How to Boil Potatoes

One of life’s simple pleasures is tucking into some boiled potatoes slicked with butter and finished with a sprinkle of an herb like parsley or dill.

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Photo By: Matt Armendariz ©2014, Television Food Network, G.P. All Rights Reserved

Photo By: Matt Armendariz ©2014, Television Food Network, G.P. All Rights Reserved

Photo By: Matt Armendariz ©2014, Television Food Network, G.P. All Rights Reserved

Photo By: Matt Armendariz ©2014, Television Food Network, G.P. All Rights Reserved

Photo By: Matt Armendariz ©2014, Television Food Network, G.P. All Rights Reserved

Photo By: Matt Armendariz ©2014, Television Food Network, G.P. All Rights Reserved

Easy-to-Boil Potatoes

You can also use boiled potatoes in dishes like potato salads and in mashed and smashed potatoes.

 

By Laura B. Weiss

By Laura B. Weiss
By Laura B. Weiss

Get the Recipe: Boiled Potatoes with Butter

What You'll Need

Gather together 1 3/4 pounds red (new), Yukon Gold or other lower-starch potatoes, kosher salt, 3 tablespoons melted butter and 1 tablespoon freshly chopped parsley leaves. You want to choose potatoes that are lower in starch because they’ll hold together best when boiling.

 

Start Cooking

Put the potatoes in a large saucepan, add cold water to cover by about an inch and salt the water generously. You want to make sure that your potatoes are all the same size so they finish cooking at the same time. 

Bring to a Boil

Bring the water to a boil, lower the heat and simmer the potatoes for about 5 to 8 minutes, depending on their size. 

Pierce the Potatoes

Now, test the potatoes for doneness with a long fork. They’re done when you can pierce the potatoes easily all the way to the center.

Drain

Drain the potatoes in a colander and place them in a serving bowl. Depending on the size of your potatoes, you can either leave them whole or halve them. 

Serve Simply

Toss them with the butter and season them to taste with salt and pepper. Sprinkle them with the chopped parsley or another herb.