Salted Potato (Papa Salada)

by Erica Dinho on July 20, 2009

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Receta de Papa Salada

Papa Salada is a traditional Colombian side dish and is a typical accompaniment to our asados or grilled meats. In my opinion, the best papas saladas are found in Medellin at a chain restaurant called Kokoriko, where their specialty is roasted chicken.

Buen provecho!

papas saladas



  • 12 small red potatoes, washed and un-peeled
  • 2 ½ cups water
  • 2 tablespoons salt

papas saladas


  1. In a medium pot, place the potatoes and water.
  2. Turn the heat to medium and add the salt.
  3. Cover the pot and cook for about 40 minutes or until all the water has evaporated. Swirl the pot to cover all the potatoes with the salt.
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{ 15 comments… read them below or add one }

1 rebecca subbiah July 20, 2009 at 8:09 AM

nice and simple side dish


2 Kim July 20, 2009 at 8:24 AM

Sounds like another great recipes. Doesn’t everyone love a potato : )


3 Oysterculture July 20, 2009 at 10:05 AM

This dish looks wonderful and simple – therefore its got my name all over it!


4 Tangled Noodle July 20, 2009 at 10:05 AM

What a great and easy side to make!


5 kristy July 20, 2009 at 10:09 AM

This is very interesting! And it’s so simple. I’ll give it a try soon. Thanks for sharing.


6 Soma July 20, 2009 at 12:55 PM

Easy & looks real cute.. esp, if small potatoes are used. nice side recipe.


7 Allison Lemons July 20, 2009 at 6:02 PM

My husband LOVES this recipe! When we had it in Colombia and I found out why. Thanks for posting it.


8 Erica July 21, 2009 at 8:09 AM

Thank you all so much for reading my posts! I truly appreciate all your comments.


9 Karen July 22, 2009 at 11:18 AM

One of my favorite things to eat is boiled potatoes with lots of salt, so I’m sure I would love these… they look so rustic, too.


10 Respondon November 11, 2009 at 10:14 PM

I had no idea it was done that way…I assumed they were baked. Live and learn….


11 Monica April 14, 2010 at 4:15 PM

I am so, so excited to have found this site. I grew up in Colombia and live in the US in a city where there’s no chance of finding a good Colombian restaurant. I have searched for a long time to find the right empanada recipe. And then I started looking at all of the other recipes, and wow. Yum. And, I agree that Kokoriko has the best papas saladas. Me gustan los maduros tambien. By chance do you have recipe for fried yucca? I haven’t found it yet….


12 Erica April 14, 2010 at 4:41 PM

monica- I have the recipe…..Look the list!


13 Diana November 8, 2010 at 12:09 PM

I made these last Saturday for my sister’s birthday (I also made Pollo Asado) and again, a keeper! The only thing I messed up with was that I used large red potatoes, don’t even know why as the recipe clearly says small red potatoes. So they were a bit hard in the middle after the water evaporated and I had to add more water and cook them longer. I had a couple of small red potatoes in the bunch and they came out perfectly.


14 Andrew (Loves Medellin) July 14, 2012 at 12:21 PM

Kokoriko is also here in the States


15 Scarlet August 27, 2012 at 12:52 PM

There is a Kokoriko in Miami.
I am colombian. My mom tought me to do it diferently. Small patatoes, boiled on salty water. When they are done, you drain the water and add salt. Then swirl the pot to cover all the potatoes with the salt while they are still wet. Easier.And still delicious.
Wait until the water evaporates could take forever and there is a change, if you are like me, that the potatoes overcook and burn.


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