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Butter Potatoes on Stove

Butter Potatoes on Stove

Butter potatoes on the Stove 

This easy butter potatoes on stove recipe is a simple way to produce a tasty potato side dish. You can serve this dish with any meat or fish main course. The method is straightforward and the butter makes the potatoes taste fantastic, as any Irish person will tell you.

Boiling Potatoes

There are many side dishes you can make with potatoes, a number of which are listed at the end of this blog post.

But this one is one of the easiest. The trick to this recipe is to stop boiling the potatoes before they disintegrate. This means you cannot really leave them alone while they are boiling. Try and pick some potatoes that hold their shape well and have a fluffy texture.

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Potatoes after boiling

The boiling time does depend a little bit on the type of potatoes you use, and may even depend on your altitude, as altitude can lower the temperature at which water boils. Some potatoes disintegrate earlier than others I have found.

In these photos, I used some delicious Maris Piper potatoes, which were ready after exactly 10 minutes of boiling. We are pretty much at sea level, where water boils at 100C.

But I have boiled other types of potatoes that have taken 15 minutes to cook. It depends on the potato, and how small it has been cut.

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Butter melting on the potatoes

Butter with potatoes

Potatoes are a vegetable that is so much tastier when combined with butter, as are many things.

For example, we love eating baked potatoes smothered with salted Irish butter and mayonnaise and a sprinkling of black pepper.

Delicious and something that is very much a part of Irish history and culture as the potato was one of the staple foods back in the day (and still very much is). 

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Butter potatoes on stove in saucepan

This recipe is basically a quick way to boil potatoes and serve them in butter to preserve the original combination taste of the cooked potato with butter. Cutting the potatoes smaller helps them to cook quicker.

butter potatoes on stove

Feel free to add more or less salt and/or pepper to suit your own palate. I must admit I tend to leave that up to the diner themselves to decide if they wish to season their potatoes more, so I only add a sprinkle of black pepper.

Eat this side dish with anything meat or fish-based. In these photos, I have served them up with some chicken breasts and creamy mushroom sauce.

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Creamy chicken and mushroom with butter potatoes

I hope you enjoy this simple recipe. If you do try it, please let me know how you get on in the comments section below!

How to make butter potatoes

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buttered potatoes

Butter Potatoes on Stove

Yield: 1
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Additional Time: 2 minutes
Total Time: 17 minutes

This simple recipe for making butter potatoes takes less than 20 minutes and gives you a tasty side dish you can serve with almost any main meal.


  • Potatoes (amount dependant on number of people)
  • Pinch of Salt
  • Enough Salted Butter to cover the potatoes
  • Freshly grated black pepper
  • Chopped parsley


  1. Put a pan of water with a pinch of salt on the stove to boil.
  2. Peel and chop the potatoes into uniform sizes about 3 cm in length. When the water had boiled carefully place the potatoes in the pan.
  3. Boil the potatoes over medium heat for exactly 10 minutes, then remove from the heat and drain the water away using a colander or strainer. (Check that the potatoes are fully cooked before draining).
  4. Add the butter to the pan and let it melt on the potatoes. Sprinkle with some freshly ground black pepper.
  5. Then gently sautee the potatoes in the pan over low heat, stirring to cover all the potatoes in butter, being careful not to break the potatoes whilst stirring.
  6. Garnish with chopped parsley and serve up.


Garnish with parsley and serve with any meat or fish dish.

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Penny V

Tuesday 21st of March 2023

This is just the way my Mom made them. They are delicious with any protein. Thank you for sharing this

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