How To Bake A Potato In The Microwave: Baked Potato Recipe

If you want a yummy taste of a baked potato but you don’t have time or patience to cook it in the oven, try the easiest and the quickest way – try the microwave and you will have a fluffy and deliciously baked potato in 15 minutes. Learn how to bake a potato in the microwave by following our instructions.

Listed below are all of the needed ingredients:

  • 1 large potato
  • 1 tablespoon butter or margarine
  • Salt
  • Pepper to taste

Step by step to a crispy potato

Step 1: First of all, choose the right potato. The perfect kind for baked potato microwave is the Russet potato also called Idaho baking potato or you can use yellow potato.

Step 2: The next step is to wash your potato. If you are planning on eating the skin it is important to wash the potato under running water. You can also use a scrubbing brush if you have one.

Step 3: After washing, dry the potato with a paper towel.

Step 4: Seasoning. Rub your potato with butter or margarine and then season with salt and pepper to taste and in order to give the potato a crispy skin.

Step 5: In order to avoid your potato to explode in the microwave it’s really important to prick the potato with a fork. In that way, it will allow the steam to escape. Aim to prick the potato three or four times on each area.

Step 6: Before placing your potato in the microwave, our advice is to wrap it in wet paper towel for the reason that it will prevent the potato from shrinking and will keep it moist and with softer skin. To finish the process, place potato in a microwavable platter and put it in the microwave.

Cooking in a microwave oven

Microwave ovens do not need to be pre-heated for the cooking. The answer on how to make a baked potato in the microwave is to press the button for cooking a potato or leave potato in the microwave oven for about 7 to 12 minutes for large potato.

For beginning, put the potato in the microwave oven for 4 minutes only. Then take it out and turn it over so that both sides cook evenly and put it back to cook the potato fully.   

Ready to serve

First check if the potato is fully cooked by sticking a fork. After the potato is ready let it rest for 5 minutes. Wrap it in aluminum foil in order to speed the process in becoming fluffy on the inside and this will also help in keeping the potato warm.

You should know that the key to a great and perfectly baked potato in microwave is to make a thin wedge in the potato lengthwise. This will also result in a fluffy and dry potato.

In order to achieve a more complete meal, garnish the potato with your favorite toppings and serve. Enjoy your dish!