Introduction: Quick and Easy Grilled Potatoes

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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

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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

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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!!!

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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

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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

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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!

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


KROKKENOSTER (author)2013-04-30

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

trevormac (author)2013-04-25

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

rolltidehank (author)trevormac2013-04-26

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:

yevochka (author)2013-04-25

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!

rolltidehank (author)yevochka2013-04-26

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

sailor4you (author)2013-04-26

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.

rolltidehank (author)sailor4you2013-04-26

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

rolltidehank (author)2013-04-26

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:

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 (author)2013-04-26

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

dougbyte (author)2013-04-26

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

myxpykalix (author)2013-04-25

By the time you cook them in the microwave you essentially have a "soft baked potato" and what is going to keep it from falling out like mashed potatoes?

zer0vector (author)myxpykalix2013-04-26

Even after 10 mins in the microwave, the potatoes still have structural integrity. They're soft enough to break apart with a fork, but way firmer than mashed potatoes.

myxpykalix (author)zer0vector2013-04-26

This might be a variation of "potato pancakes". I can never make good potato pancakes from leftover mashed potatoes. My pancakes always fall apart into piles of mush in the pan. I'll try this, thanks for the reply.

zer0vector (author)myxpykalix2013-04-26

Ah, well those are a whole different thing in my mind.

On the topic of potato pancakes, do you add flour?

de0509 (author)2013-04-25

whats taters... precious? whats taters eh?

saxon1014 (author)2013-04-25

I don't think you need the ziplock (to those who asked). Do poke them, it helps they cook thru better. It is best to follow your own microwave for the time on anything. One thing you can do to help them finish cooking (for any other dishes too), when you take them out of the microwave, wrap them in foil till they cool down. The nice thing about that is you can finish them earlier in the day and then do the final cutting/seasoning right before you grill. I agree about the ziplock and nuking...if you do choose to use a bag, make sure it is safe for cooking in! Great idea all around!

silvyb (author)2013-04-25

Heating food in plastic releases some nasty toxins in the food - I'd skip the plastic bag...

tlebsack (author)2013-04-25

Great idea. Save the heat for the meat. Why do you use the plastic bag ?? That's something I've never seen.

AmyCat59 (author)tlebsack2013-04-25

DON'T use a plastic bag; it's NOT food-safe in high heat!

AmyCat59 (author)2013-04-25

Only bad thing in this Instructible: using the plastic bag. When you heat foods in most plastics, dangerous toxins can leach from the heated plastic into your food! Also, if the spuds get hot enough to cook, they're likely to melt the plastic of the bags. NOT SAFE FOR FOOD!

A better plan would be to put the potatoes on a (ceramic) dish, or in a glass or ceramic covered casserole. NEVER use plastics for microwaving unless the container is CERTIFIED microwave-safe AND free of BPA and BPH!

steelchef (author)2013-04-25

Great Idea! We often cook potatoes in the MIC but use a paper (lunch) bag or parchment. I have a negative attitude toward 'nuking' in plastic containers. We sometimes cut the spud in half lengthwise and add to the grill for marks and a little color. The seasoning idea sounds yummo and will cut back on the NEED for sour cream.  Thanks for sharing.

RDeUslar (author)2013-04-25

Great one! and looks great too, ill try this tonight! thanks

WoodstockWoman (author)2013-04-25

I am already hungry for them. I will be making these soon!

sewcraftyme (author)2013-04-25

Hi The plastic bag is to keep them moist, its not a waste. Some people with lots of experience (so they don't start a fire in the microwave) use these which can be bought or made at home (I have made mine easily)  but its really, really important to use the right fabrics to make sure they don't melt (poly) or catch on fire while in the microwave.

Plastic takes the guess work out of it. If you choose to skip the bag your potatoes will take longer to cook and can come out not cooked completely or worse yet, horribly wrinkles and no one wants ugly wrinkly potatoes do they?  Then there would be a need for a grant to cure the wrinkles, well it would just get out of hand.

