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How To Reheat Baked Potatoes So They Don’t Dry Out

Baked potatoes are a universal side dish to any meal. It goes well not just with all types of meat, but also with other vegetables, especially if you prefer vegetarian meals.

I know some people who turn baked potatoes into the main course because they adore it so much.

But, can you make more baked potatoes and save it as a side dish for tomorrow’s lunch? If you know how to reheat it properly, why not. 

The trick is to ensure that the potatoes retain their texture and do not dry out, which usually makes them tasteless. Here are some bits of advice on how to reheat baked potato best. You can apply these ways for sweet potatoes, too.

Reheating Baked Potato In A Microwave

When it comes to reheating baked potatoes, the microwave will do quite a decent job. As always, the danger when it comes to the microwave is that potatoes may dry out entirely as they heat up. So, be sure to use little tricks on how to maintain potato moisture.

Step 1: Slice the Potato in Half

In order to retain moisture, you need to cut each potato in half. This will make it easier for you to warm up the vegetables and allow it to stay moist. 

Step 2: Cover Each Potato with a Damp Paper Towel

After cutting the potatoes in halves, cover each half with a wet paper towel. This is the most important step that will allow moisture to be retained.

Step 3: Nuke Potatoes for about 2 to 3 Minutes

Put the wrapped potatoes in a microwave-safe dish, and set up your microwave to medium heat. Heat for about 2 or 3 minutes, depending on how big the potato halves are and how strong your microwave is.

Reheating Baked Potato In An Oven

Many connoisseurs agree that reheating baked potatoes is best done in the oven. You can also reheat roasted potatoes using an air fryer, too.

The procedure is extremely simple but you will need more time since you have to preheat the oven, and then the potatoes. But, the result will be the best-reheated potatoes, and you’ll even get crispy skin.

Step 1: Preheat the Oven to 350 °F

The temperature for reheating the potatoes in the oven should neither be maximum nor low. It will be best to set the temperature to 350 degrees and let the oven heat up.

Step 2: Place the Potato on the Rack and Bake

It’s advisable to let your potato rest a bit at room temperature after taking it out of the fridge. Perhaps, while your oven is preheating, use that time to temper potatoes a bit. After a while, place the potatoes directly on the oven rack to bake. 

You should put whole potatoes, instead of halves. Leave it like that for 15 to 20 minutes. Check if it’s warm enough, then serve.



Once again, the oven proved to be the best way to reheat food. When it comes to baked potatoes, you will get the best result right in the oven. But, even the microwave will not give you bad results, so if you have little time, feel free to put them for fast heating. Don’t forget to put a wet paper towel to keep the potatoes from drying out.

Up next: How To Reheat Mashed Potatoes

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