Stove-Top "roasted" Red Potatoes

"This is a great and quick way to make red potatoes on the stove top and they still taste like they've been roasted in the oven for a long while. I had see on America's Test Kitchen how they make roasted potatoes, they microwave the potatoes first before the potatoes go in the oven, but then I thought to try them on the stove top. They turned out to be so good, tasted just like they had been on the oven, and took about half the time. You could also do these with golden or other small roasting potatotes."
photo by Jonathan Melendez photo by Jonathan Melendez
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  • Wash the potatoes well, and slice into good bite-sized pieces. Put them into a glass microwave safe bowl, and microwave for 8 minutes.
  • Remove from microwave and allow to cool for a few minutes.
  • Heat a skillet onto medium heat and add the butter. Sautee the potatoes and add the seasonings to taste. Cook for about 6-8 minutes and the potatoes are softened and browned.
  • Try olive oil.

Questions & Replies

  1. Can I use russet potatoes with this recipe as I have a 5lb bag of them in my pantry? Thanks
  2. Will russet potatoes do for this recipe?


  1. Quick and easy! Taste great! And I heated the leftovers on top of the stove and served them with a couple of fried eggs! They were even better! :)
  2. This recipe is perfect. I love that its quick to make and tastes just like the real deal. I can't rave enough about it. It doesn't work well with large cuts of potatoes, so 'bite-size' is really 'bite-size'
  3. These potatoes were incredible! Loved that you don't have to par boil them, the microwave does the work for you and the pan crisps them up without having to turn on the oven. This is a definite keeper!
  4. Great recipe, but be careful with the microwave time when scaling down. I made a single potato. At around five minutes, I smelled something burning. My potatoes were beyond burnt. They were hard as a rock. I think one might have even caught on fire. Take two: I cooked it for two minutes in the microwave. Much better that way.
  5. We loved these potatoes made just the way the recipe read. Next time I might throw in some rosemary too. But they were really good just the way the recipe was written.


  1. Don't microwave or precook! Put them in a saucepan with a lid, and cook on med heat, for 5 minutes or so. About every 2 minutes, toss, or swirl the potatoes, so different sides come in contact with the bottom of the pan, and will brown. I found this the easiest method. It works, with virtually anything diced or cubed. such as carrots, potatoes, sweet potatoes, beets, turnips, parsnips, etc. If you put a small diced onion and herbs, and even a touch of maple or brown sugar with the sweet potatoes, they'll come out seasoned and tasty. I find it's easier to turn them, with a lid on, than try to turn them in a pan with a spatula. You can try cooking them with the lid on and off, to see if it makes a difference. If you peel your potatoes b4 cooking them, or cook halves potatoes, then peel them and mash them, you can make mashed potatoes, mashed parsnips, turnips, beets, carrots, etc. You might the use the mashed veggies, in soups, as baby food, make veggie pancakes (mash, ball, roll in seasoned flour, and cook like pancakes. One could use carrot mash, to make carrot cake. Beet mash cann be used as a colorant for a Red Velvet Cake, without the artificial food dye. The same for the carrot mash, it'd be a good colorant to turn a white cake orange for Easter. These mashes, can be incorporated into muffins, cakes, cookies, soups, etc, to sneak veggies into food for a picky eater, so they won't notice.
  2. I just cut up potatoes added salt and pepper and it was perfect. I only used the temperature and time if cooking them.
  3. Worst recipe ever. I did not get past microwaving the potatoes. I followed the directions exactly and my potatoes were all desiccated and stuck together when I took them out of the microwave. I had to throw them away and go out to breakfast.
  4. minced onions in place of onion powder



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