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How to Boil Potatoes

Boiled potatoes, with or without peels, are a perfect garnish for vegetable, meat, or fish dishes.

5-Minute Crafts prepared a simple step-by-step guide for boiling potatoes on a stove or in a microwave oven. The cooking time is 30 minutes.


2 portions of boiled potatoes require:

  • 8-10 medium-sized potatoes

  • Salt to taste


  • Medium-sized pot

  • Vegetable peeler

  • Skimmer

How to boil potatoes on the stove

1. Wash the potatoes and peel them. Then, put them in the pot and place it on the stove.

If you want, you can boil the potatoes with peels. It will help you get more vitamins, minerals, and fibers than a portion of peeled potatoes. Keep in mind you’ll have to wash the potatoes thoroughly with a brush.

2. Bring the water to a boil and add salt to taste.

3. Reduce the heat, cover the pot, and cook the potatoes for 15 minutes.

4. Take a knife and slightly stick it in the potatoes. If they’re soft, turn off the heat. If they’re still hard, let them boil for another 5 minutes.

5. Take a skimmer, get the potatoes out of the water, and put them on serving plates.

6. Serve boiled potatoes as a garnish to fish, vegetables, or meat dishes. If you want, you can add a butter pat, a pinch of greens, or onions.

How to boil potatoes in a microwave oven

If you aren’t able to boil potatoes on a stove, you can do it in a microwave oven. You’ll need a microwave-safe bowl, microwave-safe heat-resistant cling film, and a colander. Follow these instructions while cooking.

  1. Wash the potatoes thoroughly with a brush and peel them if you want. You can cut the potatoes into halves or cubes, depending on what you’re cooking.
  2. Place the potatoes in the bowl, pour the water in, and add a pinch of salt. Cover the bowl with heat-resistant cling film and make a few small holes in it to let the steam out during the cooking process.
  3. Put the bowl with the potatoes in the microwave and check them every 5 minutes until they’re done.
  4. Drain the water through a colander and serve the potatoes.

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