The microwave oven has become almost essential for making cooking faster and more convenient. The days of watching a pot on the stove are over for most basic kitchen needs, and the same goes for boiling potatoes. Using this method means fewer dirty dishes and shorter cooking times.

Things You'll Need

Wash, peel (if desired), and slice 3 to 4 potatoes into 1- to 2-inch cubes.

Place the potatoes in a microwave-safe bowl. Fill the bowl with water approximately 2 to 3 inches above the potatoes. Add 1/4 teaspoon salt.

Spray the top of the water with cooking spray or add 1 teaspoon vegetable oil to keep the potatoes from boiling over while cooking. Do not cover.

Cook the potatoes on medium-high for 5-minute intervals, checking them between intervals. 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 as a side dish.


  • After boiling the potatoes in the microwave once or twice, you will get a feel for how long they take to cook and will not need to check on them as often—although it’s always a good idea to check at least once to avoid overcooking.