How to Reheat a Baked Potato in the Microwave Oven

You have just come home from a long day of activity and there is nothing in the refrigerator except for a leftover baked potato. You don’t have enough money to call out for a pizza, so you make the best of what is available. This guide will instruct you how to make the best meal possible out of what some would consider to be garbage, using nothing more than your microwave.

Reheating your baked potato in the microwave will be a similar process to other kinds of potato dishes.  Potatoes are one of the easiest of vegetables to reheat.  The results are fantastic provided you follow some simple directions.  

Put the baked potato in the microwave in a microwave-safe dish, cover with a paper towel, and set the power level to “high.” Set the timer for one to three minutes, depending on the size of the potato. Microwave the potato until the buzzer sounds.

It is that simple! Just make sure that you remove any aluminum foil that may have been on the potato for conventional oven cooking or you might blow up your microwave. Handle the potato with care after removing it from the microwave because it will be a hot potato!

A reheated baked potato will not be very appetizing. Making the potato taste delicious will depend on what other ingredients are available to use as toppings.

What if Your Dishes are Dirty, and You Don’t Have Time to Clean Them?

It isn’t necessary to warm up your baked potato on a plate. You can simply roll up the potato in a paper towel. Just make sure that the paper towel is moist before you roll up the potato so that it keeps its shape while in the microwave oven cooking.

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Alternatively, you can wrap your leftover baked potato in a piece of plastic wrap. This works well if your potato is dry from being in the refrigerator for a while. Wetting the potato with some water before rolling it in the plastic wrap will help restore moisture.  

How to Make Your Reheated Baked Potato Palatable  

There are many toppings you can use to make your reheated baked potato taste great.

  1. Salt
  2. Pepper
  3. Butter
  4. Chili
  5. Cheddar Cheese
  6. Bacon
  7. Chives
  8. Sour cream

The possibilities are nearly endless. If you are in a bind and have nothing else, ketchup, barbeque sauce, or salsa can turn a dry potato into a delicious snack.  


Do not put too much thought or effort into reheating your baked potato in the microwave. An average five-year-old should be able to accomplish this task. Use your effort and imagination to discover the toppings that will make your boring baked potato something that is delicious and satisfying.