Thursday, September 6, 2012

How To Microwave Delicious Red Potatoes

I was at a friend's house last night and she showed me a way to cook red potatoes in the microwave I had never seen before! In truth you could use any kind of waxy potato (gold, purple, etc.). It's super easy and quick, even in my cheap, old microwave! I wish I had known how to do this when I was living in a dorm, they taste just like when you boil them! 

Method #1 - Steamed Potatoes

First, take your potatoes and give them a good scrub, cut off anything that doesn't look appetizing. 

Second, take those suckers and poke them with a fork a few times. 

Then, wrap in plastic wrap.

Put the wrapped potatoes on a microwave safe dish and microwave for 3-6 minutes. My friend has a nice, new microwave and hers only took 3 minutes. I have a really old one that's low wattage and it took 6 minutes. Only you can judge your microwave :) 

Carefully take out of the microwave, unwrap and stick a knife in one to see if it's done. It should be soft and slide in easily. 

Slather with butter and seasoning! Mmmm! (Mr. Eight couldn't stop talking about these. Just kept saying how he couldn't believe they'd come out of a microwave!)

Method #2 - Potato Chips

That's right! Potato chips! You can easily make your own tasty (mostly healthy) chips in the microwave!

Scrub the potatoes really well, then slice as thin as you can. Try to be consistent so they cook evenly.

Now, I've seen a few different ways you can do the next part. 

Toss the potato slices in sea salt/seasoning/olive oil, then lay them out on a single layer on a microwave safe plate. (This is what I did).

OR take the microwave plate out of the microwave, lay down a piece of parchment paper (spray it with cooking spray if you aren't oiling your potatoes) and lay down a single layer of potato slices on the parchment. Cover with another layer of parchment.

OR spray your microwave plate with cooking spray and lay a single layer of potato slices on it. 

They all seem to have good results! 

Cook them for 4-8 minutes. Stand near the microwave and watch them, when they get golden and crispy they are good to go. You may want to flip them over half way through.

You can put them on a rack to cool if you have one, I don't so I didn't and they were fine. 

That's it! Eat, Share, Enjoy!


  1. This is great! I LOVE homemade potato chips, but they always took so long to make, this will save me tons of time!

  2. I love red potatoes and microwaving them is so easy.

  3. I have never tried homemade potato chips! I knew you could do baked potatoes in the microwave but not chips. I will have to try it sometime!

  4. I had no idea you could make chips in the microwave. I nuke yukons all the time, but never bothered with plastic wrap.


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