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Microwave jacket potatoes recipe

Microwave jacket potatoes make a great after school snack and are very economical and filling. Find more on Kidspot New Zealand.



  • 1 large potato, scrubbed clean

Toppings of your choice such as:

  • Sour cream and chives
  • Baked beans and butter
  • Bolognaise sauce and cheese
  • Salsa
  • Garlic and parmesan


Prick the potato all over with a large fork.

Place inside a paper bag and cook in the microwave on high for 5 minutes.

Turn bag over and cook for a further 5 minutes.

Remove from the microwave oven and leave to stand for 5 minutes.

Cut a large cross on the face of the potato and squeeze the base upwards.

Add toppings of your choice.


  • The bag helps keep the heat around the potato.
  • Microwave ovens vary in power so you may have to use some trial and error runs to see how long it will really take to cook the potato. For a smaller potato you may only need 3 minutes.
  • If you don't have a paper bag a clean tea towel achieves the same outcome.
  • You may run a rolling pin over the potato before removing it from the bag- this breaks up the inside of the potato.
  • This recipe was created by Jennifer Cheung for Kidspot, New Zealand's best recipe finder.

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