Not sure how to microwave a baked potato to serve with steak or pork chops? Here's everything you need to know to make your taters taste perfect, even when you don’t feel like turning on the conventional oven.
Microwave a Baked Potato Like a Pro
Follow these steps to make the best baked potatoes in the microwave oven.
Assemble Your Ingredients
No one likes a boring potato. Here's everything you'll need to make your baked potato a delicious side dish or main course:
- A potato. We recommend using standard russet potatoes, whether you're making them in the oven or the microwave. These spuds are larger than other potato varieties and are used in the majority of baked potato recipes.
- Sour cream. We recommend using a teaspoon or two to add flavor to your potato once it's baked.
- Salt and pepper. Spices make everything taste better, and salt and pepper are two you always want handy. Sprinkle just a bit on your baked potato, and it'll taste fantastic.
- Grated cheddar cheese. Melted cheese makes the perfect addition to a baked potato. We recommend grating the cheese after the potato is fully baked so it won't get overdone in the microwave.
- Butter. There's nothing like a little bit of butter on a hot potato.
- Extra ingredients like bacon bits, broccoli, hot sauce, and fresh herbs will take your potato to the next level.
Prepare the Potato
Follow these simple steps to get a perfectly cooked potato – no oven required.
- Thoroughly scrub the potato and pat it dry with a paper towel.
- Use a fork to poke multiple holes in the surface of the potato. These holes are a must – they'll prevent the potato from exploding in the microwave. Depending on the size of the potato, you might need to poke the skin anywhere from two to five times.
- Put the potato on a microwave-safe plate and turn the microwave on for five minutes.
- After five minutes have passed, turn the potato over on its side and cook it for five more minutes. The cooking time may vary depending on your microwave and the potato size, especially if you’re using multiple different sizes.
- Use oven mitts or a pair of tongs to pull the potato out of the microwave and cut it in half lengthwise, making sure to keep the halves slightly together at the base.
Adding Toppings to Your Loaded Baked Potato
Once your potato is finished baking and you’ve cut it in half, it’s time to start adding toppings. All of your toppings will go in the slot you cut between the two halves of the potato. This slot can fit anything from a simple blend of butter and salt to an elaborate combination of bacon, broccoli, cheese. It’s up to you to decide what you want to add to your potato, so get creative.
We recommend starting with a sprinkling of salt and pepper, then adding a pat of butter. These ingredients pair perfectly with virtually anything else, so they’re always a great place to start.
After adding salt, pepper, and butter, it’s the perfect time to grate cheese and put it on top of the potato. After grating and sprinkling the cheese, place the potato in the microwave for another minute to let the cheese melt.
Once you’ve got melted cheese on your potato, feel free to add other ingredients like broccoli, bacon, or sour cream.
The next time you put together a grocery list with us, make sure to add whatever toppings you’re looking for. Then, those ingredients, plus everything else you need for your week of meals, will be delivered or made ready for you to pick up! It really is that easy with Jow.