Can you bake a potato in the microwave

In this brief guide, we will address the query, “Can you bake a potato in the microwave?” We will also discuss how to bake a potato in the microwave and whether all types of potatoes are suitable for baking using this method as well as the adequate time to bake a potato in the microwave.

Can you bake a potato in the microwave?

Yes, you can bake a potato in the microwave to not only save a lot of your time using other cooking methods but also get the yummiest baked potato ever. 

Baking potato in the microwave is the perfect alternative to oven baking and will give you the same tender, light and fluffy texture with that crispy skin bite

If you want to enjoy the numerous health benefits of eating baked potatoes in your diet with no additional oil or calories.

Or if you are new to the kitchen and do not know-how to bake a potato in the oven, impatient or even living a busy life with almost no time for cooking. 

Then this recipe is here to satisfy your taste buds with its mouth watering flavour in a very short time.

It sounds too good to be true, right? we promise you it is worth it, so keep reading.

How can you bake a potato in the microwave?

We will guide you in this section on how to perfectly bake your potatoes in the microwave in just a few simple steps, so read carefully.

  • Rinse potatoes thoroughly and scrub well under the running water then pat them and dry well with a kitchen towel if you like to eat your baked potato with the peel on. 
  • Pierce or stab your potatoes 3 – 4 times with a fork or knife all over to create small holes on their surface to ease the cooking method potato to become fluffier in texture and help the steam escape during the heating process and avoid their explosion inside the microwave 
  • Rub the potatoes with  high heat oil so that all sides are coated before baking them to get that crispy skin then sprinkle some salt
  • Put the potato tubers in the microwave and cook them for about 3- 7 minutes according to their size until they are fully cooked and they become crispy, tender and easily pierced by a fork
  • If the doneness test shows that the potatoes still have a firm texture, then flip the hot tubers using a pair of tongs and cook for 3 more minutes until their flesh inside becomes tender and soft
  • Let the baked potatoes cool down and rest for 2 minutes until they become easy to handle, then place them on a platter or individual plates
  • Split your baked potato carefully and season with salt and pepper or fresh herbs.
  •  Top your baked potato with butter crispy bacon or add some cheese on your hot baked potatoes and let them melt 
  • Now that you bake your potatoes well in the microwave, it is time to serve them warm or cold
  • Bon appetit

Are all potato types suitable for baking in the microwave?

The  types of potato that you can use for baking in the microwave which are:

  1. Russet potatoes: This type of potatoes are considered among the best due to their high starch content, firm texture and thick skin compared to other varieties.

These unique feature, makes russet potatoes tolerate the high cooking temperature in the microwave which is used to bake these tubers properly and make a tasty crispy baked potato with an incredible fluffy pulp that is mouth watery and irresistible

  1. Yukon gold potatoes despite their completely different texture compared to the Russet potatoes. This type of potatoes can be baked in the microwave regardless of its size as it will 

What is the adequate time to properly bake a potato in the microwave?

The adequate baking time of potatoes in the microwave depends on the size of the potato tubers, they usually need between 3-7 minutes to cook properly and evenly.

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Conclusion

In this brief guide, we have addressed the query, “Can you bake a potato in the microwave?” We have also discussed how to bake a potato in the microwave and whether all types of potatoes are suitable for baking using this method as well as the adequate time to bake a potato in the microwave.

Hope you found this blog useful. If you have any questions, please let us know.

References

https://www.delish.com/cooking/recipe-ideas/a25442533/how-to-bake-potato-in-microwave/#:~:text=Place%20potato%20on%20microwave%2Dsafe,Let%20rest%20for%202%20minutes.

https://www.allrecipes.com/recipe/85337/microwave-baked-potato/

https://www.delish.com/uk/food-news/a29733783/how-to-bake-potato-in-microwave/

https://www.thekitchn.com/how-to-bake-a-potato-in-the-microwave-226751

Hi, I am Charlotte, I love cooking and in my previous life, I was a chef. I bring some of my experience to the recipes on this hub and answer your food questions.