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How To Make a Baked Potato in the Microwave

March 20th, 2012 Cooking

A nice baked potato is a hearty and satisfying dinner, but sometimes after a long day at work the last thing you want to do is wait for a pot of water to boil and prepare the thing. However, you can achieve similarly tasty results in the microwave - it takes a few extra steps, but you'll end up saving a whole lot of time waiting for the potato to be ready. Here's how to do it.

First, you want to use a fork to poke a bunch of holes in the potato. You can also cut a large X into the long side. Wrap it in a wet paper towel so that it keeps its moisture. Put the wrapped potato on a plate and into the microwave.

How long you run the microwave depends on how large the potato is. For a small one, it should be about three minutes, between four and a half and five minutes for medium size, and about eight minutes for a large one. Cook at about one-third power so that you don't immediately zap all of the moisture out of the potato.

Stop microwaving when the potato is still a little bit firm in the middle. It's going to passively cook for a few minutes after you remove it, so you don't want to overdo it. You can speed up the passive cooking process by wrapping it in aluminum foil, though this step isn't necessary (but make sure you keep the foil out of the microwave).

When the core is finished cooking, you're done! Bring out your favorite garnishes and enjoy.