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Syracuse Salt Potatoes

The first time I met my Mister’s family was a bit of a stressful experience for everyone.  His sister was in the middle of planning her wedding and family members flew in from New York to lend a hand and attend the festivities.

Somehow we started talking about the celebrated New York State Fair.  Of course, the conversation lead to food and Mister’s mom and sisters asked me (almost in unison), “Have you ever had salt potatoes?”  I had never heard of salt potatoes prior to this conversation and they INSISTED that I tried these, acting like I had said something blasphemous toward the Potato Gods.

After doing a little research, it looks like salt potatoes are local to Syracuse, NY.  No wonder I had never heard of them before!  Well, being a good girlfriend (and an adventurous foodie) I made these for Mister and myself and I’ve come to the conclusion that vast amounts of salt and butter make any potatoes completely drool-worthy.

This recipe is super simple and the potatoes aren’t as salty as you’d expect.  The salt acts like a brine, leaving the potatoes plump and juicy and begging to be drenched in butter.  Which I did.  And I added a little bit extra, because it’s good.  And then we ate them all.  Man I’m getting hungry…

Anywho, the wedding was a success, his family is absolutely amazing and I didn’t anger anymore Potato Gods.  Phew!

Syracuse Salt Potatoes

Rating: 51

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 20 minutes

Total Time: 30 minutes

Yields: 4 servings

Calories per serving: 134

Fat per serving: 5.4g

Syracuse Salt Potatoes


  • 2 pounds new potatoes
  • 3/4 cup fine salt
  • 1/4 cup unsalted butter, melted


  1. Wash the potatoes and set aside. Fill a large pot with water; stir in salt until it no longer dissolves and settles on the bottom. Place potatoes in the pot and bring to a boil; reduce heat and simmer until potatoes are tender but firm, about 15 minutes. Drain; cover to keep hot.
  2. While the potatoes are cooking, melt the butter in a small pan over medium high heat, or carefully in microwave (butter loves to explode!). Toss the potatoes in the melted butter and serve hot.

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