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Best Jersey Royal Potatoes Recipe With Butter And Herbs

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When it comes to cooking Jersey Royal Potatoes, keeping it simple is the way to go. These new potatoes are perfect simply boiled and smothered with butter and fresh garden herbs.

Grown on the Island of Jersey these delicious new potatoes are in season from around April to July, with May being the peak of the season, so now is the best time to eat them. And you’re missing out if you don’t get them on your plate for dinner! 

These delicious new potatoes are perfect for boiling, their waxy texture and sweet, nutty earthy flavour make them ideal for serving simply dressed with butter and herbs, or simply sprinkled with sea salt and black pepper as a side dish alongside your favourite meat, fish or salads. 

They make a great side dish for BBQ’s, picnics, and summer parties. Especially as there’s so many easy ways to cook and serve them. 

jersey royal potatoes with butter and herbs next to a tomato and cucumber salad

Unique Nutty Flavour – you just can’t beat the mouthwateringly good taste of a jersey royal potato. And as they only have a short season, making the most of them whilst you can is a good thing.

Versatile – these tasty new potatoes are perfect for serving alongside spring and early summer meals. They go great with air fryer chicken, salads, quiche and make completely delicious potato salad

Simple To Cook – Jersey Royal Potatoes are so super tasty that the best way to cook them is to just boil until tender and then toss in butter and scatter with fresh herbs. 

Nutritious – Jersey Royal Potatoes are a good source of vitamin C!

  • Chopping board 
  • Vegetable knife 
  • Saucepan with lid
  • Colander
  • Serving bowl 

Everything you need to enjoy Jersey Royal Season, simply!

jersey royal potatoes on a white table next to a block off butter and some fresh chives
  • Jersey Royal Potatoes 
  • Butter
  • Pinch of salt 
  • Handful of fresh herbs – we used chives, but you can use a mix depending on what’s ready to picked from the herb garden 
jersey royal potatoes being scrubbed in a bowl of water in the sink
  • Give the new potatoes a really good scrub in the some cold salted water in the sink to remove any soil.
  • Rinse them under cold water from the tap, to remove any final bits of soil from the delicate skins.
  • Cut the Jersey Royals into halves ready to cook – you need all the potatoes to be around the same size so that they cook evenly so, some of the potatoes if they’re small won’t need cutting and can be left whole. 
  • When you boil potatoes always start them off in a large pan of salted water – cold water, straight from the tap. Then put the lid on and bring the pan to the boil. 
new potatoes in a saucepan covered with water ready to boil. butter and chives on the table to the side
  • Once boiling, simmer for around 10 – 15 minutes (depending on the size of the potatoes they may need a little less or a little longer cooking time)

Cooks Note – how to tell if new potatoes are cooked. 

To check if new potatoes are cooked through properly take a sharp knife and insert it into the centre of the potato, if it slides in easily and feels tender, then they’re done. If not, continue to cook for a few more minutes then test again. 

  • Tip the cooked potatoes into a colander to drain, leave them over the sink or pan for a few minutes so that they dry off a little. 
  • Put the cooked jersey royal potatoes into a serving bowl, slice the butter over the potatoes, stir gently and turn the potatoes in the melting butter so they all get coated. 
  • Then scatter over your fresh herbs and serve. 
close up image of boiled jersey royals with butter and chives

Any of the following fresh herbs are totally delicious scattered over boiled Jersey Royals with butter and a pinch of sea salt.

  • Chopped chives 
  • Chopped mint
  • Chopped parsley
  • Freshly picked thyme leaves
  • Fresh Dill, snipped with scissors 
  • Wild garlic – when in season 

We grow fresh herbs in the garden, so there’s always something ready to pick and throw into our side dish recipes and salads.

Jersey Royals With Olive Oil

You can try adding a fruity olive oil to new potatoes instead of butter, this is a healthier option as there’s less saturated fat. Olive oil tossed potatoes are delicious with basil and fresh oregano. And go great with Greek lamb dishes, a real treat! You can use a good rapeseed oil in place of the olive oil here if you prefer.

