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A colander is used to hold the diced, boiled potatoes.
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How to Boil Potatoes

This foolproof method for How to Boil Potatoes is incredibly quick and easy. Serve the boiled potatoes with butter as a side dish, or transform them into fluffy mashed potatoes!

Course Side Dish
Cuisine American
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Servings 4
Calories 87 kcal


  • 1-3 lbs. potatoes Yukon gold, red, or russet
  • Pinch of salt


  1. Rinse and scrub potatoes to remove any visible dirt and debris.
  2. Peel potatoes with a vegetable peeler, if desired, or leave the skin on.
  3. Cut into large 2-inch chunks or keep them whole.
  4. Add potatoes to a large pot and cover with 1 inch of water. Sprinkle in a pinch or two of salt and bring to a boil.
  5. Once boiling, reduce heat to low and keep a rapid simmer. Cook for the following times:

    10-12 minutes for peeled, 2-inch cubes of potatoes.

    15-20 minutes for whole red or Yukon gold potatoes.

    25-30 minutes for whole russet potatoes.

  6. You’ll know they’re done when they pierce easily with a fork. If you have a larger potato, insert a knife to check the middle for doneness.

  7. Serve with butter and a sprinkle of salt, or turn into mashed potatoes or Duchess potatoes. Enjoy!

Recipe Notes

  • To Store: Boiled potatoes can be kept in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3 days.
  • To Freeze: Seal cooked potatoes in a freezer-safe airtight container and freeze for up to 3 months.
Nutrition Facts
How to Boil Potatoes
Amount Per Serving
Calories 87 Calories from Fat 9
% Daily Value*
Fat 1g2%
Saturated Fat 1g6%
Polyunsaturated Fat 1g
Monounsaturated Fat 1g
Sodium 7mg0%
Potassium 477mg14%
Carbohydrates 20g7%
Fiber 2g8%
Sugar 1g1%
Protein 2g4%
Vitamin A 2IU0%
Vitamin C 22mg27%
Calcium 14mg1%
Iron 1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.