Baked Potato in the Microwave

How to cook a baked potato in the microwave, the most time efficient and mess-free way to cook!

I love that I can cook a potato in no time with minimal effort and clean up. Most importantly, I don’t have to turn on my oven!

In just a few simple steps, you can cook a baked potato in the microwave.

Russet potatoes will work for this recipe, but you could use any kind of potato. There are so many kinds of delicious potatoes that you could use this technique to cook. I love purple potato, they look strange, but taste amazing!

Why Cook a Baked Potato in the Microwave?

  • It is the fastest and easiest way to cook a potato
  • There is little clean up time
  • Kids can learn how to do it too!
  • Preparation time is only 30 seconds
  • Saves energy AND time. No need to wait for the oven to heat up

Ingredients

  • 1 large potato
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • Salt and pepper

How to Cook a Baked Potato in the Microwave – Step by Step

  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, enjoy!

Keys to the Perfect Baked Potato in the Microwave

Clean your potato well before cooking it. Use cool water and scrub with your hands or a dish brush and to get off all of the dirt.

Poke holes in your potato so the steam can escape. This will prevent there from being any potato explosions in your microwave.

Make sure you potato the potato half way through cooking so it gets cooked evenly all the way around.

How to Make Potato Skin Crispy

Before microwaving, use your hands or a brush to coat your potato with olive oil and salt. This will help it crisp up as it cooks.

You can also preheat your oven to 400ºF and bake until the skin becomes crispy. Make sure you keep an eye on your potato while it is in the oven so that it doesn’t burn.

Can More Than One Potato Be Cooked in the Microwave at Once?

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 5 minutes, use tongs to flip potatoes over and continue to microwave for another 5 minutes.

After potatoes have cooked for 10 minutes total, remove from microwave and check them for doneness with a fork. Keep on microwaving the potatoes in one minute intervals until they are cooked through to your liking.

Yield: 1

How to Cook a Baked Potato in the Microwave

How to Cook a Baked Potato in the Microwave

How to cook a baked potato in the microwave in just a few simple steps! Depening on how many watts your microwave is, cook time may vary.

Prep Time 1 minute
Cook Time 8 minutes
Total Time 9 minutes

Ingredients

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

Instructions

    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, enjoy!

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