Knowing how to steam potatoes is one of the best ways to get started in the kitchen. This is one of those basic recipes you’ll be glad to have under your belt; an easy side dish that’s full of flavor and go well with almost any protein.
What Makes This Recipe So Good
- Buttery steamed potatoes are one of those things everyone should know how to cook. It’s such an easy recipe, and you can serve them with pretty much any chicken, fish, steak, turkey, or pork entrée. So versatile!
- It’s simple – potatoes, butter, salt, pepper, parsley – but perfect. Just the right amount of flavor to be warm and comforting but without overpowering anything else on your plate. What’s nice, too, is that you can really play with the flavors here. Try rosemary and thyme, garlic powder, red pepper flakes, Old Bay, dill, chives, or onion powder to give the potatoes a twist.
- Depending on the number and size of your potatoes, the size of your pot, and the temperature of the steam, your potatoes may cook faster than 25 minutes. Check them periodically after the first 10 minutes by trying to pierce them with the tines of a fork. When they’re “fork-tender”, or easily pierceable, they’re done!
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- 1 ½ pounds petite potatoes washed, unpeeled
- 3 tablespoons butter
- salt to taste
- freshly ground black pepper to taste
- fresh parsley chopped, to taste
- pot with lid
- Steamer basket
- Large bowl
- Fill pot with approximately 1 inch of water (2 inches if pot is very large), then fit steamer basket in pot over water.
- Place potatoes in steamer basket. Cover with lid and turn heat to high.
- Once water begins to boil violently, immediately reduce heat to medium. Let potatoes steam, covered, for 25 minutes or until potatoes can easily be pierced with fork.
- Transfer steamed potatoes to large bowl. Add butter, salt, pepper, and fresh parsley to bowl and toss or stir well to melt butter and fully coat potatoes. Serve warm.
- Make it Dairy Free/Vegan: Use a vegan butter.
- Make it Whole30/Paleo: Use ghee instead of butter.
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