The Ultimate Microwave Baked Potato Guide

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The Ultimate Microwave Baked Potato Guide

Every now and then we get really immersed in a recipe. And so I have been eating at least one microwave baked potato almost every day for MONTHS.

In all shapes and sizes, flavours and toppings. Almost non-stop actually. Microwave potatoes are now my thing.

Whether for a full meal, or just fancy a quick snack – I go to a microwave baked potato.

Also known as jacket potatoes, baked potatoes, filled potatoes, they’re all cooked in the microwave – so for ease of use, I’ll just call it what it is – a microwave baked potato.

I love my carbs, and to me, a food life without carbs is a no-go. With that being said, I think it pays to keep an eye on what carbs.

Living non-stop off white pasta and white bread can be a dangerous line to walk – according to this article.

Swapping out some breads and pastas for potatoes can’t be a bad start. Potatoes have a lot going for them (see here). But the best thing about a microwave potato?

THE SPEED! The sheer, unadulterated speed! A microwave baked potato is SO QUICK! Just a few minutes in the microwave and they’re ready to go.

You can even use the cooking time to prepare the toppings, meaning you’ll have an awesome snack or even full meal ready to go in just minutes.

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Here’s how to microwave a baked potato

It’s easy! All you need to do is be aware of the size of potato, and how many potatoes you’re trying to cook at the same time. Don’t worry, we’ve done the math – follow our guide and you’ll be sorted.

All the times below use a 1000w microwave as a basis.

For example:

One large potato like this one (right) takes about nine minutes.

A medium potato like these (middle) takes about seven minutes.

A small potato like these (left) takes about five minutes.

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But my microwave isn’t 1000w!

Of course, not every microwave is 1000w. If yours is more or less powerful then add or remove about 1 minute for each 100w difference.

For example, looking again at the large potato. It usually takes about nine minutes.

If using a 1200w microwave (plus 200w) then take off two minutes (so cook for seven minutes).

If using an 800w microwave (minus 200w) then add two minutes (so cook for eleven minutes).

But I don’t want to cook just one microwave potato. I want moreeeeee!

Of course you do, who doesn’t? No problemo.

When adding potatoes, just up the time.

For example: you’d like to add one more large potato. Add four minutes. To add two more large potatoes, add eight minutes (I wouldn’t cook more than three large potatoes at the same time).

To add a medium potato, add three minutes. To add two, add six minutes. To add three, add nine minutes. And so on.

To add a small potato, add two minutes. To add two, add four minutes. 3 more potatoes is an extra six minutes. And so on.

When adding extra potatoes just add or remove one minute for each potato for every 200w difference.

For example – you want to add more large potato in an 800w microwave – add five minutes instead of the usual four.

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How to bake potatoes – what else to watch out for

  • ALWAYS PIERCE YOUR POTATOES WITH A FORK! DO NOT MICROWAVE THE POTATOES WITHOUT PIERCING!

They will very likely explode otherwise. Each microwave potato needs several good piercings, at least four, and up to eight or ten for the bigger potatoes.

Do this on a flat surface, carefully, while holding the potato steady with one hand. Don’t pick up the potato and try to pierce it in mid-air, equally do not try and pierce the potato without holding it all.

This is all tried and tested advice – I’ve tested it so you don’t have to. There’s no need for you to stab your hands as well.

I would also always give the potatoes a quick scrub. Any dirt should easily come off. If any part of the potato looks a bit manky then chop it right off.

Jacket potatoes are usually cooked with the skin on (hence the ‘jacket’ term) but it doesn’t unduly ruin the potato in any way, so don’t be afraid to lop off any less desirable parts.

How to microwave potatoes – be the pro

  • The times stated above are a guide, and there will always be some differences between potatoes and microwaves. When your potatoes are finished, give them a quick stab with a knife to check they’re soft enough. If you like them softer, give them another minute or two.
  • Stop the potatoes halfway through and turn them over. This ensures a more even cooking process.
  • If you’re in a mega rush, you can cut the potatoes open halfway through and make several slices into each piece. The potatoes will cook a little quicker now.

And finally – on to the toppings!

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Baked Potato Toppings

There are soooooooooo many good jacket potato fillings to choose from! We’ve compiled a list of our absolute favourites so even the least imaginative can find something amazing to eat.

 

The Original

Where it all started. Butter with a little salt and pepper. So good. Vegans can use a vegan margarine, no problem. That goes for the rest of the toppings, too.

