How to boil potatoes 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.

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.