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How to boil potatoes in a microwave oven

Updated April 17, 2017

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

  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. 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. 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. 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.

  6. Tip

    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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Things You'll Need

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

About the Author

C.K. Wren graduated in 2001 from Utah State University with dual degrees in history and technical writing. She has written extensively for Demand Studios as well as several magazine publications.

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