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The Original

Cuisine Vegan, Vegetarian
Time 10 minutes
Prep Time 1 minute
Cook Time 9 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes
Servings 1
Calories 351 kcal

Ingredients

  • 1 large potato
  • 1 tbsp butter/vegan margarine
  • ½ tsp salt & pepper

Instructions

  1. Microwave the potato as stated earlier.

  2. When ready, slice a deep groove through the middle of the potato in both directions. Repeat the process diagonally.

  3. Add the butter, salt and pepper.

  4. Enjoy.

Nutrition Facts
The Original
Amount Per Serving
Calories 351 Calories from Fat 99
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 11g 17%
Saturated Fat 7g 35%
Cholesterol 30mg 10%
Sodium 144mg 6%
Potassium 1759mg 50%
Total Carbohydrates 53g 18%
Dietary Fiber 10g 40%
Protein 11g 22%
Vitamin A 7.1%
Vitamin C 58.9%
Calcium 12.8%
Iron 76.7%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

 

The UK

An all-time classic of baked beans and cheese. Brexit shouldn’t have an affect on this one. Surprisingly high in protein thanks to the beans and cheese. Butter/vegan margarine and salt/pepper are optional – and very tasty.

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The UK

Cuisine Vegan, Vegetarian
Time 13 minutes
Prep Time 4 minutes
Cook Time 9 minutes
Total Time 13 minutes
Servings 1
Calories 848 kcal

Ingredients

  • 1 large potato
  • 1 cup baked beans
  • ½ cup cheddar cheese, grated (vegan cheese for vegans)

Optional:

Instructions

  1. Microwave the potato as stated earlier.
  2. Heat up the beans.
  3. When ready, slice a deep groove through the middle of the potato in both directions. Repeat the process diagonally.
  4. Add optional butter, salt and pepper to the potato.
  5. Pour the hot beans over the potato.
  6. Sprinkle the grated cheddar cheese on top.
  7. Enjoy.
Nutrition Facts
The UK
Amount Per Serving
Calories 848 Calories from Fat 306
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 34g 52%
Saturated Fat 20g 100%
Cholesterol 107mg 36%
Sodium 1546mg 64%
Potassium 2599mg 74%
Total Carbohydrates 105g 35%
Dietary Fiber 24g 96%
Protein 38g 76%
Vitamin A 18.4%
Vitamin C 65%
Calcium 67%
Iron 102.8%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

 

The Aussie

A delicious combo of smashed avocado and sweet chilli sauce from down under. A little sour cream goes nicely, too.

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The Aussie

Cuisine Vegan, Vegetarian
Time 13 minutes
Prep Time 4 minutes
Cook Time 9 minutes
Total Time 13 minutes
Servings 1
Calories 571 kcal

Ingredients

  • 1 large potato
  • ½ avocado
  • 1 tbsp sweet chilli sauce (or sundried tomatoes)

Optional:

  • 1 tbsp butter or vegan margarine
  • ½ tsp salt & pepper
  • 1 tbsp sour cream
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • 1 tsp lemon juice (for the avocado)

Instructions

  1. Microwave the potato as stated earlier.
  2. Mash up the avocado. Add optional salt and lemon juice.
  3. When ready, slice a deep groove through the middle of the potato in both directions. Repeat the process diagonally.
  4. Add optional butter, salt and pepper to the potato.
  5. Layer the avocado over the potato, followed by the sweet chilli sauce (or chopped sundried tomatoes).
  6. Enjoy!

Recipe Notes

The nutritional information is with sweet chilli sauce (not sundried tomatoes) and includes all optional ingredients, too 🙂

Nutrition Facts
The Aussie
Amount Per Serving
Calories 571 Calories from Fat 261
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 29g 45%
Saturated Fat 10g 50%
Cholesterol 36mg 12%
Sodium 912mg 38%
Potassium 2246mg 64%
Total Carbohydrates 71g 24%
Dietary Fiber 17g 68%
Sugars 9g
Protein 13g 26%
Vitamin A 11.5%
Vitamin C 73.4%
Calcium 15.3%
Iron 79.8%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

 

The Manc Special

This cottage cheese and cucumber beauty hails from the north of England. It’s quick, simple and tasty – and the cottage cheese provides a good whack of protein, too.

