Boiled Baby Potatoes are smothered in a buttery bacon and onion sauce for one tasty side dish! Sprinkle small Yukon Gold or red potatoes with lots of fresh dill and scallions and turn it into a dinner with a side of sour cream! We love this potato recipe! Leave the skins on for young or creamer baby potatoes and get ready for a potato dish the whole family will love!


Ukrainian baby boiled potatoes in butter bacon sauce

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Boiled Baby Potatoes

My husband’s mom would serve these potatoes hot for Sunday’s lunch after church. She would boil them whole and toss them in the onion and bacon butter sauce then keep it warm in a slow cooker during church. When our families would sit around the table these potatoes were served with a side of sour cream and it was one of my favorite Sunday Dinners!

She would use a slab of cured salt pork or store bacon slices (chopped.) I personally love the cured pork because it’s much chewier and thicker. If you’re not a pork fan skip the meat and make this vegetable dish with just melted butter and fresh herbs!

This comfort dish is one of my top potato recipes! It’s so easy to throw small potatoes into a pot of boiling water and make a butter bacon sauce while the potatoes cook. The combination is a keeper and you only need a few ingredients to pull this together!

Boiled Baby Potatoes with Onion and Bacon Sauce is loaded with so much flavor! Considering how simple this recipe is, it’s super tasty made with a few fresh ingredients, and only requires a few steps to have dinner on the table in under 20 minutes! Serve with Creamy Cucumber Tomato Salad or a side of Wheat Bread for a traditional hearty Potato Dish!

Ukrainian boiled baby potatoes with a butter bacon sauce

What Kind of Potatoes Should I Use?

Yukon Gold Baby Potatoes are the best for this dish. If you pick them up in the grocery store, pick the smaller ones out of the bag. The smaller potatoes, the better. When using young potatoes from the Farmer’s Market or garden, the skins can be scraped off easily since they’re fresh from the ground. Once the potatoes stay in storage for some time the skin gets harder.

I typically peel off the skins from store potatoes. However, if you buy the medley bag of fresh creamer potatoes you can keep the skins on. Ideally, you want the skins if the potatoes are fresh or young. Older potatoes should be peeled.

You can use any red-skinned or yellow-skinned varieties as long as they are small baby potatoes. Large Russet or chef potatoes can be starchy and fall apart after boiling. Grocery stores carry a variety of creamer baby potatoes that can be cooked in as quick as 6 minutes!

Red, purple, or yellow creamers are usually a variety of Idaho, Dutch Yellow, Ruby Gold, Russian Banana, Purple Peruvian, French Fingerling, or Ruby Crescent Potatoes.

How To Cook Baby Potatoes For Guests:

This recipe can be served right after boiling. However, if you’re hosting a crowd, it works both ways! To make baby potatoes ahead of time simply boil the potatoes until fork-tender. Gently toss the butter bacon sauce with potatoes and transfer into a slow cooker. Keep warm for up to 2 hours.

This also works great kept warm on the stovetop until guests come an hour in advance. Keep it over the lowest setting. It makes a great carry-in dish for potlucks or guests.


How To Make Baby Potatoes?

Baby potatoes don’t take long to cook and creamer potatoes take even quicker to boil or roast. Boiled Baby Potatoes with Herbs and Butter need only 25 minutes to pull together before serving on the dinner table. With 4 easy steps and quick preparation, dinner will be done in a matter of moments. Here’s how to make this potato recipe:

  1. Before you began trim and wash any young baby potatoes. If using bigger potatoes, cut in half. Skins can be kept on or peeled off.
  2. Place into a large 6-quart pot. Fill halfway up with water. Bring to a boil and cook until fork tender (10-20 minutes.)
  3. Meanwhile, sauté bacon and onion in 1 tablespoon of butter until browned (5 minutes.) Stir in the remaining stick of butter until melted. Set aside.
  4. Toss potatoes with the bacon butter sauce and garnish with fresh dill and green onions. Serve with a side of sour cream.


teder whole potatoes

What’s In Boiled Baby Potatoes? Boiled baby potatoes are best with melted butter, spices, and a few fresh herbs. Bacon or pork with caramelized onion really takes these potatoes to another wow level! 

How To Roast Baby Potatoes:

For roasted baby, potatoes try this oven method! I personally prefer boiled baby potatoes because they get irresistibly soft and when tossed they can resemble smashed baby potatoes.

  1. Preheat the oven to 450°F. Slice the potatoes in half and place face down on the baking sheet.
  2. Prepare the Bacon Butter Sauce and pour over arranged potatoes.
  3. Gently toss and roast for 20 minutes or until tender.
  4. Serve with sour cream.

How To Grill Baby Potatoes:

Get your coals on and fire up the grill! Seal your potatoes with Barbecue flavor!

  1. Parboil the potatoes by boiling the potatoes halfway done (7 minutes.) Slice bigger potatoes in half before boiling.
  2. When potatoes are done, drain the water.
  3. Make the Bacon butter sauce. Toss to coat the potatoes and place them into foil packets. Bring to the grill when ready to cook or place into the fridge until needed.
  4. Grill over a med-high flame or hot coals in the foil packets for 5-8 minutes on each side. (If made ahead it may need more time to cook from a cold state.) Open foil packets and garnish with fresh herbs before serving.

