Swiss Rösti Recipe
This easy recipe shows you how to make Swiss Rösti in your own kitchen. Rösti is very quick and easy to make and is a delicious way to eat potatoes.
Rösti is traditionally eaten at breakfast with a fried egg or two, but you can eat them at any time you want.
What is Swiss Rösti?
Rösti (or Röschti) is a Swiss dish made with coarsely grated potatoes that have been fried in a pan. Some people in Switzerland even consider it the national dish. There are different regional variations that may use other ingredients, like the cheese and onion rösti, but this version is the basic recipe that just uses potato.
I was introduced to rösti as a kid when we used to go skiing in Liechtenstein as a family. We had three wonderful holidays staying at the Gorfion family hotel. This was a while ago, when you could take the entire family skiing for a 3 week holiday (!) for about 100 British pounds!! Unfortunately, those days are long gone now.
Luckily, the rösti isn’t! Rösti is part of Liechtenstein cuisine, which has been influenced much by its neighbouring countries of Switzerland and Austria.
We also used to enjoy great meat and cheese fondu evenings there every week when we stayed there. Raclette would also be a favourite on the menu, which also goes very well with a bit of rösti.
Or even Austrian Apfelstrudel would be available as a sweet snack in the hotel at tea time.
Ways to make Rösti
You may find that röstis are actually cooked in different ways in different places. Sometimes you will find them with more coarsely grated potato. In this case, the potato may have even been parboiled before it is cooked to ensure it is cooked through.
In fact, often it is made with potato that has been cooked the day before. This improves the taste and texture.
And normally the potato is cooked in one large pancake-type form so it fits the shape of the skillet, like this:
But I like to grate the potatoes quite finely with my box grater, so I do not have to parboil them. And I prefer to cook them in individual patties, a bit like American hash browns, so you can also eat them with your hands if you want to!
We love to eat rösti at breakfast with some egg and bacon, but you can really eat it at any time.
I hope you enjoy making Swiss Rösti. Please let me know how you get on in the comments section below!
How to make Swiss Rosti