Papas arrugadas or wrinkly potatoes or boiled potatoes in a thick salt crust: this is a classic side dish from the Canary Islands! Serve them with mojo sauce, mojo verde and mojo rojo.
Have you heard of these papas arrugadas or wrinkly potatoes before?
Who knows maybe you have visited the Spanish Canary Islands before in the past? Or a friend of yours did and talked about these local boiled potatoes in a salt crust?
Whatever it is, there is no way that you can spend time on one of those islands without bumping into this local potato special. and we absolutely love them!
So what’s the secret behind them?
Canarian Wrinkly Potatoes
Find it out here!
Love it or hate it. Because indeed you serve these boiled potatoes wrapped in a layer of salt. If you order wrinkly potatoes somewhere, this is how they should at least look like.
Do you eat all that salt then?
It depends on how much salt you like. Perhaps just looking at these potatoes already raises your blood pressure. But I have to admit that the salt really adds to the flavor if you ask me.
I’m a salty tooth so you won’t hear me complain. However I have heard people complain before about them, too salty, too dried out.
Whether you like wrinkly potatoes is a pure personal choice!
Not everyone likes these papas arrugadas. Even though I think that they are one of the best potatoes in the world, other people have called them the worst potatoes ever.
Again, it is purely personal.
But here at home we love them!
Salty Spanish Papas Arrugadas
Can you use just any potato to make these wrinkly potatoes?
I would say yes, I have used lots of different types of potatoes before because the potatoes are cooked with their skin still attached. But I like my papas creamy on the inside and not too sticky.
One thing though: choose very small potatoes to make papas arrugadas. Imagine that crunchy when you bite into one, that salt crust and potato peel burst the second your teeth sink in.
Where does this recipe come from?
Well the story I have heard the most so far after living in Tenerife for over 4 years is that the local potatoes were boiled in pure seawater. Once boiled, you add the potatoes back to the pan and to dry them out until a layer of salt appears on the potato skins.
So that is the trick behind the papas arrugadas then: boil them in very salty water and then dry them out on the stove to get that crust.
Canarian Mojo Sauce
It is really as simple as that.
So, what should you serve these potatoes with?
You will most likely get wrinkly potatoes with a dipping sauce, the famous Canarian red or green mojos. Or an aioli or garlic mayo.
What a treat.
Easy Canarian Papas Arrugadas Recipe
Papas arrugadas or wrinkly potatoes or boiled potatoes in a thick salt crust: a classic side dish from the Canary Islands!
- 1 lb small potatoes (450 g)
- 3 cups water (720 ml)
- 4,5 oz coarse salt (125 g)
Scrub the potatoes very well. Make sure that all the sand is gone, don’t peel them. Then transfer them to a large pan.
Add the coarse salt.
Then pour in the water.
Place the pan over high heat until the water comes to a rolling boil. Then turn the heat lower to medium. Cover the pan and boil the potatoes for 15 minutes or until tender. Then drain the potatoes and immediately transfer them back to the same pan.
Place the pan back over medium heat and let the potatoes dry out for 5 minutes or until they have turned all white. That’s the salt layer forming on the potato skin. Then transfer the papas arrugadas to a dish and serve with mojo.