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How to Microwave a Potato

Posted on: November 19, 2008

Potatoes are by far one of my favorite foods.  I love them baked, mashed, and scalloped, as french fries or as soup.  As an homage to the awesome spud, I even named my dog Tater Tot. I consider myself a potato connoisseur.

Baked potatoes are best when you have the time to invest to slow cook it in the oven.  But with the fast pace of college life, a microwave is often the easiest option.  It might seem simple, but cooking a potato in the microwave is not as simple as throwing one in the microwave on the “baked potato” setting.

  1. Wash and dry the potato.
  2. Poke holes in the potato with a fork, otherwise it could explode in the microwave.
  3. A medium sized potato needs about 4 1/2 minutes in a 1200 watt microwave.  Increase the time by 1:30 if the potato is larger, and lengthen the cook time for a lower wattage microwave.
  4. When the potato is finished cooking, let it stand for 3 minutes.  This will finish the cooking through the center of the potato without over-drying the outside.
  5. Cut open the potato and garnish with your choice of butter, sour cream, cheese, bacon, or chili.
  6. Enjoy!

Some other tips for microwaved potatos:

  • Make sure the potato has the correct softness when it is first taken out by testing the center with a fork. If the potato is too hard, microwave it for another minute at a time.
  • If you want a crispy outer skin, place your potato in the toaster oven for a few minutes on the toast setting after microwaving.
  • To add flavor to your potato skin, rub the potato with olive oil, sea salt, and basil before you start microwaving it.
This is one happy spud!

This is one happy spud!

One medium potato is 110 calories and nearly half of the recommended daily value of vitamin C.  Potatoes are also a great source of potassium and fiber.  For more information on potatoes, visit


2 Responses to "How to Microwave a Potato"

Love your happy spud!

Potatoes are so under rated!

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