Fried potatoes – Latvian style

This is our comfort food! Childhood memories! Thursday – Friday nights at students dormitories kitchen. Why? Cause no money left for something else, good if you have oil and potatoes from home. So, this dish is the main cause, cause for others than Latvians it might look like a side dish :).


So simple, that you might want to add ham and onions? Maybe! But I love them so much especially in wintertime when there are cold outside! Also, this is not healthy food, I would call it Latvian junk but everyone loves it!

If you know another name for this main cause, let me know!

Fried potatoes Latvian style

  • Servings: 2-4
  • Difficulty: easy
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Childhood memories!



  • 6 potatoes
  • pinch of salt
  • oil


  1. Wash and peel potatoes.
  2. Cut potatoes into small cubes.
  3. Heat the oil in a frying pan. Add potatoes and sprinkle with salt.
  4. Stir every 2-5 minutes until golden brown. Taste. Add more salt if needed.



23 thoughts on “Fried potatoes – Latvian style

  1. I love it too. I really like potatoes and fried potatoes particularly. ‘Comfort food’ here too – who cares whether it’s healthy? I think there’s a lot of nonsense talked about that anyway.


    1. PS. We don’t as far as I know have a name for it in English, in fact I’ve never seen it served with diced potatoes here, but the Swedes do – pyttipanna – which I’m told translates as ‘little pieces in the pan’. However, they serve it with pickled beetroot not pickled gherkin.

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  2. In the USA we call them Home Fries:) Go to any restaurant for breakfast and that’s what they give you with eggs, bacon and ham! If you mix in the bacon or ham, maybe with a little cheese, they’re called Hash Browns. I make them as a side dish for lots of meals, but fold them into an aluminum foil pockets and bake, with the skins on and maybe a little garlic…but now I’m getting away from your pure and simple recipe that looks totally yummy:)
    Kind regards, Carolyn

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