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The Manc Special

Cuisine Vegetarian
Time 12 minutes
Prep Time 3 minutes
Cook Time 9 minutes
Total Time 12 minutes
Servings 1
Calories 463 kcal

Ingredients

  • 1 large potato
  • ½ cup cottage cheese
  • ¼ cucumber

Optional:

Instructions

  1. Microwave the potato as stated earlier.
  2. Slice the cucumber thinly.
  3. When ready, slice a deep groove through the middle of the potato in both directions. Repeat the process diagonally.
  4. Add optional butter, salt and pepper to the potato.
  5. Layer the cucumber slices and cottage cheese over the potato.
  6. Enjoy!
Nutrition Facts
The Manc Special
Amount Per Serving
Calories 463 Calories from Fat 144
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 16g 25%
Saturated Fat 9g 45%
Cholesterol 48mg 16%
Sodium 527mg 22%
Potassium 1970mg 56%
Total Carbohydrates 58g 19%
Dietary Fiber 11g 44%
Sugars 3g
Protein 23g 46%
Vitamin A 11.1%
Vitamin C 61.8%
Calcium 22.6%
Iron 76.7%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

 

The Bicep Buster

Talking of protein, this bad boy’s a beast. Filled with your favourite beans, lentils and cottage cheese, the protein levels of this one are off the charts. Embrace the gainzzz.

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The Bicep Buster

Cuisine Vegetarian
Time 14 minutes
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 9 minutes
Total Time 14 minutes
Servings 1
Calories 631 kcal

Ingredients

  • 1 large potato
  • ½ cup black beans (or just use your favourite)
  • ½ cup cooked lentils
  • ¼ cup cottage cheese

Optional:

Instructions

  1. Microwave the potato as stated earlier.
  2. Heat up the beans and lentils.

  3. When ready, slice a deep groove through the middle of the potato in both directions. Repeat the process diagonally.
  4. Add optional butter, salt and pepper to the potato.
  5. Pour the hot beans and lentils over the potato when ready.
  6. Add the cottage cheese on top.
  7. Enjoy!
Nutrition Facts
The Bicep Buster
Amount Per Serving
Calories 631 Calories from Fat 135
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 15g 23%
Saturated Fat 8g 40%
Cholesterol 39mg 13%
Sodium 338mg 14%
Potassium 2484mg 71%
Total Carbohydrates 95g 32%
Dietary Fiber 26g 104%
Sugars 3g
Protein 33g 66%
Vitamin A 8.6%
Vitamin C 60.7%
Calcium 21.3%
Iron 105%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

 

The Europa

Creamy garlic mushrooms with halloumi. Oh wow. If you like mushrooms, then this one is a must. You can find a quick link to creamy garlic mushrooms right here. This recipe can be made vegan by skipping the halloumi and making the mushrooms with coconut milk (see recipe).

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The Europa

Cuisine Vegan, Vegetarian
Time 20 minutes
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Servings 1
Calories 882 kcal

Ingredients

  • 1 large potato
  • 1/2 serving creamy garlic mushrooms
  • 2 oz halloumi cheese, chopped into squares and fried for a couple of minutes in (2 oz = 60 g)
  • ½ tbsp olive oil

Optional:

Instructions

  1. Microwave the potato as stated earlier.
  2. Make a serving of creamy garlic mushrooms.

  3. Chop the halloumi into squares and fry in oil for about five minutes.
  4. When ready, slice a deep groove through the middle of the potato in both directions. Repeat the process diagonally.
  5. Add optional butter, salt and pepper to the potato.
  6. Pour the creamy mushroom over the potato followed by fried halloumi on top.
  7. Enjoy!
Nutrition Facts
The Europa
Amount Per Serving
Calories 882 Calories from Fat 612
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 68g 105%
Saturated Fat 26g 130%
Cholesterol 30mg 10%
Sodium 803mg 33%
Potassium 879mg 25%
Total Carbohydrates 48g 16%
Dietary Fiber 5g 20%
Protein 29g 58%
Vitamin A 7.1%
Vitamin C 29.4%
Calcium 63.1%
Iron 38.3%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

 

The German

Efficient, to the point and damn tasty. Butter and salt (or vegan marg) topped with quark (or sour cream). Loved by an entire country.

