Salted Potato (Papa Salada)

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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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  1. says

    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.

  2. Monica says

    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….

  3. Diana says

    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.

  4. Scarlet says

    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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