These Colombian Salted Potatoes are very easy to make and absolutely delicious served with grilled meats, poultry or seafood.
What is Papa Salada?
It's 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.
You only need 3 ingredients to make this Papa Salada recipe. Red small potatoes are the best option for this dish, because they retain their shape and they don’t get mushy after cooking. You also need water and salt.
Colombian Papa Salada Recipe
- 12 small red potatoes, washed and un-peeled
- 2 ½ cups water
- 2 tablespoons salt
- In a medium pot, place the potatoes and water.
- Turn the heat to medium and add the salt.
- Cover the pot and cook for about 30 minutes or until all the water has evaporated. Swirl the pot to cover all the potatoes with the salt.
What to serve with Papa Salada?
Some of my favorite main dishes to serve with these salted potatoes are roasted chicken, steak with chimichurri sauce and grilled salmon.
Serve them with these dipping sauces avocado ají, pink sauce and garlic sauce if you you want to eat them as a snack or appetizer.
More Potato Recipes
Papas Rellena (Stuffed Potatoes)
Papas Aborrajadas (Battered Potatoes)
nice and simple side dish
Sounds like another great recipes. Doesn't everyone love a potato : )
This dish looks wonderful and simple - therefore its got my name all over it!
What a great and easy side to make!
This is very interesting! And it's so simple. I'll give it a try soon. Thanks for sharing.
Easy & looks real cute.. esp, if small potatoes are used. nice side recipe.
My husband LOVES this recipe! When we had it in Colombia and I found out why. Thanks for posting it.
Thank you all so much for reading my posts! I truly appreciate all your comments.
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.
I had no idea it was done that way...I assumed they were baked. Live and learn....
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....
monica- I have the recipe.....Look the list!
Yuca Frita (Fried Cassava) | My Colombian Recipes
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.
Andrew (Loves Medellin)
Kokoriko is also here in the States
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.
Hi I was wondering if you minded if I use your picture for an article I'm writing for in Spoon University. I would of course credit you however you like and will link your recipe .
I make Pseudo-Papas Saladas in the microwave as follows:
MICROWAVE PAPAS SALADAS
Wash 6-8 small potatoes. Drain the potatoes and place them, still wet on the outside, in a paper bag. Pour 2-4 tbsp kosher salt over the potatoes, fold the top,of the bag over and shake the bag to coat the potatoes with the salt. Microwave until the potatoes are soft, about 4-5 minutes.
En estados unidos como se llama la papa perfecta para cocinarla y que quede parecida a la de Colombia? Siempre me queda harinosa 🙁
Yo compro papa roja pequeña.
Thanks so much for this; now I understand why my boiled potatoes never came out like Papa Salada. Thanks, again, from chilly Bogota. I'm saving you in my Favorites 🙂