How to make baked potato in the microwave

July 5, 2024
by HelloFresh Tips & tricks

    It’s easy to whip up a quick ‘baked’ potato in your microwave, all while skipping the oven-baking process. Ideal for office lunches, hearty snacks or even a hassle-free dinner when you’re too tired to cook, microwaved baked potatoes are just as delicious.

    What’s not to love?

    The jacket potato, with its enduring popularity, continues to be reinvented and reimagined across a variety of recipes. So, what makes the baked ‘jacket’ potato so great?

    Quick to cook

    Instant lunches have become popular, from soup in a cup to instant noodles. When it comes to office lunches, people want flavour available at the zap of a button. The humble baked potato offers a quick option that’s both filling and nutritious. 

    Easy to flavour

    While some may think jacket potatoes are bland, the potato offers a blank canvas that’s easy to flavour. From salty butter and melted cheese to spices like chilli and paprika, most seasonings pair well with potatoes to create a tasty base for your meal.

    Assortment of fillings

    Baked potatoes can be paired with various fillings to create a much more substantial meal. Favourite fillings include beans, cheese, chilli con carne, tuna, chicken and roasted vegetables. 

    From lunch to dinner

    Versatility is a great feature for any meal. From hearty brunches to dinner on the go, baked potatoes merge the boundaries between brunch, lunch and dinner.

    How to microwave jacket potatoes 

    The best way to make baked potato is to keep it crispy on the outside and fluffy on the inside.

    1. Pierce the skin of your potatoes with a fork all around the outside to create passages for the steam to escape.
    2. In a microwaveable dish, place your potatoes and cover them with a piece of kitchen paper. 
    3. Microwave for four minutes before you carefully take them out and turn them over.
    4. Place the covered potatoes back into the microwave and cook for another four minutes.
    5. Continue the process until cooked soft with wrinkled skin.

    To crispen up the skins, pop your microwaved baked potato into a preheated oven at 220 degrees for 10 minutes. Remove the potato, cut it open and serve with your choice of topping.


    All cooking appliances vary. These are guidelines only. Ensure the food is piping hot before serving. Do not reheat.

    For more time-saving potato recipes just like this one, take a look at the HelloFresh menu to enjoy delicious meals without the hassle.


    All food products vary. The instructions printed on the food packaging always supersedes those printed in this article and must always be followed.
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