Quick and Easy Grilled Potatoes

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Introduction: Quick and Easy Grilled Potatoes

This is how I quickly make grilled potatoes. Doing it the old fashioned way takes forever and uses more propane than I care to use. These take less time and turn out just as good, if not better than an old fashioned grilled potato. This is my first instructable too!

Step 1: Supplies

Potatoes, Nonstick cooking spray, Seasoning of choice, Ziplock bag, Fork, Microwave, Grill

See comments for usage of plastic bag and make a decision that suits you. Ziplock bags are microwave safe but you can do with or without.

Step 2: Prep

Wash and scrub the potatoes. Pierce each spud several times with a fork so they don't explode in the microwave. Once they are scrubbed and pierced, put them in the ziplock bag and close it up.

See this Instructable for good hints on microwaving potatoes.

Step 3: Nuke the Spuds!!!

Cook the potatoes in the microwave. This is the secret. You actually are cooking them in the microwave and finishing them on the grill. Use your normal microwave baked potato directions. My microwave has a fresh vegetable setting that I use. During the cooking the bag may pop open. This is normal and ok. When done cooking, carefully remove the dangerously hot potatoes from the bag and place on a plate to cool off a bit.

Step 4: Get the Spuds Ready for the Grill

After they've cooled, cut them in half longways. With inside parts up, spray them with the nonstick cooking spray. I prefer olive oil spray. Once sprayed, cover with seasoning. I usually use Tony's because its amazing and a favorite in LA (Lower Alabama!).

Step 5: Grill the Spuds

Place potatoes on the hot preheated grill with the seasoned side down. I then give the outer sides a quick spray to keep them moist. I grill them on medium heat with the cover closed for about five minutes. To conserve propane, grill the potatoes with your main dish's final cooking time.

Step 6: Eat!

Remove from grill and admire the nice grill marks. Then enjoy!

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    This looks interesting! I must now try to get MRS. to make this but I will 10 to one have to start myself and as soon as she see that it works she will be enthusiastic to do it herself

    But how long? And do you slice them in the ziplock?

    I basically cook them for about 5 minutes on each side when making 4 small or two large potatoes. I slice them in half when they're done. Here's some good info: https://www.instructables.com/id/Microwave_potato_3/?ALLSTEPS

    Just found the recipe for Tony Cachere's Creole Seasoning, and here it is:
    Amount Measure Ingredient -- Preparation Method
    -------- ------------ --------------------------------
    26 ounces salt
    1 1/2 ounces black pepper -- ground
    2 ounces red pepper -- ground
    1 ounce garlic powder -- pure
    1 ounce chili powder
    1 ounce Monosodium glutamate -- (Accent)

    On Tony Cachere's website it says that 1/4 tsp has 350 mg of sodium in it, so you can reduce from there. I would leave out the MSG but this isn't the place for a food rant!

    Thanks for the instructable!

    Thanks for the recipe! I make my own garlic pepper and never thought of making my own Tony's. Awesome!

    You can also make Twice Baked Potatoes with this method. Microwave potato, scoop out the middle of the potato, mash the removed potato middle with milk or sour cream, butter, salt and pepper. Refill potato skins, sprinkle on paprika or some of Tony's spice and slide under the broiler for a couple of minutes.

    I never thought about the Twice Baked Potatoes by this method. Great idea!

    Thanks for all the comments everyone. I'll try to respond to all the questions below!

    1. There are several ways to microwave potatoes. This is just the way I was taught. While Ziploc bags are food safe, even when heated, the do seem to be unnecessary after I've done some reading. Here a great Instructable on microwaved potatoes: https://www.instructables.com/id/Microwave_potato_3/?ALLSTEPS

    2. zer0factor is 100% correct on the structural integrity of "nuked" potatoes. After cooking them, I let them cool off a bit and then slice in half before grilling. Cook them whole!

    Thanks again for favoriting my Instructable!



    dougbyte says: Apr 26, 2013. 4:06 PMReply

    This is going in my fav's list. Great idea, I like to nuke em' for hashbrowns or for camping trips, but never thought of this. Anyway excellent first Ible

    This is going in my fav's list. Great idea, I like to nuke em' for hashbrowns or for camping trips, but never thought of this. Anyway excellent first Ible