Looking for a healthy snack that you can make easily in your microwave? Perhaps you have run out of meals and don’t have time to go grocery shopping. Or maybe you are looking to replace unhealthy food buys, with a low cost healthy alternative. If you want a snack that’s easy to make, is healthy, and is low in cost, don’t look past cooking a microwave baked potato.
What’s so good about it?
A microwave baked potato works great as a cheap, healthy, and easy to make snack, and it is a fantastic alternative to snacking on junk food. It’s also a good option for those times when a large dinner is too much food, but you still want something satisfying to eat. And the best part is it’s healthy and only takes a few minutes to make.
It is easy to forget that many vegetables, including the baked potato can be cooked in your microwave oven instead of a regular oven. You may not think to use your microwave to cook a baked potato as you may worry that it will not taste as good. But I can tell you, once you have perfected your cooking methods; a microwave baked potato is just as delicious and nutritious as an oven baked one. And as it is faster to cook, you are more likely to cook it as a snack more often, which can replace snacking on unhealthy foods.
Another benefit to cooking it in the microwave is that you are less likely to overeat. I notice when I cook in the oven I tend to do larger meals, as it takes a little more time and effort. Whereas in the microwave I can just cook one small thing, like a potato, and have a healthy snack for one in just minutes.
Tips on making the perfect microwave baked potato:
There are a few tips to perfecting cooking baked potatoes in the microwave. Here are a few to get you started. Firstly, you must puncture the potato all around it, with a fork, before microwaving it. Then it will steam and cook properly, and be similar to how it’s cooked in the oven. Secondly, be careful not to overcook your potato or to undercook it. To help you achieve the best result, keep an eye on the potato as it cooks. And thirdly, don’t just follow the time spent cooking in the microwave suggested from recipes blindly, as it can differ quite a bit from microwave to microwave. You probably already know if you have a very weak or very powerful microwave oven, so you may need to adjust the times accordingly for your particular microwave. If unsure, watch it as it cooks.
Mix it up!
Don’t forget to mix it up. You can change the taste of your potato a fair bit just by adding an extra ingredient or two. By adding a nutritious side or a tasty topping, you can make your potato snack more filling, and more delicious. Your homemade microwave baked potato will never get old as you change the ingredients just slightly to keep the meal tasty and interesting to you. It’s also quite fun to try different seasonings and toppings, and see what you can come up with.
Here are some ideas to change the taste and meal of your microwave baked potato:
- spread on some melted butter, a favorite for many
- top with tomato sauce
- serve with a homemade sauce (see some of our recipes below)
- sprinkle with salt and/or pepper
- serve with veggies like cooked peas or spinach, top with tomato sauce or gravy
- sprinkle chives or parsley on top
- top with sliced olives or mushrooms
- sprinkle with chopped onion
- have with a side of corn or peas
- stuff with finely chopped vegetables
- top with grated cheese
- have with a little sour cream
- instead of regular potatoes, try using sweet potatoes
- turn it into a larger meal by serving with a slice of chicken breast
- have a slice of ham or bacon on the side
- serve with vegetarian sausages and gravy
Look through your fridge and pantry to find any foods that might go well as a side dish, topping or filling. The choices look endless! Vegetables especially go really well together with a microwave baked potato. Use your imagination to come up with your own ideas on how to make a delicious meal of a microwave cooked baked potato.
Microwave Baked Potato Recipes
Recipe: Tiny Tasty Potatoes with Teriyaki
These teriyaki potatoes might be small in size, but they are large in flavor. And as a bonus, these full of flavor potatoes can be completely cooked using only your microwave oven. They also appear browned like they had been cooked in the oven (no-one will ever know!), as the teriyaki sauce that gives them a nice appealing color. Serve with sour cream, top with rosemary, or come up with your own garnish and serving ideas.
Serving Size: Makes approximately 5 side dishes
- 1 ½ pounds (approximately 15-18 potatoes) of fresh potatoes – tiny to small in size.
- 1 tablespoon of teriyaki sauce
- A dash of red pepper (ground)
- A dash of black pepper (ground)
- 1 tablespoon of margarine or butter
- ¼ of a teaspoon of crushed Italian seasoning (dried)
- ¼ of a teaspoon of garlic salt
- Optional: Sour cream
- Optional: Rosemary (freshly cut)
- Alternative: Instead of using tiny potatoes, you can substitute them for around 5 medium sized red potatoes.
- First, wash and scrub your fresh potatoes.
- Prepare the tiny potatoes, by cutting them into quarter size pieces.
- Alternatively, if you are using 5 medium sized potatoes, cut those into pieces approximately 1 inch in size.
- Pierce each potato with a fork a few times around the potato.
Directions for Microwave Cooking:
- Grab a microwave safe casserole dish, about 1 ½ quart in size.
- Place the potatoes into the dish.
- Then add the margarine or butter, the Italian seasoning, the garlic salt, and the teriyaki sauce.
- Also add the dashes of red and black pepper, and toss everything together to mix it well.
- Cover the dish, and microwave on the high setting until the potatoes have tendered. As a guide, this can take 11-15 minutes. Stop the microwave twice during this time to stir your dish.
- Before serving your dish, stir it once again once cooked.
