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Boil Potatoes

Perfect Boiled Potatoes

  • Author: Sonja Overhiser
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 20 minutes
  • Total Time: 30 minutes
  • Yield: 6 to 8 1x


These boiled potatoes are buttery and delicious! Here’s how to boil potatoes with the best creamy texture and salty, herby flavor.


  • 3 pounds small yellow potatoes (or other waxy potatoes like red, new, Yukon gold or fingerling potatoes)
  • 2 tablespoons butter (or olive oil)
  • 2 tablespoons chopped chives
  • Kosher salt and fresh ground pepper


  1. Bring large pot of water to boil with 1 tablespoon kosher salt.
  2. Wash the potatoes and cut them in half if small (or dice into bite-sized pieces if they are larger). When the water is boiling, add the potatoes and boil 12 to 18 minutes until fork tender.
  3. Drain and remove the potatoes to a bowl. Gently toss them with the butter, herbs, fresh ground pepper and 3/4 teaspoon kosher salt (or more or less to taste: salt until the flavor pops!).
  • Category: Side dish
  • Method: Boiled
  • Cuisine: American
  • Diet: Vegetarian

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