Simple Braised Potatoes with Onion

It’s up to you if you want the skin off or on for this recipe of Braised Potatoes. These go with anything, whether it’s a salad, meat, seafood, or just a variety of veggies. 

If you are looking for french fries, this is not it, they’re not fried in oil and the potatoes turn out tender and soft. Potatoes are an easy vegetable to work with and are inexpensive. They compliment almost any dish, and to many, they are the ultimate comfort food.

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What do I need to make simple Braised Potatoes?

When cooking potatoes in a pot, you will not need many ingredients. If you choose to peel the potatoes, you should do that first. Then, slice an unsweetened yellow onion. For braising the potato, you will need some water and a few tablespoons of oil. 

For the oil, I like to use a light extra virgin olive oil or organic canola oil, but you can use your favorite oil. All that you will need for the seasoning is sea salt and fresh chopped dill to garnish, or other fresh herbs you may like to add.

To braise potatoes, you will want to use a medium cast-iron pot, depending on how many potatoes you are cooking. 

What Kind of Potatoes Do I Use? 

There are a variety of different potatoes out there, and not all potatoes are made equally.  All though, any kind of potatoes could work for this specific recipe, the potato I use more than any other is the Yukon potatoes. These yellow-fleshed potatoes have a creamy buttery taste to them that you can’t beat. 

Russet potatoes are great for baking or making french fries. Fingerling, red, or small mini potatoes are good for making hash browns or roasting.

What do I need to make this recipe?

  • 2 Tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 yellow onion
  • 1 lb potatoes (I use organic Yukon potatoes)
  • 1 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1 handful fresh dill

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How Do I Braise Potatoes on the Stove?

Over medium heat and in a medium-sized pot heat up olive oil. Then, add the onion. Saute, stirring occasionally for two minutes.

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I use a mandolin to slice the potato evenly, but just slicing with a medium-sized pot works too. Add the potato to the pot.

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Give it a good stir, then add in salt and water.

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Cover the pot with a lid then turn the heat to simmer. Braise for 20 minutes or until the potatoes are tender and soft. Garnish with fresh dill. 

Note: Potatoes are best served fresh. If you would like to reheat them, do so on a skillet with a tablespoon of unsalted butter.

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Other Potato Recipes You May Enjoy: 

Roasted Potatoes with Garlic and Herbs

Simple Homemade Mashed Potatoes


Equipment I Used:

Simple Braised Potatoes with Onion

Braised Potatoes

Braised potatoes are your pan-style scalloped potatoes.
Prep Time 10 mins
Total Time 35 mins
Course dinner, lunch, Main Course, Side Dish
Cuisine Russian
Servings 8
Calories 36 kcal


  • mandolin slicer
  • pot
  • Spatula
  • Knife
  • Cutting board


  • 2 Tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 yellow onion thinly sliced
  • 1 lb potatoes thinly sliced (i used Yukon potato)
  • 1 ½ tsp salt
  • ½ cup water
  • 1 handful fresh dill chopped


  • In a medium-sized pot heat 2 Tablespoons of extra virgin olive oil.
  • Slice 1 yellow onion thinly and add to the heated oil. Sauté for 2 minutes.
    Simple Braised Potatoes with Onion
  • While you sauté the onions, slice 1 pound of potatoes. I used a mandolin to get even slices.
    Simple Braised Potatoes with Onion
  • Add sliced potatoes into the pot with the onions. Give it a good stir.
    Simple Braised Potatoes with Onion
  • Add 1 1/2 teaspoons of salt and 1/2 cup of water.
  • Cover the pot with a lid, turn the heat to the lowest. Braise for 20 minutes or until the potatoes are soft.
  • Sprinkle with a handful of chopped fresh dill. Enjoy!
    Simple Braised Potatoes with Onion


Nutrition Facts
Braised Potatoes
Amount Per Serving
Calories 36 Calories from Fat 36
% Daily Value*
Fat 4g6%
Saturated Fat 1g6%
Sodium 437mg19%
Potassium 20mg1%
Carbohydrates 1g0%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 1g1%
Protein 1g2%
Vitamin A 10IU0%
Vitamin C 1mg1%
Calcium 3mg0%
Iron 1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
Keyword dill, dinner, green onion, lunch, main course, olive oil, potato, side dish
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