If you’re like me, making a meal at home can be a time-consuming process. I’m not the best cook and I love simple foods that take little effort or time to prepare. That said, I don’t mind spending an hour on dinner if it means that I’ll have something delicious to eat! If you’re looking for another way to save some time in the kitchen, try baking potatoes in the microwave. It’s one of my favorite go-to cooking methods because it takes just a few minutes and comes out perfectly cooked every single time.
What you’ll need
To make this a simple, one-pot process, you’ll need:
- A microwave. If you don’t have one, go buy one right now! They’re pretty cheap and they can help speed up cooking time.
- Potatoes–I recommend Yukon Golds because they’re drier than Russets and therefore more likely to be cooked through in the same amount of time (if not quicker). You can use any type of potato that you prefer; just make sure it’s small enough to fit inside your microwave (about 2 inches).
- The knife method requires some practice but once mastered is very quick and easy to do so if you want something extra special for dinner tonight try these tips from Cooking Light Magazine
Step 1 — Scrub potatoes clean and dry
- Scrub potatoes clean and dry.
- Use a scrub brush to clean the potatoes, then use a paper towel or kitchen towel to dry them off completely before baking them in the microwave. If you don’t have any of these resources handy, just use your fingers! Or even better: wash two or three times with soap and water so that there’s no dirt left on your hands when you go back into the kitchen later on (this will also keep things from sticking). Finally, poke holes in each potato piece with a fork before putting them in the microwave so steam can escape while cooking through quickly–as much as possible without burning yourself!
Step 2 — Put the whole potato in the microwave.
- Put the whole potato in the microwave.
- Microwave on high for about 5 minutes or until fork-tender, depending on how large your potato is. You can test to see if it’s done by inserting a knife into it and if it goes in easily, your potatoes are done!
Step 3 — Microwave on high for about 5 minutes or until fork-tender.
When you’re done cooking, use a fork to pierce the skin of the potato and make sure that it’s fork tender. If it isn’t, put it back in for another 2 minutes.
If you don’t get fork tender after 5 minutes on high, microwave on low (100% power) for an additional 3-5 minutes until soft enough to cut with a sharp knife or fork.
Step 4 — Test to see if it’s done by inserting a knife into it and if it goes in easily, your potatoes are done.
If you’re adding potatoes to a potato salad, you can skip this step. But if you want to make mashed potatoes, this step is important because it will help ensure that your potatoes are cooked through and evenly mashed.
To test whether your potatoes are done, insert a knife into them and if it goes in easily, your potatoes are ready!
Baking potatoes in the microwave is a quick way to cook them.
Microwave potatoes are a quick way to cook them.
- Microwave potatoes are easy to make, healthy, and easy to store.
If you’re new to baking potatoes in the microwave, it may seem like a daunting task. But don’t worry: it’s actually very easy! Just make sure that you follow these steps and you will be cooking your potatoes in no time at all.