How to Boil Potatoes

Contributor: Georgina Walker
  • Author: Georgina Walker
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 20 minutes
  • Total Time: 30 minutes
  • Category: Side Dish
  • Method: Stovetop
  • Cuisine: American


  • Potatoes
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • Cold water


  1. Scrub the potatoes clean using a potato scrubber. Remove any sprouts. Peel potatoes if desired then cut into evenly sized pieces or keep them whole.
  2. Place potatoes in a medium to large saucepan. Add enough cold water to just cover the potatoes. Season with salt.
  3. Bring potatoes to a boil, lid on, then reduce heat and simmer with the lid off. No need to stir potatoes.
  4. Check potatoes every 5 minutes. Most potatoes will take between 10 to 20 minutes.
  5. Potatoes are done when tender. Use a knife, fork or skewer to pierce a potato. If the utensil slides through easily, it is cooked.
  6. After cooking, strain potatoes through a sieve and serve.