How to boil potatoes in a microwave oven

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How to boil potatoes in a microwave oven
Boil potatoes quickly in a microwave oven. (Getty Images/Thinkstock)

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

  • Potatoes
  • Microwave safe bowl
  • Water
  • Salt
  • Cooking spray or vegetable oil
  • Colander

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  1. 1

    Wash, peel and slice three to four potatoes into 2 cm to 5 cm cubes. Larger cubes will take longer to cook.

  2. 2

    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.

  3. 3

    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.

  4. 4

    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.

  5. 5

    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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