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Whether you call them microwave baby potatoes, new potatoes, mini potatoes, or small potatoes, they are amazing steamed in the microwave.

You will fall in love with the flavour or microwave potatoes along with how fast they cook and how easy they are to prep.

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Microwave Baby Potatoes Recipe
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Steam Potatoes In Microwave

I am already a HUGE fan of microwave jacket potatoes and love how fast you can cook them in the microwave compared to the air fryer.

Even though air fryer baked potatoes are so crispy, its nice how the microwave can offer you a fast alternative when you are in a rush for dinner.

Though right next to my love for air fryer baked potatoes, I adore air fryer baby potatoes. They are fast, require little prep and make a fantastic side dish.

What I wanted to do today, was to experiment like I did with microwave jacket potatoes with microwave vs air fryer, with baby potatoes.

Today’s recipe will show you how to steam potatoes in the microwave, using the small in season ones.

Can You Cook Potatoes In The Microwave?

Yes, you sure can. Microwave potatoes are delicious. And it doesn’t have to be just baby potatoes or large jacket potatoes. It could also be for par boiling potatoes ahead of roasting potatoes, or even sliced potatoes that you want to place over a casserole. Or I just love to microwave cubed potatoes that I can then use in our favourite air fryer frittata.

Can You Microwave New Potatoes?

Yes, you sure can. I love microwave new potatoes and they are so simple to prep and cook in the microwave.

I will use my microwave steamer bowl (I have this one) and then you can load in the new potatoes and seasonings and mix in the bowl. That way your steamer bowl becomes your prep bowl and your cooking bowl.

Can You Steam New Potatoes?

Yes, you can steam new potatoes. The benefit of steaming new potatoes (never boil them) is that they will retain all the nutrients and be more flavoursome.

It wasn’t until I was almost 30 that I got my first food steamer and realised the big difference in flavour steaming new potatoes rather than boiling them.

We would cook salmon, broccoli and potatoes together in the food steamer, and then when we got our first electric pressure cooker one of our first recipes was instant pot salmon, broccoli and potatoes and it was amazing.

The microwave can be used as a steamer with a steamer basket or using a Ziploc bag like we do with microwave corn on the cob.

Are Microwave Potatoes Healthy?

Yes, microwave potatoes are healthy. This is because ZERO oil is used and they keep their nutrients because they are not boiled, they are steamed.

You can quickly cook potatoes in the microwave, making it an easy way to get potatoes on the dinner table for busy weeknights.

Do You Call Them Microwave New Potatoes?

This is what I find interesting about what I call microwave new potatoes. I am British and they would always be referred to as new potatoes. Yet across the pond in the great USA they would often be called microwave baby potatoes.

I have also heard people call them microwave mini potatoes, microwave little potatoes, or even microwave small potatoes.

I also say you can use any small potatoes for this microwave recipe, regardless of what you call them and it’s a great way for when potatoes are in low season to use up the small ones in the bottom of your veggie box.

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Microwave Little Potatoes Ingredients

microwave new potatoes ingredients

Potatoes – You will need any small potatoes. I recommend ones with good skin on them as you will be steaming them in the microwave in their skin. We picked ours up from the green grocers, but any will do!

Water – You will need a tablespoon of water into the bottom of your steamer bowl to allow your potatoes to steam.

Seasoning – I love my little potatoes in the microwave with salt, pepper, rosemary, and parsley. Very similar to the traditional way they are served in a restaurant.

Optional – You can also add some  butter and then microwave for an extra 30 seconds after steaming to melt the butter onto the potatoes.

Then for the kitchen gadgets that we have used in these microwavable little potatoes recipe it has just been our Panasonic Microwave Oven. We have this one and its wonderful for many types of microwave recipes.

