You are craving a baked potato. You don’t have the time to roast one in the oven for 90 minutes. You know there must be a quicker way. With just a microwave, a fork, and some olive oil, you can make a delicious baked potato in less than 10 minutes. This article will show how to microwave potato or multiple potatoes perfectly if you host dinner.
- 1 medium russet potato (5-10 oz or 142-284 g)
- Olive oil (for rubbing).
- Salt and pepper to taste
- Toppers of your choice
- Choose A Medium Russet Potato
Choose russets between 5-10 oz (142-284 grams) for even cooking. Make sure you choose potatoes of the same size to ensure they all finish cooking simultaneously. Larger potatoes will take less time to cook, while smaller potatoes may take a little longer.
- Clean The Potato
Wash the potato in lukewarm, soapy water. This will remove any dirt or grime. Use your hands to remove any dirt and debris.
- Poke The Potato Using A Fork
To vent the potato, pierce the skin three to four times. This will allow steam to escape and prevent it from exploding. Alternately, slice a 1 (2.5 cm deep) wedge and 1/8 inch (3.2 mm deep) down the long side.
- Season Your Potato
Rub the potato skin with olive oil, Season with salt and pepper. You can also substitute butter or bacon grease in place of olive oil. You can add any other seasonings to your potato skin, aside from salt and pepper.
- Place The Potato On A Microwavable Platter
Avoid sparking or melting with ceramic or metal-free glasses. If your microwave is prone to drying out produce, you can cover it with a microwave-safe lid to retain steam. You can also use a microwave-safe bowl and a plate to cover the potato.
- Heat The Potato On High For 5 Minutes
For the best results, use your microwave’s highest setting for microwave cooking. Start with 900 watts and lower. If your microwave is 900 watts or less, you should start at 8:30. More watts mean shorter cooking times.
- Turn The Potato Over And Continue Cooking For About 3-5 Minutes
Flip the potato with a pair of tongs or an oven mitt. Cooking time will vary depending on how large the potato is and how powerful your microwave is. You can flip the potato if it feels very soft. If it does, you can cook it for 1-2 minutes until it is fully cooked. You can leave it for 3 to 5 minutes, and then recheck it.
- Make Sure You Check The Potato For Any Signs Of Damage
Insert a fork in the thickest portion of the potato to check its consistency. It’s fine if it slides through easily. You can also stick the potato to a food thermometer. It’s ready to be eaten when the temperature reaches 210 degrees F (99 degrees Celsius).
- Bake The Potato To Get Crispy Skin
Bake the potatoes for about 10-15 minutes at 375F (191C). If you like crispy, delicious skin, heat the oven. After they are done microwaving place them on a baking sheet and bake them until their skin becomes crispy.
- Let Potato Rest For About 1-3 Minutes
Let the potato cool to room temperature. The potato’s center will continue to cook in the heat trapped within the potato. To remove the microwave plate, use oven mitts.
- Enjoy With Your Favorite Toppings
Slice the potato in half and press the sides together to make it puffy for presentation. Use a fork to fluff the interior before you add your favorite toppings. You can keep it simple with butter and salt or add sour cream, shredded cheddar, green onions, and chives to make it more special.