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Roasted Garlic Fingerling Potatoes Recipe

Roasted Garlic Fingerling potatoes is an easy stovetop recipe that gives you tender potatoes infused with butter and garlic. These delicious quick garlic fingerling potatoes make the perfect side dish to any meal.

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Roasted Garlic Fingerling Potatoes are my very favorite potato recipe. They are so easy to cook and don’t need to be cut up. These sauteed fingerling potatoes really take on the rich buttery garlic flavor and cook perfectly every time.

This recipe pretty much lets you walk away from the stove so they can do their magic all by themselves.

This weekend I bought a pint of fingerling potatoes at the farmers market. We were grilling steak, and I just love a potato with a good steak.

The problem I have is when John is on the grill, I’m inside cooking the sides instead of sharing an ice-cold beer with my man.

I decided to do a little experiment cooking this fingerling potato recipe, and my new go-to method for pan-roasted fingerling potatoes was born.

I totally understand how busy you are so if you don’t have time for our helpful tips and delicious recipe ideas, just scroll to the bottom of the page where you can find the printable recipe card.

How to cook fingerling potatoes on the stove:

  • Scrub potatoes clean but don’t peel them.
  • Heat up olive oil in a lidded pot or skillet large enough to allow most of the potatoes to come in contact with the bottom.
  • Put the potatoes in the pan and sprinkle with salt and pepper. Shake the pan to disperse the olive oil and seasoning.
  • Cover with the lid and turn the burner to low (simmer). Set the timer to 10 minutes. Shake the pan once again. Set the timer for another 5 minutes. Potatoes are done when fork-tender.
  • Add garlic and herbs if using. Cover with the heat off for 5 minutes.
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When I first started seeing fingerling potatoes, I thought maybe they were just small New Potatoes?

Since first seeing them I’ve made them using fresh herbs such as rosemary, thyme, and dill.

This time it was with fresh garlic and parsley. Ohhhh heaven’s I believe that this is the Best Fingerling Potatoes recipe yet and they’re perfect with those steaks!

It’s now our most used sauteed fingerling potatoes combination. Why mess with perfection, right?

What are Fingerling potatoes?

Fingerling potatoes are their own variety. They are a mature potato that is shaped literally like a stubby finger. They do come in different colors and according to The Gourmet Sleuth varieties such as Anna Cheeka’s Ozette, Purple Peruvian, and Russian Banana to name a few.

What’s the difference between New potatoes and Fingerling potatoes?

New potatoes are actually immature potatoes that get cleared out of the field to make way for the rest of the remaining potatoes to mature. They not any special variety and according to The Kitchen are any variety of potatoes that the farmer grows. Baby potatoes are New potatoes too but can be slightly more mature.

Tip: You can substitute any medium-starch potato, such as Yukon golds, especially baby ones or new potatoes for this recipe.

When we want potatoes, I prefer fingerling potatoes. Here’s why:

  • These potatoes have thin skin so they don’t need to be peeled.
  • They’re small enough to cook whole so there’s no slicing and dicing and cook quickly.
  • They take on the flavors that you add to them.
  • Fingerling potatoes are delicious when boiled, roasted or fried.
  • They can be mashed, served whole, or in a salad.
  • The #1 reason is, THEY’RE DELICIOUS! They’re tender and have a buttery flavor.

Tips and variations:

  • The potatoes can take anywhere from 15 to 30 minutes to cook depending on the size and the amount of the potatoes you’re cooking. Test after 15 minutes to judge where they’re at. If there’s only a small give when pierced they need an additional 10 minutes. If they are becoming soft, 5 minutes may be all you need.
  • Garlic can become bitter if it burns. For that reason, I just allow the garlic to steam into the potatoes at the end.
  • You can use any herb or even grated parmesan too. Again, I add the herbs at the end. They stay bright and add flavor.
  • Cut the potatoes in half and cook them in a hot skillet without the lid. They will become crispy and take on a lovely roasted brown flavor just like with did with our Fried Potatoes and Onions with Sausage. You have to watch them when cooked this way but boy are they worth it!
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A few helpful products you may need:

