You could start preheating your oven for fifteen minutes and then bake your potato for a further hour, but why would you ever do that when you can cook your microwave potato for only seven minutes? If you want to bake anything but don’t want to deal with the full-force heat of an oven, using a microwave is a great option. This is especially true in the summer when the days are already warm enough.
Clean It Up
First things first, you’ll want to scrub your potato, especially if you want to keep the skin on your baked potatoes before you eat them. Scrub it well to remove all of the dirt and grime, then thoroughly rinse and dry it once you’re done.
If you prick your potato all over with a fork, it will allow the steam to escape throughout the cooking process, which will avoid an explosion from occurring inside your microwave, and it will also help the potato take on a fluffier texture once it has been cooked. Do not skip this step since it is vital to the process! If you want the skin to get a little bit crispy, make sure that the potato has been completely dried off after it has been washed, and then massage it with a little amount of oil just before you put it in the microwave.
We like to use a typical russet potato for our baked potato, but you can truly give any tuber variety this same treatment. Cooking durations may vary based on the size and density of the potato. Start for three or four minutes, then flip the hot potato with a pair of tongs and continue cooking for another three minutes. If more time is required to get the ideal texture of a soft and creamy baked potato, continue cooking for additional minutes.
It’s up to you whether you want to take it simple or go all out with the toppings. Even if it was prepared in a microwave, an interesting experience might still result from eating the food. Prepare it straightforwardly by loading it up with a touch of butter, a dollop of sour cream, a dash of salt and pepper, and the fresh herbs that you enjoy the most. Alternately, you may sprinkle on some cheese, return the dish to the microwave for one minute to melt the cheese, and then finish it off with some crispy bacon. You could also go the unconventional route and serve the dish in one of the following ways: pesto with freshly grated Parmesan, a smear of miso, and a sprinkle of furikake, or with a runny sunny-side-up egg and a drizzle of spicy sauce. Of course, if you are still set on baking your baked potato in an oven, you can rest certain that we have you covered in this regard as well.
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Flaky sea salt
Butter, for serving
- Thoroughly wash the potato, pat it dry, and then use a fork to puncture it three to four times. Put the potato on a dish that is safe for the microwave, and microwave it for 7 minutes, flip it over halfway through the cooking process, If after seven minutes of microwaving your potato is not fork-tender, continue cooking it in increments of one minute. Let rest for 2 minutes.
- Cut the potato in half lengthwise, season with salt and pepper, and then spread butter on top of each half before serving.