How to Bake a Potato in the Microwave

Have you ever had that moment when you wanted to bake a potato but you just don’t have the patience to set it up in the oven? There is a solution to that craving. There are steps on how to bake a potato in the microwave instead of the oven. Now you can enjoy your baked potato meal within less than 10 minutes!

Ingredients and Tools

  • Knife or fork
  • Microwave
  • Olive oil
  • Potato (medium-sized); Russet potatoes are the best kind for baking
  • Potato scrubber or a stiff bristled brush
  • Salt
  • Sour cream, cheese, bacon bits (optional)
  • Water

Potato in the Microwave How to Bake a Potato in the Microwave

Step 1: Soak the potato in cold water for a few minutes to allow the surface dirt to loosen. Brush the surface to get rid of the ingrained dirt and the potato skin. Finally, rinse the potato under running water and leave them to dry on paper towels.

Step 2: Poke holes into the potato when the potato is dry. Five or six strokes with the use of a fork will do the trick. You may also slice an X across the potato. This needs to be done because baking is supposed to expand the potato. Any air trapped inside the potato will cause your potato to not explode.

Step 3: Wash your hands meticulously. Rub olive oil onto the potato with the use of your hands. Sprinke some salt afterwards. Rubbing the salt onto the potato is also acceptable.

Step 4: Place paper towels or parchment papers on top of the plate of the microwave. Then put the potato on top of the paper towels.

Step 5: Close the microwave oven.

Step 6: Baking large potatoes requires setting the microwave on ‘high’ for 5 minutes. Medium should also be baked on ‘high’ but only for 4 minutes while small potatoes on ‘high’ for 3 minutes. If you have an 800 Watt microwave, multiply the numbers by 1.5.

Step 7: Microwave ovens have turntables to cook the potato evenly. If you own a microwave that does not have this, you can divide the baking time into 3 equal measures of time and for every unit, turn of the microwave and turn the potato over. Doing this 2 times will give you a perfectly-baked potato.

Step 8: When the microwave stops baking, don’t take the potato out yet. Let it sit for 3 more minutes to allow hot steam to bake the potato fully.

Step 9: When you own a microwave that has a “Bake Potato” option, it is best to use it.

Step 10: Carefully take out the potato and be reminded that it is hot. Slice it open. Add sour cream, cheese, and crispy bacon chips; however you want to enjoy it.


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