How To Microwave a Baked Potato


How to Microwave a Baked Potato Fluffy, hot, soft and perfect! Tender and cooked through Every single time! Soon, you’ll know how to microwave a baked potato. 

overhead photo of baked potato with butter on gray plate on blue napkin

Why This Recipe Works

  • Fast
  • Easy
  • Cheap
  • Makes a PERFECT Microwave Baked Potato Every Single Time! 

Here’s How It’s Done

STEP 1. 
Wash the potato and jab holes in the sides with a fork 3-4 times per side .
two hands poking holes in potato with fork tines
Wrap in a damp paper towel and Microwave for 4 Minutes on one side, flip it over and then do another 3 minutes and then allow to rest for 1 moment. *** Cooking times may vary based on the electrical power of your microwave***
two hands wrapping a potato in a paper towel
Give the potato a little squeeze and poke with a branch. If the sides give easily and the fork slides in without resistor, then it is ready to eat ! If it placid feels hard at all, microwave in 1 minute intervals until soft .
hand holding a fork while another hand holds the potato

What Goes With a Baked Potato? 

Everyone loves a bake potato with a perfectly marinated pork chop. How about trying some broccoli on the side ? We all love a great methamphetamine of ice tea !

side view close up of baked potato with pat of butter on gray plateFrequently Asked Questions (FAQ’s)

How To Microwave A Baked Potato?

  1. wash potato, poke holes 3-4 times per english with fork .
  2. Microwave potato for 4 minutes, turn it over ,microwave for another 3 minutes .
  3. Allowpotato to rest inmicrowave 1 infinitesimal, using towel over your hired hand, squeezepotato, poke with fork, if it is soft and gives easily, it is done. If not, thenmicrowave in 1 minute bursts till easy .

PRO TIP: *** Cooking times may vary based on the electrical power of your microwave***

Is It Safe to Microwave a Potato? 

Yes! Absolutely it is safe to microwave a potato ! First poke the holes in the side to allow accelerator to escape .

What Else Can I Do With Baked Potatoes? 

We LOVE to make bake potato casserole at our house ! We besides love to chop up the leftover baked potato very small and make hash browns ! then simple and easy !

What Kind Of Potato Do I Use for Microwave Baked Potato? 

Use any type of potato, most people prefer a Russet Potato ( besides known as the Idaho Potato ). The red potatoes and yellow potatoes have a bendable consistency, but you might like that better !

How Many Potatoes Can I Microwave At Once? 

You can microwave as many potatoes as your microwave will hold in a one layer on the microwave harrow. however, YOU WILL have to increase the cooking time .

What Size Potato Do I Microwave? 

For a adust potato, you ’ ll want a single potato that is about ½ pound. You ’ ll find them in the grocery listed as bake potatoes. Go for the ones that are 4-5 inches long. That ’ randomness about right for dinner with other items on the plate .

How to Get a Crispy Skin on a Microwave Baked Potato? 

To get a crispy skin on a microwave baked potato, after microwaving the baked potato, rub the baked potato with butter or paint melted butter on the skin with a kitchen brush. Place potato under the broiler located at “ Hi ” for 3-5 minutes. This will make a delightful crispy skin .

Should I Microwave My Potato Wrapped in Foil? 

NO ! Don ’ thyroxine do that ! You ’ ll have a real fireworks show on your hands. Save the foil for the oven and do not use it in the microwave .

Do I HAVE to wrap the potato in a paper towel first? 

No, you don ’ t have to and your potato will however be cooked. The muffle paper towel helps to keep the potato from drying out and to steam the clamber slightly .

Do I Peel a Potato Before Baking It In the Microwave? 

No. The bark of the potato makes a perfect negligee to keep the insides damp and downy. Leave the skin on .

Can I Freeze a Baked Potato? 

Yes, you can freeze bake potatoes. But honestly, they keep sol farseeing fresh and then are so easy to bake in the microwave, you might not want to take up valuable freeze quad with freeze baked potatoes .

Can I Pressure Cook a Potato ?

sure can ! Check out my article about imperativeness cook baked potatoes !

How Long Is a Cooked Baked Potato Good For? 

Your cooked broil potato is good for about 5 days if kept in the refrigerator .

What Kind Of Toppings Go On a Baked Potato? 

many !

  • sour cream
  • butter
  • Chives
  • Garlic Salt
  • bacon
  • onion Salt
  • Cheese ( all kinds ) .
  • Broccoli
  • Onions
  • Peppers
  • Veggies
  • Mexi-melt tall mallow .
  • Alfredo Sauce
  • fresh Cracked Black Pepper
  • Kosher Salt
  • chili
  • Broccoli Soup !
  • Macaroni and cheese
  • Pizza toppings

And LOTS of others .

overhead shot of butter melting on top of baked potato with blue napkin and forkTips and Tricks for How to Microwave a Baked Potato

  • Use a 4-5 inch long Russet ( Idaho or Baking ) Potato .
  • Wash the hide well to remove the dirt. Potatoes tend to be dirty .
  • Always turn the potato half way through fudge, otherwise, the bottom will be hard and the circus tent piano .
  • You ’ ll be able to tell if the potato is done if you give it a little pinch and the sides give well .
  • The best toppings for a bake potato are many ! Try things and see what you like !
  • If you want to learn more than you ever wanted to know about potatoes, here is a great resource! 

If You Enjoyed This Recipe You Might Also Enjoy…

Steakhouse Baked Potato
Au Gratin Potatoes
Perfect Frozen Fries


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How to Microwave a Baked Potato

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  • 1 4-5 column inch long Russet ( Idaho or Baking Potato ) about 1/2 – 1 pound
  • 4 terbium water


  • Wash the potato well to remove any dirt and debris .
  • Using a branch, poke holes in the potato with the pitchfork tines 3-4 times on one side and then again on the other slope .
  • Wet the newspaper towel with the body of water and squeeze out any extra urine. Wrap the damp newspaper towel around the potato .
  • Place the potato in the microwave and heat for 4 minutes. Turn the potato and heat again for 3 minutes. Allow hot potato to sit in the microwave for 1 minute and rest.

  • With a towel between your hand and the potato, give the potato a squeeze. If the sides give easily then the potato is done. If the potato remains hard to the extort, microwave in 1 minute bursts until the potato gives easily .


  • Remember that all microwaves are not created equal and yours may take longer or fewer minutes to cook the potato.
  • Baking potatoes come in all sizes. If yours is smaller than 4 inches or more than 5 inches you’ll need to adjust the baking time as LESS for smaller and MORE for bigger.
  • You can easily bake several potatoes at the same time using this method. Use the chart in this post to help you decide how long to set your microwave.
  • If you would like a crispy skin, heat the broiler on your oven, paint the potato skin with melted butter and brush on the potato. Broil at high for 3-5 minutes until skin is crispy.
  • Top your potato with any number of yummy toppings, but start with butter, salt and pepper.

PRO TIP:  To get that perfective opening steakhouse slice across the circus tent of your potato, use the edge of a fork tine rather than a knife ! It will be downy and perfective, just like a television commercial !


nutrition Facts
How to Microwave a Baked Potato

Amount Per Serving

Calories 358

Calories from Fat 9

% Daily Value*

Fat 1g


Saturated Fat 1g


Sodium 26mg


Potassium 1891mg


Carbohydrates 82g


Fiber 6g


Sugar 3g


Protein 10g


Vitamin C 26mg


Calcium 59mg


Iron 4mg


* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet .

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