How to Microwave Baking Potatoes

Looking for a quick and easy way to make baked potatoes? Look no further than your microwave! In just a few minutes, you can have perfectly cooked potatoes that are ready for toppings. Here’s how to do it.

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Prepping the Potatoes

Using a sharp knife, pierce the potatoes several times then place them in the microwave. If you are microwaving more than two potatoes, make sure to space them out evenly on the plate. If you are only microwaving one potato, place it in the center of the plate. Cover the potatoes with a damp paper towel then microwave on high for four minutes.

Wash the potatoes

The first step is to wash the potatoes under running water. You want to make sure that all the dirt and debris are off of the potatoes before you start cooking them.

Once they are clean, you will want to dry them off with a clean towel or paper towel. If they are too wet, they will not cook evenly in the microwave.

Pierce the potatoes

Pierce each potato two or three times with a fork. Do not use a knife, as this may cause the potatoes to explode in the microwave.

Place the potatoes in the microwave on a plate or in a microwave-safe dish. If you are cooking more than two potatoes, make sure they are not touching each other, as this will prevent them from cooking evenly.

Cook the potatoes on high for four to six minutes per potato. Use caution when removing them from the microwave, as they will be very hot. Let them cool for a minute or two before serving.

Microwaving the Potatoes

Before you can microwave your baking potatoes, you need to properly clean and prepare them. This will ensure that your potatoes are cooked evenly and thoroughly. First, wash your potatoes with warm water and a vegetable brush to remove any dirt or debris. Next, cut the potatoes into even-sized pieces so that they cook evenly. If you’re in a hurry, you can leave the potatoes whole. Just be sure to increase the cooking time by a few minutes.

Place the potatoes on a microwave-safe plate

Place the potatoes on a microwave-safe plate. If you are cooking multiple potatoes, make sure they are not touching each other. Cook the potatoes on high power for five minutes. Turn the potatoes over and cook for an additional five minutes. Check the potatoes to see if they are done by inserting a fork into the center of each one. If the potatoes are still hard, cook them in one-minute increments until they are done.

Microwave the potatoes on high for 4-5 minutes

Place the potatoes on a plate and microwave them on high for 4-5 minutes, until they arefork-tender. Pierce each potato several times with a fork before microwaving,to help released the steam as they cook.

Baking the Potatoes

For this recipe, you will need: potatoes, a microwave-safe baking dish or bowl, olive oil, salt, and black pepper. First, wash your potatoes and then slice them in half length-wise. Next, Drizzle olive oil and sprinkle salt and black pepper over the potatoes. Gently toss to coat.

Preheat the oven to 400 degrees

How long to microwave potatoes?
For one medium potato, cook on HIGH power for 5-6 minutes. For two medium potatoes, cook on HIGH power for 10-11 minutes. For four potatoes, cook on HIGH power for 15-18 minutes… and so on.

Place the potatoes on a baking sheet

Preheat oven to 375°F. Pierce potatoes several times with a fork. Place on baking sheet and bake for 45 to 60 minutes or until tender when pierced with a knife.

Bake the potatoes for 20-25 minutes

Bake the potatoes for 20-25 minutes on HIGH, or until they are tender when pierced with a knife. If you are baking more than four potatoes at one time, increase the cooking time to 30 minutes. Depending on the size and number of potatoes that you are baking, you may need to cook them a little longer.

Once they are done, remove them from the microwave oven and let them sit for a couple of minutes before serving. This will give the potatoes time to cool slightly and will also allow the centers to finish cooking.


Wash your potatoes and slice them in half length-wise. Place the potatoes in a microwave-safe dish, cut-side down. Add 1/4 cup of water to the dish and cover with a microwave-safe lid or plastic wrap. Microwave on high for 5 minutes, or until the potatoes are tender. Enjoy!

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