Scrub potatoes thoroughly and pierce all over with fork. Line microwave oven floor with paper towels and arrange potatoes on top, in an evenly spaced pattern. Microwave on high 5 minutes; turn and rearrange potatoes and microwave 5 minutes more. Repeat until potatoes feel nearly soft, 5-8minutes more. Let stand 5 minutes.
There are all sorts of toppings that can be added like broccoli, cheese, butter, chives, sour cream, bacon, salt, and pepper.