Cast Iron Cooking ~ Skillet Salt-Roasted Potatoes

Monday, January 17, 2011

I love interesting cooking techniques. Salt-roasting is certainly interesting. We've salt-roasted salmon and salt-roasted beef tenderloin. Both are wonderful. I've even salt-baked potatoes before, but when I recently saw the recipe for Skillet Salt-Roasted Potatoes, I knew I was in. My family loves potatoes so they were in too. The original recipe called for fennel seeds in the salt but I skipped that since fennel seed isn't a favorite. To add some extra flavor, we drizzled with rosemary infused olive oil instead of regular olive oil but regular olive oil or even butter would be wonderful.

Skillet Salt-Roasted Potatoes
(Printable Version)

2 lbs red and/or yellow small new potatoes
2 cups kosher salt
1 Tbsp olive oil

Scrub potatoes; set aside. Pour salt into the bottom of a 12-inch cast iron skillet, spreading evenly.

Heat over medium heat for about 5 minutes or until hot. Add potatoes to hot skillet, pressing potatoes into salt slightly.

Cover skillet. Turn heat to low. Cook 40-45 minutes or until tender when tested with a fork. Remove skillet from heat. Let stand, covered for 5 minutes. Remove potatoes from skillet with tongs and brush excess salt from potatoes (reserve salt mixture). Transer to serving platter and drizzle with olive oil. Cover with foil and allow to stand 5 minutes. Makes 4 to 6 servings.

When cooled, the salt can be store in a zippered bag for the next time you want to salt-roast potaotes...I am thinking that will be SOON around here.

Sharing at Tempt My Tummy Tuesday, Full Plate Thursday and Potluck Sunday at Mommy's Kitchen.


  1. Oh my! That sounds so good and easy. I love cooking in my iron skillet. They say it's healthier for you too....I don't know about all that.
    Many blessings,

  1. lyndaloo said...:

    Thank you soooooooo much for sharing this!

  1. Karen said...:

    This looks so fabulous!!
    Ladybug Creek

  1. I just love baked potatoes, I can imagine how fabulous these potatoes are! I'm going to give these a try!
    Gail, when you get a couple of minutes could e-mail me? I have a blogging question. My e-mail is

  1. How interesting! I have never heard of salt roasting, but I'll have to try it sometime.

  1. Marigene said...:

    Those sound delicious...sad that I am on a low-salt diet, isn't it?

  1. Candace said...:

    This looks absolutely wonderful! I'm saving this recipe to try very soon. Thank you for sharing it! Have a wonderful Tuesday! Candace

  1. Debbie said...:

    I've never heard of such a method. It looks and sounds delicious, and I would love to try it. I'll try both the rosemary version and with some fennel. My husband really likes the taste of fennel. Me? I will probably prefer the rosemary.

  1. Pam said...:

    I had never heard of salt roasting before, but that looks very easy and very tasty. And I crave salt, so I'll definately give this one a try.

  1. Thanks Gail, this looks yummy delicious! This is the first time I have heard of salt roasting. I love using my iron skillet, I will be giving this a try.


  1. Ann said...:

    I saved my iron skillet from the garage last year and have been cooking in it lately. Oh my this sound wonderful. Thank you so much for the post.

  1. Honey at 2805 said...:

    I'm back again, this time to be a follower! With so many tempting receipes and household hints and lovely posts, how can I stay away?

  1. Sandra said...:

    Is it wrong to love my cast iron cook wear? There's nothing like cast iron or enamel covered cast iron for stove top and oven cooking. These potatoes look wonderful; I must be hungry.

  1. Amy said...:

    LOVE THIS! Just added it to my Delicious bookmarks. THANKS!

  1. Anita said...:

    I'm ashamed to admit I have never heard of salt roasting, but they look SO good! I love potatoes but I'm trying to avoid too many of them. My parents grow them here and they are so good.

  1. Cathy said...:

    I've never tried this method of roasting potatoes. Yours look perfectly cooked, Gail, and I can't wait to try it. I'm always looking for new ways to prepare potatoes.

  1. Kathleen said...:

    Very interesting! I have never tried that!

  1. Cathy said...:

    This is so interesting! Cast iron cooking is something I want to learn this year :)

  1. Miz Helen said...:

    Hi Gail,
    I have been standing in line to get one of those wonderful potatoes here today...I can't wait to taste it. Thank you so much for bringing your wonderful Iron Skillet full of goodness to Full Plate Thursday and please come back!

  1. HollyC said...:

    I've never seen this done before! These look amazing. I'm going to try to make these for my husband. I know he'll love 'em!
    Thanks for sharing.

  1. Vintage Gal said...:

    Thank you for stopping by~I really appreciate your comments. I love your blog and I will be following you for more yummy treats ~ the potatoes look scrumptious ;-)

  1. Debbie said...:

    I have several cast iron cooking tools...even my grandmother's cast iron cone stick pans...just love them. I use them all of the time.

  1. Melynda said...:

    Stopping by from Full Plate Thursday, so nice to see the old fashion ways coming back, like cast iron and salt roasting. Thanks.

  1. I love my iron skillets and we love salt potatoes. I normally just buy a bag of salt potatoes here. It comes with the salt and I just boil them in it. They are so good. I use the left overs the next day to make fried potatoes out of them. I'll definitely be making these soon. Thank you! :)

  1. Miz Helen said...:

    Congratulations Gail! Your Skillet Salt Roasted Potatoes are featured on Full Plate Thursday this week 1-27-11. They were so good!
    Best Wishes,
    Miz Helen

  1. Suzy said...:

    As a potato lover I am excited to see a recipe for a different technique in cooking them! I will have to try this one day. Love cooking in my black iron skillet. This is my first visit to your blog. I'm enjoying exploring.

  1. Chrissy said...:

    What a delight that I found your blog! I found it on Mommy's Kitchen. I have been looking for techniques for cooking with my cast iron skillets...this looks very exciting! Thank You for your is SO inspiring.

    God's blessings,


  1. Jamie said...:

    Did salt roasting the potatoes impact the non-stick factor in your skillet? Cooking salt (over low heat for quite a while) is one of the ways you can get rust out of an old skillet as it soaks everything out of the pores in the iron. Just curious as to whether it had a similar effect in this recipe. I love salt and potatoes, so I will probably try this either way! Thanks!

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