How to Cook Baking Potatoes in the Microwave

New to cooking? Don’t worry, we’ll show you how to cook baking potatoes in the microwave. This is a quick and easy recipe that anyone can follow.

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Prepping the potatoes

The first step is to wash the potatoes thoroughly. Any dirt or residue on the skin can transfer into the flesh of the potato while it cooks.Use a clean kitchen towel to dry the potatoes before you begin prepping them for the microwave.

Scrub the potatoes

Before you prep the potatoes, scrub them clean with a stiff brush to remove any dirt or residue. Place the potatoes in a single layer on a microwavable safe plate or tray, and make sure they’re not touching each other. Cook the potatoes on high power for 4 to 5 minutes per potato.

Once they’re done cooking, let the potatoes cool for a few minutes before handling them. They’ll be hot! Cut the potatoes open lengthwise, and scoop out the insides into a bowl.

You can now add your favorite toppings to the potatoes and enjoy!

Poke holes in the potatoes

The first step to prepping your potatoes is to poke holes in them. This allows the steam to escape while they cook so they don’t explode. Use a fork to poke 4-5 holes in each potato.

Then, place the potatoes on a microwave-safe plate and microwave them for 5 minutes. Flip them over and cook for another 5 minutes.

Once they’re done, let them cool for a few minutes before handling them. Cut them in half and scoop out the insides, being careful not to puncture the skin.

Cooking the potatoes

Wash the potatoes thoroughly. If you are using unpeeled potatoes, then you should scrub them with a brush to remove any dirt. Cut the potatoes into small pieces so that they can cook evenly. If you are using larger potatoes, then you should cut them into about 8 pieces.

Place the potatoes on a plate

Place the potatoes on a plate and microwave them for 5 minutes on each side, or until they are soft to the touch.

Microwave the potatoes for 4-5 minutes

Place the potatoes on a microwave-safe plate and cook for 4-5 minutes, or until they are tender all the way through. You may need to adjust the cooking time depending on the size and number of potatoes you are cooking. Serve immediately.

Remove the potatoes from the microwave

Allowing the potatoes to sit in the microwave for a few minutes before removing them will give them time to finish cooking. Use a hot pad or oven mitt to remove the dish from the microwave, and set it on a heat-resistant surface. Let the potatoes sit in the dish for two to three minutes before serving.

Finishing the dish

Baking potatoes are one of the most versatile vegetables. You can bake them, fry them, or even microwave them. In this article, we’ll show you how to cook baking potatoes in the microwave. We’ll also give you some tips on how to finish the dish.

Add your toppings of choice

Once your potatoes are cooked, add your toppings of choice. You can go traditional and add butter, sour cream, and chives, or get creative and add cheese, bacon, or barbecue sauce. The possibilities are endless! Just make sure not to overdo it on the toppings, or you’ll end up with a soggy mess.


Your potatoes are done when they’re tender all the way through—use a fork to pierce them and see if they offer any resistance. If the skin feels tough, give them a few more minutes. Once they’re done, take them out of the microwave and let them sit for a minute or two while you preheat your oven to 400°F.

Cut each potato lengthwise, then crisscross the slices two or three times so they fan out. Use a fork to fluff up the inside of each potato, then transfer them to a baking sheet and brush the tops with melted butter (or olive oil, if you’re looking to cut back on saturated fat). Sprinkle each one with a little salt and pepper, then bake in the oven until the tops are golden brown and crispy, about 15 minutes. Serve hot, topped with your favorite fixings.

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