The BEST Dutch Oven Potatoes (Stovetop)

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Hey there, potato lovers! Get ready to tantalize your taste buds with a fantastic dish: the BEST Dutch oven potatoes. These babies are all about comfort and flavor, cooked right on your stove top. Imagine perfectly cooked potatoes, tender on the inside and golden brown on the outside, tossed in a luscious blend of melted butter and aromatic herbs.  It’s like a flavor explosion in every bite! The butter adds a richness that beautifully coats each potato, while the herbs infuse them with a burst of fresh, fragrant flavors. 

A close up image of herbed, sliced potatoes in a dutch oven.
Herbed buttered potatoes in a dutch oven

These delicious dutch oven potatoes make the perfect side dish with minimal effort.The simplicity of this recipe allows the natural flavors of the potatoes to shine, while the garlic and herbs elevate it to a whole new level of deliciousness. In only 35-40 minutes you’ll have the best potatoes that the whole family will go crazy over! Whether you’re planning a laid-back family dinner or a fun get-together with friends, these easy dutch oven potatoes are a crowd-pleasing side dish that will have everyone asking for seconds.

WHY YOU’LL LOVE THIS RECIPE

  1. Flavorful and Delicious: The combination of tender potatoes, aromatic garlic, savory butter, and herbs creates a flavor explosion that is simply irresistible. When you dig into this Dutch oven potatoes recipe, you’ll experience a fantastic combo of earthy goodness and herb-infused deliciousness in every single bite. It’s like a party in your mouth that’ll leave you craving more!
  2. Easy and Simple Preparation: This recipe requires minimal ingredients and preparation steps, making it accessible to both novice and experienced cooks. With just a few basic steps, you can achieve a dish that tastes like it took much more effort to create.
  3. Versatile Side Dish: These versatile spuds are the perfect accompaniment to grilled chicken, roasted meats, or even vegetarian options. Their delicious flavors and comforting texture make them a go-to side dish for any occasion.
  4. Family-Friendly and Crowd-Pleasing: This recipe is a crowd-pleaser, loved by both adults and children alike. The comforting and familiar flavors of potatoes, combined with the fragrant garlic and herbs, make it a dish that can please even the pickiest eaters.
  5. Time-Efficient: The cooking time for these Dutch oven potatoes is relatively short, and the hands-on preparation is minimal. This makes it an ideal choice for busy weeknights or when you need to prepare a delicious side dish without spending too much time in the kitchen.
Herbed potatoes in a speckled bowl, surrounded by fresh herbs, garlic bulbs, salt and pepper shakers, and a linen.
Dutch oven potatoes made on the stovetop

INGREDIENTS YOU’LL NEED:

  • Potatoes- small new potatoes or fingerling potatoes
  • Garlic, minced
  • Butter, salted or unsalted is fine
  • Salt & Pepper
  •  Your favorite fresh herbs-I love using rosemary, thyme, parsley

INSTRUCTIONS:

  1. Thoroughly wash the potatoes, ensuring they’re clean and free of dirt. If needed, cut any larger potatoes in half to create bite-sized pieces. Skin on, or skin off,  it’s a personal preference.
  2. In a  Dutch oven or large skillet,  melt the butter over medium heat until it’s fully melted.
  3. Add the minced garlic to the skillet or Dutch oven, and sauté for about 1-2 minutes until the fragrance fills the air and the garlic becomes golden.
  4. Now, it’s time to introduce the star ingredient – the potatoes. Add them to the skillet or Dutch oven, making sure they are in a single layer.
  5. Sprinkle the sea salt and freshly ground black pepper over the potatoes, evenly coating them. Stir everything together, ensuring the potatoes are well coated with the butter and garlic mixture.
  6. Cover the skillet or Dutch oven with a lid, and reduce the heat to low. Let the potatoes cook for approximately 25-30 minutes, stirring occasionally to prevent sticking and to promote even cooking. You’ll know they’re done when the potatoes turn tender and can be easily pierced with a fork.
  7. Once the potatoes are perfectly cooked, sprinkle the fresh herbs over them, and give everything a good stir to combine the flavors.

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DIFFERENT WAYS TO COOK DUTCH OVEN POTATOES

Alternative ways you can cook the potatoes in a cast iron dutch oven on the stovetop, oven, or even the grill!

