Cooking potatoes in the microwave saves time over conventional cooking methods such as the oven or stovetop. Many microwave potato techniques focus more on cooking an entire potato to replicate a baked potato, but you also can cook diced potatoes in the microwave. This will save you time when making recipes that call for diced potatoes because they take less time in the microwave and leave you with an easier cleanup.
All you need is:
- Potato peeler (optional)
- Microwave-safe dish with lid
Wash the potatoes with cold water and scrub off any dirt. Peel them using a knife or potato peeler, if you prefer them skinned. Dice the potatoes to the size needed for your recipe.
Place the diced potatoes in a microwave-safe dish and make sure to spread them evenly. Use a wide but shallow dish and do not add any water. Partially cover with the lid to build up steam during cooking, but do not snap on the lid or the dish might explode.
Cook in the microwave on high heat for four minutes for each potato you cook. Allow to cool if you plan to eat them immediately, or add the diced potatoes to your dish if part of another recipe.
Usha Dadighat has been writing since 2008. She earned a Bachelor of Science in computer science and a minor in psychology from the Missouri University of Science and Technology in December 2010. She currently works as a software development engineer and has extensive technical writing experience.