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How To Microwave Potatoes

Want an easy, delicious and fast way to cook your potatoes? This is it!

These microwave potatoes take only 10 minutes to make. Soft on the inside with a slightly crispy skin. These are similar to our crispy air fryer potatoes. Add your favorite toppings for the perfect side dish to any meal!

red baby potatoes with minced garlic and chopped parsley and spatula.

Easy Way To Cook Potatoes

  • Microwaving is an easy way to cook potatoes fast. This method only takes 10 minutes.
  • The result is potatoes that are soft and tender on the inside with a crispy outer skin.
  • Potatoes are inexpensive and a great way to save money on the grocery budget!
  • This is such an effortless side dish to enjoy with almost any meal. From roasted turkey, steak, roast beef, burgers, salmon or oven-fried chicken.
  • You can use this method to cook potatoes fast and mash them for recipes like turkey leftover casserole. This also works for mashed sweet potatoes.
Recipe ingredients including bowl of baby red potatoes, bowls of minced garlic, chopped parsley, vegetable oil, salt and pepper.

Recipe Ingredients

POTATOES: I used red potatoes for this recipe, but most potatoes will work. Feel free to try this method with white baby potatoes, medium potatoes, or large russet potatoes.

SEASONINGS: To add flavor, vegetable oil, minced garlic, chopped parsley, salt and pepper are tossed with the cooked potatoes. This step is optional but is easy and delicious. Feel free to season with your favorites. Melted butter, sour cream, hot sauce, or salsa would all taste great on these cooked potatoes.

How To Cook Potatoes In The Microwave

This method is one of the easiest ways to cook potatoes!

  1. Scrub outsides, slice off unwanted bits, and poke outside skin with a fork multiple times.
  2. Mix together seasoning ingredients according to full recipe instructions below.
  3. Microwave potatoes on a plate for 9-11 minutes. Poke with a fork to check for tenderness.
  4. Toss with seasoning, serve and enjoy!

Leftovers can be stored in an airtight container in the fridge up to 4-5 days. They can be reheated in the microwave.

White bowl with microwaved baby red potatoes with garlic, parsley, oil and a small spatula.

Recipe Tips

  • Any style of potato that you would bake in the oven or barbecue will work for the microwave method.
  • Large sweet potatoes will probably be too big and take too long to cook. Slice them in half or quarters before cooking.
  • Flavor the potatoes any way you’d like. Drizzle melted butter, olive oil, avocado oil, or melted coconut oil. Add flavor with sour cream, minced garlic, chopped cooked bacon, chives, hot sauce, salsa, salt and pepper.
Can I Cook Russet Potatoes In Microwave?

Yes. The same method applies for all styles of potatoes. Poke the outside skin multiple times with a fork. Place on a plate and microwave for 9-11 minutes, until soft.

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How To Microwave Potatoes

These microwave potatoes take only 10 minutes to make. Soft on the inside with a slightly crispy skin. Add your favorite toppings!
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Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 15 minutes
Servings: 5 servings

Ingredients

Instructions

  • Wash potatoes and slice off any unwanted pieces. Use a fork to prick the sides of the potatoes in multiple places.
    Uncooked potatoes in a white bowl with a fork beside.
  • Add olive oil, minced garlic, parsley, salt and pepper to a bowl. Mix together. Set aside.
    Small white bowl with chopped parsley, oil, minced garlic, salt and pepper. A spatula inside.
  • Place potatoes on a microwafe safe plate in a single layer. Microwave for 9-11 minutes. Check doneness by poking potatoes with a fork.
    Carefully remove plate from microwave using oven mitts (it will be hot).
    Red potatoes on a white plate.
  • Toss potatoes with the dressing.
  • Serve and enjoy!
    Cooked potatoes in a white bowl with a spatula.

Recipe Notes:

  • Leftovers can be stored in an airtight container in the fridge up to 4-5 days. They can be reheated in the microwave.
  • Any style of potato that you would bake in the oven or barbecue will work for the microwave method.
  • Large sweet potatoes will probably be too big and take too long to cook. Slice them in half or quarters before cooking.
  • Flavor the potatoes any way you’d like. Drizzle melted butter, drizzled olive oil, avocado oil, or coconut oil. Add flavor with sour cream, minced garlic, chopped cooked bacon, chives, hot sauce, salsa, salt and pepper.
Nutrition
Sodium: 260mg | Calcium: 22mg | Vitamin C: 17mg | Vitamin A: 347IU | Sugar: 2g | Fiber: 2g | Potassium: 648mg | Calories: 148kcal | Monounsaturated Fat: 4g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Fat: 6g | Protein: 3g | Carbohydrates: 22g | Iron: 1mg

Please note these nutritional values provided above are just an estimate. Actual numbers will vary based on brands and ingredients you choose, and your preferred portion sizes.

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