Cooking Basics: how to microwave a potato

how to microwave potatoes

I realized that how to microwave a potato is one of those typical kitchenette issues that one can have. For you to be able to microwave a full potato there are a couple of things that are needed to be taken into account.

tl;dr: poke the potato all around, microwave on high 5 min on one side, 5 minutes on the other cut in half and microwave some more if necessary.

  1. The skin of the potatoes is important as it would act as a cover and protector so that it does not get that stupid microwave burn.
  2. You will need a microwave-safe plate to get everything going.
  3. Aim to microwave smaller potatoes rather than huge potatoes. They will take less time and make your life easier.
  4. If you can opt for another way of cooking potatoes as this way is only if you have no other choice – not because you are lazy.
  5. Please, please, please carefully wash the potato. They are some of the dirtiest vegetables out there.

How to actually get it done

  1. Poke a washed potato with a fork all around.
  2. In a microwave-safe plate, place the potato and put it in a microwave on the highest setting of a normal home appliance.
  3. Microwave for 5 minutes on one side
  4. Carefully switch on the other for another 5 minutes
  5. Take it out and slice it in half. If the center is soft – you are good to go. If not, microwave it for 1 or 2 more minutes

That’s it!

Btw if you are interested in more potato related recipes, check here for our extensive potato recipes. For example – make it in a potato soup. As always, do not forget to check out our Instagram for more information.


  • Kitchenette Traveler

    Resident food drama maker

    I am just the average Joe, working in tech, that requires a lot of travel and at the same time, struggling to maintain a healthy lifestyle while trying to stay away from those delicious burgers... As such, my tips are lessons learned from failure, complete mess-ups and whatever experience I have gotten in the past.

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