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Easy Microwave Baked Potato

2 min
Prep Time
7 min
Cook Time
9 min
Total Time
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Easy Microwave Baked Potato

2 min
Prep Time
7 min
Cook Time
9 min
Total Time

Love a good baked potato, but don't love that it involves a 1+ hour cook time? Enter: microwave "baked" potato! In just 7 minutes your spuds are cooked to fluffy perfection and ready for topping. Great as a last minute side dish or easy dinner!

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Ingredients (2 servings)

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2 russet potatoes
1/2 tsp olive oil (optional)
1/2 tsp coarse sea salt (optional)
Toppings
-Light sour cream
-Chopped parsley
-Shredded cheddar
-Grilled corn kernels
-Hot sauce
-Salt & Pepper
  1. Prick each potato a few times on each side with a fork.
  2. Place potatoes in the microwave, directly on the turntable. Microwave for 3-4 minutes on each side. They should be tender and easily poked through with a fork.
  3. Carefully remove potatoes from microwave and wrap in a clean kitchen towel. Let sit for 2 minutes before opening.
  4. Slice potatoes in halves and top as desired. Enjoy!
  5. Optional: if you want the potatoes to have crispy skin, rub olive oil and sea salt over the cooked potatoes, then bake in a preheated 200°C / 400°F toaster oven or oven for 10 minutes or until crispy.
Notes
  • Do not skip the step to prick the potatoes. The holes allow steam to escape while the potatoes are cooking. Otherwise they might explode inside the microwave!
  • Use oven mitts and take care when handling the potatoes as they will be very hot.
  • The toppings listed are just what I had on hand. Feel free to add or substitute any ingredient you like instead!
  • I like using non-fat Greek yogurt as a lighter and higher protein substitute for sour cream. But feel free to stick to sour cream if that is your preference.