How to Microwave Potatoes

Most of Your Potato Recipes
Can be Created in the Microwave



Do you have all the info you need about how to microwave potatoes for almost all of your best potato recipes? The basic process can be very simple however cooking potatoes in the microwave can vary according to the types of potatoes and the end result you want.

How to Microwave Potatoes

Some potato recipes, like baked potatoes, can be completely prepared with the use of your microwave oven.
Other recipes for potato dishes can be speeded up by use of the microwave then finished in your regualar oven.

Here is how to microwave potatoes for baked potato recipes:

  • Wash/scrub baking potatoes (large russets are usually best for baked potatoes) under cold running water.
  • Pierce the skins of the potatoes in several places with a fork to allow steam to escape and prevent the potatoes from "exploding" in the microwave.
  • Place potatoes on a microwave safe plate or in a microwave potato cooker.
  • One potato will take 6 - 8 minutes to cook; two potatoes 8 - 10 minutes; three potatoes 10 - 12 minutes; 4 potatoes 12 - 15 minutes. (depending on your microwave's power).
  • If your microwave does not have a turntable, rotate them halfway through the cooking time.
  • Test for doneness by piercing wtih a fork to see if they are tender.
**A microwaved baked potato will not have the crispy skin that an oven baked potato will have.

Your mashed potato recipes can be made quickly and easily with the use of your microwave oven. A great time saver for busy cooks. Here is how to microwave potatoes for mashed potato recipes:
  • Peel the number of potatoes you need. Cut them into large chunks and place them in a microwave safe bowl. Add 1/3 cup water for every 4 cups of potato chunks.
  • Cover the bowl containing the potatoes (if using plastic wrap, pierce the wrap in several place to allow steam to escape).
  • Microwave the potatoes until tender. This could be anywhere from 5 - 10 minutes depending on the number of potatoes.
  • Remove the potatoes from the microwave oven, add milk and butter a small amount at a time, and mash with a potato masher to the right consistency.
  • As an alternate, you can use a potato ricer.

Your potato salad recipes can also be made quickly and easily with the use of your microwave oven with just a couple variations on the instructions above. Here's how to microwave potatoes for potato salad recipes:

  • Peel the number of potatoes you need. Cut them into chunks or slices of the size you want to use in your potato salad recipes and place them in a microwave safe bowl. Add 1/3 cup water for every 4 cups of potato chunks.
  • Cover the bowl containing the potatoes (if using plastic wrap, pierce the wrap in several place to allow steam to escape).
  • Microwave the potatoes until almost tender. This could be anywhere from 5 - 10 minutes depending on the number of potatoes.
  • Remove the potatoes from the microwave oven and chill.
  • Stir in the remaining ingredients for the particular potato salad recipe you want to make.

Your potato soup recipes can be created almost entirely in your microwave oven. We use the example of an easy potato-leek soup. Here's how to microwave potatoes for potato soup recipes:

    Microwave Potato-Leek Soup

    3 leeks, thinly sliced
    3 1/2 c. potatoes, diced
    3 tbsp. butter
    2 c. milk
    1 1/2 c. chicken stock
    1 bay leaf
    1/4 tsp. thyme
    Salt and pepper to taste
    Chopped chives and sour cream garnish (optional)

    Put leeks, potatoes and butter into large microwave safe bowl. Cover and cook in microwave oven on high for 10 minutes. (adjust time for your specific microwave oven).

    Add milk, chicken stock, thyme, bay leaf, salt and pepper. Microwave on high for 7 minutes.

    Cool slightly. Remove bay leaf.

    Pour soup mixture into your blender or food processor and puree until smooth. Place mixture back into the bowl and microwave on high for 3 minutes more. Garnish with chives and sour cream if desired.

    Related Links:

    How to Bake Potatoes

    How to Boil Potatoes

    How to Peel Potatoes

    How to Rice Potatoes

    How to Roast Potatoes

    How to Cook Sweet Potatoes

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