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Swiss Rösti

Swiss Rösti

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.

grated potato
Grated and dried 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.

hash browns

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.

rösti in the pan

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.

rösti in skillet

And normally the potato is cooked in one large pancake-type form so it fits the shape of the skillet, like this:

rösti pancake

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!

fried rösti potatoes

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

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swiss rosti

Swiss Rösti

Yield: 3
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 15 minutes

This simple recipe shows you how to make some delicious Swiss Rösti. A perfect crispy potato snack for any time of the day.


  • 2 potatoes (I used some new Maris Pipers for these photos)
  • Olive oil
  • Salt and Pepper
  • Knob of butter


  1. Peel and grate the potatoes. Then rinse the grated potatoes under the tap in cold water and drain them. This is to remove the starch from the potatoes. Make sure as much water is removed from the potatoes as possible after rinsing - I give them a good squeeze in a sieve and use absorbent kitchen paper to achieve this.
  2. Season the grated potato to taste, and mix the salt and pepper well into the dried grated potato.
  3. Then create some round coin-shaped bundles of grated potato. I use a stainless steel biscuit cutter to do this. Pack it in tightly so it does not fall to pieces. The patty should be between 1 and 2 cm thick.
  4. Heat a little olive oil in a skillet. Then carefully add the potato to the pan, being careful that they do not fall to pieces (use a flat spatula).
  5. Then cook over medium heat for about 5 minutes each side until they are a golden brown colour. After flipping, add a small knob of butter to the top of the patty.
  6. Then remove from the pan and place on some kitchen paper to remove any excess fat before serving.


Serve up with some ham and a fried egg, or with whatever you fancy.

Two medium-sized potatoes produced 3 delicious individual Rösti patties.

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Nutrition Information:
Yield: 3 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 181Total Fat: 8gSaturated Fat: 3gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 5gCholesterol: 10mgSodium: 141mgCarbohydrates: 24gFiber: 3gSugar: 1gProtein: 3g

This nutrition information was automatically calculated by Nutritionix, but may not be 100% accurate.

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