Baked Potato in the Microwave

    15 minutes

    You don't have to take ages to bake a potato, a microwave can do it for you in minutes. You can vary the contents of the potato as you wish.

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    Serves: 1 

    • 1 large russet potato
    • 1 tablespoon butter or margarine
    • 3 tablespoons grated cheddar cheese
    • 1 pinch salt and pepper, to taste
    • 3 teaspoons sour cream

    Preparation:4min  ›  Cook:11min  ›  Ready in:15min 

    1. Scrub the potato and prick several time with the tines of a fork. Place on a plate.
    2. Cook on full power in the microwave for 5 minutes. Turn over and continue to cook for 5 more minutes.
    3. When the potato is soft remove from the microwave and cut in half lengthwise. Season with salt and pepper then mash up the inside a little using a fork. Top the open sides with butter and 2 tablespoons of cheese.
    4. Return to the microwave and cook for about 1 minute to melt the cheese.
    5. Top with remaining cheese and sour cream, and serve.

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    Easiest way to have a baked spud. I have two tips to add: First, I place the potatos in a paper bag when I cook them. It seems to help with the steaming. Second, after cooking but before slicing the potatos, I wrap them in a towel and gently roll them on a cutting board, (just like you would to loosen the juice in a lemon.) This makes it much easier to fluff the potato with butter and other toppings before the last round.  -  03 Dec 2007  (Review from Allrecipes USA and Canada)


    This was great! One tip - if you want your potatoes to come out extra "steamy" and have problems with your potatoes drying out, try wrapping the potatoes in plastic wrap before microwaving. The skin doesn't dry out and get crisp, but the inner part comes out the way it does in the oven.  -  18 Jun 2007  (Review from Allrecipes USA and Canada)


    Yeah...I cooked the botato for the ten minutes time in the microwave and it got set on fire...Cut the cooking time in half if you have a new microwave...  -  11 Jan 2006  (Review from Allrecipes USA and Canada)