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5 from 4 votes

How to Microwave a Baked Potato

Fluffy, hot, soft and perfect! Tender and cooked through Every single time!
Prep Time1 min
Cook Time10 mins
resting time1 min
Total Time12 mins
Course: Side
Cuisine: American
Keyword: how to microwave a baked potato, microwave baked potato
Servings: 1 serving
Calories: 358kcal
Author: Wendi Spraker
Cost: $1


  • microwave
  • Fork
  • paper towel


  • 1 4-5 inch long Russet (Idaho or Baking Potato) about 1/2 - 1 lb
  • 4 Tbs Water


  • Wash the potato well to remove any dirt and debris.
  • Using a fork, poke holes in the potato with the fork tines 3-4 times on one side and then again on the other side.
  • Wet the paper towel with the water and squeeze out any extra water. Wrap the damp paper towel around the potato.
  • Place the potato in the microwave and heat for 4 minutes. Turn the potato and heat again for 3 minutes. Allow hot potato to sit in the microwave for 1 minute and rest.
  • With a towel between your hand and the potato, give the potato a squeeze. If the sides give easily then the potato is done. If the potato remains hard to the squeeze, microwave in 1 minute bursts until the potato gives easily.



  • Remember that all microwaves are not created equal and yours may take longer or fewer minutes to cook the potato.
  • Baking potatoes come in all sizes. If yours is smaller than 4 inches or more than 5 inches you’ll need to adjust the baking time as LESS for smaller and MORE for bigger.
  • You can easily bake several potatoes at the same time using this method. Use the chart in this post to help you decide how long to set your microwave.
  • If you would like a crispy skin, heat the broiler on your oven, paint the potato skin with melted butter and brush on the potato. Broil at high for 3-5 minutes until skin is crispy.
  • Top your potato with any number of yummy toppings, but start with butter, salt and pepper.
PRO TIP:  To get that perfect opening steakhouse slice across the top of your potato, use the edge of a fork tine rather than a knife! It will be fluffy and perfect, just like a TV commercial! 


Calories: 358kcal | Carbohydrates: 82g | Protein: 10g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 26mg | Potassium: 1891mg | Fiber: 6g | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin C: 26mg | Calcium: 59mg | Iron: 4mg