Basic Baked Potato Recipe

A basic baked potato can be the anchor for so many dishes. It can serve as a meal just by itself—add a few favorite toppings, like sour cream, butter, chives, and bacon bits, and you have a filling and tasty meal. Or you can scoop out the baked potato, leaving the skins as a nice shell, and mix the potato with cheese, herbs, BBQ, and more. Spoon the mixture back into the crust, top with more cheese(!) and bake. You now have a twice-baked potato. This easy baked potato recipe uses the microwave – a quick method that will allow you to prepare baked potatoes for a weeknight dinner. If you want to turn this dish into an oven baked potato recipe, simply pierce the potato with a fork and rub it down with oil. Set the potato on a wire rack set over a baking sheet, which keeps the potato elevated and allows air to circulate all around for even cooking.

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Active Time:
5 mins
Total Time:
15 mins
1 serves


  • 1 (8-oz.) russet potato

  • 1/4 teaspoon olive oil


  1. Scrub 1 (8-oz.) russet potato; pierce potato all over with a fork. Place in a medium-size microwavable bowl, and rub potato with 1/4 tsp. olive oil. Microwave on HIGH until mostly tender, about 5 minutes. Flip potato, and microwave on HIGH until fully tender, about 2 to 3 more minutes. Let stand 5 minutes before serving or using in another recipe.

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