How to Cook Redskin Potatoes

Versatile and healthful, red potatoes are easy to prepare.
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Redskin potatoes contain less starch than other potatoes, giving them a firmer, waxier texture. They hold their shape well after cooking, making them great for scalloped potatoes, potato salads, soups, casseroles and roasts. The skin is thinner than on most other potatoes, and they are often served skin-on. Because of the low starch, they're not good candidates for mashing; they'll be sticky and gooey. You can cook redskin potatoes a variety of ways to bring out different nuances in the flavor. They turn out great whether they're boiled, roasted, or microwaved.


Step 1: Buy Fresh Potatoes

Select fresh potatoes only that have no green spots, sprouts, blemishes or soft areas. A few bad potatoes will spoil your dish.


Step 2: Clean the Potatoes Carefully

Scrub the potatoes thoroughly under running water. Dry them with a clean towel before roasting or frying.

Step 3: Cut or Slice the Potatoes

Skin and cut or slice the potatoes, if the recipe calls for it. The skin is thin and flavorful. It contains most of the nutrients and adds color to your plate, so keep the skin on unless the recipe specifically calls for the skins to be removed


Step 1: Fill a Pot With Water

Fill a large pot with enough water to cover the potatoes by at least 2 inches. Allow enough room in the pot for the water to rise when you put your potatoes in.


Step 2: Bring Water to a Boil

Bring the water to a boil. If you like your potatoes a bit firmer, put 1/2 tsp. of lemon juice or vinegar to the water. This helps the potatoes retain their starch. It extends the cooking time a small amount and leaves the potatoes a bit denser with a subtle skin on the surface. Add the potatoes.

Step 3: Cook the Potatoes

Allow the potatoes to cook 12 to 15 minutes if cut and 20 minutes if whole. Test a larger potato for doneness. It should pierce easily with a fork. Try a sample. It should be smooth, creamy and tender. Test every few minutes until the potatoes are done to your preference.


Step 4: Remove Potatoes From Water

Remove the potatoes from the water to a bowl. They are ready to slice and serve. If you are using them for potato salad, allow them to cool before cutting them. If you are serving them shortly, coat the finished potatoes with a mixture of melted butter, parsley and chives, and cover them to keep them warm.

Oven Roasted

Step 1: Heat the Oven

Preheat the oven to 450 degrees F.

Step 2: Prepare the Potatoes

Cut potatoes into large bite-sized pieces and toss with garlic, salt, pepper and olive oil in a large bowl.


Step 3: Roast Until Done

Move the potatoes to a shallow baking pan and roast until done, about 30 minutes. Start testing every 5 minutes after 20 minutes. They should be tender on the inside and golden brown on the outside.

Step 4: Serve 'Em Hot

Remove from pan and serve hot.


Step 1: Place Potatoes in Bowl

Place potatoes in a microwave-safe bowl and cover with 1/ 2 cup water for every pound of potatoes.

Step 2: Cook Them on High

Cook for 6 to 8 minutes at high.

Step 3: Check for Doneness

Test a large potato for doneness. Drain water, dry potatoes with a clean towel and season as desired.

Things You'll Need

  • 12 to 16 small red potatoes

  • Stewing pot

  • Knife

  • Fork

  • Cutting board

  • Microwave-safe bowl


  • 1 tbsp. butter, melted in microwave

  • 1 1/2 tsp. dried parsley

  • 1 1/2 tsp. dried chives


  • 3 tbsp. olive oil

  • 4 to 6 cloves garlic, crushed

  • Salt to taste

  • Fresh ground pepper to taste

Related Reading

Roasted red potatoes offer a tasty alternative to standard potato dishes. These small, round, red-skinned potatoes are a relatively low-fat source of dietary fiber. They are also excellent sources of potassium. Because of their smaller size, they can often be cooked more quickly than traditional potatoes; they are also very tender when fully cooked. Quick cooking techniques for red potatoes include boiling and microwaving, but for a flavorful, tender potato side dish, roast them in the oven with your choice of seasonings.

Step 4: Heat the Oven

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.

Step 5: Wash and Dry the Potatoes

Wash the potatoes under cool running water. Pat dry with paper towels.

Step 6: Prep the Potatoes

Remove a strip of the red skin from around the center of each potato, using a vegetable peeler or a paring knife. Leave the skin on the rest of the potato.

Step 7: Add Potatoes to Baking Dish

Spray a baking dish lightly with cooking spray. Place the potatoes in a single layer in the baking dish.

Step 8: Add the Seasonings

Mix olive oil, garlic salt and rosemary in a small bowl. Drizzle this mixture evenly over the potatoes in the baking dish. Sprinkle dried dill over the seasoned potatoes.

Step 9: Roast Until Golden Brown

Place the potatoes in a preheated oven. Roast for 35 to 40 minutes until golden brown and tender when tested with a fork.

Things You'll Need

  • 1 1/2 pounds small new red potatoes

  • Paper towels

  • Vegetable peeler

  • Shallow baking dish

  • Cooking spray

  • Small mixing bowl

  • 2 to 3 tablespoons olive oil

  • 1 teaspoon garlic salt

  • 1 teaspoon dried rosemary

  • 1 teaspoon dried dill


For a tangier version, sprinkle shredded sharp cheddar cheese, crumbled feta cheese or crumbled blue cheese on the potatoes for the last three to four minutes of cooking time.