Easy Delicious Buttery Potatoes Made in the Microwave

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How to Make Potatoes in the Microwave in 10 Minutes

I enjoy preparing a homemade meal for my family as often as possible. It can be time consuming, but it’s very rewarding to me. However, there are those days where nothing seems to go right, I lose track of time, or we are running errands all day. Then the next thing I know, dinner needs to get on the table. What can I do? What can I make? I am continuously trying to find ways and recipes to simply my kitchen to make things easier on me and is still healthier for my family.

Simplify Your Kitchen

In order to prepare for hectic days and quick meals, there are foods that I always keep stocked that I know can be cooked quick and create a variety of meals. Some of those items include chicken, dry pasta, canned tomato sauce, potatoes, and butter. This allows me to put together a quick homemade side dish, pasta, or chicken dinner when needed.

One reason I like to cook homemade meals is that I like having control over the ingredients and knowing exactly what is going into the meals. This is important to me with all the products on the market that are full of ingredients I can’t even pronounce. I have three little boys to feed and I want to make sure  them to eat foods that will benefit. One product I love to use that is simplistic is Land O  Lakes® Butter with Canola Oil.  It only has three ingredients:  sweet cream, canola oil and salt. That means no artificial ingredients. Not only that, but it is spreadable right out of the refrigerator. That makes it great for baking (no need to soften because it already is), spread on bread or muffins, or use on top of pasta & other dishes.

Some of my favorite sides dishes involve potatoes and butter. I love making homemade mashed potatoes, fried potatoes, twice baked potatoes, and au gratin potatoes. However, I don’t always have time to make any of those dishes for dinner or I simply want potatoes for lunch. When that happens, I make these potatoes in the microwave. Yes, you can get delicious buttery potatoes right from your microwave!

How to Make Potatoes in the Microwave

How to Make Potatoes in the Microwave in 10 Minutes


  • 4 Red Potatoes
  • 4 Tablespoons Land O  Lakes® Butter with Canola Oil
  • 1/4 Teaspoon Basil
  • 1/8 Teaspoon Garlic Salt
  • 1/8 Teaspoon Onion Powder
  • 2 Tablespoons Bacon Bits (or crumbled bacon) (optional)

How to Make Potatoes in the Microwave in 10 Minutes


  • Scrub, quarter, and placed potatoes in microwave-safe bowl. 
  • Put Land O  Lakes® Butter with Canola Oil in small spoonfuls over the potatoes.
  • Sprinkle the basil, onion powder, garlic salt, & bacon bits on top.
  • Cover and microwave for 10 minutes until tender. I like to shake bowl about halfway through to get the potatoes coated in more butter.
  • After you removed the potatoes, there will be melted butter at the bottom on the bowl. I like to pour a small amount over the potatoes right before serving.
  • Enjoy!

How to Make Potatoes in the Microwave in 10 Minutes

The author was compensated by Land O’Lakes for this post. All opinions are my own.

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10 comments on Easy Delicious Buttery Potatoes Made in the Microwave

  • Michelle

    Those look scrumptious and simple to make! Bookmarking this recipe for an upcoming dinner night. Thanks for sharing!

  • Paula Schuck

    I love potatoes done this way. I don’t have Land O Lakes because we are in Canada and I’ve never seen it here.

  • Dede

    Love Land O’ Lakes! Their products (milk, butter, eggs) are always superior.

  • K Squared Glamour

    yumm i love potatoes and now i want some for breakfast!

  • Misfit Momma aka Missy

    I made this for myself last night, minus the bacon and onion/garlic. I added cheez whiz when it was done, great snack/mini meal when it’s too late at night to start cooking. I’ve make baked potatoes in the microwave often, but never cut them up first for some reason.

  • Linda B

    Oh my god. I love potatoes. This is just perfect for lazy days!!

  • Margaret Goolia

    I love these potatoes. They are so well done and tasty. I added a touch of Sour Cream and Dill instead of the Basil. They were just delicious.

    • Samantha (author)

      Great idea!!

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