Magic trick Monday? It sure seems like magic when you can steam whole potatoes (9+) in only 13 minutes!
I’ve been using this trick for so many months now that I just have to share it. This trick for steaming MANY whole potatoes comes in handy if you are:
- Meal planning
- Making a big batch of potato salad
- Trying to save time
- A fan of steamed over baked
- Trying to avoid hover time in the kitchen
I most often use this method for meal planning purposes. I can steam a week’s worth of potatoes in just a little bit of time and I don’t need to hang around in the kitchen while it’s happening.
Set it and forget it. I’m starting to sound like an infomercial.
I can even steam HUGE sweet potatoes! No cuts or forking required.
Please allow me to introduce my Instant Pot. I’ve had this bad boy since November 12, 2013. It’s a 6 quart programmable electric pressure cooker. I’ve used it on everything! Soups, cooking my freezer beans, steaming tender greens, making seitan breakfast sausages, big batches of rice and quinoa, oatmeal, and many more.
Want to make 13 minute potatoes too?
Place a metal steamer basket in the pot and fill the pot with enough water that the level is just below the holes of the basket. Arrange your scrubbed clean potatoes. I like to set larger potatoes at the bottom, but I honestly don’t think it matters all that much. Put the lid on according to the instructions. Select the STEAM function and use the minus button to adjust the time down to 13 minutes. No need to press start, it will automatically turn on within 10 seconds.
Now just sit back and relax as all of those potatoes steam to perfection! Instant Pot will beep when it’s done and automatically switch to a keep warm setting. Which is great if you are in the middle of something else when they are ready. Hit the cancel button and release the pressure valve. Once all of the steam releases you can open your ‘magic’ hat. 🙂
Inside will reveal perfectly cooked potatoes. Yes, I had to state that yet again.
Do you have an Instant Pot? What’s your favorite thing to make in it? Meal plan? How do you like to save time for the week? I love the time saved. Let me tell you, I’ve cooked a bunch of potatoes in the slow cooker—which takes all day—and like most vegetables in the slow cooker, they all adopt that slow cooker vegetable taste. These are just like steamed potatoes, because well they are. I store them in the fridge and they last the week. They’re perfect for lunches, dinners, or even a desperate whole food snack option.