Do you like baked potatoes? Did you know you can make them in no time in the microwave?  You can even make baked sweet potatoes in the microwave, too.

Baked potatoes are so versatile.  You can top them with anything.  I’m going to show you two ways we love to eat baked potatoes that take no time at all. 

Make Baked Potatoes in the Microwave

I honestly had no idea I could bake a potato in the microwave until I was in college.

My sister-in-law showed me her secret for making a deliciously moist baked potato in the microwave, and now I’m going to share it with you! I’ve been making them this way for literally years now.

To prick or not to prick a baked potato?

I’ve experimented with pricking potatoes with a fork before cooking them and totally skipping this step. I don’t think it’s necessary.

I used to be afraid it would explode if I didn’t prick it, but I’ve skipped the pricking for years and have never had a potato explode on me.  I’ve cooked a bazillion of these things, even multiple potatoes at the same time, and they have never exploded.  

How do you make a microwave baked potato?

First, scrub your potato. 

Next, get a piece of wax paper and wrap the potato up completely.  That is my big secret because the wax paper does an amazing job at keeping your potato moist without going soggy. 

Perfect baked potato in the microwave with wax paper.

A lot of microwaves have a “potato” button for making a microwave baked potato.  If yours doesn’t, I suggest starting with 5 minutes for one potato, 10 minutes for 2, and about 12-13 minutes fro 3 potatoes. 

In my experience, if you’re using large or jumbo-sized potatoes (which is what I usually use for a baked potato as a meal), adding more than 3 potatoes just takes way too much time. 

I’ve found if you’re making multiple potatoes, such as 4, it’s better to cook 2 at a time. 

How to make a baked potato in the microwave

When the time is up, use a hot pad to wrap around your potato and gently squish it.  If it gives easily, then your potato is ready.  If it’s still hard, cook it an additional 2-3 minutes and check again.  

If your potato is just slightly squishy, I’ve found wrapping the potato in a kitchen towel (keep the wax paper wrapped around it as well) and just letting it sit on the counter for 5-10 minutes allows it to keep cooking itself internally, and then, it’s perfectly ready, and it can still melt butter. 

If your potato is squishy and ready right out of the microwave, you can do this same thing while you get all the other ingredients ready, and it will stay hot enough to melt butter for at least 5 minutes or so. 

Chili Cheese Baked Potato

Microwave Chili Cheese Baked Potato
Yield: 1 baked potato

Microwave Chili Cheese Baked Potato

Prep Time: 2 minutes
Cook Time: 6 minutes
Total Time: 8 minutes

A microwave chili cheese baked potato is a hearty meal perfect for a cold winter night.

Ingredients

  • 1 large potato
  • 1/2 cup of no bean chili
  • 1 tablespoons of shredded cheddar
  • dollop of sour cream
  • Optional: chives

Instructions

  1. Wash your baked potato.
  2. Wrap your potato in wax paper and cook for 5 minutes.
  3. When done, check your potato gently that it easily squishes.
  4. Heat up a can of chili in the microwave for about 2 minutes.
  5. Slice open potato and fluff.
  6. Add the chili over the top.
  7. Add cheddar cheese
  8. Add a dollop of sour cream.
  9. Optional: top with chives or onions.
  10. Enjoy!

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

1

Serving Size:

1 baked potato

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 407 Total Fat: 6g Saturated Fat: 3g Trans Fat: 0g Unsaturated Fat: 2g Cholesterol: 14mg Sodium: 332mg Carbohydrates: 78g Fiber: 11g Sugar: 7g Protein: 14g
Any nutritional information on justmicrowaveit.com should only be used as a general guideline. This information is provided as a courtesy and there is no guarantee that the information will be completely accurate.
A chili cheese baked potato is one of my favorite things for a quick dinner for just myself .  It’s a hearty meal and just hits the spot.  

Loaded Baked Potato

Loaded Baked Potato
Yield: 1 baked potato

Loaded Baked Potato

Prep Time: 2 minutes
Cook Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 7 minutes

A loaded baked potato is a great lunch or dinner and easy to make when you only have a microwave.

Ingredients

  • 1 large potato
  • 1 tablespoon of butter
  • 1 tablespoon of cheddar cheese
  • 1 dollop of sour cream
  • 1 teaspoon of bacon bits
  • 1 teaspoon chives

Instructions

  1. Wash your potato. 
  2. Wrap it in wax paper and cook for about 5 minutes in the microwave. 
  3. Check gently for squishiness of the potato. 
  4. Slice open the baked potato.
  5. Add the butter and fluff the potato.
  6. Top with cheddar cheese, sour cream, bacon bits, and chives.
  7. Enjoy!

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

1

Serving Size:

1 baked potato

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 446 Total Fat: 17g Saturated Fat: 10g Trans Fat: 1g Unsaturated Fat: 6g Cholesterol: 45mg Sodium: 216mg Carbohydrates: 65g Fiber: 7g Sugar: 4g Protein: 10g
Any nutritional information on justmicrowaveit.com should only be used as a general guideline. This information is provided as a courtesy and there is no guarantee that the information will be completely accurate.
Make yourself a loaded baked potato for dinner easily just using your microwave! 

Two ways to make baked potatoes for a perfect single serving meal.

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