I’ve always had baked potatoes this way. It never occurred to me growing up that they aren’t actually baked.
I was well past college, well into my adult years before I ever realized that not everyone made potatoes this way.
But everyone should.
These potatoes are perfectly fluffy and tender and steamy and so delicious. And they are ready to go in about 10 minutes. Who has time to heat up an oven and let a couple of potatoes roast for an hour?
Potatoes are a great pairing for so many dinners. Or they can be the dinner, as in cheesy chicken and broccoli baked potatoes or chicken hash over baked potatoes. Even when served plain, everyone can fix theirs just as they please, so they work well for families with different tastes (aka picky eaters).
And any way you serve it, they are perfectly portion controlled. I tend to get a bit crazy when piling pasta or rice on my plate, but a potato? The whole thing is mine.
And I’m one of those people who eats the entire potato, skin and all. I take after my dad that way. I’m a serious potato lover, and these microwave baked potatoes measure up beautifully.
We have these at least a couple of times a week. They make dinner so easy! Try these and you’ll never go back. You’ll just have perfect, fast “baked” potatoes every time.
10-minute baked potatoes
These "baked" potatoes come out perfectly fluffy and tender every time!
- 2-4 russet potatoes
- Favorite toppings: salt and pepper, butter, Greek yogurt (or sour cream), shredded cheese, crumbled bacon, green onions - whatever you like
- Scrub the potatoes. Poke each potato 5-6 times with a fork - I do it a few times on each side. Place potatoes directly onto the microwave plate.
- Microwave. The time depends on the number of potatoes and the size of your potatoes. See notes.
For 1 medium-sized potato, start with 5 minutes. When the time is up, get a towel or oven mitt and gently squeeze the sides of the potato. If it gives without resistance and starts to open up, it's ready. If it still seems a bit firm, microwave for another minute at a time until tender.
For 2 medium-sized potatoes, start with 10 minutes microwave time. Do the squeeze test and then add a minute or two as needed, until tender.
For 4 potatoes, start with 15 minutes. Do the squeeze test and add another minute or two as needed.
|Amount Per Serving||As Served|
|Calories 586kcal Calories from fat 6|
|% Daily Value|
|Total Fat 1g||2%|
|Saturated Fat 0g||0%|
|Dietary Fiber 10g||40%|
Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs:
|Total Fat||Less than||65g|
|Sat Fat||Less than||25g|
Want to make it a meal? Try my fast cheesy chicken and broccoli twice-baked potatoes – an all-in-one meal that everyone will love!
How high can YOU stuff them?!