Jacket Potato (Microwave)

A filling meal, now made even quicker...



Prep time

5 minutes

Cook time

25 minutes

An easy lunch or dinner which can be topped with various of toppings to your liking. Cooking them in the microwave halves cooking time.


1 russet or baking potato
1 tbsp olive oil
1 tsp butter
salt and pepper, to taste 


1. Wash the potatoes, removing any dirt and impurities.

2. Using a fork, stab the potatoes 4 times on each side. This will allow steam to escape whilst cooking and prevent any explosions!

3. Put the potatoes onto a plate and into the microwave. Cook on full power for 5 minutes.

4. Flip the potatoes over, using caution as they’ll be hot. Again on full power, cook for further 3 minutes if cooking 1 potato. If cooking more than one, cook for 5 more minutes instead.

5. When cooked through, a fork should be able to easily pierce through right to the centre. If they aren’t fully cooked, microwave again for 1 minute bursts.

6. Season the skin with salt and pepper.
7. Let the potato rest for 2 minutes then using a knife, slice down the middle and top with butter.

Chef’s tips

To achieve a golden, crispy skin. Place the potatoes in oven at 220°C/200°C fan/gas 7 for around 10 minutes or until the skin is as crispy as you like it. 

Why not try a creamy mushroom topping, chickpea dahl or a spicy tuna filling?


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