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how to bake a potato in the microwave


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Step 1

Scrub the potatoes clean. Scrub the potatoes thoroughly under running water and pat them dry. You don't have to remove the eyes, but trim away any blemishes with a paring knife. Pat dry.

Step 2

Pierce with a fork. Prick the potatoes four or five times on each side with a fork. This allows steam to escape from the baking potato.

Step 3

Rub with olive oil, salt, and pepper. Rub the potatoes all over with a little olive oil. Generously sprinkle the potatoes with salt and pepper.

Step 4

Microwave for 5 minutes. Place the potatoes in a microwave-safe dish and microwave at full power for 5 minutes.

Step 5

Flip the potatoes. Use a fork or tongs to flip the potatoes — they will be hot. If you remove the dish from the microwave, use oven mitts, as the dish will be hot.

Step 6

Continue microwaving the potatoes. If cooking one potato, microwave for an additional 3 minutes. If cooking two or more potatoes, microwave an additional 5 minutes.

Step 7

Check the potatoes. When done, the potatoes should be easily pierced with a fork or paring knife all the way to the center. Continue to microwave in 1-minute bursts as needed until the potatoes are cooked through. Use oven mitts to remove the dish from the microwave.

Step 8

OPTIONAL — Crisp the potatoes in the oven. If you'd like crispier skin, heat the oven to 425°F while the potatoes are microwaving, then transfer them to the oven to roast. Check every few minutes and remove once the skin is dry and crisped.

Step 9

Serve the potatoes. Let the potatoes cool briefly, then serve. Potatoes can also be cooled completely and refrigerated for up to 4 days; reheat in the microwave or in the oven.

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