How to Make Microwave Baked Potatoes
When the weather begins to cool down, I start thinking of wintery foods. But let’s face it: in Mississippi, it’s not going to be cold for a while! Instead of heating up the oven, you can save time by making a “baked” potato in the microwave!
Microwave Baked Potatoes
- Wash and dry your potato.
- Pierce the skin in several places with a fork or knife. This allows moisture to escape. (Skip this step and you risk blowing up the potato all over your microwave!)
- Put the potato on a microwave-safe plate or paper towel.
- Cook for about 4 to 5 minutes, depending on the size of the potato.
- Turn over midway through cooking.
- Use the tip of a sharp knife to check if the potato is done.
Video by Jonathan Parrish
You can “bake” several potatoes at a time using this method. Be sure to choose potatoes that are similar in size so they cook evenly. Arrange them in a circle on a microwave safe plate, like the shape of petals on a flower.
- For two potatoes, cook for 6 to 8 minutes.
- For four potatoes, cook for 13 to 15 minutes.
- For six potatoes, cook for 17 to 19 minutes.
Thanks to our friends at North Dakota State University Extension Service for inspiring us with a publication filled with recipes and potato info.
Remember, you don’t have to load your baked potato with fattening toppings – I’m looking at you, butter and sour cream! Try low-fat chili with beans, taco meat and salsa, or grilled chicken with broccoli and ranch dressing for a new take on “baked” potatoes!
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