Pesto New Potatoes

Toss hot cooked Jersey Royal potatoes with basil pesto or sun dried tomato pesto. You can also scatter in some green olives or feta cheese this works great as a tasty side dish. Their creamy texture and delicate skins really help them to take up the strong flavours of a pesto dressing. 

Jersey Royal Potato Salad

Try making a tasty potato salad with the new potatoes – once cooked tip them in the colander and run them under cold water to cool them quickly. Once totally cool, toss them in a creamy combination of mayonnaise and sour cream (or crème fraîche), flavoured with chives, dill, a little garlic and some finely chopped dill pickles.

New Potatoes With Anchovy Butter  

Try tossing the warm potatoes in a tasty homemade anchovy butter, these are next level when served with steak. For anchovy butter, finely chop anchovies and a touch or roasted garlic cloves, and mash into butter.

Vegan New Potatoes

Alternatively opt for a vegan style new potato side dish and toss the potatoes in olive oil, a squeeze of fresh lemon juice, fresh chives, dill and parsley. Add in plenty of thinly sliced radishes, cornichons and spring onions

Get more easy side dish recipes here 

Okay, so here’s the thing… we totally recommend you make far too may Jersey royal potatoes for dinner so that you have leftovers, because they’re just so super delicious and there’s loads of easy ways you can use them up the next day.

  • Slice them into omelettes – with fresh herbs and tangy cheddar cheese
  • Make a chorizo hash – topped with fried eggs
  • Use them to make tuna nicoise 
  • Simply slice them and fry them with butter and serve on the side of a full English breakfast 
  • Or, just eat cold with a nice ham salad next day for lunch. 

The best way to store new potatoes – once he potatoes are cooled down (which should be within 2 hours of cooking) Store them in an air tight container in the fridge and use within two days. 

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jersey royal potatoes with butter and herbs next to a tomato and cucumber salad

Jersey Royal Potatoes With Butter And Herbs

Yield: Serves 4
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes

A simple but delicious way to serve Jersey Royals with butter and fresh herbs

Ingredients

  • 1.2kg Jersey Royal Potatoes
  • 40g butter
  • Pinch of salt
  • Handful of freshly picked chives

Instructions

  1. Give the new potatoes a really good scrub in the some cold salted water in the sink to remove any soil.
  2. Cut the Jersey Royals into halves ready to cook – you need all the potatoes to be around the same size so that they cook evenly so, some of the potatoes if they’re small won’t need cutting and can be left whole.
  3. When you boil potatoes always start them off in a large pan of salted water – cold water, straight from the tap. Then put the lid on and bring the pan to the boil.
    Once boiling, simmer for around 10 – 15 minutes (depending on the size of the potatoes they may need a little less or a little longer cooking time - see tips below for checking if they're cooked)
  4. Tip the cooked potatoes into a colander to drain, leave them over the sink or pan for a few minutes so that they dry off a little.
  5. Put the cooked jersey royal potatoes into a serving bowl , slice the butter over the potatoes, stir gently and turn the potatoes in the melting butter so they all get coated.
  6. Then scatter over your fresh herbs and serve.

Notes

To check if new potatoes are cooked through properly take a sharp knife and insert it into the centre of the potato, if it slides in easily and feels tender, then they’re done. If not, continue to cook for a few more minutes then test again.

Nutrition Information:
Yield: 4 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 355Total Fat: 9gSaturated Fat: 5gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 3gCholesterol: 22mgSodium: 128mgCarbohydrates: 64gFiber: 7gSugar: 4gProtein: 8g

Nutritional content will vary depending on the exact ingredients you use and how careful you are with measuring - this nutritional information is given as a general guide only and may not be accurate - you should always calculate your own nutritional information especially if you have specific dietary requirements.

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