Buttery garlic parsley potatoes is an easy stovetop recipe to make for your family's next dinner.  Baby red potatoes are boiled and coated in garlicky browned butter and fresh chopped parsley.  Make this simple comfort food ahead of time, and enjoy it this crowd pleasing side at dinner tonight.

Prep Time: 40 minutes
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I first tasted parsley potatoes years ago when a dear friend was instructing Busy Baker in French cooking.  Since the dish was simple and delicious, it became the favorite side dish to serve with the evening’s main course.

a bowl of parsley potatoes with two forks

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Try as I might, I couldn’t find the recipe we used, but the one I devised is fragrant, buttery, and lip smacking good!  This recipe is so easy, you will want to add buttery garlic parsley potatoes to your family’s side dish repertoire.

What potatoes are best for boiling?

Low starch potatoes are best; think red, white, or waxy.  These kinds of potatoes tend to hold their shape the best when boiled, so they are good for tossing with browned butter or potato salad.

What is the difference between white and red potatoes?

  • Red potatoes have a firmer texture when cooked and have red skin.  They’re great for boiling.
  • White potatoes have a creamier texture when cooked and are best for frying and grilling.

bowl of garlic parsley potatoes

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Should potatoes be peeled or not peeled before boiling?

This depends on what recipe you are making with your potatoes.  For our buttery garlic parsley potato recipe, I decided to peel one strip around the middle away and leave the rest of the red skin in tact. This way the peeled part can soak up the garlic and butter better.

If you leave the skin on, it will help hold more vitamins and nutrients, so if you’re health conscious, you might want to leave some of the skin on.  Red potatoes have a very thin skin, which is pleasant to eat.

Can you eat potatoes that have turned brown?

Yes, you can.  They just don’t look as pretty.  To prevent the potatoes from oxidizing, submerge the peeled potatoes in water if you’re not cooking them right away.  You can let the peeled potatoes sit in water for up to 24 hours as long as they are refrigerated.

closeup of parsley potatoes

How can you tell when boiled potatoes are done?

The best way to tell is to poke them with the tongs of a fork, a skewer, or a knife.  If the fork is easily inserted, the potatoes are cooked all the way through.

How many calories are in parsley potatoes?

Three parsley potatoes contain 462 calories.  For the complete nutrition facts, please scroll down to the bottom of the recipe card.

What do you eat with parsley potatoes?

Parsley potatoes are one of those side dishes that go with almost any main course, so it’s a good recipe to have in your back pocket. 

  • Steak
  • Chicken
  • Pork
  • Fish
  • Fried eggs

top view of a bowl of parsley potatoes

What do you do with leftover parsley potatoes?

If you don’t like leftovers, you can re-purpose these potatoes by:

  • Cutting them in quarters and pan frying them along side a fried egg for breakfast.
  • Covering them with milk and cooking them slowly to make a simple potato soup.
  • Smash them and make casual version of potato salad.

Can you make parsley potatoes ahead of time?

If you are planning on making them ahead of time, you have some options.

  • If you want to make the complete recipe, do it a couple of hours before serving and reheat in the microwave.
  • If you want to start the night before, boil, cool, cover and refrigerate, then finish with the garlic browned butter the next day.

person holding a bowl of parsley potatoes

Can you freeze parsley potatoes?

Yes, if you have leftovers and want to freeze them, go right ahead.  Make sure they have cooled to room temperature and are stored in an air tight container or freezer zip top bag.  They can keep for up to 6 months; just label the container and put the date on it.  Thaw overnight in the fridge and reheat in the microwave or pan fry them with a bit of butter.

How to Make Parsley Potatoes

Gather all the ingredients: red potatoes, butter, fresh parsley, garlic, and spices.

ingredients for buttery garlic parsley potatoes

Carefully remove a strip of peel from the middle of each red potato.  Keep the peels for roasting.

peeling red potatoes with a paring knife

Place the potatoes in a large pot and cover with cold water.  Cover and bring the water to a boil over medium high heat.  When the water starts to boil, add the salt.

boiling red potatoes in a large pot

While the potatoes are cooking, mince the garlic.

chopping fresh garlic on a cutting board

Then, chop up the fresh parsley.

chopping fresh parsley on a cutting board

Drizzle the leftover potato peels with olive oil and sprinkle with seasonings, then roast at 400 F for 10 minutes.  Feel free to snack on the peels while you cook.

roasted potato peels on a foil-lined cookie sheet

The potatoes are done when they are fork tender.  Drain the potatoes in a colander and let them sit so the peels stay on.

