Can You Microwave a Baked Potato

Q: There are only so many times you can have mashed potatoes with dinner. My family loves them, and frankly, I would rather have the whole potato, not just the insides. Is there a quick, easy way to microwave a potato? The oven takes too long, especially when I am making a late dinner anyways.

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A: Making a potato in the microwave is a quick, easy way to make a baked potato, without heating up the oven. It’s super easy too!

First, you will want to wash the potato really well. If you need to, you may need to use a soft bristled brush to get the stubborn dirt off, but typically your hand will work just fine. Also, be sure to cut off any “eyes” that may have grown.

YES, You can Microwave a Baked potato

Next, you’ll want to poke a bunch of holes into the potato with a fork or knife. They don’t have to be deep, but you need to break the skin in a few places. Otherwise, water will expand in the skin, and cause the potato to explode.

Wrap in a paper towel, and microwave for about 9 minutes, or until you can stick a fork through with little resistance. If you are making more than one potato, you’ll have to adjust accordingly, it should take about 13 minutes for two potatoes.

Handle carefully when removing from the microwave and remove the paper towel before eating! Now you can enjoy an excellent baked potato any time you want, where ever you want!

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