Lemon Butter Boiled Potatoes

Lemon Butter Boiled Potatoes

Every time I make this potato dish someone asks abut it and I’m quite baffled, it’s just potatoes. I imagine when the average person cooks for themselves it’s not about making a new creation or a grand meal, it’s just food to fill the hole and they might not have had time to plan ahead. Then on the other side of the spectrum you have me, someone who loves to plan and plans well in advance, I usually know what I’m making a week in advance, who wants to go to the store more times than they have to. I put a lot of thought into all of my meals, sure when I cook for myself I’m a bit more relaxed but I still love flavor so I can’t have just boiled potatoes. I consider this one of the simplest potato dishes I make, just a handful of ingredients and you can really wow a crowd. Creamy potatoes slathered in a tart lemony butter sauce with bright green speck of herbs, that’s it, nothing more, but they are loved by all, I even like them and I’m not a potato lover.

Lemon Butter Boiled Potatoes


  • 5 lb small potatoes
  • ½ c butter
  • 2 ½ tsp. salt
  • 1 ½ tsp. fresh ground black pepper
  • 1 ½ lemons, juiced
  • 1 bunch of parsley, roughly chopped (a combination of other herbs like tarragon, dill or chervil work well)


  1. Boil the small potatoes in salted water until tender, very tender; a good indication of this is that some of the skins have burst.
  2. Drain and toss with the remaining ingredients, serve immediately.
  3. Note: To save time I place the bowl I plan on serving my potatoes in on top of the boiling pot of potatoes and add in the butter, this way the butter melts and the bowl is heated to keep the potatoes hotter longer.


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