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How to Cook Baby Potatoes in the Microwave

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author image M.H. Dyer
M.H. Dyer began her writing career as a staff writer at a community newspaper and is now a full-time commercial writer. She writes about a variety of topics, with a focus on sustainable, pesticide- and herbicide-free gardening. She is an Oregon State University Master Gardener and Master Naturalist and holds a Master of Fine Arts in creative nonfiction writing.
How to Cook Baby Potatoes in the Microwave
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Although small red potatoes are often referred to as baby potatoes, the tender little potatoes, or new potatoes, can be any variety of immature potato in addition to red. The microwave oven is a good cooking method for baby potatoes because they have a high moisture content that works well for steaming. While regular potatoes are available year round, baby potatoes are often found in spring and summer because they are harvested early and then sold shortly thereafter.

Step 1

How to Cook Baby Potatoes in the Microwave
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Select firm baby potatoes with smooth skin and no cuts or blemishes. Avoid potatoes with sprouts or green areas.

Step 2

How to Cook Baby Potatoes in the Microwave
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Wash the potatoes under cool water, using a vegetable brush to remove soil and loose skin. Baby potatoes need no peeling, as the tender skin is flavorful and nutrient-rich.

Step 3

How to Cook Baby Potatoes in the Microwave
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Cut the potatoes in half. If the potatoes are very small, leave them whole.

Step 4

How to Cook Baby Potatoes in the Microwave
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Place butter or margarine in a microwave-safe baking dish. For a low-fat dish, use heart-healthy canola oil or olive oil.

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Step 5

How to Cook Baby Potatoes in the Microwave
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Heat the butter for about 20 seconds, or until it melts. Arrange the potatoes on top of the melted butter. Stir gently to coat the potatoes with butter.

Step 6

How to Cook Baby Potatoes in the Microwave
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Sprinkle pepper and salt on the potatoes. You can also add extra seasonings or herbs such as seasoned salt, thyme, rosemary, parsley, paprika, dill or garlic powder.

Step 7

How to Cook Baby Potatoes in the Microwave
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Cover the baking dish. If the baking dish doesn't have a lid, use wax paper or cover the dish loosely with plastic wrap.

Step 8

How to Cook Baby Potatoes in the Microwave
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Cook the potatoes on high power for 9 to 11 minutes, or until the potatoes are fork-tender. Stir the potatoes once about halfway through the cooking time. Larger red potatoes may require up to 16 minutes.

Step 9

How to Cook Baby Potatoes in the Microwave
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Allow the potatoes to stand for 3 to 5 minutes before serving. A short resting is necessary because the potatoes continue to cook for a few minutes after they're removed from the microwave oven.

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