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Easy Microwave Baked Potato

This Easy Microwave Baked Potato recipe makes soft, fluffy potatoes with crispy skins in minutes. Perfect for loaded baked potatoes or a quick simple side dish!
Course Side Dish
Cuisine American
Diet Vegetarian
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 12 minutes
Total Time 17 minutes
Servings 4
Calories 177kcal
Author Dee
Cost $5


  • 4 medium russet potatoes
  • 1 teaspoon olive oil optional
  • 1 teaspoon sea salt optional


  • Scrub potatoes well under running water, and pat dry
  • Use fork to poke holes evenly over potatoes
  • Place potatoes on a microwave safe plate, and cook on full power for 5 minutes. Turn potatoes over, and cook for an additional 5 minutes. Potatoes should be cooked through and soft when poked. If not, cook in 1-minute increments until done
  • Remove from oven, and cover with foil for about 5 minutes or until ready to serve
  • Optional -- For crispy skins, rub olive oil over cooked potatoes, place on baking sheet, and sprinkle with sea salt. Bake in 400 degree oven until skins are crispy


For small potatoes, cook for 8 minutes -- 4 minutes per side.
For large to extra large potatoes, cook for 15 to 18 minutes. 
For one medium potato, try cooking for 3 minutes before turning over and cooking for another 2 minutes.
Microwave cook times vary with wattage. Cook times were tested with 900 watts.


Calories: 177kcal | Carbohydrates: 38g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 1g | Sodium: 592mg | Potassium: 888mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin C: 12.1mg | Calcium: 28mg | Iron: 1.8mg