Can you Cook a Potato in a Microwave?

You have a potato, and you are thinking of cooking it in the microwave. You know that microwaves make food hotter than ovens, so there’s no way to avoid having your potatoes get spongy or limp.

Everyone has a different opinion on how to cook potatoes. It is difficult to know what cooking method will yield the best result, so we tried them all and tested each one in our own way before sharing with you this information that always seems like it would be easy but turns out not-so-easy.

Can you cook a potato in a microwave?

It is possible to cook a potato in a microwave, but it’s a tricky business. Potatoes are difficult to cook in a microwave because they’re of different sizes and shapes. Microwaves also don’t have the same focus on high heat as ovens do. The result is that many people end up with burnt potatoes or overcooked ones–hopefully not too much of either!

You can boil the potatoes for about 12 minutes or make them into hash browns and then place these on top of each other to form an actual potato disc shape. This will require some patience and time, so be sure you have plenty before beginning this process!

Potatoes are often cooked in the microwave because they can be easily sliced or diced. Microwave cooking is also quick and easy, but there are some important considerations like how much time to cook it for, what size potato you’re using, and whether you want a soft or crisp texture.

Microwaves vary greatly in their power so make sure to check your manual before attempting anything that requires precise timing.

How long should I cook a potato in the microwave?

The cooking time for a potato in the microwave will vary depending on how large your potato is, and what you are going to do with it. Due to this, there isn’t an answer that covers all scenarios. However, roughly speaking one should cook them for 6-10 minutes or until they are tender.

If you want to cook a potato in the microwave, it is best to use one that has been scrubbed and dried completely. The potatoes will also need some time to cool off before cooking them so they can be handled safely.

Microwaves heat food quickly but not enough for high-quality baked potatoes or crispy fries while Instant Pot’s pressure cooker makes fluffy soft chips in only 20 minutes with its easy user interface providing clear instructions on how long each step should take.

In summary, it is best to cook a potato in the microwave for 10-15 minutes depending on how you prefer them.

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Is it better to microwave or oven a baked potato?

The answer to this question depends on what you’re trying to achieve. Microwaving a potato in the microwave will be much quicker and easier than baking one in an oven, but the quality of both results are similar. However, if you have time constraints or want a baked potato that doesn’t need quite as long of cooking time, then it’s better off baking it in an oven.

How to cook a potato in the microwave



  • 1 large russet potato
  • 1 tablespoon butter or margarine
  • 3 tablespoons shredded Cheddar cheese
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 3 teaspoons sour cream


  1. Scrub the potato and puncture it numerous times with fork tines. Serve on a platter.
  2. Cook for 5 minutes on high power in the microwave. Cook for 5 minutes more on the other side.
  3. Remove the potato from the microwave when it is soft and cut it in half lengthwise.
  4. Season with salt and pepper, then mash the insides with a fork.
  5. Top the open sides with 2 tablespoons of cheese and 2 teaspoons of butter.
  6. Return to the microwave for another 1 minute to melt the cheese.
  7. Serve with the remaining cheese and sour cream.

Preheat the oven to 425°F and cook the potato(es) in the microwave according to the recipe directions.

After cooking, brush your potato with olive oil—it will be hot, so be careful! Place the potato on a baking pan and season well with salt (ideally coarse salt).

Bake for 10 to 15 minutes, or until the skin is crispy. Serve and have fun!

These timeframes are for baking potatoes weighing approximately 10 ounces. Start with one minute less for smaller potatoes and one minute more for larger potatoes.

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