-free Greek yogurt instead. (Don’t forget to add a sprinkle of chives.)
    Nutrition Facts
    1 potato: 217 calories, 6g fat (4g saturated fat), 15mg cholesterol, 59mg sodium, 38g carbohydrate (2g sugars, 5g fiber), 5g protein.

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    • Sherry
      Sep 26, 2020


    • Cal
      Sep 26, 2020

      "8-10 hrs" What!? What!? I guess Jackie didn't have a microwave back then. ?? "Scrub potatoes; pierce each several times with a fork..." & nuke for 4-5 min per potato. Add garlic butter, sour cream, etc. Life is too short. Enjoy. ??

    • Kathleen
      Feb 10, 2020

      Two things that cannot go together: "baked" and "slow-cooker". Like others, I quite agree that in a slow cooker, or in foil, potatoes are steamed. Ok if you like them that way, but as an Idaho girl, they are not baked.

    • tkuehl
      Dec 10, 2019

      When I need a lot of baked potatoes without the fuss, I cook them in a slow cooker. I do not use water however, I either season and wrap in foil, or just season and place in crockpot/slow cooker. This a great way to bake potatoes for a potato salad.

    • Elaine
      Sep 29, 2019

      These are NOT baked potatoes, just as soonrzfan stated on July 6. Whenever a potato (or anything else for that matter) is wrapped in foil and cooked, even if done so in the oven, the item is "steamed", not BAKED.

    • jackie
      Sep 29, 2019

      These were awful... Nothing can beat a good crispy skinned baked potato. Yuk, steamed??

    • Sarah
      Sep 12, 2019

      1 cup was not enough water.

    • soonrzfan
      Jul 6, 2019

      This sounds more like steamed potatoes instead of baked.

    • jenrecipes
      Dec 17, 2018

      This was such an easy recipe to make and come home to after a busy day. My kids, even my picky eater, loved it.

    • gaylene2
      Dec 13, 2018

      It takes a while but it is a nice way to free your oven when you want baked potatoes as part of your meal. I would do at least ten hours in the crackpot because eight wasn't quite enough for us. The potatoes weren't quite done. I didn't have fresh garlic so I just mixed garlic salt with the butter and it worked fine. It is more a utilitarian recipe than one for some great new flavor. And it works if you plan ahead!