Easiest Herbed Potatoes Ever!

These potatoes are great, whether you're making them for a big holiday meal or a regular ol' weeknight dinner. And they're supremely flexible—it's really more of an approach to potatoes than a real recipe. You can use any thin-skinned taters: fingerlings, red, yellow...they all would work well. 

You can also use any fresh herbs you'd like. This time, I used parsley and scallions. (Scallions are technically a vegetable, but the greens can be treated in cooking as you would an herb). Both parsley and scallions are delicious, as well as excellent sources of Vitamin K. Chives, thyme, oregano, and dill would all be fantastic options; just use what you have on hand and what matches well with the rest of your meal.

Steaming is an extremely simple way to cook veggies. Steaming is also very nutritious, since cooking potatoes fast and in a small amount of water allows them to retain more of their water-soluble vitamins than, say, boiling (which can leach nutrients into the water). 

serves about 4-6 people
  • 2 to 2 1/2 pounds of thin-skinned potatoes, scrubbed but not peeled
  • 1 cup chopped, fresh herbs
  • 1 or 2 cloves garlic, crushed or minced
  • 1 to 2 Tablespoons butter
  • 1 to 2 Tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • juice of 1/2 lemon
  • salt and freshly-ground pepper, to taste

Depending on the size of the potatoes, you might need to halve or quarter them—just make sure they are a uniform size, so they finish cooking around the same time.

Using a steamer insert or a steamer pot, fill the pot with water to about a 1/2 inch below the bottom of the steamer. Place the potatoes in the steamer. Bring the water to a boil and cover the pot. Cook until the potatoes are tender—about 20-25 minutes, depending on size. The potatoes are ready when you can easily pierce them with a fork.

Drain the potatoes and remove the steamer insert. Return the potatoes to the pot and add the rest of the ingredients. Stir gently with a large spoon (being careful not to break the potatoes) or cover the pot and agitate to make sure the potatoes are well-coated. Taste and adjust seasoning, as necessary.

Serve with chicken or beef or lamb or fish or an omelet—these potatoes are a versatile side dish that would work for practically every meal!

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  1. I love using fresh herbs on warm potatoes, great recipe

  2. There's nothing like an easy, but tasty dish to whip together and please the masses!

  3. I haven't steamed anything in so long - this will be a refreshing change to our meals!

  4. You for sure had me at easy. I'll be keeping these in mind.

  5. You can't go wrong with anything with lemon and garlic - this looks and sounds delish!

  6. Jazzing up ordinary potatoes with butter and herbs is a super tasty thing to do. Never thought of steaming my potatoes though! I ought to give this a try!

  7. You so had me at easy. Yes please....

  8. What a great shortcut and herbs go perfectly with potatoes!

  9. These really are so simple. A little squeeze of lemon juice goes a long way too I think!

  10. This would be perfect for my CSA red potatoes this weekend!

  11. These are elegant, and I love that they are easy! Thanks for the recipe, I can't wait to try it!

  12. My mom and her boyfriend made potatoes this way when I was young. I'll definitely give this one a try for old times sake. Looks really good!

  13. This is a great side dish idea for the holidays.

  14. all i can say is yum!!!! they look so good


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