How to cook Jersey Royals

How to cook Jersey Royals

Jersey Royals are a true sign of spring, with a season that continues throughout the early summer months. Loved by chefs and home cooks alike, these new potatoes have a sweet, nutty flavour and very delicate skins. Because this some of the simplest cooking methods can be the most effective and, once cooked, Jersey Royals need very little additions to taste their best. Read on to discover how to boil, steam and roast your Jersey Royals to perfection.

You can also learn more about how they're grown, or explore some of our Jersey Royals recipes including Spring vegetables with anchovy butter, Roasted cod traybake and Chicken and caper salad.

Boiling

  • Bring a large pan of salted water to the boil and add the Jersey Royals – you do not need to peel them, but may want to chop any particularly large potatoes in half.
  • Cover the pan with a lid and simmer for 15–20 minutes, until tender.
  • Once cooked, drain the potatoes and return to the pan, adding any extra flavours to taste. Try olive oil or butter with a handful of fresh herbs, or make your own flavoured butter to toss through the cooked Jersey Royals.

Steaming

  • Pour a layer of boiling water in the bottom of a pan.
  • If using a tiered steamer, place the Jersey Royals in the bottom layer and add any softer spring vegetables in the upper layers.
  • If you don’t own a steamer simply place the potatoes directly into the water, ensuring they are only half covered by the liquid.
  • Place a lid over the tip and simmer for 15–20 minutes, topping up the water if required, until the potatoes are tender.
  • For a more aromatic flavour, add fresh herbs to the pan before cooking or try using stock and white wine instead of water.

Roasting

  • Preheat the oven to 190ºC/170ºC fan/gas mark 5.
  • Bring a large pan of salted water to the boil and cook the potatoes for 10 minutes until just beginning to be soften.
  • Drain the potatoes and leave to steam dry for 5 minutes, then arrange them in a single layer across a baking tray and drizzle over some olive oil.
  • Roast in the oven for 30–35 minutes, shaking the try from time to time to prevent the potatoes from sticking.
  • For extra flavour, season your potatoes with a good pinch of salt before cooking and try adding fresh rosemary, garlic or lemon to the tray.