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10 Minute Microwave Baked Potato

Baked potatoes don't have to take forever, or even involve an oven. These fluffy spuds are done in just 10 minutes in your microwave. It's a convenient side dish that pairs perfectly with a variety of meaty main dishes, and can also work as a stand alone lunch or dinner.
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time10 mins
Total Time15 mins
Course: Dinner, Lunch, Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Servings: 1
Calories: 337kcal


  • 2-4 medium russet potatoes
  • salt & pepper to taste
  • butter
  • toppings of choice


  • Wash & scrub each potato, then pat them dry.
  • Using a fork, poke a generous amounts of holes in each potato on all sides.
  • Place two prepped potatoes directly onto the microwave tray and cook on high heat for 10 minutes.
  • Let the potatoes rest for a minute, and using a clean dish towel give the larger of the two a squeeze. If it's tender and starts to open up they're ready- if not cook them an additional two minutes or until tender to the touch.
  • Repeat for the remaming two potatoes.
  • Transfer the cooked potatoes to plates, and slice them open being careful to avoid any escaping steam that comes out.
  • Salt & pepper the potatoes, to taste. Add a pat of butter, and serve them immediately with any extra toppings you like.


If you want to make four potatoes at once, you can but they won't take just 10 minutes. Cook them for 15-16 minutes, squeezing them as previously instructed to check for done-ness. If they are still too firm, cook them an additional minute or until tender.


Calories: 337kcal | Carbohydrates: 77g | Protein: 9g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 21mg | Potassium: 1776mg | Fiber: 6g | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin C: 24mg | Calcium: 55mg | Iron: 4mg