How To Microwave a Potato

Catalina Castravet
By Catalina Castravet
5 from 6 reviews

Kitchen Tips Side Dishes Vegetarian

Cook time Cook time: 12 minutes

Learn how to microwave a potato! The result is as fluffy as a baked potato, but with less hassle and quicker cooking time. It is perfect for busy weeknights!

We love to pair this with meaty main dishes like Grilled Steak, Mongolian Chicken, and Bacon Wrapped Jalapeno Popper Chicken.

How To Microwave a Potato

Microwaved Baked Potato is so simple to prepare! It makes for a perfect quick dinner side dish! You can enjoy it in under 15 minutes with this recipe!

We have shared with you before how easy it is to achieve fluffy baked spuds in our recipes before using the Instant Pot, the Slow Cooker, and the traditional oven.

But nothing beats doing this dish in the microwave as it is extremely easy and uncomplicated. So, if the rest of your other kitchen appliances are preoccupied, and you still have the microwave free, then, make this dish!

I like how versatile baked spuds are. With their neutral flavor, you can just season them up with just about anything!

Are white potatoes healthy?

Yes! The topic has been quite controversial since many believed that it is not. A lot of people associate this vegetable to deep-fried French fries and chips that are high in fat. But that is not always the case.

Based on a USDA report, a medium spud baked with the skin on has considerable amounts of potassium, vitamin C, vitamin B6, and manganese. It also has negligible fat, 164 kcal, and 37 g of carbs.

What makes the spuds potentially unhealthy is the way it is prepared. Deep-frying and adding high-fat ingredients significantly increase the fat content.

Also, much of the nutrients are found on the skin and so, it is best to include that in your dishes. The key here is to scrub the surface clean to get rid of any dirt. In this recipe, we will do just that!

Is it safe to microwave a potato?

Yes! It is perfectly fine. What you need to do is poke it first to form vents around it so steam will not build up. If you skip this step, it might explode.

How do you microwave a potato?

  1. Clean: Scrub the surface thoroughly.
  2. Microwave: Put it in the microwave and cook on full power for 5 minutes per side.
  3. Season: Take it out. Then, cut it in half lengthwise. Mash the inside a little with a fork, and season with salt and pepper. Top each half with cheese and butter. Put the halves back in to cook for another minute until the cheese melts.
  4. Serve: Top with sour cream and green onions, then, serve!

How long does it take to cook a potato in the microwave?

Note that this recipe is for a single spud. If you intend to cook more, you can do so but the cooking time will vary.

To estimate the cooking time, multiply the number of spuds by 5 minutes. For example, start with 10 minutes for 2 pieces, or 15 minutes for 3 pieces. If the time is not enough, cook further until soft in increments of one minute.

How can you tell if a potato is cooked?

You can do so by poking the sides. It is cooked already if it can be poked effortlessly with a fork or if it can be squeezed easily.

What to serve with Microwaved potatoes?

This is the perfect side dish to enjoy with some of the following recipes:

How to store:

Refrigerate leftovers in an airtight container until 5 days. To reheat, simply put it in the microwave until heated through.

Recipe Tips:

  • You can vary the toppings according to your preference. Aside from sour cream and green onions, you can also top with bacon bits, Greek yogurt, pesto, or guacamole.
  • The outcome may not have skin as crispy as you like. What you can do is to crisp up the skin by baking in the oven preheated at 425°F after microwaving.
  • If you are cooking many pieces of varying sizes at once, be ready to remove the smaller ones ahead of the bigger ones as they cook faster.
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5 from 6 reviews

How to Microwave a Potato

Learn how to microwave a potato! The result is as fluffy as a baked potato, but with less hassle and quicker cooking time. It is perfect for busy weeknights! 

Author: Catalina Castravet Serves: 1 potato
Prep time: 5 minutes Cook time: 12 minutes Total time: 17 mins



Nutrition information

Calories: 343 Carbohydrates: 27 Protein: 12 Fat: 21 Saturated Fat: 8 Cholesterol: 30 Sodium: 320 Potassium: 879 Fiber: 5 Sugar: 0 Vitamin A: 755 Vitamin C: 24.3 Calcium: 265 Iron: 6.9
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is it crazy i had no idea about this ha- this is an awesome way to make mashed potatoes a lot quicker ha.


Terri Beavers

I tried microwaving a potato once and it was hard as a brick bat, lol. That was my one and only time I tried it. I'm going to try your tips and see if I can have better luck because it gets so hot in my kitchen when I bake them in the oven.


Sarah Bailey

I have to admit I resort to microwaving potatoes a lot, it is just so quick. It's a shame you miss the crispy skin, but it still tastes wonderful!


Amber Myers

I will try this! When I've done it in the past, the potatoes were still hard. So I am always looking for a better way to try!



This post is really informative and helpful. I can't wait to give this a try. 



I am going to try it they way you say here. I killed my potato the last time I tried to cook it in the microwave LOL.



Potatoes are one of the most perfect foods. They're so simple to prepare, and delicious too.


Denay DeGuzman

I am a huge fan of baked potatoes. I love that your yummy potatoes were made quickly in the microwave. They look super delicious!


Cathy Mini

This is gonna be so good and a perfect delicious easy to prepare recipes in a minute. Kids gonna be love this for sure. Yummy!!!



Wow, those look so good. I always loved cooking potatoes in the microwave as well. I'm looking forward to trying it out this way. Yum!



Thanks for the idea! We have always baked ours, but after seeing this, I will try the microwave next time.


Ruth I.

Oh wow. I love that it's simple but looks so appetizing! I can prepare this anytime.



These are such helpful tips to get that potato ready to eat in no-time! I generally use the oven for the crispy skin, but if I'm hungry and want to eat that potato now this will be perfect!


rika livingston

This is a brilliant idea! Cooking potatoes in the oven or on the stove is very time-consuming!


Bohemian Babushka

Yummy AND fast? Si, Por Favor and Gracias! Will definitely be trying out this recipe.


Carl Dworman -Mexico# 55-322-309-4731

Follow the directions. It works!!


Carl Dworman -Mexico# 55-322-309-4731

Get a new microwave oven. 5 minutes is all It takes.



I have microwaved potaties for years, when pressed for time, or as a first step for faster home fries, but I find they often seem to have a gummy texture than oven baking does not produce. I usually use Yukon golds. I laugh when you talk of the health benefits of a potato and then load it up with butter, cheese and sour cream. What, no bacon?


You don't have to serve your potatoes loaded, I make recommendations and give options for all my readers :) choose what works best for you


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