Introduction: Microwave Potato

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The quickest, easiest way to make a tasty "baked" potato in your microwave.

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Pick your potato.

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Rinse the potato nice and good under warm water, scrubbing dirt off with a scrub brush.

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With a paper towel, blot the potato dry. Pierce ends and around the middle of potato with a sharp fork. (About 5 good stabs.)

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Using the same old paper towel you used to blot potato dry (cut back on trash and the waste of paper), wrap the potato and pop it in the microwave. Cook it on high power for 3 minutes, 30 seconds.

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Flip potato over and cook for another 4 minutes. (You may have to adjust your time depending on your microwave and the size of your potato. The best way to get it right is to feel for its tenderness with a fork.)

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Place your cooked potato on a plate or bowl. Slice it down the middle with a knife, making a sort of "pocket book".

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Push the ends of your potato inward, mushing the insides so the "pocket book" opens up and out. (This will create a nice "bowl" for you to add ingredients to and eat from.)

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(This step is all based on preference.) Add your butter, salt, pepper... or whatever ingredients you like inside your baked potato and enjoy. Some ideas you can doctor it up with are sour cream, chives, bacon bits, shredded cheese, salsa... the choices are limitless.


crazylam15 (author)2015-04-30

Thnxx it's really delicious

Uncle Kudzu (author)2009-03-27

i likes it! cheap eats for the unemployed... well, while the power's still on, anyway. and tips for cleaning that filthy microwave of mine, too! wonder what a little olive oil brushed on the skin before cooking would do?

trevormac (author)Uncle Kudzu2013-04-27

The Irish know all about the spud as a cheap eat for the poverty-stricken

Groaker (author)Uncle Kudzu2009-03-28

Olive oil or roasted sesame oil can be useful to provide additional taste. Either of these, or other vegetable oils can help reduce the loss of moisture. Partial cooking in the microwave, followed by finishing in the oven can produce a nice crispy skin and a more "roasted" flavor while keeping cooking times and energy costs down. When I do this I generally microwave the potato(s) just until there is some hint of softness on the potato just below the skin, followed by a 400 degree oven.

It would make the outside of the potato very hot and could burn you, be careful.

trevormac (author)2013-04-27


awang8 (author)2009-09-11

That potato looks like it has green shoots coming out the eyes... Ooh... Interesting... Besides that, this looks really really good. I need to try this some day.

lilbios (author)2009-05-22

this was really helpful ty

Goodhart (author)2009-04-15

I am glad you won, really. I do like that added bit of convenience in step 7 :-)

Goodhart (author)2009-04-13

I like what you do in step 7...I hadn't thought of that (nor did I know you had done this before I did mine). :-)

toftej (author)2009-04-12


Uncle Kudzu (author)2009-03-29

OK, inspired by this instructable and the helpful replies to my questions, i took a potato, rubbed it with olive oil and dry herbs, wrapped it in a wet paper towel and microwaved it for 6 minutes (nice and steamy). then i wrapped it in aluminum foil and threw it in a warm oven to let it maintain the heat from the microwave for awhile.

the result? delicious! the flavor of the herbs on the skin wasn't as pronounced as i had hope, but the innards were perfection! i put in a tiny bit of butter, a little Swiss cheese and some black pepper... yum, yum, yum!

thepelton (author)Uncle Kudzu2009-04-11

You can't get a crunchy skin if you microwave a potato, but you can cook the potato.

basjan (author)2009-03-31

I will try it, looks fantastic.

Kaiven (author)2009-03-31


THAT WAS AWESOME! I never get to eat baked potatoes in my home. I just made one and it was INCREDIBLE! Two thumbs up! . I just wish I had sour cream...

frollard (author)2009-03-29

Great ible! One thing: I find that instead of a knife to make the pocketbook, if you just stab with a fork 'in a line' to do the same thing you get a fluffier inside (no straight lines in nature ;) ) Great ible!

Saint (author)2009-03-29

If you use a closed bowl bowl you could cook more at once, about 2 min. per potato (depending on their size) on high.

daveysm (author)2009-03-27

Clean your microwave by boiling 3/4 cup water with 1/4 cup vinegar in a large bowl After it boils & steams up the inside , wipe down with a sponge

daveysm (author)2009-03-27

Wash & clean as in above Stab with fork JUST ONCE Put in ziplock style bag & close up ALMOST all the way (Leave open just a bit) Microwave on high for 5 mins Thats it !

CazzPhoenix (author)2009-03-27

Can you make an instructable on keeping your microwave clean too? Seems like you or somebody have that one mastered lol

spitakiss (author)2009-03-27

Hell yeah, easy tater! Yum!

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