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How to Bake a Potato in the Microwave

How to Bake a Potato in the Microwave

Are you curious about how to bake a potato in the microwave? I have strong feelings about how to make the best-baked potato, but sometimes time gets in the way.

In the heat of the summer, we don’t always want to crank up the oven. Whatever your reason, sometimes we want a baked potato super quick. 

You can cook a baked potato in the microwave and still have a tasty one. In this article, you will learn how, and it is super easy.

Fun fact: In the UK they called baked potatoes a jacket potato. So whether you call it a baked potato or a jacket potato, you can indeed cook it in the microwave.

Bake a Potato in the Microwave

Bake a Potato in the Microwave

How to Bake a Potato in the Microwave

Ingredients

  • Large baking potato
  • Olive Oil
  • Coarse salt

Instructions

  1. Wash and dry the potato.
  2. Stab holes in the potato all over.
  3. Rub it all over with olive oil.
  4. Roll the potato in coarse salt.
  5. Wrap the potato in a paper towel.
  6. Bake the potato in the microwave for 5 minutes.
  7. Use tongs or an oven mitt and rotate the potato.
  8. Bake the potato in the microwave for 3 minutes.

Notes

Note: The potato is done cooking when you can easily push a fork through it without any resistance.

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FAQ about baking potatoes in the microwave

Do you pierce potatoes before microwaving?

Yes, you need to pierce a potato before microwaving it. Doing this allows the steam that builds up during the cooking process to escape. If the potato is not pierced before cooking in the microwave, it will likely explode.

Avoid this mess by simply poking the potato with a fork multiple times before baking it.

How long to microwave a baked potato

Start by baking the potatoes in the microwave on high for 5 minutes. After the timer goes off, rotate the potato and cook for an additional 3 minutes. Check the potato, and if you can easily pierce it with a fork, it is done.

If it isn’t easily pierced cook it for another 3 minutes and check again.

How long to microwave a baked potato varies based upon the size of the potato and the wattage of the microwave.

How to reheat baked potatoes in the microwave

  1. Remove the baked potato from any packaging.
  2. Cut the baked potato in half.
  3. Wrap the baked potato halves in damp paper towels.
  4. Heat the potato halves in the microwave for 3 minutes.
  5. Use tongs or an oven mitt to remove the potato halves from the microwave

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Note: How long it will take to reheat a baked potato in the microwave will vary based upon the size of the potato and the microwave wattage. If the potato doesn’t seem thoroughly heated after 3 minutes continue heating it in 1-minute increments.

Whether your bake your potato in the oven or bake your potato in the microwave, don’t forget to add those yummy toppings. I am a fully loaded potato kind of gal.

My potatoes are always filled with loads of butter, sharp cheddar, sour cream, and chives. 

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