Ultimate Rösti: Swiss Potato Perfection

Authentic Swiss Rösti - Crispy Potato Pancake Recipe

Discover the secret to achieving crispy, golden Swiss-German potato perfection with this authentic rösti recipe. Twice-cooked potatoes are the key to creating a truly exceptional rösti that will transport your taste buds straight to the Alps.

Rösti isn’t just another potato pancake – it’s a culinary tradition with deep roots in Swiss culture. Originally a hearty farmer’s breakfast, rösti has evolved into a beloved national dish enjoyed throughout Switzerland. Unlike other potato pancakes, true rösti is made with pre-cooked potatoes, resulting in a uniquely crispy exterior and tender interior that sets it apart from its raw potato counterparts.

By par-boiling whole potatoes before grating, you’ll unlock several advantages:

  • No discoloration or oxidation concerns, allowing for a relaxed prep process
  • Quick and even cooking, perfect for creating a thicker pancake
  • No need to squeeze out excess moisture, as the starches are already gelatinized
  • A superior texture and flavor profile distinct from raw potato pancakes

While it may seem tempting to take shortcuts, resist the urge to peel and cube potatoes before boiling or to skip the chilling step. Cooking potatoes whole in their skins preserves their ideal texture, while chilling allows the starches to firm up through retrogradation, ensuring perfect grating consistency.

Mastering Rösti Variations

Once you’ve mastered the basic rösti technique, consider these creative variations:

  • Experiment with fats: While this recipe calls for butter, try duck fat, bacon drippings, or olive oil for unique flavor profiles.
  • Add savory mix-ins: Incorporate pre-cooked onions or bacon bits by sandwiching them between layers of grated potato for optimal flavor distribution and texture.
  • Embrace the crispy bits: As you cook, incorporate any loose crispy potato shreds back into the rösti for added texture throughout.
  • Choose your cookware: While a nonstick skillet offers convenience, cast iron or carbon steel can also produce excellent results with proper technique.

Remember, authentic rösti is always made with pre-cooked potatoes. This double-cooking method is the hallmark of true Swiss potato mastery.

Swiss Rösti: Crispy Potato Perfection


  • 1 pound (450g) Yukon Gold Potatoes (about 2 medium potatoes)
  • Kosher salt
  • 6 tablespoons (85g) unsalted butter, divided


  1. In a medium saucepan, cover potatoes with cold water and season generously with salt. Bring to a simmer and cook until just barely tender when pierced with a paring knife, about 25 minutes. Take care not to overcook. Drain potatoes and allow to cool to room temperature before refrigerating until fully chilled, at least 8 hours or up to 3 days. When ready to cook, peel the cold potatoes.
  2. Using the large holes of a box grater, grate the peeled, cooked potatoes into a mixing bowl. Season with salt to taste, and gently toss to combine.
  3. In a 10-inch nonstick, carbon steel, or cast iron skillet, melt 3 tablespoons (45g) butter over medium-high heat until foaming. Add the grated potatoes, forming them into an even disc about 1 inch thick using a flexible spatula. Cook until the bottom is deep golden brown and crisp, approximately 10 minutes. Adjust heat as needed to prevent scorching.
  4. Carefully slide the rösti onto a large plate. Place a second plate on top and swiftly flip to invert. Slide the rösti back into the skillet, add the remaining 3 tablespoons (45g) butter, and cook until the second side is deep golden brown and crisp, about 10 minutes. Use the spatula to shape the edges and maintain an even disc. For extra texture, fold any crispy bits that fall off back into the rösti, reshaping as needed.
  5. Transfer the rösti to a serving plate, presenting your preferred side face-up for optimal visual appeal.

Make-Ahead and Storage

Pre-boil potatoes up to 3 days in advance, storing them whole and unpeeled in the refrigerator. The cooked rösti is best enjoyed immediately while hot and crispy.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)
245 Calories
17g Fat
21g Carbs
3g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings: 2 to 4
Amount per serving
Calories 245
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 17g 22%
Saturated Fat 11g 54%
Cholesterol 46mg 15%
Sodium 405mg 18%
Total Carbohydrate 21g 8%
Dietary Fiber 2g 8%
Total Sugars 1g
Protein 3g
Vitamin C 10mg 48%
Calcium 20mg 2%
Iron 1mg 6%
Potassium 540mg 11%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.

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