Oven Baked Potatoes vs. Microwave Baked Potatoes
To oven bake or microwave your potatoes? We’ve given both a try and are breaking it down for you.
I prepared potatoes 3 different ways to compare baking versus microwaving them (two ways to bake potatoes and one way to microwave them). Was there a clear winner? Did one taste better than the rest? Let’s look into it.
Pros & cons of microwaving potatoes:
+ It’s quick.
+ These potatoes came out soft and tender.
+ They can go in the microwave naked. That means one less step to prepare them.
– You don’t get a crispy skin.
– You do have to rotate the potato so it cooks evenly.
Pros & cons of baking potatoes:
+ You can cook up a ton of potatoes at once.
+ Crispy skin for the win.
– It takes planning and forethought – they take at least 60 minutes to bake.
How do you know which way to choose?
If you’re looking for a quick starch? Microwave
If you’re going to cook for a small army? Bake
If you’re going to reheat them? Microwave
If you’re lazy? Microwave
If you don’t plan ahead of time? Microwave
If you have an aversion to microwaves? Bake
If you love crispy skins? Oven! Microwaving them will disappoint you beyond belief.
This post originally appeared in December 2017 and was revised and republished in July 2020.