Salt Potatoes: creamy, tender, and vastly superior to the average boiled potatoes, these fixtures of the Western New York festival and barbecue scene signify summer.

Salt Potatoes

Salt potatoes are a fixture of summertime picnics, feasts, barbecues and festivals in Western New York for great reason; they're creamy, tender, salty, buttery and vastly superior to the average boiled potato.
Course Side Dish
Cuisine American
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Servings 10
Calories 112 kcal
Author Rebecca Lindamood


  • 3 quarts of water
  • 12 ounces fine salt approximately 1 1/2 cups
  • 4 1/4 pounds one-to-two bite sized new white boiling potatoes *see notes, washed
  • 1 stick cold butter 4 ounces, cut into 8 pieces
  • Optional:
  • Chopped parsley for garnish


  1. Bring water to a boil in a large stockpot or soup pot over high heat.
  2. When water reaches the boil, stir in all of the salt.
  3. Lower the potatoes into the water, one or two at a time, taking care not to splash yourself.
  4. Return the water to a boil, lower heat to medium and simmer until the potatoes are tender, between 15 and 25 minutes, depending on the size of the potatoes. (**See notes for methods on testing the potatoes for doneness.)
  5. Pour the water and potatoes into a colander in the sink and leave to air dry for 5-10 minutes.
  6. Transfer the potatoes to a serving dish and dot with the pieces of butter.
  7. Serve as is or garnish with chopped parsley.

To Store Leftovers:

  1. Pour potatoes and butter from the bowl into a container with a tight fitting lid or a zipper top bag.

Recipe Notes

*Salt potato kits, sold all over Upstate New York, use a very specific size of potatoes; Size B, Grade US no. 2. While most grocery stores don't define their potatoes using this method, you can't go wrong buying small creamer potatoes that are one-or-two-biters. The shape of the potato doesn't matter at all. **To test your potatoes, use tongs to lift a large potato from the boiling water. A skewer plunged into the potato should pass through the potato completely if it is done.

Nutrition Facts
Salt Potatoes
Amount Per Serving
Calories 112
% Daily Value*
Sodium 13219mg551%
Potassium 796mg23%
Carbohydrates 23g8%
Fiber 4g16%
Protein 4g8%
Vitamin C 21.9mg27%
Calcium 75mg8%
Iron 6.4mg36%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.