How to make perfect Microwave Baked Potato! This recipe shows you the tips and tricks for how to cook a potato in the microwave. Ready in just 10 minutes or less.
Microwave baked potatoes are such a great time saver! You don't have to wait ages for the oven to preheat and they cut the cooking time down by a LOT!
In under 10 minutes, you can have a fully cooked baked potato in the microwave. Follow my simple trick that makes them come out perfectly, every time!
It's tender all the way through and perfectly cooked.
Use a microwave to make baked potatoes using simple steps.
Wash and dry the potato, poke it for steam holes to escape, and set the time according to its size for a starch that’s ready to serve with any meal!
The trick to making sure they don't shrivel or dry out, is to cover them in wet paper towel! This creates a steam and adds moisture.
The result is perfect microwave-baked potatoes.
Why Make This Recipe
This method for baked potatoes takes just 10 minutes or less.
You can microwave one potato for a single serving, or microwave a few at once to make a hearty side dish.
Baked potatoes are a healthy starch with fiber and pair well with any meal or protein.
We use Idaho potatoes, but you can use any potatoes you enjoy if you adjust the cooking time for their size.
Ingredients & Tools
Russet Potatoes - Also known as Idaho potatoes, these are the most popular when it comes to the best potatoes to bake.
- Microwave - You’ll need a microwave to “bake” the potato which will cook it from the inside out so it stays tender and perfectly cooked.
- Paper Towels - Damp paper towels are needed to help keep the moisture on the outside of the potato so it cooks evenly.
- Microwave Safe Plate - The potatoes need to be placed on a plate that can withstand the heat in the microwave.
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How to Make a Baked Potato in the Microwave
Wondering how to make baked potatoes in the microwave? It's easy!
Just follow this step-by-step photo tutorial. Then, scroll down for the recipe card for the full ingredients list and recipe method.
Clean the potatoes: Thoroughly wash the potatoes under cold water and scrub off any excess dirt if needed.
Pierce the potato: Using a fork or a small sharp knife, poke a few holes on each side which will allow steam to escape.
Prepare the potatoes for the microwave: Place the potatoes on a microwave-safe plate, then cover with wet paper towels.
Microwave the potatoes: Set the cooking time to 5 minutes on high, then flip the potatoes on the other side using tongs. Set the timer for 5-7 minutes on high and cook until they are fork-tender through the center of the potato. Remove from the microwave with tongs and serve with your favorite toppings.
Choose potatoes that have no outside bruising or impurities. Potatoes that are all roughly the same size will cook evenly.
It’s very important to make sure you poke holes on the sides of the potatoes to make sure the steam built up has room to escape. If there are no holes poked on the outside, the potato can explode in the microwave.
When handling the potatoes after cooking, use tongs as they will be extremely hot and can cause burns from the steam.
How long to microwave a baked potato: The cooking time in this recipe is a suggestion based on 2 large russet potatoes. Adjust the time based on how big (or small) your potatoes are by testing using a fork or a toothpick for doneness.
Baked Potato Toppings
A microwaved baked potato is a great canvas for a variety of toppings. Try these ideas below!
- Sour Cream & Chives
- Cheese and Baked Beans
- Cheddar or Parmesan Cheese
- Bacon Crumbles
- Tuna salad
- Black Beans
- Mexican Ground Beef
- Salad topped with Ikea copycat Dill Mustard Sauce
Fill with your favorite baked potato toppings, such as sour cream and chives, baked beans or chili.
Storage & Freezing
Storing: Cooled baked potatoes can be stored in an airtight container for 4-5 days. Reheat using the microwave before serving.
Freezing: Whole-baked potatoes can be frozen for up to 3 months. Make sure they are completely cooled, then wrap them tightly in plastic wrap, and then a layer of aluminum foil. Place them in a freezer-safe bag. Thaw overnight in the fridge before reheating and serving.
The water in the potato vibrates in the microwave causing lots of heat, if it has nowhere to escape to, it could cause the potato to explode and become very dangerous.
1 potato for approximately 3 minutes per side
2 potatoes for approximately 4 minutes per side
3 potatoes for approximately 5 minutes per side
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We hope that you love this simple method of cooking baked potatoes in the microwave! Be sure to try these other great side dish recipes too!
Microwave Baked Potatoes
- 2 large potatoes (ideally Russet/Idaho)
- Wash the potatoes and pierce each one with a fork a few times on each side.
- Place the potatoes onto a large, microwave-safe plate and cover them with two wet paper towels.
- Cook on high for 5 minutes, then turn each one over (careful, they’ll be hot!).
- Cover again with the wet paper towels, then cook on high for a further 5-7 minutes or until they are tender right through.
- Choose potatoes that have no outside bruising or impurities. Potatoes that are all roughly the same size will cook evenly.
- It’s very important to make sure you poke holes on the sides of the potatoes to make sure the steam built up has room to escape. If there are no holes poked on the outside, the potato can explode in the microwave.
- When handling the potatoes after cooking, use tongs as they will be extremely hot and can cause burns from the steam.
- How long to microwave a baked potato: The cooking time in this recipe is a suggestion based on 2 large russet potatoes. Adjust the time based on how big (or small) your potatoes are by testing using a fork or a toothpick for doneness.
The nutritional information provided is approximate and can vary depending on several factors, so is not guaranteed to be accurate. Please see a registered dietician for special diet advice.