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Microwave Baked Potato

Microwave Baked Potato

Jennie Duncan
Baked potatoes are a classic dinner side dish and can be turned into the main dish themselves!  This recipe for Microwave Baked Potatoes will give you the perfectly cooked and fluffy baked potato in a fraction of the time the oven takes.
Prep Time 3 mins
Cook Time 8 mins
Course Potatoes, Side Dish
Cuisine American, Baked, Potato
Servings 1
Calories 168 kcal


  • 1 medium russet potato

Optional for Serving

  • Butter
  • Salt
  • Pepper


  • Wash potato then use a fork to prick your potato several times.
  • Place prepared potato on a microwave-safe plate and place into the microwave.
  • Cook 1 potato for 4 minutes on each side for a total of 8 minutes.
    Cook 2 potatoes for 5 minutes on each side for a total of 10 minutes.
    Cook 3 potatoes for 6 minutes on each side for a total of 12 minutes.
  • Carefully remove potatoes from the microwave. The plate and potatoes will be very hot.
  • Slice potato down the middle serve with butter and season with salt and pepper.


Cooking Tip: You may need to use an oven mitt when removing these from the microwave.
What are the best potatoes for Baked Potatoes?
Russet potatoes, also known as Idaho potatoes or baking potatoes, are the best for baking.
The best Russet potatoes are ones that are evenly shaped and firm. Ones with a lot of eyes growing or spot spots are not good to use.
Will a microwaved bake potato have crispy skin?
One drawback to microwaving baked potatoes is that the skin does not get crispy as a baked potato in the oven would. While the inside will be soft and fluffy, you can easily crisp up the skin with just a little extra time.
To crisp the skin of a microwaved baked potato, follow these steps.
  1. Heat oven to 425 degrees.
  2. Using a cooking brush, brush oil over the skin of the potato.
  3. Bake in the oven for 10 minutes to get the skin crispy.


Serving: 1gCalories: 168kcalCarbohydrates: 38gProtein: 5gFat: 1gSaturated Fat: 1gSodium: 11mgPotassium: 888mgFiber: 3gSugar: 1gVitamin A: 2IUVitamin C: 12mgCalcium: 28mgIron: 2mg
Keyword Baked Potato Recipe, Microwave Baked Potato
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