Food Network Kitchen’s Microwave Potato, as seen on Food Network.
Recipe courtesy of Nikki Scott for Food Network Kitchen

Microwave Potato

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  • Level: Easy
  • Total: 10 min
  • Active: 10 min
  • Yield: 1 serving
If you’re someone who enjoys a fully loaded (or plain) baked potato, but never wants to wait an hour for the spud to cook, this recipe is for you. It yields a moist, steamy, fluffy potato with crispy skin in a fraction of the time, plus you don’t need to turn on the oven.



  1. Poke the potato 4 to 5 times on each side with a fork. Wet a clean sheet of paper towel with water and wring out any excess moisture. Wrap the damp paper towel around the potato and place on a microwave-safe plate. Microwave on high for 5 minutes. Remove the paper towel and flip the potato over.
  2. Drizzle the potato with olive oil and sprinkle with salt and pepper. Microwave on high, uncovered, 3 minutes more (see Cook’s Note). Use a fork to test for doneness. If the potato is not done, cook in 1-minute intervals until the fork can easily pierce the flesh. Serve with the butter and more salt and pepper.  

Cook’s Note

Depending on your microwave, it may take more (or less) time to cook.