Microwave Baked Potato


If you want the yummy taste of a slowly baked potato but aren't patient enough, or don't have the know-how to bake it in an oven, this is for you. Give it 12 minutes and get a mouthwatering, taste bud-tingling treat.

Prep Time:
1 mins
Cook Time:
11 mins
Total Time:
12 mins
1 serving

When you're short on time or patience, waiting an hour or more for an oven-baked potato might seem like a tall order. That's why this recipe is so darn good – you can have a perfectly microwaved baked potato in just a little more than 10 minutes! It sounds too good to be true but, we promise, this recipe is just as good as reviewers say it is.

How to Make a Baked Potato In the Microwave

a view looking down to a perfect microwaved baked potato topped with melty cheese, sour cream, salt and pepper, on a plate with a fork


It couldn't be easier to microwave baked potatoes. You'll find the full recipe below, but here's a brief overview of what you can expect:

Prep Potato

Scrub your potato under running water, prick it with a fork, then place it on a microwave-safe plate.

Cook and Cut

Microwave for about 5 minutes, flip it over, and microwave it for about 5 more minutes. Let the potato cool for just a few minutes, until it's safe to handle. Cut the potato lengthwise so that it opens and forms a natural bowl.

Finish With Toppings

Sprinkle with salt and pepper, then mash the inside with a fork. Top with butter and Cheddar, then return to the microwave to melt the cheese. Finish it with sour cream and the toppings of your choice.

How Long to Microwave Baked Potatoes

We find that this 10-minute method works well to create a perfectly tender baked potato – 5 minutes on one side, 5 minutes on the other. However, not all microwaves cook at exactly the same power. If you've found in the past that your microwave is more or less powerful than other microwaves, you may want to adjust the recipe by a few minutes.

Best Potatoes for Baked Potatoes

This microwave baked potato recipe calls for a russet potato, and we think that's the best way to go. Russets have thick skin that crisps up nicely in the microwave or in the oven. Plus, they have super starchy insides that'll ensure a perfectly fluffy filling.

Technically, though, you can use any starchy potato you have on hand.

Baked Potato Toppings

Classic baked potato toppings include sour cream, Cheddar, crumbled bacon, and fresh chives. You can get as creative as you want, though! Try chili and shredded cheese for a fun take on a classic comfort food, cooked pulled pork and barbecue sauce to satisfy a barbecue craving, or pico de gallo and black beans for a Mexican-inspired option.

What to Serve With Baked Potatoes

You can eat these microwave baked potatoes as a meal by themselves. Just dress it up with toppings and you're good to go (throw in a Caesar salad or roasted veggies to add a little color to your plate). However, many people like to serve baked potatoes as a side dish, paired with hearty meat-based entrees. If you're in need of a little inspiration, try one of these delicious ideas:

Cast Iron Pan-Seared Steak (Oven-Finished)
Chef John's Salisbury Steak
Garlic Chicken
Easy, No-Mess Baked Salmon
Marinated Baked Pork Chops

Allrecipes Community Tips and Praise

"This was great," according to VIOLETSIVA. "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."

"Yum," says ecphan. "Great recipe! I've been looking for a good microwave baked potato recipe (I'm too lazy to oven bake them). This is very good. I've never tried a baked potato with cheese on it...I've been missing out. It adds a whole different dimension to the flavor."

"This was soooo good," raves newtshe. "I used olive oil and oregano to flavor the potato. Another reviewer added a tip to place a bit of water on the bottom of the plate to prevent drying out and it worked. Will be cooking another one tomorrow."

Editorial contributions by Corey Williams


  • 1 large russet potato

  • salt and ground black pepper to taste

  • 1 tablespoon butter

  • 2 tablespoons shredded Cheddar cheese

  • 1 tablespoon sour cream


  1. Gather all ingredients.

    everything you need to make a perfect microwave baked potato

    Dotdash Meredith Food Studios

  2. Scrub potato and prick with a fork. Place on a microwave-safe plate.

  3. Microwave on full power for 5 minutes. Turn potato over, and microwave until soft, about 5 more minutes.

  4. Remove potato from the microwave, and cut in half lengthwise. Season with salt and pepper and mash up the inside a little with a fork.

    a tender baked potato from the microwave, split in half and seasoned with salt and pepper

    Dotdash Meredith Food Studios

  5. Add butter and Cheddar cheese. Microwave until melted, about 1 more minute.

    a microwaved baked potato topped with butter and shredded cheddar cheese

    Dotdash Meredith Food Studios

    a microwave baked potato topped with melty cheddar cheese

    Dotdash Meredith Food Studios

  6. Top with sour cream, and serve.

    a view looking down to a perfect microwaved baked potato topped with melty cheese, sour cream, salt and pepper, on a plate with a fork


Cook's Note:

Total cook time will depend on the size of your potato and the wattage of your microwave.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

368 Calories
20g Fat
39g Carbs
9g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 1
Calories 368
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 20g 26%
Saturated Fat 13g 64%
Cholesterol 54mg 18%
Sodium 203mg 9%
Total Carbohydrate 39g 14%
Dietary Fiber 3g 10%
Protein 9g
Vitamin C 12mg 62%
Calcium 168mg 13%
Iron 2mg 11%
Potassium 929mg 20%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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