About four decades ago, I got in a pinch for time while making dinner. I intended to bake a few potatoes in the oven as part of the main course, and I had wash them, and set them aside, but I went to prep something else, and promptly forgot to put the potatoes in the oven. Drats!
It was about 20 minutes before everyone arrived home expecting a hot meal before settling down for the evening.
So what did I do with those prepped potatoes?
Yes, I nuked them! But you guessed that from the title of this article.
Anyway, since potatoes come in difference sizes, below is my list for nuking your own hot potatoes in as little as possible. Don’t forget to puncture the potatoes with a fork on all four sides 2 to 3 times to vent and avoid exploring; also turn each potato once. Microwave the small potatoes on setting 7, and the larger ones on high.
As potatoes comes different sizes, so do microwave. Therefore, this tip is for microwaves in range of 900 to 1200 watts.
- Jumbo/King - microwave for 10 to 12 minutes
- Large - microwave for 8 ½ - 9 1/2 minutes
- Medium - 8 -9 minutes
- Small - 6 -71/2 minutes. You know that these are the runts in the bag.
- Wash the potatoes
- Place in a microwave streaming pan, like the one pictured below for 15-20 minutes, or use your steamer pot – electric or stovetop.
Additional tip: The great thing about microwaving potatoes is that you can make quick and easy twice baked potatoes by nuking them. First preheat the oven or toaster oven on broil. Then nuke the potatoes. While the oven is still heating, spoon out the potatoes meat from it skin into a mixing bowl. Mix in your ingredients, and transfer back into the skins. Place potatoes on a cookie sheet or baking rack and brown for 2 to 3 minutes or until desire brownness is reached.
Also, try a little pizza seasonings on your baked potatoes.
And, that’s it! An easy way to have your baked potatoes in no time.
Until next time,