Microwaves are truly handy little things. They are always the answer to our problems should we ever be short on time. For example, you might need dinner on the table with no delays. Then, a microwave and a potato can satisfy your hunger just fine! Instead of spending 30 minutes cooking dinner after a long exhausting day, a single potato can be ready in just over 5 minutes! Read how to bake a potato in a microwave below!
Good ol’ russet spuds will do the trick just fine here and any size will do. Note that you will always need an extra 30 seconds or a full minute for every large size potato. Moreover, if you plan to microwave more than one potato, grab the spuds that are all roughly the same size so they will cook at the same rate. And don’t worry, it’s absolutely fine if you ever get a smaller potato an extra minute of cooking time.
Knowing how to bake a potato in a microwave is one of those convenient life hacks/skills that everyone needs to know. But, before you start placing the potatoes in the microwave-safe plate inside the microwave, don’t forget to poke them with a fork. Poke holes in them either four or five times on every side. Creating little holes provide a way out for steam while the spuds are cooking. Forget to do this and expect your potatoes to blow up in the microwave as a result of all the pent-up steam! Not only will it be messy but it’ll cause a serious dinner let-down too.
One problem with cooking your potato in a microwave is that the skin typically does not get quite as roasted and crisp as oven-baked spuds. Though, it still taste great to eat on its own, but still we all secretly crave that oven-roasted potato skin texture and delicious flavour. Fortunately, if you want to achieve that level of tastiness so badly, simply preheat your oven to 4250 F while the potatoes are cooking in the microwave. Once all the spuds are adequately cooked, move them to the oven until the skin is crispy according to your liking!
- You can rub the potatoes with a little olive oil before sprinkle them with pepper and salt (generously!).
- Once you’ve placed the potatoes in the microwave-safe plate, put the unit at full power for up to five minutes.
- Use tongs or a fork to flip the spuds as they will definitely be hot. Use oven mitts when removing them from the microwave.
- Here’s where you’ll need to cook them more. Microwave for an extra three minutes if you’re cooking one spud and an extra five minutes for two or more potatoes.
- You’ll know the potatoes are adequately cooked when they are easily pierced with a fork all the way to the centre. Note that, you’ll need to continue to microwave them in one minute bursts as necessary until the spuds are all cooked thoroughly.
Before finishing the how to bake a potato in a microwave tutorial, did you know that these freshly microwaved baked potatoes can be refrigerated for up to four days?