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How to Cook a Potato in the Microwave

Updated on July 19, 2013

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Microwaved potatoe with butter and sour cream
Microwaved potatoe with butter and sour cream

Microwave Potatoes Taste Great

While I prefer oven baked potatoes, sometimes I don't have the 45 minutes it takes to cook them in the oven. So, when we are doing a quick simple dinner, I'll cook potatoes in the microwave. They're one of the best foods to cook in the microwave, although the skin will never come out crispy.

It's really easy to cook a potato in the microwave and it has a really similar taste as a oven-baked potato. Here is the recipe.

Cook Time for Microwaved Potato

Cook time: 6 min
Ready in: 6 min
Yields: one medium pototato serves one person

Microwave Potato Ingredients

  • 1 potaoto, medium sized russet
  • 1 tablespoon butter, optional
  • 1 tablespoon sourcream, optional
  • 1 teaspoon chives, optional
  • 1 teaspoon bacon bits, optional
Uncooked, but washed potatoes
Uncooked, but washed potatoes

Instructions for a Microwave Baked Potato

  1. Get a Russet potato and clean it. Scrub the outside of the potato under some running cold water and get it clean. So clean that there won't be any dirt on it if you decide to eat the skin.
  2. Place the potato on a plate and poke holes in it with a fork. I usually poke about three sets of holes with my fork. This will allow steam to escape as the potato cooks. If a potato is left un-poked, the steam can build up and rupture the potato, so be sure to poke holes in it.
  3. Place the potato in the microwave and cook it in two minute increments. A medium sized potato takes about six minutes and a large potato may take up to ten minutes. When you cook it in two minute increments, you can check it after the four minute mark. If a fork goes in easily, the potato is done. If you're cooking several potatoes at once, just add two minutes to each interval per potato.
  4. When the potatoes are done cooking, they will be very hot. Place them on a plate and let them sit for a couple of minutes before serving.
  5. Add toppings to your potatoes. My favorites are butter, sour cream, milk, chives and bacon.
Holes poked in potato with fork
Holes poked in potato with fork


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      5 years ago

      I like this site so much, saved to bookmarks.

      recipe for mashed sweet potatoes

    • katrinasui profile image


      7 years ago

      WOW! this is a beautiful way to cook potatoes.

    • Christene profile image


      7 years ago from Massachusetts

      I do this all the time! I can't cook *at all* so I couldn't live without a microwave.

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      7 years ago from Seeking Salvation

      Sorry but I am not a fan of the microwave either. Good hub for those who use them though

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      Hello, hello, 

      7 years ago from London, UK

      Sorry,Paul, but I no fan of Microwave.

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      L M Reid 

      7 years ago from Ireland

      Sounds very easy and quick I will give it a try

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      7 years ago from Manila, Philippines

      Maybe I can try that with a camote. Camote is our counterpart to potato. It strongly resembles a potato and is a very healthy food for us, Filipinos. Thanks a lot. May God bless you always.

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      7 years ago from United States

      I know this way is simple and quick. Great hub!

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      Simone Haruko Smith 

      7 years ago from San Francisco

      Hmm... you know, I've never tried this before. I've always just steamed them! I'll have to have a go at nuking them instead. Thanks for the guide!

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      Cheryl LeKane 

      7 years ago

      Thank you Paul! This has always been one on my favorite dinners with sour cream!

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      7 years ago

      I was a big fan of microwaved potatoes but didn't have a microwave for a long time (by choice). My son insisted we get one, so now we do. I didn't miss the microwave at all aside from my favorite potatoe snack (refuse to cook in oven--takes toooo long). You can make it healthy and add broccoli and low fat sour cream or low fat cheddar etc. QB (warning: it heats unevenly on the inside and hisses as it cooks like a lobster--gross.)

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      7 years ago from india

      Am going to try this

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      Paula Atwell 

      7 years ago from Cleveland, OH

      Paul, this is a great snack idea for ever hungry teens. Healthy, fills them up, and they can do it themselves. :)


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