Japanese New Potatoes with Butter and Soy Sauce (Shinjaga shouyu bataa)

Recipe from Makiko Itoh


About 1 lb new potatoes, washed and unpeeled, sliced into small pieces if large
2 Tbs. butter or olive oil
1 Tbs. soy sauce
Coarsely ground black pepper or Sansho


Preheat the oven to 400°F/200°C.

Put the potatoes in a pan with water to cover; add salt (the water should taste almost as salty as sea water). Bring to a boil and cook for about 5 minutes. (Do this while the oven is heating up.)

Drain the potatoes. Melt the butter in the same pan and add the soy sauce. Mix the potatoes and butter-soy sauce well, and put onto a baking sheet.

Roast for 25 to 30 minutes unti the potatoes are browned and cooked through. Serve warm or at room temperature sprinkled with a little sansho/sanshou pepper or black pepper.