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How Long to Microwave a Potato

Learn how long to microwave a potato and get soft and tender potatoes every time. It's quick and easy plus much faster than oven-baking!
Prep Time1 min
Cook Time10 mins
Total Time11 mins
Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Keyword: how long to microwave a potato, microwave baked potato
Servings: 2 servings
Calories: 175kcal
Author: TipBuzz


  • 1 large russet potato see note

Garnishes (optional)

  • 1 teaspoon butter
  • 1 tablespoon sour cream
  • 1 tablespoon minced green onion or minced chives
  • salt and pepper to taste


  • Clean the potatoes under running water using a scrub brush. Trim away any blemishes.
  • Poke the potatoes 3-4 times about an inch deep using a small skewer, cake tester or fork. This important step helps steam to escape for even cooking.
  • Put the potatoes on a microwave-safe plate and place in the microwave. Cook on full power for 10 to 12 minutes (see notes for other potatoes).
  • Poke the potatoes with a fork to check they are tender. If not, cook longer in 1 minute increments until done.
  • As the plate will be hot, use oven mitts to remove it from the oven. Similarly, use kitchen tongs to transfer the potatoes to serving plates.
  • Carefully cut the potato open with a knife and fluff with a fork as desired. Add optional butter, sour cream, green onion/chives, salt and pepper to serve.


  • Potato: Baked potatoes are typically made from starchy varieties such as russets, Idahos or Yukon Golds. However, you can microwave other types and still get good results.
  • How Long to Microwave a Baked Potato: For two large potatoes (>4 inches), cook for 14 to 16 minutes; for 4 medium potatoes (3-4 inches), cook for 10 to 12 minutes; for 8 baby potatoes (1-2 inches), cook for 10 to 12 minutes. Add several minutes extra for smaller microwaves (600-800 Watts) and subtract several minutes for powerful microwaves that are (1100-1200 Watts).
  • Storage: Once fully cooled, cooked potatoes can be stored in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 4 days. You can reheat them using the microwave, oven or stovetop.


Calories: 175kcal | Carbohydrates: 34g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 3g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 8mg | Sodium: 14mg | Potassium: 778mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 102IU | Vitamin C: 11mg | Calcium: 31mg | Iron: 2mg