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Baked potatoes are one of the simple comforting foods everyone needs to know to to make. This microwave baked potato recipe is done in under 10 minutes and is truly soul soothing. Don’t bother turning on your oven when this microwave method is so easy! 

three baked potatoes on a grey plate.

I love having the ability to cook a potato in no time with minimal effort and clean up. Most importantly, I don’t have to turn my oven on! In a few simple steps, you can cook a perfect baked potato in the microwave. Russet potatoes are my go-to for their affordability, but any kind of potato will work! If your potato is a little smaller, keep in mind that your cooking times may be shorter. 

Why This Microwaved Baked Potato Recipe Works 

  • Preparation time is literally only 30 seconds and it doesn’t get much quicker than that! Cooking a baked potato in the microwave saves energy and time. No need to wait for the oven to heat! 
  • Clean up is minimal and cooking time is quick. It’s so easy you could teach your littles how to do it too! 

Ingredients for baked potato.
Ingredients For this Microwaved Baked Potato Recipe 

    • Large Potato 
    • Butter 
    • Salt 

How to Cook a Baked Potato in the Microwave

  1. Rinse and scrub potato
  2. Using a fork, poke potato 5-6 times to make holes for steam to escape through
  3. Place potato in a microwave safe dish and microwave on high for 5 minutes
  4. Remove from microwave, flip, and continue to microwave on high in one minute intervals until potato is cooked all the way through
  5. Remove potato from microwave, cut in half, top with butter, sprinkle with salt and pepper. 

baked potato topped with sour cream and bacon.
Clean your potato really well before cooking it. Use cool water and scrub with your hands or a dish brush to get all of the dirt off. Poke enough holes in your potato to allow steam to escape. This will prevent a potato explosion from happening inside of your microwave. 

FAQs 

Can more than one potato be cooked in the microwave? 

Yes! To cook four potatoes in the microwave, place them all in a microwave safe dish or on a plate and microwave on high for five minutes. Use tongs to flip potatoes over and continue to microwave for an additional five minutes. After the potatoes have cooked for 10 minutes total, remove from the microwave and check them for doneness with a fork. Keep microwaving the potatoes minute intervals until they are cooked through to your liking. 

three loaded baked potatoes with sour cream, green onions, and bacon on a grey plate.
How to make potato skin crispy? 

Before microwaving, use your hands or a brush to coat the potato with olive and salt. This will help it crisp up as it cooks, but keep in mind that microwaves are a bit like steamers, so the end result won’t be super crispy. You can also preheat your oven to 400F and bake until he skin becomes crispy. Make sure to keep an eye on your potato while it’s in the oven so it doesn’t burn. 

three baked potatoes on a grey plate.

Baked Potato in the Microwave

Baked potatoes are one of the simple comforting foods everyone needs to know to to make. This microwave baked potato recipe is done in under 10 minutes and is truly soul soothing. Don't bother turning on your oven when this microwave method is so easy!
Prep Time 1 min
Cook Time 8 mins
Total Time 9 mins
Course dinner, lunch, Side Dish, sides, Snack
Cuisine American
Servings 1
Calories 369 kcal

Ingredients
  

  • 1 russet potato large
  • 2 tbsp butter
  • salt and pepper

Instructions
 

  • Rinse and scrub potato
  • Using a fork, poke potato 5-6 times to make holes for steam to escape through
  • Place potato in a microwave safe dish and microwave on high for 5 minutes
  • Remove from microwave, flip, and continue to microwave on high in one minute intervals until potato is cooked all the way through
  • Remove potato from microwave, cut in half, top with butter, sprinkle with salt and pepper, enjoy!

Nutrition

Serving: 1gCalories: 369kcalCarbohydrates: 39gProtein: 5gFat: 23gSaturated Fat: 14gTrans Fat: 1gCholesterol: 60mgSodium: 211mgPotassium: 895mgFiber: 3gSugar: 1gVitamin A: 702IUVitamin C: 12mgCalcium: 34mgIron: 2mg
Keyword baked potato, creamy mashed potatoes, Easy Recipe, microwave, microwave potatoes, Microwave Recipes
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