How To Cook New Potatoes In A Microwave?

microwave baby potatoes step by step
  • Liquid. Start by adding a tablespoon of water to the bottom of your steamer basket. This is so that you can perfectly steam your potatoes.
  • Prep. Give your potatoes a good clean and get rid of any bad bits of potato skin and dirt. Then add the potatoes to the steamer bowl.
  • Load. Add your seasonings and mix well and then place the lid on your steamer bowl.
  • Microwave. Load your steamer basket into the microwave. Microwave potatoes for 6 minutes.
  • Fork. Then do a fork test to make sure the potatoes are fully cooked.
  • Transfer. Move the microwave potatoes from the steamer bowl into a serving dish that is microwave safe. Add margarine or butter and microwave for a further 30 seconds to melt the butter.

And I am sure you can see now how easy it is cooking little potatoes in the microwave and why it is a firm favourite of mine for a quick side dish for dinner.

How Long To Microwave Small Potatoes?

The new potatoes cook time is JUST 6 minutes. Our small potatoes are slightly bigger than the small ones we usually use, so yours might be done quicker than ours.

Also note, we don’t have a very powerful microwave, so I recommend checking your microwave potatoes from 4 minutes.

Microwavable Potatoes Tips & Tricks

  • Don’t skip the step of cleaning the potatoes. It amazes me how much dirt gets on potatoes and its also a good time to peel off any little bits of skin that are bruised that you don’t want to eat.
  • If you want small potatoes in the microwave like those from a restaurant then salt, pepper, rosemary, parsley, and melted butter is the ideal add ins.
  • Always do the fork test. It’s the easiest way to check if your baby potatoes are cooked. You can also see how far along they are and how long before they will be fork tender.
  • If you have leftovers, leave in the fridge, and reheat in the microwave the next day.  

Top Microwave Trick – Add the water first, as you don’t want to be pouring water over your just seasoned baby potatoes. Then add potatoes and you are ready to microwave.

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Microwave Baby Potatoes

Whether you call them microwave baby potatoes, new potatoes, mini potatoes, or small potatoes, they are amazing steamed in the microwave.
Prep Time: 3 minutes
Cook Time: 7 minutes
Total Time: 10 minutes
Servings: 4
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  • 500 g Baby Potatoes
  • 1 Tbsp Rosemary
  • 1 Tbsp Parsley
  • Salt & Pepper
  • 1 Tsp Light I Can’t Believe It’s Not Butter, optional

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  • Place one tablespoon of water in the bottom of your steamer basket.
    How To Cook New Potatoes In A Microwave?
  • Give your baby potatoes a good wash with a sieve and then add to the steamer basket. Add your seasonings and mix with your hands for an even coating.
    How To Cook New Potatoes In A Microwave?
  • Place the lid on the steamer and then place in the microwave.
    How To Cook New Potatoes In A Microwave?
  • Microwave for 6 minutes. Though check on it at 4 minute as your wattage might be higher than ours.
    How To Cook New Potatoes In A Microwave?
  • When it beeps do a fork test to double check that your baby potatoes are fork tender.
    How To Cook New Potatoes In A Microwave?
  • Load the potatoes into a serving dish that is microwave safe, being careful to not add the water from the steamer bowl. Then cover the top with butter or margarine. Microwave for a further 30 seconds to melt the butter before serving.
    How To Cook New Potatoes In A Microwave?


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Optional – I love my microwave new potatoes with melted butter, but it is totally optional.
Quantity – I did 10 medium/large new potatoes in my microwave steamer bowl. You can do the same or more or less, depending on how many people you are feeding.
Thanks for reading cooking new potatoes in microwave on Recipe This. We have many more microwave recipes for you to check out next. Though if you would like more delicious ideas to serve with your new potatoes then I recommend you try our air fryer frozen chicken breasts.


Calories: 104kcal | Carbohydrates: 22g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 1mg | Sodium: 9mg | Potassium: 537mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 123IU | Vitamin C: 26mg | Calcium: 23mg | Iron: 1mg
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Hi! I am Sam and along with my chef hubby Dom we love sharing with you easy everyday recipes using kitchen gadgets. We are also the authors of The Complete Air Fryer Cookbook, an amazing air fryer cookbook filled with 140+ everyday air fryer recipes.

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  1. 5 stars
    Thanks for this recipe with me been quite old i find it hard to do somethings in my microwave. I have been looking for some baby potatoes and with you been in the UK it is so much easier for me to follow your instructions and then they turn out right.