Buttered Potatoes Recipe – Buttered potatoes are a simple, classic, and comforting side dish recipe.

Buttered potatoes are a simple, classic, and comforting side dish recipe. // addapinch.com

These simple buttered potatoes are a throwback to my youth. Mama would make them at least once every other week to go with meatloaf, chicken, or even her skillet pork chops. It was a staple, for sure. And I never got tired of it. Not even a little bit.

There was one part of my Mama’s buttered potatoes that I never enjoyed and was always tired of though –  peeling!

It was always my job to peel the potatoes for boiling. To a young girl, it felt like I peeled endless pounds and pounds of potatoes. As many as I peeled, it seemed more and more were added to the pile. The mound never seemed to shrink any until Mama would come over with her sharp paring knife and within minutes have more potatoes peeled than I’d managed in the eons I’d been working on them. Fingers still griping the handle of the peeler, I swore when I grew up, I wouldn’t peel any more potatoes than I absolutely had to. That’s a promise I have tried my very best to keep, too.

So, instead of the large white potatoes that my Mama used, I tend to use small red potatoes so that I can leave the skin on them. You may think that’s lazy, I just think it’s brilliant.


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Here’s how I make my buttered potatoes. If you decide to use large white potatoes, start those finger stretches now or enlist your children to help you like my Mama did.

Buttered Potatoes Recipe

Buttered Potatoes Recipe - Buttered potatoes are a simple, classic, and comforting side dish recipe.

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Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time15 mins
Total Time25 mins
Servings: 8
Course Side Dish
Cuisine American
Author: Robyn Stone | Add a Pinch


  • 2 pounds red potatoes scrubbed and cut into large chunks
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 4 tablespoons butter
  • salt and pepper to taste


  • Add potatoes to a large stockpot and add enough water to cover completely. Add olive oil and salt to season the water. Bring potatoes to a boil over medium heat and allow to boil until the potatoes are fork tender, about 15 minutes.
  • Remove from heat and drain off water. Add butter, along with salt and pepper and stir until well-combined.
  • Serve warm.
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26 Comments Leave a comment or review

    1. Hi Barbie! It’s nice meeting you! And I love these rd potatoes too! Have you tried them yet? I have! They are so delicious!

    1. Happy return-from-your-honeymoon-wishes!!! It’s a surreal feeling, isn’t it? Well, it was for me so many moons ago when my husband and I returned from ours. It was nice to settle in, but for the first time in a year, we had a little bit of time to ourselves. Enjoy!

  1. Love the easy potato recipe. Will be making this soon, but like your mama, I want mine peeled first! Thanks for this recipe.

  2. I’m heading out to the grocery store in a matter of minutes. This recipe, as simple as it might be to execute looks divine. I’m the type of person who never met a vegetable that I didn’t like, so this — quite natch, appeals to me.

    All I can do is look at it and say… yummy!

    1. Hi Judy,
      Not necessarily. You’ll want to check the potatoes at the normal cooking time and then continue to check every 10-15 minutes until they are fork-tender.

  3. Hey Robyn! I love all of your recipes including this one too! But, I have a question, while making these potatoes do we have to peel the potatoes or just cut them into big pieces with the peel still on them? Thank you for everything! I love all of your cooking! Write back soon as possible!

  4. Studying for my exams at the moment and this is the perfect study break meal! I’ve got my potatoes cooking now!

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