Baked potato on a plate.

Microwave Baked Potatoes

This Microwave Baked Potatoes recipe makes soft and fluffy potatoes in just minutes! This is the easiest and fastest way to make baked potatoes.

Course Side Dish
Cuisine American
Keyword microwave baked potatoes
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 8 minutes
Total Time 18 minutes
Servings 3 servings
Calories 169 kcal
Author Anna


  • 3 medium Russet potatoes
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ¼ teaspoon black pepper
US Customary - Metric


  1. Wash the potatoes and pierce in several spots with a fork. This is important to prevent the potatoes from bursting during cooking. Poke 4 to 5 times on each side.
  2. Place the potatoes on a microwave-safe plate or a large bowl.
  3. Microwave at 100% power for 6 minutes.
  4. Gently squeeze the potatoes with kitchen tongs. If they are not soft enough, cook for an additional 1 to 2 minutes. The magic number for me was 8 minutes.
  5. Remove from microwave and cool until easy to handle.
  6. Cut the potatoes lengthwise, not cutting all the way through, squeeze the ends toward the center and fluff the inside with a fork.
  7. Serve with your favorite toppings: salt, pepper, butter, sour cream, chives, dill, bacon, cheese, etc

Recipe Notes

Nutrition Facts
Microwave Baked Potatoes
Amount Per Serving
Calories 169 Calories from Fat 9
% Daily Value*
Fat 1g2%
Saturated Fat 1g6%
Sodium 398mg17%
Potassium 888mg25%
Carbohydrates 39g13%
Fiber 3g13%
Sugar 1g1%
Protein 5g10%
Vitamin C 12mg15%
Calcium 28mg3%
Iron 2mg11%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.