Steamed Potatoes with Garlic Herb Butter – We love this brilliantly easy side dish recipe! Simply steam baby potatoes then toss them with a blend of melted butter, garlic, and fresh herbs. Done!

Bowl of steamed baby potatoes tossed with garlic herb butter.

Why We Love This Potato Recipe

No meal is really complete unless there is at least one kind of veggie on the plate, amirite? Without a hearty and healthy(ish) element it feels like something is missing from the table. But just because a side dish might be “necessary” doesn’t mean it should be boring or laborious to make!

This Steamed Potatoes with Garlic Herb Butter recipe is one of our favorite ways to work in a tasty vegetable with barely any effort. It takes only 30 minutes to make, and is as easy as steaming potatoes and tossing them in a zesty combination of melted butter with fresh minced garlic and herbs.

Once you try this amazingly simple way to steam potatoes, I promise it will become a family-favorite side dish staple! In fact, don’t be too surprised if it gets more attention than the main dish.

Top down view bowl of steamed baby potatoes tossed with butter garlic herb sauce.

Ingredients You Need

  • Mini potatoes – baby potatoes, or chopped russet potatoes
  • Butter – unsalted is best
  • Parsley – fresh chopped
  • Garlic – minced
  • Rosemary – fresh chopped
  • Thyme – fresh chopped
  • Lemon – zested
  • Salt and pepper – just a bit of both
Fork with halved baby potato coated in garlic herb butter, shown to camera.

How to Make Steamed Potatoes with Garlic Herb Butter

Set a large 6-quart pot on the stovetop and place a steamer basket at the bottom of the pot. Fill the pot with 1 inch of water.

Hand adding metal steaming basket to a large black stock pot.

If using mini potatoes, cut the larger potatoes in quarters, and the smaller potatoes in half. If using whole russet potatoes, cut them into 1-inch cubes.

Then place the potatoes in the steam basket.

Chopped raw potatoes in the pot.

Cover the pot and turn the heat on high. Once the steam starts to fill the pot, set a timer for 10 minutes.

Check the potatoes after 10 minutes to see if they are fork-tender. If not, cover and continue to steam for another 2 to 3 minutes. But keep a close eye on them so they do not get overcooked and mushy.

Covered cooking pot, steaming baby potatoes.

Meanwhile, chop all the fresh herbs and zest a lemon.

Melt one stick of butter on the stovetop or in the microwave. Mix in the chopped fresh parsley, garlic, rosemary, thyme, and lemon zest. Add ½ teaspoon of salt and ¼ teaspoon of black pepper.

Glass measuring pitcher with melted butter, fresh chopped herbs, spices, and lemon zest.

Whisk or stir well to combine.

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Spoon with garlic herb butter shown to camera, above the glass measuring pitcher.

Once the potatoes are fork-tender, carefully lift the steam basket out of the pot.

Baby potatoes finished steaming.

Dump the potatoes into a serving bowl.

White bowl with boiled halved potatoes.

Drizzle the top of the potatoes with garlic herb butter.

Metal spoon with garlic herb butter, drizzling over steamed potatoes in a white bowl.

Gently stir, if needed, to make sure the potatoes are all coated in butter.

Side view bowl of steamed potatoes with garlic herb butter.

Serving Suggestions

This gluten-free healthy and delicious side dish is perfect for basically any of your favorite meat and vegetarian main dishes.

For a classic “meat and potatoes“-style meal, serve with Skillet Steak Bites, Bacon Wrapped Beef Tenderloin, Stuffed Flank Steak, or a hearty Porterhouse Steak.

Pair with chicken dishes like 4-Ingredient Magic Grilled Chicken, Crispy Baked Chicken Cutlets or Tavern Fried Chicken.

Or enjoy it with tender and savory pork dishes. Some of our favorites include Air Fryer Pork Tenderloin or Grilled Pork Tenderloin, Smoked Pork Chops, or Sous Vide Pork Chops.

Top down view of bowl with steamed baby potatoes tossed in garlic herb butter.

Frequently Asked Questions

How do you make this a vegan garlic butter potatoes recipe?

Swap dairy butter with your preferred plant-based non-dairy butter to make this a vegan steamed potatoes recipe.

Do you peel potatoes before boiling them?

Nope, there is no need to peel first! In fact, the skin adds extra nutrients to the dish, plus great flavor and a bit of texture.

Can you make this recipe with boiled potatoes?

Yes, you certainly can prepare this as boiled potatoes with garlic herb butter. Similar to our recipe for How to Boil Broccoli, the trick is to boil the veggies just until tender, and not a moment longer. Then be sure to thoroughly drain the water before adding the melted butter and herbs.

What other herbs can you use to make the garlic herb butter?

Mix things up by adding or swapping fresh dill, chives, sage, or tarragon!

How long will leftovers last?

Once the potatoes completely cook transfer them to an airtight container. Keep in the fridge for up to 5 days.

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Steamed Potatoes with Garlic Herb Butter

Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 25 minutes
This brilliantly easy side dish recipe takes only 30 minutes to make! Simply steam baby potatoes then toss with a blend of melted butter, garlic, and fresh herbs. Done!
Servings: 6 servings

Ingredients

  • 3 pounds mini potatoes or russet potatoes
  • ½ cup melted butter
  • 1 tablespoon chopped parsley
  • 1-2 cloves garlic minced
  • 1 teaspoon fresh chopped rosemary
  • 1 teaspoon fresh chopped thyme
  • 1 teaspoon fresh lemon zest
  • Salt and pepper

Instructions

  • Set a large 6 quart pot on the stovetop and place a steaming basket in the bottom of the pot. Fill the pot with 1 inch of water.
  • If using mini potatoes, cut the larger potatoes in quarters, and the smaller potatoes in half. If using whole russet potatoes, cut them into 1 inch cubes.
  • Place the potatoes in the steam basket. Cover the pot and turn the heat on high. Once the steam starts to fill the pot, set a timer for 10 minutes. Check the potatoes after 10 minutes to see if they are fork-tender. If not, cover and continue to steam another 2 to 3 minutes.
  • Meanwhile, chop all the fresh herbs and zest a lemon.
  • Melt one stick of butter on the stovetop or in the microwave. Mix in the chopped parsley, garlic, rosemary, thyme, and lemon zest. Add ½ teaspoon of salt and ¼ teaspoon of black pepper. Whisk well.
  • Once the potatoes are fork-tender, carefully lift the steam basket out of the pot and dump the potatoes into a serving bowl. Drizzle the top of the potatoes with garlic herb butter. Gently stir, if needed, to make sure the potatoes are all coated in butter. Serve warm.

Notes

Mix things up by adding or swapping fresh dill, sage, or tarragon!
Once the potatoes completely cook transfer them to an airtight container. Keep in the fridge for up to 5 days.

Nutrition

Serving: 8oz, Calories: 137kcal, Carbohydrates: 0.4g, Protein: 0.2g, Fat: 15g, Saturated Fat: 10g, Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g, Monounsaturated Fat: 4g, Trans Fat: 1g, Cholesterol: 41mg, Sodium: 122mg, Potassium: 13mg, Fiber: 0.1g, Sugar: 0.04g, Vitamin A: 545IU, Vitamin C: 2mg, Calcium: 8mg, Iron: 0.1mg
Course: Main, Main Course, Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Author: Sommer Collier
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