Easy Pan Roasted Fingerling Potatoes

Fingerling Potatoes

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Prep: 5 mins
Cook: 15 mins
Total: 20 mins
Servings: 4 to 6 servings
Nutrition Facts (per serving)
106 Calories
5g Fat
15g Carbs
1g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 4 to 6
Amount per serving
Calories 106
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 5g 6%
Saturated Fat 1g 3%
Cholesterol 0mg 0%
Sodium 101mg 4%
Total Carbohydrate 15g 6%
Dietary Fiber 1g 5%
Total Sugars 1g
Protein 1g
Vitamin C 10mg 49%
Calcium 5mg 0%
Iron 0mg 2%
Potassium 288mg 6%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)

We love fingerling potatoes, but we don't like boiling them in water before cooking in olive oil, as most recipes direct. So we came up with this easy method that reverses this step; the potatoes are first fried, then water is added to the skillet and they steam, covered, until tender.

Be careful when adding the liquid to the hot pan with the oil; that's the only drawback of this method. Any time you add liquid to oil, there will be spattering. Stand well back and protect your hands with hot pads.

Fingerling potatoes are a fairly new type of potato; they are small potatoes but are slender and shaped like fingers. You can buy them in many colors, from white to brown to red to purple to yellow. Choose the ones you like best for this simple recipe.

These fingerling potatoes are creamy on the inside and crisp and tender on the outside when cooked properly, and are the perfect accompaniment to any meat, such as grilled steak or chicken, meatloaf, or a pot roast.


  • 1 pound fingerling potatoes, washed

  • 2 tablespoons olive oil

  • 1/2 cup water

  • Salt, to taste

  • Freshly ground black pepper, to taste

Steps to Make It

  1. Gather the ingredients.

  2. Cut the potatoes in half lengthwise.

  3. Place the olive oil in a large heavy skillet with a lid and heat over medium heat.

  4. Add the potatoes and sauté over medium heat, turning frequently with a spatula, until they are golden brown on the cut sides, about 5 to 7 minutes.

  5. Remove the pan from the heat and let cool for 5 minutes.

  6. Now carefully, and being sure to stand well back, add the water. The pan will sizzle furiously.

  7. Return the pan with the potatoes to medium-high heat and bring to a simmer.

  8. Reduce heat to medium-low, season with salt and pepper, and cover the potatoes.

  9. Simmer for 5 to 8 minutes until potatoes are tender and creamy.

  10. Serve immediately and enjoy!