To adapt this easy recipe for dutch oven roasted potatoes in the oven:  Here’s how:

  1. Preheat your oven to 400°F (200°C). Follow the recipe instructions for washing and preparing the potatoes.
  2. In a large Dutch oven, melt the butter over medium heat on the stovetop.
  3. Add the minced garlic to the skillet or Dutch oven and sauté for 1-2 minutes until fragrant.
  4. Add the potatoes to the skillet or Dutch oven, sprinkle them with sea salt and freshly ground black pepper, and stir to coat them with the butter and garlic mixture.
  5. Cover the Dutch oven with a lid or foil, and transfer it to the preheated oven.
  6. Allow the potatoes to cook in the oven for approximately 30-40 minutes, or until they are tender and golden brown. Stir the potatoes once or twice during the cooking process to ensure even browning.
  7. Once the potatoes are cooked, remove them from the oven and sprinkle the fresh herbs over them. Stir well to combine.

Another great option is the grill. Precook the potatoes until they are slightly tender, then transfer them to a grill-safe pan or wrap them in foil and grill over medium heat until they are fully cooked and golden brown.

Sliced, herbed potatoes in a large white dutch oven surrounded by a linen and fresh herbs.
Potatoes in a dutch oven

EXPERT TIPS:

  • Potato Selection: Opt for small new potatoes or fingerling potatoes for this recipe. Their small size and tender texture make them ideal for achieving a perfect balance of creamy interior and crispy exterior.
  • Herb Selection: While the recipe suggests rosemary, thyme, and parsley, feel free to experiment with your favorite herbs or combinations. Dill, chives, or even a sprinkle of fresh oregano can add unique flavors to the dish.
  • Garlic Infusion: To enhance the garlic flavor, consider smashing the garlic cloves instead of mincing them. This will release more of the aromatic oils, intensifying the taste.
  • Uniform Sizing: For even cooking, try to cut the larger potatoes into halves or quarters, ensuring that all the potatoes are roughly the same size. This will help them cook uniformly and result in a consistent texture.
  • Choosing a Dutch Oven: If using a Dutch oven, ensure it has a tight-fitting lid to trap the steam and create a moist cooking environment. This will help the potatoes cook evenly and retain their natural moisture.
  • Low Heat Simmer: Cooking the potatoes on low heat allows them to cook slowly and evenly, preventing them from burning or becoming mushy. It also allows the flavors to blend together, resulting in a more developed taste.
  • Occasional Stirring: While the potatoes are simmering, gently stir them occasionally to prevent sticking and ensure even browning. This also helps distribute the flavors and herbs throughout the dish.
  • Make-Ahead Option: You can partially cook the potatoes in advance, and then finish them off just before serving. This way, you can save time and still enjoy the fresh flavors and textures of the dish.

RECIPE FAQS

Can I use different types of potatoes?Absolutely! While the recipe suggests small new potatoes or fingerling potatoes, you can use other varieties like Yukon gold or red potatoes. Just keep in mind that larger potatoes may require longer cooking times.

2. Can I use dried herbs instead of fresh herbs? Fresh herbs provide the best flavor and aroma in this recipe, but if you don’t have fresh herbs on hand, you can use dried herbs as a substitute. Keep in mind that dried herbs are more concentrated, so you’ll need to use smaller amounts. Start with 1/3 to 1/2 of the recommended amount for fresh herbs and adjust to taste.

3. Can I make this recipe ahead of time? While the potatoes are best enjoyed fresh, you can partially cook them in advance. Follow the recipe until the potatoes are almost cooked, then cool and store them in the refrigerator. When ready to serve, finish cooking the potatoes by reheating them in a skillet or Dutch oven and adding the fresh herbs.

4. Can I add other ingredients to the potatoes? Absolutely! This recipe serves as a delicious base that you can customize to your liking. Feel free to add ingredients like diced onions, bell peppers, or spices to enhance the flavors and create variations that suit your preferences.

6. Can I make this recipe vegan? Yes, you can easily make this recipe vegan by substituting the butter with a plant-based alternative, such as vegan margarine or coconut oil. Ensure the alternative you choose is suitable for sautéing and has a similar consistency to butter.

