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Parsley Potatoes

Parsley Potatoes is a favorite of mine. I ate these as a child, both my Mom and Grandmother Eynard made these wonderful buttery potatoes. This is simple cooking at its best. This recipe has just a few ingredients: potatoes, onions, salt, parsley, and butter, that’s just five ingredients, and it doesn’t get much easier than this.
Potatoes with melted butter and parsley

My family is from the Midwest, Jefferson City, Missouri to be exact. Many members of my family had farms, or lived on them for large portions of their lives. So their food tends to be simple, but tasty. My Grandmother Eynard was a simple cook. If you opened her spice cabinet, it wasn’t over flowing, it had the essentials and not much more, but her food, well I still think about it. This was one of my favorite dishes she made, it is tasty, and filling, and what she would do with the left overs, oh my. The next day if there were any of these parsley potatoes left would get turned into a simple potato soup. She would simply add milk to the left over parsley potatoes, heat, and season. I don’t know why these parsley potatoes were so good, but when I start feeling nostalgic I like to make these. You can also serve the left overs as fried potatoes if you just saute the left over potatoes until they are browned and crispy.

Parsley Potatoes

Parsley Potatoes

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  • Recipe Type: Side Dish
  • Prep time: 10 minutes
  • Cook time: 15 minutes
  • Serves: 8
Parsley Potatoes

This is a hearty and easy to make side dish. Potatoes simply cooked with onions, and seasoned with parsley and salt.


  • 2 pounds russet potatoes
  • 1/2 cup sliced onion
  • 1/4 cup of butter
  • 1 teaspoon dried - you can use fresh, my grandmother only had dried in her kitchen
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt


Wash and peel potatoes.  Cut potatoes into small bite sized pieces, place in pot.  Cover potatoes and onions with water, and place on medium high heat.  Allow potatoes to boil for about 15 minutes.  Check to see potatoes are done by pricking with a fork, if the fork goes through the potatoes, they are done.  Drain potatoes in a colander.  Place 1/4 cup of butter into the pot that you just boiled the potatoes in, and add dried parsley.  Stir until the butter has melted, add cooked potatoes and onions to the melted butter, and stir to blend the parsley butter over the potatoes.  Season with salt.

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  • Sue

    Could these be made ahead and then placed in the oven to warm?

  • Annette

    Just made this! Added a clove of minced garlic to the onions and used thawed, frozen spinach in place of parsley. Dried parsley doesn’t have much flavor to me, anyways, so I thought chopped spinach would do just as well. It’s surprisingly tasty for such a simple, low-ingredient side dish! ;D

  • Roscoe

    These are like the parsley buttered potatoes my grandma would make, thank you! I made them and it was like I was sitting at her dinner table again. I’ve looked up so many recipes that call for so much stuff I don’t remember ever being in Grandma’s potatoes and I was right. Simple is better, it’s not just easier, it tastes better. Thanks again for the recipe!

    • stephanie manley

      I am so glad you enjoyed this recipe. I loved these potatoes when my grandmother used to make them.

  • Food Lover

    I love this recipe :)

  • Krystal Nadler

    OMG I LOVE these! My Grandma probably used two or three sticks of margarine for 2lbs of potatoes. LOL No wonder we’re all fat =P

    • Stephanie

      My grandmother was more conservative in the butter 😉 I love these potatoes, whenever I think of comfort food, these are often thought of.

  • Telebrands

    Thanks for this parsley potatoes recipe. They look quite delicious.

  • Telebrands

    Thanks for this parsley potatoes recipe. They look quite delicious.

  • Telebrands

    Thanks for this parsley potatoes recipe. They look quite delicious.

  • Telebrands

    Thanks for this parsley potatoes recipe. They look quite delicious.

  • Fran

    Potatoes and butter. Always a great combo and you’re right … these are easy, but sometimes the easiest recipes are the best!

  • Curt D

    Must be the butter that makes these look so creamy.

    They look delicious!