Red potatoes don’t get near enough credit as they deserve. They are just as delicious as regular baking potatoes and can be prepared in similar ways. My favorite way to cook these delicious starches is to boil them! They come out soft and tender every time and I can season them exactly how I want.
If you’re wanting to know how long to boil red potatoes, you’ve come to the right place. Whether you’re boiling them whole or in chunks or wedges, I got you covered!
So, read on to learn more about the process I use every time I am boiling red potatoes to make them out scrumptious!
It will take you approximately 8 to 20 minutes to boil red potatoes, depending on how many you have, whether you boil them whole or in chunks, and whether you like firm or soft red potatoes!
I’ve put together a guide on the boiling times that work for me and now I’m sharing that with you!
After my red potatoes are finished boiling, I test them but using a fork to pierce the center. The times are designed to provide you with red potatoes that are a medium firm. If you desire softer potatoes, reduce the heat to a medium and simmer for 5 additional minutes until you reach your desired softness. The easier a fork goes through the softer it is.
Step 1: Pick the best red potatoes. Your first step begins at the grocery store. I examine all my red potatoes before buying them to make sure they are appropriate for boiling and going to taste amazing! Follow these steps when buying red potatoes:
Step 2: Prep the red potatoes for boiling. First, wash them. Take a large bowl and place the red potatoes in it. Scrub any visible dirt off with your hands. Because they come from the ground, there might be quite a bit! Once you have washed them, lay them out on a paper towel and pat the excess water off.
Step 3: (Optional) Cut into 1 to 2 inch chunks. You may prefer to eat the red potatoes whole or cut them into bite size pieces. I typically cut them into chunks, they boil quicker! But it’s optional.
Step 4: If you have haven’t already, pour enough water in a large pot to cover the red potatoes. Put in on high heat, cover with a lid, and wait until it starts boiling. Add a dash of salt to the water.
Step 5: Add in red potatoes. Boiling time will vary depending on how many red potatoes you have and whether you are boiling them whole or in chunks. Here is a quick reference guide you can use!
Reduce the heat to a medium high for the approximate amount of time based on the above guide!
Step 6: Check softness. Take one of the potatoes out of the water. Use a fork to pierce it to the center. The easier the fork goes through, the softer the red potato will be.
Step 7: If you need additional cook time, reduce the heat to a medium for an additional 5 minutes. My kids prefer their red potatoes on the softer side. Simmer in 5 minute increments until desired softness is reached!
Step 8: Drain. Drain the water from the pot and place the red potatoes in a large bowl.
Step 9: Season as desired. If I’m making them as a side dish, I don’t go crazy with seasoning them. Some salt, pepper, garlic power or herb and garlic seasoning, and some melted butter are all I need to make these red potatoes tasty!
Step 10: Serve and enjoy!
What can you do with boiled red potatoes? Lot of things! Here’s a few of my favorite ways to use boiled red potatoes:
How are you going to prepare your next batch of red potatoes? Do you have a better idea on how long to boil red potatoes? Don’t forget, the boiling times will depend on the quantity of potatoes and how you’re boiling them. But by using this guide, you’ll always know exactly how long to boil them!
Leave me a comment to let me know how it worked for you!