Steamed New Potatoes with Fresh Basil

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New potatoes from the garden or produce stand are a summer delight. Simply steamed and tossed with butter, fresh, pungent basil, salt, and pepper, they are ready to enjoy. For variety, use a mixture of red and white potatoes.

Serves4 to 6

Cooking Methodsteaming



Total Timeunder 30 minutes

OccasionBuffet, Casual Dinner Party, Family Get-together

Recipe Courseside dish

Dietary Considerationegg-free, gluten-free, halal, kosher, lactose-free, peanut free, soy free, tree nut free, vegetarian



Taste and Texturebuttery, herby, light, savory


  • 1 pound small new potatoes (about 1-inch diameter), unpeeled and well-scrubbed
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh basil
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • ¼ teaspoon freshly ground pepper


  1. Place the potatoes in a steamer rack set in a saucepan over boiling water. Reduce the heat to medium-low and cook, covered, until tender, 15 to 20 minutes. Transfer to a bowl and toss with the butter, basil, salt, and pepper.


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