DIY Restaurant Potatoes {Microwave}

DIY restaurant potato


I’ve posted DIY oven baked restaurant baked potatoes for a crowd, but I realized I’ve never told you how easy it is to have your own restaurant potatoes from the microwave. You’ll most likely watch your family eat the flesh and skins because the entire potato is tastier this way.

It’s particularly handy when it’s just too hot to heat your oven and it takes less time. A 5-pound bag generally takes about 30 to 35 minutes, but oh it’s worth the wait to have a lot of potatoes for all kinds of make ahead meals. We love having leftovers to make hasbrowns and grilled cheesy potato skins on another night.

A bonus feature of cooked potatoes, they are freezer friendly when cooled. You can freeze whole if you don’t want to indulge in potatoes again during the week. Freeze in a gallon size bag, squeezing the air out and enjoy later after thawed.


  • 5 pounds of russet baking potatoes {or whatever you have on hand}
  • healthy oil for rubbing potatoes {we like olive oil}
  • kosher or sea salt for sprinkling


  • Scrub and wash potatoes well. Pat dry.
  • Arrange potatoes on a microwavable dinner plate. Rub all the potatoes with oil.
  • Sprinkle with salt and turn over and sprinkle again.
  • Cut a large slit in the middle of each potato for steam to escape.
  • Microwave on high for about 30 minutes checking for softeness and adding 5 minutes at a time if necessary. Smaller potatoes may be removed before extra large ones.
  • Allow potatoes to sit in microwave for about 5 minutes.
  • Slice in the middle and push the ends in firmly to open, fluff and fill with all your favorite fixings.

cali pico de gallo stuffed potato


Cali Pico de gallo stuffed potato

 If you’re away for the day and you want your potatoes hot and ready when you get home, try crock pot baked potatoes.

How will you fill your DIY restaurant potato?


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