So easy you don’t even need to stop crying to make it

  • Ingredients: 1
  • Pans: 0
  • Time until you can eat: 5-10 minutes
  • Energy required: very low

Microwaved Baked Potato

There are those special times when your family seem like eternal forces in your life. A young boy, eager and excited about the world, exploring the kitchen. The kettle on the high kitchen counter is bubbling and the steam coming out has a mysterious new and unknown texture. He lifts his hand to see how it feels but it is scalding hot and he cries with pain. Immediately, the ever-present parental figure comes to reinforce those hard-won life lessons: ‘You stupid idiot, I told you not to do that. Why don’t you do what you’re told’.

As life keeps teaching me that I am a failure, this recipe for an extremely easy but healthy meal is barely any compensation, but it keeps me alive.


  • One potato


  • Any oil like butter, margarine, olive oil, or other cooking oil
  • Salt, pepper
  • Topping like tuna, grated cheese, tomato, salad.


  • If you can, wash the potato first
  • Put it in a microwave on high for 5-10 minutes
  • Check it’s done by cutting it open and prodding with a fork to make sure it’s all soft.
  • If you’re hungry, eat, if you want to put some nice toppings on it.

This baked potato recipe can be made far more complicated than it needs to be. If you are low on energy, just get any potato – a big one or even a few small ones, and pop it in the microwave for 5-10 minutes. Cook until there are no hard bits left inside. It’s ok if you need to cut it open to see if it’s done then pop it back in few a few more minutes if it isn’t.

If you are feeling fancy, stab the potato lovingly with a fork a bunch of times, and rub it all over with oil and salt before you cook it but don’t worry about this if you just need to eat.

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