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The German

Cuisine Vegetarian
Time 10 minutes
Prep Time 1 minute
Cook Time 9 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes
Servings 1
Calories 442 kcal

Ingredients

  • 1 large potato
  • ½ cup quark (or sour cream)

Optional:

Instructions

  1. Microwave the potato as stated earlier.
  2. When ready, slice a deep groove through the middle of the potato in both directions. Repeat the process diagonally.
  3. Add optional butter, salt and pepper to the potato.
  4. Pour the quark or sour cream over the potato.
  5. Enjoy!
Nutrition Facts
The German
Amount Per Serving
Calories 442 Calories from Fat 108
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 12g 18%
Saturated Fat 7g 35%
Cholesterol 30mg 10%
Sodium 194mg 8%
Potassium 1759mg 50%
Total Carbohydrates 58g 19%
Dietary Fiber 10g 40%
Sugars 5g
Protein 28g 56%
Vitamin A 7.1%
Vitamin C 58.9%
Calcium 12.8%
Iron 76.7%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

 

The Veggie King

Go wild and cook up your favourite veggies. We love grilled or fried zucchini, bell peppers, carrots, onion, mushrooms, corn and chili peppers. Cook them simply in a pan with a few herbs or spices (this fajita mix is perfect) or in a sauce (like this simple salsa).

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The Veggie King

Cuisine Vegan, Vegetarian
Time 20 minutes
Prep Time 9 minutes
Cook Time 11 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Servings 1
Calories 462 kcal

Ingredients

  • 1 large potato
  • ½ zucchini
  • ½ bell pepper
  • ¼ cup corn
  • 1 tbsp spice mix
  • cup water

Optional:

Instructions

  1. Microwave the potato as stated earlier.
  2. Chop the zucchini and bell pepper into small pieces and fry in oil for about six minutes.
  3. While frying add one tbsp spice mix and ⅛ cup water to the veg. Give it a good stir and add the corn for the last minute or so.
  4. When ready, slice a deep groove through the middle of the potato in both directions. Repeat the process diagonally.
  5. Add optional butter, salt and pepper to the potato.
  6. Pour the veggie medley over the potato.
  7. Enjoy!
Nutrition Facts
The Veggie King
Amount Per Serving
Calories 462 Calories from Fat 117
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 13g 20%
Saturated Fat 7g 35%
Cholesterol 30mg 10%
Sodium 160mg 7%
Potassium 2410mg 69%
Total Carbohydrates 78g 26%
Dietary Fiber 20g 80%
Sugars 7g
Protein 15g 30%
Vitamin A 55.3%
Vitamin C 174.8%
Calcium 38%
Iron 110.3%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

 

Keeping Up Appearances

Even just reading the ingredients out loud gives an air (or heir?) of class to this one. Butter and salt under a layer of brie and cranberries leads to an irresistible sweet-salty twist. Once you’ve gone upper-middle class there’s no going back.

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Keeping Up Appearances

Cuisine Vegetarian
Time 13 minutes
Prep Time 4 minutes
Cook Time 9 minutes
Total Time 13 minutes
Servings 1
Calories 678 kcal

Ingredients

Optional:

Instructions

  1. Microwave the potato as stated earlier.
  2. Chop the brie, almonds and cranberries into small pieces.
  3. When ready, slice a deep groove through the middle of the potato in both directions. Repeat the process diagonally.
  4. Add optional butter, salt and pepper to the potato.
  5. Pour the brie-cranberry mix over the potato. Top with the almonds.
  6. Enjoy!
Nutrition Facts
Keeping Up Appearances
Amount Per Serving
Calories 678 Calories from Fat 333
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 37g 57%
Saturated Fat 18g 90%
Cholesterol 87mg 29%
Sodium 502mg 21%
Potassium 2029mg 58%
Total Carbohydrates 64g 21%
Dietary Fiber 15g 60%
Sugars 3g
Protein 27g 54%
Vitamin A 13.8%
Vitamin C 66.9%
Calcium 28.5%
Iron 82.4%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

 

With all of these recipes, the butter, vegan margarine and salt/pepper is your call. If you want to cut down on fats and calories then cutting out butter/margarine can be a good way to go. None of the recipes (except The Classic) rely on it, and each recipe will still be great without it.

Equally, those watching their sodium intake should be aware of how much salt they add.

And that’s it – by now you know everything there is to know about microwave baked potatoes.

Any further questions? Fire away. Leave a question at the bottom and we’ll get back to you and add it here.

FAQS for the Ultimate Microwave Baked Potato Guide

Q: How many potatoes can I cook at one time?

A: In a standard microwave we’d stick to 3 large potatoes, 5 medium potatoes or 8 small potatoes at any one time. If you have a bigger microwave then feel free to up the amount.

Q: Baked potato calories – how many are there?

A: A large potato has about 250 – 280 calories, a medium one has about 160 calories, and a small one has roughly 130.

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  1. The German is missing its apfelmus (applesauce).

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