Microwave Baked Potatoes

Microwave Baked Potatoes

Contributor: Rebecca Clyde

Try out my favorite way to quickly make a baked potato!

  • Author: Rebecca Clyde
  • Prep Time: 2 minutes
  • Cook Time: 6 minutes
  • Total Time: 8 minutes
  • Yield: 1 serving 1x
  • Category: Side Dish
  • Method: Microwave
  • Cuisine: American


  • 1 medium russet potato
  • Salt and pepper, to taste


  1. Scrub potato clean then dry it off with a clean towel.
  2. Poke potato with a fork 6-10 times, all around potato.
  3. Place potato in microwave safe bowl and cover with plastic wrap. Cook for 3 minutes. Turn potato over and cook, covered with plastic wrap, for 2 more minutes. Poke with a fork to see if it is soft all the way through. If potato yields easily to the fork, it’s done. If not, cook for another 1-3 minutes.
  4. Cut potato open and season with salt and pepper. Add desired toppings.


  • You could coat potato skin with butter or oil, but it doesn’t get crunchy in the microwave, so save the fat for topping your cooked potato.
  • If you’re going to cook multiple potatoes, you may need to cook them a few minutes longer. I was able to cook 3 at a time in just 10 minutes.