The microwave oven has become synonymous with making cooking faster and more convenient. The days of watching a pot on the stove are over for most basic cooking needs, and the same goes for boiling potatoes. Cooking spuds in a microwave helps cut down on dirty saucepans and dishes and speeds up cooking time for any recipe that calls for boiled potatoes.
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Things you need
- Microwave safe bowl
- Cooking spray or vegetable oil
Wash, peel and slice three to four potatoes into 2 cm to 5 cm cubes. Larger cubes will take longer to cook.
Place the potatoes in a microwave safe bowl. Fill the bowl with water approximately 5 cm to 8 cm above the potatoes. Add a quarter teaspoon of salt.
Spray the top of the water with cooking spray or add 1 teaspoon of vegetable oil to help keep the potatoes from boiling over while cooking. Do not cover the bowl.
Cook the potatoes on medium high for five-minute intervals, checking the potatoes between intervals. You'll know that the potatoes are cooked when you can easily pierce them with a fork.
Remove the potatoes from the microwave oven and drain them in a colander. Return them to their original bowl if serving them as a side dish.
Tips and warnings
- After boiling the potatoes in the microwave once or twice, you will get a feel for how long they take to cook and will not need to check on them as often, although it is always a good idea to check at least once to avoid overcooking.
- Add butter and seasoning to the boiled potatoes to give them more flavour.
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