How to Bake a Potato in the Microwave

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How to Bake a Potato in the Microwave

Ever had one of those moments that you wanted a baked potato but you don’t have the patience to set it up in an oven? The quickest solution to your craving is baking a potato in the microwave instead. Here’s how to bake a potato in a microwave for a yummy meal under ten minutes.

Tools and Ingredients

  • Potato, medium-sized. Russet potatoes are the best kind for baking.
  • Potato scrubber or a stiff bristled brush
  • Knife or fork
  • Water
  • Olive oil
  • Salt
  • Microwave
  • Sour cream, cheese, bacon bits (optional)


  1. Soak your potato in cold water for a few minutes to loosen the surface dirt. Use your brush to get rid of the ingrained dirt and the potato skin. Give the potato a final rinse under running water. Leave it to dry on paper towels.
  2. baked potato

  3. Once the potato is dry, use a fork to poke holes into the potato. Five or six strokes with the fork should be enough. Slicing an X across the potato is also acceptable. This is done because baking will expand the potato and any air trapped inside will have a way to escape and your potato will not explode.
  4. Wash your hands thoroughly before doing this step. Take some olive oil and use your hands to rub it all over the potato. Sprinkle some salt lightly afterwards. You can also rub in the salt if you wish.
  5. Place paper towels or parchment papers on top of the microwave plate. Place the potato on top of the paper towels.
  6. Place the potato in the microwave oven.
  7. If you are baking a large potato, set your microwave on High for five minutes. Medium potatoes should be also baked on High but for only four minutes. Small potatoes go on High for three minutes. However, if you have an 800 Watt microwave, multiply the recommended number of minutes by 1.5.
  8. Ideally, the microwave oven should have a turntable to cook the potato evenly. If you microwave does not, divide the baking time into three equal units of time. Once one unit is up, turn off the microwave and turn over the potato. Do this two times to have a perfectly-baked potato.
  9. Once the microwave stops baking, don’t take the potato out just yet. Let it sit for three minutes to allow the hot steam to bake the potato more fully.
  10. Some microwaves have a “Bake Potato” option, so it’s best to use that instead.
  11. Take out the potato carefully (it’s hot) and slice it open. Add sour cream, cheese and crispy bacon chips as you wish.