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A sliced, boiled potato being held over a silver colander.

How to Boil Potatoes

This method for how to boil potatoes gives you perfectly cooked spuds for mashed potatoes, potato salad, and all your favorite potato recipes.
Course Side Dish
Cuisine American
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 45 minutes
Total Time 55 minutes
Servings 4 servings
Calories 365kcal


  • 1 pound potatoes peeled and cut into large, uniform sized pieces (see note 1)
  • Salt


  • In a Dutch oven or large stockpot, add potatoes and 2 tablespoons salt. Add cold water to cover potatoes by 1 inch.
  • Over medium-high heat, bring to boil and partially cover pot. Cook until potatoes are tender and a fork can be easily slipped into the center, stirring once or twice, about 10 to 15 minutes. Drain well, tossing in colander to remove excess water.



  1. Potatoes: When shopping, look for potatoes that are heavy, firm, and have unblemished skin. The fewer eyes, the better. Depending on your recipe and the type of potato, you can peel or leave them unpeeled; for example, thin-skinned baby potatoes are delicious, peel-on.


Calories: 365kcal | Carbohydrates: 43g | Protein: 6g | Fat: 20g | Saturated Fat: 5g | Cholesterol: 4mg | Sodium: 241mg | Potassium: 1004mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin A: 871IU | Vitamin C: 13mg | Calcium: 78mg | Iron: 2mg