Cooking Red Potatoes, White Potatoes and Sweet Potatoes in the Microwave

Published: 21st October 2009
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As with other foods, potatoes can be prepared faster for dinner in a microwave regardless whether it is red, white or sweet.

For all type potatoes scrub them thoroughly with a vegetable scrubber to remove excess dirt.

Red potatoes will keep their shape after cooking and therefore can be sliced after cooked. These potatoes make very elegant side dishes.

• For Red Potatoes, place the whole potatoes into a microwave safe container along with a half cup of water.
• Cover and microwave on high for 7 to 9 minutes.
• Always test the potatoes by sticking a fork or knife all the way through the potato. If you are successful then the potato is reading for serving. If not place the potatoes back in the microwave for another 30 seconds to 1 minute, then retest.

White potatoes baked whole are a favorite for most everyone. They can be topped with all sorts of yummy things like cheese, sour cream, bacon bits, green onions, butter, salt and pepper.

• Don't forget what we said above, scrub the potato well.
• Prick with a fork or knife several times
• Some people like to wrap the potato in a plastic wrap like Seran wrap
• Cook in the microwave on high for 5 minutes
• Turn and cook for an additional 5 minutes
• Remove potato and slice length wise
• Top with all your favorite items from the list above

Sweet Potatoes are rich in Vitamin A and Vitamin C, not to mention that just taste good.


Like White Potatoes they can be topped with different various toppings to make them a more delicious treat. Some good toppings are Butter, Brown Sugar, Raisins, Salt and Pepper and Cottage Cheese.

• Once again, be sure to scrub the sweet potatoes thoroughly.
• Puncture some small holes on the top with a fork
• Place on a microwave safe dish and cook on high for 6 minutes
• Turn and microwave for an additional 6 minutes.
• Remove sweet potato and slice length wise
• Top with your favorite toppings.

Different microwave ovens have different wattage capacity and you may need to adjust the microwave minutes to fit the capacity of your microwave and the size of your potatoes.

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