Instant Pot Salt Potatoes [Syracuse, New York], created by Irish Salt Miners are made with new potatoes boiled in brine, yielding a creamy interior.
Created by local Irish Salt Mine Workers back in the 1800’s for a quick and cheap lunch.
Traditionally, Syracuse Salt Potatoes are made with new, potatoes. Syracuse is in Central New York.
The Irish Salt Workers would bring a bag of small potatoes to work and boil them in the Salt Springs. They did not peel them and they were often not premium potatoes.
Also, called, Canarian Wrinkly Potatoes, in the Canary Islands and served with a Red or Green Mojo.
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Ingredients for Instant Pot Salt Potatoes
- New Potatoes – yellow, red, purple or a combination
- Salt – The Salt can be Sea Salt or Kosher Salt
- Ghee or Butter
As you can see, there are not many ingredients. The Potatoes should be new and white. And bite-sized, small enough to pop the whole Potato in your mouth.
Unlike the Salt Miners, who boiled their potatoes in the Salt Springs, we’ll use a Pressure Cooker and enjoy the Potatoes in under 30 minutes.
Fine Salt is best to use, as it will quickly melt.
Instant Pot Salt Potatoes is easily altered for smaller portions. Follow the Salt/Water ratio found in the Recipe Card below, if you would like a larger portion.
If you have a Mini Instant Pot, just cut the recipe completely in half. Cook time is the same and it works equally as well!
What Type of Salt is Used?
- Sea Salt is good.
- Some people use Kosher Salt. It works too, just takes longer to dissolve.
- Pink Himalayan Salt is very tasty too.
As a huge Potato lover, we eat this with our meals, quite often. The Salty residue protects the potatoes from becoming water-logged.
Lukewarm Water + Salt = Salt Spring! Hahaha, just kidding. But, it does make a nice Brine.
Smoked Salts are great to use too for a wonderful smoky flavor.
Smoked Salts to Try
How to Make Instant Pot Salt Potatoes
- Whisk up the salt with the water very, very well.
- The salt and water mix up very thick, like the Dead Sea. You won’t want to taste, as you will want to gag.
- Small potatoes are added and then cooked under pressure.
I wonder if you can float in it like the Dead Sea. I went to the High School in Israel. We floated in the Dead Sea. It was salty!
The end result of Instant Pot Salt Potatoes will not be overly salty, as the salt forms a crust.
More New York Recipes
- New York Coffee Shop Home Fries.
- Instant Pot Dirty Water Hot Dogs – like the kind you get from street vendors on the streets of New York City!
- Air Fryer New York Egg Rolls
I love New York and the food. Can you tell? I’m not from New York, but both parents were born there and we spent a lot of time in the state growing up. My grandmother even had a resort in Monticello, New York (upstate) and I spend many summers there with my parents and cousins. Would you believe I have a cousin named Jack? Imagine what people thought when my grandma used to call us over the loudspeaker when she wanted us to come in from playing.
The Potatoes should be bite sized. If you cannot find the New/Small White Potatoes, grab some Fingerlings.
If you can’t find either, but really want to make Instant Pot Salt Potatoes, buy the smallest Potatoes you can find and adjust the cook time.
You can add more Potatoes if you like, just adjust the Salt and the Water.
As I mentioned above, Traditional Syracuse Salt Potatoes use small white Potatoes.
The shape doesn’t matter. As long as they are all similar size.
Tri-color potatoes work very well too and after making a batch of the tri-colored, I can honestly say they are equally as delicious.
Tips and Tricks to Instant Pot Salt Potatoes.
- Make sure to use warm water and whisk to thoroughly combine the salt.
- Use a Stainless Steel Colander to drain the salt water from the potatoes to let the salty crust form.
- Melt a little butter while the potatoes are draining, so the butter is nice and hot.
- Chives, Scallions, Rosemary, or other herbs you may like, an be used when you melt the Butter.
These Instant Pot Salt Potatoes are so good on their own.
The Melted Ghee or Butter, make them even better!
Other Variations of Instant Pot Salt Potatoes.
- You can add Butter to the cooking pot and melt.
- Then toss in the Potatoes with some herbs and mix to coat.
And I am! For you naughty people, the Tri-Colored Potatoes are so pretty. They taste good too. There is a difference in taste between the colors.
Go rogue, try them. 🙂
More Instant Pot Potato Recipes to Make:
- Instant Pot Mashed Potatoes (Pressure Cooker)
- Instant Pot Garlic Whipped Potatoes
- Instant Pot Caramelized Sweet Potatoes Yams
- Instant Pot Colcannon – another Irish inspired recipe. Make this, you won’t regret it!
Kitchen Equipment and Essentials
- Instant Pot, Ninja Foodi or Pressure Cooker
- Simply Gourmet (Dry) Stainless Steel Measuring Cups
- Anchor Hocking Glass (Liquid) Measuring Cups
- Rösle Stainless Steel Flat Whisk– a MUST have, probably my most used utensil
- di Oro Living Silicone Spatulas Set
- Porcelain & Bamboo Salt Box with Spoon
- 6 oz Porcelain Ramekins
- Stainless Steel Colander
- Sea Salt
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Here is the handy printable recipe:
- Wash/Scrub Potatoes. Add Salt and Water to Pressure Cooker cooking pot and Whisk until the Salt has completely dissolved.
- Add Potatoes.
- Lock on Lid and close Pressure Valve. Cook at High Pressure for 2 minutes. When Beep sounds, wait 15 minutes and then release pressure.
- Strain Potatoes in a colander and let dry for a few minutes. Serve with Melted Ghee or Butter.
Stove Top Method
- Mix together Salt and Water and bring to boil. Add Potatoes and cook for 20 minutes, or until soft. Drain and serve.