Microwave-Baked Potatoes

Microwaving potatoes is a quick and easy cooking method on a busy night. If you’d like to use a conventional oven, an air fryer, or an instant pot, check out potato baking basics from the Idaho Potato Commission here.

Microwave Baked Potatoes

If you’d like to use a conventional oven, an air fryer, or an instant pot, check out potato baking basics from the Idaho Potato Commission here. (https://idahopotato.com/recipes/baked-potato)
Print Recipe
Prep Time5 minutes
Cook Time20 minutes
Servings1 potato
Calories309kcal

Equipment

  • microwave

Ingredients

  • 1 potato russet The russet potato works best.
  • ½ teaspoon oil
  • pinch salt

Instructions

  • Wash hands before preparing food.
  • Wash and dry potatoes.
  • With a fork or sharp knife, pierce each potato 2 or 3 times.
  • Rub each potato with a little oil (just enough to lightly coat) and salt generously.
  • Place potatoes in a circle on a paper towel, leaving a 1-inch space between each potato.
  • Cook on HIGH for 15 to 20 minutes or until tender when pierced with a fork, turning once during cooking and removing any that are done after 15 minutes.
  • Let potatoes stand for 5 to 10 minutes before serving.

Notes

Tips to Make Baked Potatoes Like a Pro
• Russets are the best because of their high starch content. This is how you get a nice fluffy interior.
• After you wash the potatoes, make sure the skin is really dry. This helps to get crispy skin.
• Pierce the potato several times on all sides with a fork.
• Never wrap your potatoes in foil to bake them! The typical Idaho russet is about 80% water and wrapping in foil traps the moisture which steams the potato. This often makes the interior next to the skin overcooked and brown while the outside wrinkles.
• The best way to know your potato is done is when the internal temperature reaches 210°.
Nutrition Facts
Microwave Baked Potatoes
Serving Size
 
1 potato
Amount per 1 Serving
Calories
309
% Daily Value*
Fat
 
2
g
3
%
Saturated Fat
 
0.3
g
2
%
Trans Fat
 
0.01
g
Polyunsaturated Fat
 
1
g
Monounsaturated Fat
 
1
g
Sodium
 
18
mg
1
%
Carbohydrates
 
67
g
22
%
Fiber
 
5
g
21
%
Sugar
 
2
g
2
%
Protein
 
8
g
16
%
Calcium
 
48
mg
5
%
Iron
 
3
mg
17
%
Potassium
 
1539
mg
44
%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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