How Long to Boil Baby Potatoes (+ Delicious Recipe)

By Rachel Tiemeyer
February 19, 2021

Looking for an incredibly simple side dish for a weeknight meal or a special occasion? Boiled red potatoes (also known as boiled baby potatoes) take very little time to cook and only a few ingredients to look stunning and please everyone at the table. Read this post to see how long to boil red potatoes and use our delicious recipe next time you make them!

Boiled baby potatoes in a white bowl

Video Tutorial: How to Prepare Boiled Red Potatoes

Tips for Making Delicious Boiled Baby Potatoes

Start by selecting the smallest potatoes you can find. If they are not bite-sized, you may want to cut them in half. Make sure they are all roughly the same size, so that they boil at the same rate.

baby potatoes in a metal pot

The key to making these baby potatoes look appetizing and festive is finding an assortment of blue, red, and yellow baby potatoes. I see these all over the place now, even at Aldi and Walmart. The fresh or dried parsley flakes you’ll add at the end lends a little pop of color that add to the holiday feel.

boiled red potatoes on a white bowl

I’ve given a range on the seasonings, so you will have to taste and adjust to your liking. Our family really enjoys a sprinkling of grated Parmesan on the potatoes at the end, but it’s totally optional.

How Long Should I Boil Red Potatoes (AKA Baby Potatoes)?

Add enough water to your pot to cover your baby potatoes by at least 1 inch of water. Bring it to a boil and salt the water liberally. Boil the baby (or small) potatoes until they are fork tender, about 10 minutes depending on the size of your potatoes.

What Main Dishes Go Well with Boiled Baby Potatoes?

Here are some of my favorite main dishes to make that go with Boiled Baby Potatoes:

Any of these Delicious Chicken Marinades

Slow Cooker Balsamic Shredded Beef

Roasted Pork Tenderloin with Seasoned Rub

Pan Seared Oven-Finished Steak

seasoned cooked steak that is sliced on a plate

You won’t believe how easy and delicious these Boiled Baby Potatoes are! It’s hard to mess these up. You can even make extras and save them in the fridge for leftovers for lunch or dinner another day.


Simple and Delicious Boiled Baby Potatoes

  • Author: Thriving Home
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 10 minutes
  • Total Time: 15 minutes
  • Yield: 46 servings 1x
  • Category: Side Dish
  • Method: Boil
  • Cuisine: American


Boiled red potatoes take very little time to boil, yet this side dish looks stunning and will please everyone at the table.


  • 1 1/2 pounds small baby potatoes (preferably an assortment of red, blue, and yellow)
  • 2 tablespoons butter, plus more as needed
  • Kosher salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper, plus more to taste
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder, plus more to taste
  • 1 tablespoon minced fresh parsley, or 1/2 teaspoon dried parsley flakes
  • Optional: 1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese


  1. If your potatoes are not bite-sized, then cut them in half.
  2. In a large pot, add enough water to cover your baby potatoes by at least 1 inch of water. Bring to a boil over high heat (put on the lid to help it boil faster). Then, salt the water liberally once it’s boiling.
  3. Boil the baby (or small) potatoes until they are fork tender, about 10 minutes depending on the size of your potatoes. 
  4. Drain the potatoes in a colander over the sink and then return them to the pot.
  5. Gently toss the potatoes with the butter, 1 teaspoon Kosher salt, the pepper, the garlic powder, and the parsley. Taste and add more salt, pepper, or garlic powder, as desired. Stir in Parmesan, if desired.
  6. Serve warm or at room temperature.


Dairy-Free Option: Use ghee (lactose-free clarified butter) or olive oil instead of butter. Leave out the Parmesan cheese.

Kosher Salt Substitute: If subbing table salt for the Kosher salt in this recipe, use about half as much.

Want Another Easy Side Dish Idea?

Here is a time-saver idea for you: Learn How to Microwave Corn. Done in 3 minutes!

Microwaved Corn

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