Salt Potatoes

salt potatoesI realize that this is such a simple recipe that it can hardly be called a recipe, but I figure that unless you are from the western New York area, you probably don't know what salt potatoes are. And you are really missing out. I understand that you generally put salt in your water when cooking potatoes, but not like this. These potatoes use an excessive amount of salt in the boiling water, then once they are tender they are topped with excessive amounts of butter. This is not a healthy side dish by any means, but it is simple and delicious. As my dad recently said, "I don't know what makes them better, the salt or the butter." I think it is the combination of the two with the creamy little yellow potatoes.

Cost: Cheap. It's around $3.50 for a bag which would feed 10 people.

Quick tip: In most parts of the country you will not be able to find bags of salt potatoes. In that case use regular table salt in the water and buy the little yellow potatoes. You don't want a very starchy potato for this.

Dietary Classifications: Gluten free, Dairy free (if you use a non dairy butter), Vegetarian


4 lbs small yellow Potatoes
1 c table Salt
1 stick of Butter


Let me start by saying that all of the amount above are adjustable. If you want to make a smaller batch of potatoes, the ratio of salt to water is 1 cup of salt to 6 cups of water. You do not need to use the whole stick of butter, you just use an amount that works for your family.

If the potatoes are much larger then a golf ball, you might want to cut them in half. This will allow them to cook more evenly and quicker.

Place 6 cups of water and 1 cup of salt into a large pot, along with the potatoes and bring to a boil.

Boil the potatoes until tender but not falling apart. The amount of time it takes will depend on the size of the potatoes. It should be around 10-15 minutes after the water has started to boil.

Drain the potatoes in a colander then return to the pot. Add in your butter and stir to coat the potatoes as the butter melts.

Serve hot. If you want to get fancy you can add fresh herbs, but if you have never had them before, start with them plain. They are really delicious!