  • Vegetable Brush – I try and keep the peel/skin on my fruit and vegetables. They contain vitamins and other nutrients. It’s important to get them clean and using a brush works well!
  • Saute Pan – I prefer stainless steel pans. I love how this pan has a flat bottom so more food can sit on it directly. I also like the glass lid so I can see how it’s cooking.
  • Skillet with Lid – I prefer stainless steel cookware. It allows me to see how my food is cooking and browning. It cleans up beautifully and is durable.
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Roasted Garlic Fingerling Potatoes Recipe

Buttery Roasted Garlic Fingerling potatoes is an easy stovetop recipe that gives you tender potatoes delicious potatoes every time. These delicious and quick garlic fingerling potatoes make the perfect side dish to any meal.
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 20 mins
Total Time 30 mins
Servings 4
Author Julie Menghini

Ingredients

  • 1 pint fingerling potatoes washed
  • 2 tsp butter unsalted or olive oil
  • 1 tsp minced garlic
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 2 tablespoons chopped parsley for garnish

Instructions

  • Melt butter in the bottom of a heavy skillet or saucepan. Add potatoes and sprinkle them with salt and pepper. Cover with a tightly fitting lid. Turn the burner to low.
  • After 10 minutes, shake the pan to turn the potatoes. Set the timer for 5 more minutes to test for doneness. Potatoes are done when they feel soft when pierced with a fork. Don't let them overcook, however. (See notes)
  • When the potatoes are finished cooking, remove them from the burner and add minced garlic. Shake to distribute. Let the potatoes sit covered for an additional 5 minutes. Garnish with parsley, thyme, rosemary or grated parmesan.

Notes

Adapted from Ina Garten Dill potato recipe.
  • The potatoes can take anywhere from 15 to 30 minutes to cook depending on the size and the amount of the potatoes you’re cooking.  Test after 15 minutes to judge where they’re at.  If there’s only a small give when pierced they need an additional 10 minutes.  If they are becoming soft, 5 minutes may be all you need.
  • Garlic can become bitter if it burns. For that reason, I just allow the garlic to steam into the potatoes at the end.
  • You can use any herb or even grated parmesan too. Again, I add the herbs at the end. They stay bright and add flavor.

Nutrition

Calories: 110kcal | Carbohydrates: 21g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 2g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 5mg | Sodium: 8mg | Potassium: 509mg | Fiber: 2g | Vitamin A: 230IU | Vitamin C: 26.2mg | Calcium: 17mg | Iron: 1mg
This recipe was calculated using the exact brands and measurements I used to make this recipe. If you are following a strict diet please note changing anything will cause the nutritional info to change. My calculations are intended as a guide only.
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What to make with steak and Roasted Garlic Fingerling Potatoes

  • Chocolate Trifle – the perfect smooth and creamy dessert after a savory meal.
  • Italian Bread Recipe – We love a crust loaf of bread with steak and Garlic fingerling potatoes.
  • Fruit Cocktail Salad – a sweet creamy dish that’s easy and can be made ahead.
  • Pear Pie Filling – we eat this like applesauce. It’s sweet and warm from loads of cinnamon and brown sugar and can be served over ice cream for dessert too.

Have you ever tried Fingerling potatoes? I hope you will and let me know what you think.

What is your favorite way to cook or eat potatoes? Please share in the comments below. I love getting inspiration from you!

Recipe Rating




Deb Clark

Saturday 7th of March 2020

These look scrumptious! And so easy to make too. What a great side dish!!

Julie Menghini

Saturday 7th of March 2020

We love them! Thanks, Deb!

Michele

Saturday 7th of March 2020

I usually do these right on the grill in a foil packet, but this was such a LIFESAVER method when our grill was full of several slabs of ribs! I can't believe how easy they were ---- and cooked just perfectly!

Julie Menghini

Saturday 7th of March 2020

These potatoes would be amazing with your ribs!

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Jhuls

Tuesday 10th of November 2015

These look fantastic, Julie. :)

Julie Menghini

Tuesday 10th of November 2015

Thanks Jhuls! They are my favorite!

Karen

Monday 5th of October 2015

I've cooked fingerlings before but never only in butter…what a delicious idea. Then adding the garlic, yum.

Julie Menghini

Monday 5th of October 2015

Thank you Karen! I love the fingerlings because there is so much for surface area for all that yummy garlic. thank you for visiting!