Can I Make-Ahead?

To make baby potatoes ahead of time follow the recipe as directed. Keep warm until serving or transfer to a slow cooker and heat over low 2 hours before serving. This could be done days in advance.

To reheat microwave leftover baby potatoes, with some boiling water until hot.

Ingredients Needed?

baby potatoes ingredients


  • Baby Potatoes- any small or young potatoes is ideal for boiled or roasted potatoes. If using large potatoes, cut in half.
  • Bacon- use store-bought sliced bacon or salted cured pork cut into strips.
  • Butter- 1/2 cup of butter is needed to make this butter sauce.
  • Spices- garlic salt, lemon pepper, and salt. Depending on what pork you use you may need to adjust the salt accordingly.
  • Onion- any medium onion.
  • Fresh Herbs- fresh dill and green onions are the best for this potato dish!




Tips for The Best Boiled Baby Potatoes:

  1. Cut the potatoes in half for tender “smashed baby potatoes.”
  2. Boiling Baby Potatoes with skins on helps to retain their shape and is more nutritious. Having the skins on adds texture to your dish!
  3. Make-Ahead by preparing the potatoes as directed with the bacon butter sauce. Keep in foil packets for grilling or store in a slow cooker until ready to reheat!
  4. To reheat: throw on a grill or set over a low or warm setting on your crockpot until hot (typically 2 hours for a slow cooker on low and 5-10 minutes for the grill.)



More Potato Recipes To Try:

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How To Cook Baby Potatoes:

Boiled Baby Potatoes with Butter Bacon Sauce

Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 25 minutes
Servings: 8 servings
Author: Alyona Demyanchuk
Boiled Baby Potatoes are smothered in a buttery bacon and onion sauce for one tasty side dish! Sprinkle small Yukon Gold or red potatoes with lots of fresh dill and scallions and turn it into a dinner with a side of sour cream! We love this potato recipe! Leave the skins on for young or creamer baby potatoes and get ready for a potato dish the whole family will love!


  • 6-quart pot
  • 12-inch frying pan


  • 5 lbs Yukon gold potatoes
  • 12 oz bacon (or salted cured pork)
  • 1 onion (diced)
  • 4 oz unsalted butter (1 stick)
  • 1 1/2 tsp garlic salt
  • 1/2 tsp lemon pepper
  • 1/4 tsp salt


  • how to peel baby potatoes with a knife scraping off the skins
    Place potatoes into a large pot and fill half way with water. Bring to a boil and cook the potatoes until fork tender (10-20 minutes.)
  • how to make a bacon butter sauce for baby potatoes
    Meanwhile, cut the bacon into strips. Sauté the pork and onion in a large skillet with 1 Tbsp of butter over medium heat until browned (5-8 minutes.) Turn off the heat and add the remaining butter to melt. Set aside.
  • how to make the butter sauce for baby potatoes
    Once the potatoes are tender; drain and add the bacon butter sauce with spices. Toss everything together to coat.
  • how to toss baby potatoes in a butter sauce
    Garnish with fresh dill and green onions. Serve with a side of sour cream. This dish keeps well ahead of time. Keep on low in pot or crock pot until serving.


  • Potatoes: Use small Yukon Gold potatoes or young baby potatoes. Creamer baby potatoes will take up-to 10 minutes to boil. If, using bigger golden potatoes, cut in half before boiling. 
  • Skins: can be scraped off young potatoes or peeled off. Creamer baby potatoes don't need to be peeled. Trim potatoes where needed when leaving skins on and wash well. 
  • Pork: use bacon or any cured pork or ham. 

Nutrition per serving

Serving: 1servingCalories: 502kcalCarbohydrates: 51gProtein: 11gFat: 29gSaturated Fat: 13gPolyunsaturated Fat: 3gMonounsaturated Fat: 10gTrans Fat: 1gCholesterol: 58mgSodium: 908mgPotassium: 1303mgFiber: 7gSugar: 3gVitamin A: 372IUVitamin C: 57mgCalcium: 44mgIron: 2mg

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    • Br3nda

    I made this recipe last night. I used whole small Yukon gold potatoes and did not cut in half. I used thick bacon. They turned out great.

    • faye

    Do you drain grease off of bacon after cooking then add butter?

      • Alyona Demyanchuk

      Hi Faye, the cured pork I use is meatier than bacon so it doesn’t release as much grease, but you can certainly keep as much grease as you’d like. I personally think it provides flavor.

    • Dee Bennett

    My friends Czech mother made similar potatoes . My friend was very happy

    • Elena

    The potatoes dont get mushy being on low for 2 hours?!? How is that? I would think they’d get mushy..

      • Alyona Demyanchuk

      Hi Elena, I’d keep them over the warm setting in the slow cooker. And if they are boiled whole and then not touched with they should still hold their shape nicely before serving. It’s my favorite because I love them steamed thoroughly. You can also just leave them on the stovetop over the lowest setting after they’ve boiled and steam them that way for at least 20 minutes, they’re irresistibly soft and tender! The key is to not mix them too much. Try it out!

    • Viktoriya

    Looks delicious! Have a question? Where did you bought package of cured salt pork?

      • Alyona Demyanchuk

      Thank you Viktoriya! You can purchase salted cured pork in the meat section of some grocery stores.

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