How to Steam Potatoes for Nutrition Images

Potatoes are from the Solanaceae family of perennials. Originating from the Andes region in South America, potatoes are cultivated worldwide and are one of the world's largest food crops and considered a staple food. Potatoes are a healthy food when consumed in moderation, containing phytochemicals, cartenoids, and vitamins and minerals as well as starch. The methods of cooking potatoes can affect their overall nutrition, with the most common being boiling, frying and baking. One of the most healthy ways to cook potatoes is to steam them for maximum flavor and nutrition.

Decide whether to peel your potatoes. According to the Washington State Potato Growers Commission, potatoes with the skin left on will hold in nutrients, making for a healthier potato. The skin of potatoes may also be removed after cooking, making the potato more nutritious without the need for skin, as dishes like mashed potatoes may call for. Once this has been decided and the potatoes have been peeled or left with the skin, wash them thoroughly with water.

Prepare the pot. Place a steamer fan inside a pot, and add enough water to cover the bottom but not enough to reach the bottom of the fan. This water level will cook the potatoes without getting them wet. Once this is done, set the pot on the stove and turn the heat on medium.

Wait while the water heats up. Spread the potatoes evenly on the fan and cover the pot with a lid.

Remove the lid after 20 minutes and check for readiness by piercing the potatoes with a knife. If the knife penetrates the potatoes with little effort, they are ready.