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Syracuse Salt Potatoes

Syracuse Salt Potatoes

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The salt-rich city of Syracuse, NY is also home to the delicious salt potatoes that melt in your mouth. Give them a try!
By Rina Kearns

Syracuse Salt Potatoes

I have lived in NY my whole life. I never knew how many cool things were invented from here! These potato’s for one.

The salt industry has a long history in and around Syracuse, New York. Jesuit missionaries visiting the region in 1654 were the first to report salty brine springs around the southern end of “Salt Lake,” known today as Onondaga Lake. Fast forward to the years of the Erie canal being dug by the Irish and German immigrants and you’ve got the number one staple of our region.

Syracuse Salt Potatoes

During the 19th century, Irish salt miners would bring a bag of small, unpeeled, substandard potatoes to work each day. Come lunch time, they boiled the potatoes in the salt brines. By the early 20th century, the potatoes were a Central New York favorite and local entrepreneur, John Hinerwadel, started serving them as a side at his clambakes.

Syracuse Salt Potatoes

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Despite the name, these potatoes are not overly salty, but rather very flavorful. Coat them with melted butter and sprinkle with fresh herbs and these little spuds will melt in your mouth! Be sure to head over to the US Potato Board and check out all their potato goodness! United States Potato Board provides inspiration, information, tools and nutrition information to potato lovers and chefs all over the world.

For another local favorite from a different area of the globe, try these Bombay Spiced Potatoes.

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Syracuse Salt Potatoes

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  • Author: Rina Thee


The salt-rich city of Syracuse, NY is also home to the delicious salt potatoes that melt in your mouth. Give them a try!


  • 1 pound New potatoes
  • 1/2 cup Kosher salt
  • Butter (melted)
  • Salt and pepper
  • Various fresh herbs


  1. Wash the potatoes carefully, getting them completely clean without scrubbing off the thin skin.
  2. Bring water to boil in a large saucepan. Stir in the salt, stir until it is fully dissolved. Add potatoes.
  3. Bring water to a rolling boil, and boil – not simmer – for around 20 minutes or until potatoes are done.
  4. Drain, and serve immediately with melted butter salt pepper and herbs.
  • Category: Side
  • Cuisine: American


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  • What herbs taste best with these? I’ve had these before when others have made them but I’ve never noticed herbs on them. Parsley?

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