How to Boil Potatoes

Step 1 - Cut Potato
  1. Half or quarter your favorite baby potatoes.
Soak potatoes

2. Soak potatoes in cold water for about 15 minutes.

Step 3 - Rinse Potatoes

3. Rinse potatoes under cold water in colander and place into a large pot. 

Potatoes covered in water

4. Cover potatoes with cold water, salt, sugar and vinegar.

Step 5 - Boil Potatoes

5. Bring to a boil and reduce heat to a simmer.

Cook until fork tender

6. Cook for 15 minutes or until fork-tender.

Cooking Tips

  • Add potatoes to cold water and allow them to come up to temperature gently. 
  • For the best texture possible, bring the water to a simmer and gently cook.

Excess starch can make potatoes gummy or gluey. 

  • Rinsing potatoes with cold water prior to boiling helps remove excess starch.  Rinsing with hot water immediately after boiling can remove even more starch.
  • Cutting potatoes before boiling does remove excess starch.  A good rule of thumb is 2 inch die size.

You can steam potatoes to speed up cook time.

  • Steam gets hotter than boiling in water, allowing the potatoes to cook faster. With the heat on medium-high, steam until the potatoes are fork-tender.

How long to boil potatoes for mashed potatoes

  • Boiling potatoes for mashed potatoes takes 15 minutes. Potatoes can be prepped and cut into water up to 2 days before boiling for mash.

Peeling not necessary

  • Potato skins have great flavor, nutrition and provide added texture to mashed potatoes. 

How long to boil potatoes for potato salad

  • Boil potatoes for 15 minutes or until fork-tender. Drain potatoes well and allow steam to escape before mixing to prevent salad from getting watery. See more tips on the perfect potato salad in this article.

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