You can par-boil:  them but then you've got another pot to wash and that defeats the purpose of this wonderful Instructable esp for a busy person.

Microwaves can have the opposite effect of what you want on potatoes and some other "fresh vegs", once they get past the cooked stage, if left in too long they start to get hard again so if you have a "fresh veg" setting on your microwave, put in 4 potatoes and use it. I do this and no matter the size of the potatoes as long as I put them in a Ziploc type bag they always come out fine.

A normal 7 or 8 ounce potato takes approximately 7 minutes to cook in the microwave. Each microwave is different so cooking times may vary. If your microwave is over 800 watts - it should show this on the door panel or inside somewhere. 

Halfway through, you can flip the bag over, using an oven mitt, hot pad or other hand protection,  to allow it to cook evenly on both sides. To check to see if the potato is done, stick a knife in to see if the potato is soft.

Cooking more than one potato at a time will require you to make an adjustment to the cook time. Add about 3 minutes for each additional potato that will be cooking. Be sure to check each potato individually to see if they are thoroughly cooked.

For a first time contributor I found this to be a very helpful Instructable and will be sharing it with a few Freshmen at college who are planning their first cook-outs this spring/summer.  Less calls to Mom will give them all a greater sense of independence they are all searching for and get them fed quicker when they come to my house for cook-outs.

Thumbs up rolltiidehank!  Keep them coming.

Ila in Maine
54 year old Mom who has cooked lots of potatoes - more than I care to count lol

HollyHarken (author)2013-04-25

What is in the seasoning mix? I like to make my own so that I can control the amount of salt. The potatoes look yummy! I'll have to make these the next time I have company coming over. Thanks for posting this!

spark master (author)2013-04-25

plastic bag is waste, just poke'm good, unless you are steaming them. good concept though.

Kokopeli (author)2013-04-25

Nice and easy. Good call on the microwaving part. I would always have my taters on the grill (on high) for at least an hour, and usually closer to an hour and a half.

setareh (author)2013-04-25

I have cooked many potatoes in the microwave and never poked holes in any of them. they have never exploded. The skin is not so air tight that it can't allow steam to release.

obviousgenius (author)2013-04-25

Uh, that sounded easy and looks great. I will definitely be trying this simple recipe out. Thanks.

mestretch (author)2013-04-25

How long do you normally "Nuke" the potatoes?

Paulus44 (author)2013-04-25

I almost ate my screen, I live in the Philippines, and I go try to do this tomorrow. Instead of a microwave I use a solaroven to cook them first.
Thanks for posting this.

willyjoeshow (author)2013-04-25

You had me at the Tony Cachere's... My family jokes that I own stock in that stuff.... These look awesome. Thanks for the IBLE I will be grilling these soon..


mrmerino (author)2013-04-23

Damn those look good.

jadyoh (author)2013-04-23

Yummy. Looks really good.

AsjadKhan (author)2013-04-22

Can you make grilled tomatoes?

Muhaiminah Faiz (author)2013-04-22

They look sooooo yummy! going to try this today :)

rolltidehank (author)2013-04-22

Thanks Flavrt! Not sure what the bag does, that's just how I was taught to make them. If I had to guess, it keeps them moist and prevents microwave messes. I don't know the rule of thumb for how long to cook them. For four potatoes I cooked them a total of ten minutes, five on each side. My microwave is 1100 watts so it's pretty strong. I have looked and there are several instructables on how to microwave baked potatoes. Good luck and I hope you like them!

flavrt (author)2013-04-22

Your potatoes look delectable. I'd like to try this.

Any hints on how long to nuke or how to tell when they are "done"?

What does the zippy bag do? Is it needed?

rolltidehank (author)2013-04-22

Thanks for the feedback and sorry about some of the image quality!

ccarreer (author)2013-04-22

Mmm...That looks good. Definitely giving this one a try. ^_^

Unicornz (author)2013-04-21

YUM!! Great job :D

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