Sauteed Potato

Crispy, tender, buttery potatoes cooked with a bold Asian spice mix. It’s an easy dish to cook and great to serve for breakfast or as a side. {Vegetarian, Gluten-Free}

Chinese Sauteed Potato with bold spice mix

When it comes to making breakfast or side dishes, crispy tender potatoes are always a great choice. If you’re tired of the usual seasonings and would like to try something bold and flavorful, check out this Chinese spice blend for sauteed potatoes.

Making this spice mix is super simple – just blend some chili flakes, cumin power, and a touch of Sichuan peppercorn. The potatoes are further enhanced by butter and some garlic. The blend was inspired by the one used for Xinjiang style lamb skewers. It’s very straightforward and yields a rich, savory taste.

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Of course you can use the same blend to roast potatoes, as well. Sometimes I find that sauteeing is more convenient than roasting for a side dish, because you might already be using the oven for the main dish.

There are many ways to saute potatoes. I found the most effective way is to parboil them first, then saute them in a hot pan. The potatoes cook much faster this way and the inside will be very tender.

These sauteed potatoes go well with so many things.

You can serve them with eggs and sausage to make a traditional breakfast. Or you can serve them on the side of this 5-Ingredient Baked Chicken Thigh to make a quick dinner. You can also serve them as part of your summer Chinese BBQ Party.

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Chinese Sauteed potato - Crispy, tender, buttery potatoes cooked with a bold Asian spice mix. It’s an easy dish to cook and great to serve for breakfast or as a side. #vegetarian #vegan #glutenfree
Chinese Sauteed Potato
Prep Time
5 mins
Cook Time
10 mins
Total Time
15 mins
 
Crispy, tender, buttery potatoes cooked with a bold Asian spice mix. It’s an easy dish to cook and great to serve for breakfast or as a side. {Vegetarian, Gluten-Free}
Course: Side
Cuisine: Chinese
Servings: 4
Calories: 105 kcal
Author: Maggie Zhu
Ingredients
  • 1.5 lbs (680 g) potatoes (about 2 russet potatoes), cut into 1” (1.5 cm) chunks
  • 2 1/4 teaspoons salt
  • 2 teaspoons Chinese chili flakes
  • 2 teaspoons cumin powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground Sichuan peppercorn powder
  • 2 tablespoons butter , or vegetable oil
  • 2 cloves garlic , minced
  • 2 green onion, chopped (Optional)
Instructions
  1. Add potatoes to a medium pot with 2 teaspoons of salt. Add water to cover potatoes, bring to a boil, and continue to boil until the potatoes just turn soft, about 5 minutes.
  2. Rinse the potatoes with tap water to cool. Drain potatoes thoroughly and let them dry a bit. This helps crisp up the potatoes.
  3. While boiling the potatoes, mix the chili flakes, cumin powder, ground Sichuan peppercorn powder, and the remaining 1/4 teaspoon salt in a small bowl.
  4. Add butter to a large non-stick skillet and heat over medium-high heat. When butter has melted and stopped bubbling, spread the potatoes in a single layer. Let cook until the bottom turns golden. Flip to cook the other side until golden. Add the garlic and sprinkle with the spice mix. Cook and stir until everything is mixed well together.
  5. Garnish with green onion, if using. Serve hot as a side.
Nutrition Facts
Chinese Sauteed Potato
Amount Per Serving (4 g)
Calories 105 Calories from Fat 55
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 6.1g 9%
Saturated Fat 3.7g 19%
Cholesterol 15mg 5%
Sodium 197mg 8%
Potassium 298mg 9%
Total Carbohydrates 12.4g 4%
Dietary Fiber 1g 4%
Sugars 0.5g
Protein 1.7g 3%
Calcium 2%
Iron 7%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

 

The recipe was originally published on Sept. 7, 2013 and updated by Jul. 15, 2018.

Chinese Sauteed potato - Crispy, tender, buttery potatoes cooked with a bold Asian spice mix. It’s an easy dish to cook and great to serve for breakfast or as a side. #vegetarian #vegan #glutenfree

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Hi I'm Maggie Zhu! Welcome to my site about modern Chinese cooking - including street food, family recipes, and restaurant dishes. I take a less labor-intensive approach while maintaining the taste and look of the dish. I am originally from Beijing, and now cook from my Austin, Texas kitchen.

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