Salt potatoes (aka Syracuse potatoes) are baby potatoes boiled in salt to create the perfect crispy crust. Serve drenched in butter!
Salt potatoes are the perfect addition to ANY weeknight meal and will have you coming back for more! Dip them in melted butter for the perfect buttery salty flavor. Salt potatoes pair perfectly with 40 clove garlic chicken, crock pot cube steak, or caprese chicken!
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Why you’ll love this recipe!
📌 Only 4 simple ingredients and 20 minutes to make.
📌 The perfect side dish to any meal.
📌 The salty potato dipped in melted butter is the most delicious combo!
Salt Potatoes Ingredients
- Potatoes – New potatoes, also known as baby potatoes. You can use any variety.
- Water – For boiling.
- Salt – Kosher or sea salt will work.
- Butter – Melted.
How do you make homemade salt potatoes? (step-by-step directions)
⭐ First, add water and salt to a large pot and stir to dissolve the salt as much as possible. Add the potatoes.
⭐ Next, bring the water to a boil and cook until potatoes are just fork tender.
⭐ Then, drain the potatoes and let them dry to form the salt crust on the outside.
⭐ Last, drizzle with melted butter and serve.
Scroll down to the printable recipe card toward the bottom of this article for ingredient measurements and detailed cooking instructions.
What if the water doesn’t cover my potatoes?
If more water is needed to cover the potatoes, add an extra 2 tablespoons of salt per cup of water added to the pot.
Do I peel or cut the potatoes?
No, the entire skin of the potato needs to be intact for salt potatoes. This is why we recommend using new or baby potatoes. The salt crust will form on the skin of the potato which is where you’ll get all the flavor. The inside of the potato should be fluffy and delightful as well!
What kind of potato should I use?
New or baby potatoes are the best option for this recipe but the variety doesn’t really matter. You can use baby russets, baby gold, baby reds, whatever you have on hand or whichever is your favorite!
How should I serve the potatoes with the melted butter?
You can drizzle the melted butter over the top of the salt potatoes but another option would be to melt butter in individual dipping cups and dip the potatoes in butter before eating.
Storage and leftovers
How long will salt potatoes last?
Store any leftovers (if there are any) in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3 days.
Can I freeze salt potatoes?
Yes, let the potatoes cool completely and store in an airtight container in the freezer for up to 3 months.
Tips and tricks
- Selecting the Right Potatoes: While new or baby potatoes are recommended for this recipe, you can also use small-sized regular potatoes. Look for potatoes that are similar in size to ensure even cooking.
- Boiling Time: Be careful not to overcook the potatoes. Boil them until they are just fork-tender, as overcooking can make them mushy and less enjoyable.
- Flavorful Variations: While salt and butter are the classic seasonings for salt potatoes, feel free to experiment with other seasonings and herbs. You can add a pinch of black pepper, garlic powder, or a sprinkle of fresh herbs like thyme or chives for added flavor.
- Using a Wire Rack: To ensure the potatoes dry evenly and form a uniform salt crust, place them on a wire rack after draining the water. This allows air to circulate around the potatoes, promoting faster drying.
- Serving with Dipping Sauces: Besides melted butter, consider serving the salt potatoes with various dipping sauces. Garlic aioli, ranch dressing, or even a tangy cilantro garlic sauce can complement the savory flavor of the salt crust.
- Leftover Ideas: If you have any leftovers, consider incorporating them into other dishes. Add chopped salt potatoes to salads, omelets, or use them in hash browns for a tasty breakfast.
Frequently asked questions
Can I make a larger batch of salt potatoes?
Yes, you can easily scale up the recipe to make a larger batch. Adjust the ingredient quantities accordingly and ensure you have a large enough pot to accommodate the increased amount.
I have leftovers, how should I reheat them?
You can reheat these in the microwave but try frying them up on the stove with butter when reheating for some of the best fried potatoes you’ll ever enjoy!
Can I use this recipe for larger potatoes instead of baby potatoes?
While baby potatoes are recommended for this recipe, you can use a few larger potatoes instead of the small potatoes. Make sure to keep the potatoes whole when boiling. Keep in mind that the cooking time will increase with larger potatoes.
Can I use frozen potatoes instead of fresh baby potatoes?
We do not recommend using frozen potatoes in this recipe. Frozen potatoes may have a different texture and could become too mushy when boiled.
Can I add herbs to the melted butter?
Absolutely! Try adding chopped garlic and parsley or rosemary to the melted butter mixture for an even more delicious flavor!
What to eat with Syracuse salt potatoes (serving suggestions)
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Tools we love
- Enameled cast iron pot – This is a great and super versatile pot that can be used in both the oven and on the stove top.
- Kitchen tongs – Every kitchen needs a good pair of tongs.
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How to Make Salt Potatoes
- 2 pounds new potatoes
- 6 cups water
- ¾ to 1 cup salt
- 6 tablespoons butter melted
- Add water and salt to a large pot, stir to dissolve the salt as much as possible. Add the potatoes. If more water is needed to cover the potatoes, add an extra 2 tablespoons of salt per cup of water added.
- Bring to a boil and cook until the potatoes are just fork tender, about 15 minutes.
- Drain the potatoes and let them dry to form the salt crust on the outside.
- Drizzle with melted butter when serving.
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