- Optional: Top with fresh rosemary.
- Optional: Serve with a spoonful of sour cream on the side.
Recipe: Baked Sweet Potatoes with Tropical Sauce
This interesting recipe gives your baked potatoes a sweet and tropical taste. It’s great if you are looking for something a bit different, or are looking for something to make as a side dish that goes well with many main meals including chicken, fish, and burgers. Cook the potatoes in the microwave or oven, and the tropical sauce over the stove. Serve filled with a spoon of the sauce and some coconut on top.
Serving Size: Makes 8 side dishes
- 8 sweet potatoes – small in size
- 1 can (8 ounces) of pineapple pieces in their natural juice.
- 2 tablespoons of cornstarch
- 3 tablespoons of brown sugar (firmly packed)
- 3 tablespoons of water
- 1/2 cup of raisins
- 1 ½ cups of orange juice
- Optional: Shredded coconut (sweetened)
Cooking Directions, Microwave, Oven & Stove:
- Prepare the 8 sweet potatoes by washing and scrubbing.
- Using a fork or knife, piece the potatoes several times.
- If oven cooking, preheat your oven to 350 degrees (F).
Directions for Microwave Cooking:
- Grab a microwave safe bowl and add the pierced sweet potatoes. Depending on the dish, you may have to microwave the potatoes in a few batches.
- On the high setting, microwave each batch of potatoes until they feel tender after piercing. (This will be approximately 6 minute per pound).
Directions for Oven Cooking:
- After your oven is preheated, use a large baking tray, and place each pierced potato onto the tray.
- Bake potatoes for approximately 45 minutes. They will be done when piercing them makes them tender.
Stove-top Cooking Instructions for Sauce:
- Once the potatoes are almost ready, grab a sauce pan to make the sauce.
- Pour the pineapple juice from the can into the saucepan (but not the pieces), as well as the cups of orange juice, and stir.
- Next, we will add the pineapple pieces to the juice, but not before cutting each piece in half first.
- Then add in the brown sugar, as well as the raisins to the pan.
- On the stove, over a medium to high setting, bring juice mixture to a simmer. Stir frequently during the process.
- On the side, quickly mix the 2 tablespoons of cornstarch with 3 tablespoons of water. Stir mixture until it appears smooth.
- Then, gradually add this mixture to your juice in the saucepan. Continue to whisk the juice mixture during the process and afterwards.
- Continue to stir your sauce until it appears to be thick and you can see bubbling. (This will only take 30 seconds to a minute). Then your sauce is ready.
- When both your potatoes and sauce are ready, cut open each sweet potato. Use a fork to fluff up the opening, and fill with a nice big spoonful of tropical juice sauce. Yum!
- Optional: If you have some sweetened shredded coconut, you can add some to each potato for extra taste.
Recipe: Baked Potatoes with Veggie Stuffing
You can never go wrong with veggie stuffed baked potatoes, as everyone always seems to love them. Extra healthy, as it has extra veggies, this recipe involves: cooking the potato in the microwave, before moving to the oven, scooping out the insides, while keeping the skins intact, cooking your filling over the stove, and then stuffing the potato skins with your mix of veggies and potato mash. Yum! Goes well with salt and pepper, but feel free to try other toppings, such as a sauce.
Serving Size: Makes 4 side dishes
- 4 potatoes – large sized
- 1 packet (10 ounces) of frozen broccoli (pre-chopped) – thaw beforehand.
- 1 chopped onion – small sized
- 2 teaspoons of parsley – dried
- 1 tablespoon of vegetable oil
- 2 tablespoons of butter/margarine
- ½ a cup of salad dressing – ranch style
- Sprinkle of pepper to taste
- Sprinkle of salt to taste
- Preheat your oven to 425 degrees F or 220 degrees C.
- Use a fork to pierce each potato several times.
Cooking Directions, Microwave, Oven & Stove:
- Place the 4 large potatoes in a microwave safe dish, and microwave on high setting for 12 minutes.
- Move the half baked potatoes to a baking tray, and place in the oven. Oven should be preheated at 425 degrees F. Leave to bake for 15 minutes, and then remove the tray from oven.
- Once baked, carefully remove the top of each potato. You want to scoop out the inside of the potato or as much as you can, without damaging the potato skin. As you go, place the inside of the potatoes into a medium bowl.
- Next, mash together what potato you have in your medium bowl.
- Over the stove top, heat up a small skillet and stir in the butter, over a medium heat setting.
- Add in the chopped onion and sauté for approximately 5 minutes or until onions are tender.
- Add the onions, salad dressing, and chopped broccoli to the mashed potato and mix together.
- Use the vegetable oil to gently cover the exterior of each potato skin.
- Next, carefully scoop the mixed potato mash into each potato skin.
- Place the 4 stuffed potatoes onto a baking tray or cookie sheet.
- Bake in a preheated oven (425 degrees F) until heated through. (Approximately 15 minutes).
- Serve stuffed potatoes hot, using the dried parsley as a garnish. And sprinkle salt and pepper to your taste.
The handy meal of a baked potato can be just what you need for a satisfying snack. So when you are wondering what you can eat, and you just want something simple, satisfying, healthy, and easy to make, you can’t go wrong with cooking a microwave baked potato.