Up close image of herbed potatoes in a white dutch oven
up close image of potatoes in a dutch oven

Substitutions:

  1. Butter Substitutions: If you prefer a different fat or want a dairy-free option, you can substitute butter with olive oil, ghee, or vegan butter.
  2. Herb Substitutions: While the recipe suggests rosemary, thyme, and parsley, you can experiment with other herbs based on your taste preferences. Some popular alternatives include basil, dill, chives, oregano, or a blend of dried Italian herbs.
  3. Potato Substitutions: Feel free to use different varieties of potatoes such as Yukon gold, red potatoes, or even sweet potatoes for a unique twist.

Additions:

  1. Garlic: For garlic lovers, add some minced or roasted garlic to the herbed butter mixture for extra flavor.
  2. Citrus Zest: Enhance the flavor profile by adding a touch of fresh citrus zest, such as lemon, lime, or orange, to the herbed butter. It adds a bright and zesty note to the potatoes.
  3. Parmesan Cheese: For a cheesy kick, sprinkle grated Parmesan cheese over the herbed buttered potatoes just before serving. The cheese will melt and create a savory layer of deliciousness.
  4. Crumbled Bacon: If you’re a fan of savory and smoky flavors, consider adding some crumbled cooked bacon as a garnish. It adds a delightful crunch and an extra layer of savory goodness.
  5. Red Pepper Flakes: For a hint of heat, sprinkle some red pepper flakes over the potatoes. It adds a subtle kick and a touch of spice.

STORAGE:

  1. Refrigerator Storage: If you have leftover herbed buttered potatoes, store them in an airtight container in the refrigerator. They can be refrigerated for up to 3-4 days. Make sure the potatoes are completely cooled before storing to avoid condensation and maintain their texture.
  2. Freezer Storage: While herbed buttered potatoes can be frozen, it’s important to note that the texture may change slightly upon thawing. To freeze, place the cooled potatoes in a freezer-safe container or bag, making sure to remove as much air as possible. They can be frozen for up to 2-3 months. Thaw them in the refrigerator overnight before reheating.
  3. Reheating: To reheat refrigerated or frozen herbed buttered potatoes, it’s best to use the oven or stovetop rather than the microwave. The microwave may make them mushy. For refrigerated potatoes, preheat the oven to 350°F (175°C), place the potatoes in an oven-safe dish, cover with foil, and heat for about 15-20 minutes until warmed through. For frozen potatoes, thaw them in the refrigerator overnight and then follow the same reheating instructions.

SERVING SUGGESTIONS:

Serving Suggestions: Dutch oven potatoes are incredibly versatile and complement a wide range of dishes. Serve them alongside roasted meats, grilled chicken, or fish for a hearty and satisfying meal. They also make a fantastic addition to brunch spreads or as a tasty vegetarian option. Our personal family favorite is to serve them alongside our Old Fashioned Sloppy Joes.

A close up image of herbed, sliced potatoes in a dutch oven.

The BEST Dutch Oven Potatoes (Stovetop)

Vicky
Make sure you use a Dutch Oven or an equivalent heavy pot.
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
Course Side Dish
Cuisine American
Servings 4 people

Ingredients
  

  • 4 Tablespoons butter
  • 2 pounds 2 lbs of small new potatoes or fingerling potatoes scrubbed, peeled or unpeeled
  • 4 cloves garlic minced
  • 1 teaspoons sea salt use less if of butter is salted
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 2-3 Tablespoons chopped fresh herbs such as rosemary, thyme, parsley

Instructions
 

  • Thoroughly wash the potatoes. Cut any larger potatoes in half to ensure they are bite-sized.
  • In a Dutch oven or a large heavy skillet, melt the butter over medium heat.
  • Add the minced garlic to the Dutch oven and sauté for about 1-2 minutes until fragrant.
  • Add the potatoes to the skillet or Dutch oven, then sprinkle them with sea salt and freshly ground black pepper. Stir everything together so that the potatoes are well coated with the butter and garlic.
  • Cover the Dutch oven with a lid and reduce the heat to low. Allow the potatoes to cook for about 25-30 minutes, stirring occasionally to ensure they don't stick to the bottom of the pan and cook evenly. The potatoes are done when they are tender and can easily be pierced with a fork.
  • Once the potatoes are cooked, sprinkle the fresh herbs over them and stir well to combine.
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  1. I just love your Herbed Buttered Potatoes, what a great side dish for any meal. Thanks so much for sharing with Full Plate Thursday this week and come back soon!
    Miz Helen

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