cooked red potatoes in a colander

To make the browned butter, melt the butter over medium low heat in a small saucepan.  Swirl the butter and constantly stir to prevent burning.  The butter will turn a golden brown color and will have a nutty aroma when it’s done.  Remove from the heat and pour into a small bowl.

cooking the butter in a small saucepan

Continue stirring to help the butter to cool off.

stirring browned butter in a glass bowl

In the same saucepan, melt some more butter over medium high heat.  Add the garlic and stir until fragrant, about a minute.

cooking garlic in a saucepan

Pour the browned butter over the boiled potatoes.

adding browned butter to parsley potatoes

Sprinkle on the fresh parsley.

adding chopped parsley to parsley potatoes

Add the sautéed garlic to the potatoes.

adding cooked garlic to parsley potatoes

Sprinkle on some salt and black pepper to taste.

sprinkling salt and pepper on parsley potatoes

Gently toss the potatoes with your hands and place in a serving bowl.  Enjoy!

bowl of parsley potatoes with two forks

Pro Tips for Making Parsley Potatoes

  • Don’t overcook.  Test the potatoes every 5 minutes when boiling.
  • Cover the potatoes with cold water, then bring the pot to a boil.
  • Potatoes can oxidize when peeled, so cover them in water and place in the fridge until ready to cook.
  • Don’t want to use fresh parsley?  Try chives, fresh dill, or fresh oregano.
  • Can’t use butter?  Try duck fat or ghee.
  • Always add salt to the water when boiling potatoes, but wait until the water is boiling so the salt doesn’t pit the pot.
  • Want a variation?  Try adding 1 tablespoon of lemon peel or 1 tablespoon of lemon juice to dish at the end.

Make this dish for your loved ones tonight!  It’s quick, economical, and very satisfying.  It would taste fantastic with our chicken fricassee.

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Buttery Garlic Parsley Potatoes


  • Author: Brooke
  • Prep Time: 40 minutes
  • Cook Time: 25 minutes
  • Total Time: 1 hour 5 minutes
  • Yield: 4 servings 1x

Description

Buttery garlic parsley potatoes is an easy stovetop recipe to make for your family’s next dinner.  Baby red potatoes are boiled and coated in garlicky browned butter and fresh chopped parsley.  Make this simple comfort food ahead of time, and enjoy it this crowd pleasing side at dinner tonight.


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Ingredients

  • 12 baby red potatoes
  • 2 1/2 tablespoons salted butter (reserve 1/2 tablespoon for the garlic)
  • 2 tablespoon fresh flatleaf parsley, chopped
  • 2 large garlic cloves, minced
  • salt and black pepper, to taste

Instructions

  1. Prep the potatoes.  Scrub the potatoes, then carefully remove a wide band of skin from the middle of each potato with a paring knife.  Keep the potato peelings to roast later.  (Drizzle them with olive oil and sprinkle with seasonings of your choice, then roast on a foil-lined pan for 10 minutes at 400 F.)
  2. Cook the potatoes.  Place the potatoes in a large Dutch oven and cover with cold water.  Bring to a boil, add one teaspoon of kosher salt, stir to dissolve, then reduce the heat and continue cooking until the potatoes are fork tender, about 11 to 15 minutes.  Drain and place in a large bowl.
  3. Prep the garlic and parsley.  While the potatoes are cooking, mince two large cloves of garlic and chop up the fresh parsley.
  4. Make the browned butter.  Place 2 tablespoons of butter in a heavy-bottomed saucepan and set over medium heat.  Once it begins to bubble, swirl the pan and stir constantly to prevent burning.  Turn the heat down to medium low and continue to cook until it’s golden brown and has a nutty aroma.  Pour the butter into a small bowl and continue stirring for a minute to help cool it down.
  5. Cook the garlic.  Using the same saucepan, saute the minced garlic in 1 1/2 teaspoons of melted butter over medium high heat until fragrant, stirring constantly.  Add the garlic to the browned butter.
  6. Stir everything together.  Drizzle the browned butter and garlic on top of the potatoes, sprinkle with chopped parsley, and season with salt and pepper.  Gently toss until each potato is well coated.  Serve warm.

Notes

  • Need to make this ahead?  Reheat in the microwave.
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  • Category: Side dish
  • Method: Stovetop
  • Cuisine: American

Keywords: boiled potatoes recipe ideas, parsley potatoes

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4 thoughts on “Buttery Garlic Parsley Potatoes

  1. The potatoes 🥔 are really soft, and the garlic and parsley really pop. The skin left on is great.😊

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