How to cook a baked potato in the microwave is quick and easy. It only takes minutes and the results are amazing! Baking a potato in the microwave saves so much time.

Did you know that you can make a microwave baked potato? Don't heat up your kitchen and still enjoy delicious baked potatoes in minutes! Learn how to cook a baked potato in the microwave. Once you know how to bake a potato in the microwave, it is so simple and easy! Try this for a quick side dish or meal idea!
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Microwave Baked Potato:

When I discovered how easy it is to make a bake potato in the microwave, my life changed. I love bake potatoes but I am glad that I can skip the process of heating up the oven just to make one.

Baking a potato in the microwave is the perfect solution when you want to enjoy a delicious baked potato without all the work. This easy microwave potato recipe is the perfect solution.

Whether it is really hot outside or you are craving for a potato now, you are going to love how easy and delicious this microwaved baked potato really is.

Close up image of bake potato with cheese chives and bacon.

Dinner made easy!

It takes no effort, you don’t have to heat up your kitchen, and you don’t have to wait over an hour for your potatoes to be done. A single potato could be ready in under 5 minutes.

Potatoes can eaten as a quick lunch or as a side to any meal. They can also be topped with so many different toppings.

Twice Baked Potatoes are so simple and make the perfect side dish. Enjoy this delicious microwave sweet potato recipe in just 5 minutes.

Close up image of two bake potatoes with cheese, chives and bacon.

Potato Bar:

Have you ever done a potato bar? This is the perfect meal idea to feed big crowds. We love doing this when we have friends over for the big game.

You can have your potatoes done and have your toppings set out so everyone can fix their own.

  • Cheese
  • Onion
  • Butter
  • Green Onions
  • Sour Cream
  • Hot Sauce

Topping Ideas:

Besides the normal toppings, we also have had meat toppings.

This is a great way to use up leftovers if you have roast or brisket from a previous meal. It becomes another meal and everyone will rave how easy the meal it was to put together.

Close up image of 4 large potatoes on a paper towel in the microwave.

How long to microwave a bake potato: 

Just keep in mind if you have smaller or larger potatoes, you may need to adjust the cooking time. This is minutes per side.

  • 1 Potato – 3-4 minutes
  • 2 Potatoes – 4-5 minutes
  • 3 Potatoes – 5-6 minutes
Close up image of a bake potatoe with cheese chives and bacon.

Ingredients you need to make Microwave Potato:

  • Russet Potatoes
  • A Microwave
  • Toppings you want for you baked potatoes
  • Salt and pepper to taste.

How long to make a Baked Potato in the microwave:

  1. Wash potato skin thoroughly. It’s optional but you can also coat with a little olive oil and seasoned with salt. This helps to crispy the skin.
  2. Poke the potato with a fork a few times for the steam to escape.
  3. Place the potatoes in the microwave. No container needed. I put them on a paper towel or a microwave safe plate, but you don’t have to.
  4. Cook on high for about 10 -15 minutes. It depends on how many potatoes you are cooking.
  5. Flip each potato 1 times each side and continue to cook.
  6. Cook for additional 10 minutes.
  7. Each baked potato should feel soft to touch when they are done. We felt like 20 minutes was plenty with the 4 big ones we had. You may need to increase or decrease time a little depending on how many potatoes you are cooking.

Note these microwaved baked potatoes are really hot so I like to use oven mitts when handling the potatoes. You can wrap in plastic wrap if not eating right away. Just make sure to use microwave safe material if putting something in the microwave.

Close up image of two bake potatoes with cheese and chives.

Crockpot Potatoes:

Microwave baked potatoes are really that easy! I think it is the perfect baked potato.

Did you know that you you can also make “baked” potatoes in the crockpot – they are just as delicious and won’t heat up your kitchen. This is also perfect when you want to enjoy baked potatoes without heating up your kitchen in the summer time.

Speaking of baked potatoes, check out my post 10 Ways to use Leftover Baked Potatoes. Make extras tonight and use them to make other great dinners.

Did you know that you can make a microwave baked potato? Don't heat up your kitchen and still enjoy delicious baked potatoes in minutes! Learn how to cook a baked potato in the microwave. Once you know how to bake a potato in the microwave, it is so simple and easy! Try this for a quick side dish or meal idea!

Perfect Potatoes every time:

Bake Potatoes can make the perfect meal. Throw in a simple side salad and you have a great meal!

I have this for lunch all the time. It’s such a filling meal and really quick and easy. It’s also very inexpensive to make baked potatoes.

We love to top the potatoes with butter, sour cream and a little salt and pepper. They are also good with chives and crumbled bacon. 

Print Microwave Baked potatoes recipe below:

Easy to make Microwave Baked Potatoes

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Did you know that you can make a microwave baked potato? Don’t heat up your kitchen and still enjoy delicious baked potatoes in minutes! Learn how to cook a baked potato in the microwave. Once you know how to bake a potato in the microwave, it is so simple and easy! Try this for a quick side dish or meal idea!
Prep Time 2 mins
Cook Time 20 mins
Total Time 22 mins
Servings 4
Cuisine American
Course Side Dish
Calories 168
Author Carrie Barnard

Ingredients

  • 4 Russet Potatoes (you could buy baking potatoes for the bigger ones if you want)
  • a microwave
  • any toppings you want for you baked potatoes

Instructions

  • Wash potatoes thoroughly.
  • Poke them with a fork a few times (this is optional, but makes me feel better) 😉
  • Place in the microwave – no container needed. I put them on a paper towel, but you don’t have to.
  • Cook on high for about 10 minutes.
  • Flip each potato (careful it will be hot)
  • Cook on high for another 10 minutes.
  • They should feel soft to touch when they are done. 20 minutes was plenty with 4 big ones we had. You may need to increase or decrease time a little depending on how many potatoes you are cooking.

Recipe Notes

Baked potatoes are the easiest meal idea! Pair with a salad or fill your potato with a meat dish, and you have your entire course. Delicious and extremely budget friendly.

Nutrition Facts

Serving 4g, Calories 168kcal, Carbohydrates 38g, Protein 4g, Sodium 10mg, Potassium 888mg, Fiber 2g, Sugar 1g, Vitamin C 12.1mg, Calcium 28mg, Iron 1.8mg

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  1. I never knew people actually baked potatoes in the oven until I was an adult. We have always baked them in the microwave. A tip that works well is to wrap them in saran wrap and then poke the fork holes. This seems to help them cook without drying out.

  2. This recipe is for a microwave baked potato so the nutritional information is for a baked potato which includes saturated fat. Thank you.