Spicy Chinese Potatoes

Spice things up on your Chinese dinner night with the irresistible charm of Spicy Chinese Potatoes! Quick, easy, and bursting with flavors, it’s the perfect companion to elevate your dining experience.

Spicy potatoes served on a white plate.

Wait… Chinese potatoes? Yep, you read that right. Maybe this isn’t a new thing for you, but when I was visiting Beijing earlier this year, I was really surprised by the number of potato dishes I saw in restaurants.

Potatoes are a relatively modern addition to the world of Chinese food, but a tasty one nonetheless. Along with Spicy Sichuan Cabbage, these Chinese potatoes were part of my very first meal in China. I was blown away by how much I loved the food! I particularly loved this dish of fried potatoes with garlic, scallions, and spicy peppers.

Reasons to Love These Chinese Potatoes

  • Each bite offers a unique blend of spices and seasonings, creating an exciting taste experience.
  • These Chinese Potatoes are easy to prepare. They require simple ingredients and straightforward cooking methods.
  • These stir-fried potatoes pair wonderfully with a variety of main courses like Spicy Sichuan Vegan Potstickers or enjoy it over rice. In case you’re a fellow rice-struggler, check out my post on how to cook perfect rice.
  • The crispy exterior and soft interior provide a satisfying texture and a delightful mouthfeel.
  • Potatoes are a good source of vitamins, minerals, and fiber. If you’re searching for a version made with shredded potatoes, check out this recipe for Sichuan Stir Fried Potatoes from The Woks of Life.

Recipe Ingredients

Spicy potatoes on a white plate with chopsticks.
  • Yukon Gold Potatoes: Buttery and slightly sweet, with a creamy, moist texture.
  • Soy Sauce: Adds a rich, umami depth, complementing the potatoes’ natural taste.
  • Rice Vinegar: Brings a subtle tang that balances the dish’s richness and enhances freshness.
  • Garlic: Offers a pungent, aromatic kick, infusing the dish with a savory complexity.
  • Serrano Chile Pepper: Delivers a sharp, vibrant heat, cutting through the dish.

See the recipe card for full information on ingredients and quantities.

Variations

  • Russet Potatoes Substitute: Use russet potatoes instead of Yukon gold for a similar texture and slightly starchier taste.
  • Black Vinegar Twist: For a unique flavor, you can swap the rice vinegar with black vinegar. Black vinegar adds a rich, slightly sweet, and tangy dimension to the dish.
  • Light Soy Sauce Option: If you prefer a milder soy sauce flavor, you can substitute light soy sauce for the regular soy sauce.
  • Spicy Variation: For an exciting twist on your spicy potato stir-fry, you can skip the red pepper flakes, Serrano chile pepper, and soy sauce. Instead, drizzle chili oil for a fiery kick, or sprinkle Sichuan peppercorns for a numbing, flavorful surprise.

How to Make Spicy Potatoes

Step #1: Soak the potatoes in salted water for 5 minutes, then drain and pat dry.

Step #2: To prepare the sauce, whisk together soy sauce, rice vinegar, sugar, and red pepper flakes with 1 tablespoon of water in a small bowl.

Step #3: Heat the vegetable oil in a 10″ cast-iron skillet over high heat for 5 minutes, or until the oil is shimmering. Add the potatoes and fry, turning every minute or so, until they are fork-tender about 4 to 6 minutes.

Step #4: Add the garlic, scallions, and Serrano pepper to the pan. Sauté for 60 seconds until the garlic is fragrant.

Step #5: Pour in the prepared sauce and toss well. Cook, turning the potatoes frequently, for 1 to 2 minutes, or until the potatoes have absorbed the sauce.

Potatoes with chilis and scallions sprinkled on top.

Expert Tips

  • Starch Removal: After slicing the potatoes, rinse them under cold water to remove excess starch. This helps achieve a crispier texture when frying.
  • Thin Slices: Slice the potatoes uniformly and thinly for even cooking and a delightful crispy texture.
  • Drain and Dry: After soaking in salted water, ensure thorough draining and pat dry to prevent excess moisture during frying.
  • Even Turning: Turn the potatoes frequently to achieve uniform crispiness.
  • Sauté Briefly: Serrano pepper and scallions need only a short sauté to maintain freshness.

Frequently Asked Questions

Should I peel the potatoes before slicing them?

You can leave the potato skins on for added texture and nutrition. However, if you prefer a smoother texture, feel free to peel them before slicing.

Can I use a wok instead of a large skillet for this recipe?

Yes, you can certainly use a wok if you prefer. A wok can provide even heat distribution and is traditionally used for stir-frying.

How thin should the potatoes be sliced?

The potatoes should be very thinly sliced for the best texture and to ensure they cook evenly.

How do I know when the potatoes are perfectly cooked?

The dish reaches perfection when the potatoes turn tender inside and achieve a crispy golden brown exterior.

What’s the best way to slice the potatoes?

Using a mandoline slicer or a sharp knife will give you evenly thin slices for consistent cooking.

Storage Info

To store Chinese Potatoes, place them in an airtight container in the refrigerator; they will remain good for up to 3 days. Freezing is not advisable as it can change the texture. For reheating, spread them on a baking sheet and heat in an oven preheated to 350°F (about 175°C) for 10-15 minutes. This method helps retain their crispiness and flavor.

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Spicy potatoes with chilis and scallions sprinkled on top.

Spicy Chinese Potatoes Recipe

Spice things up on your Chinese dinner night with the irresistible charm of Spicy Chinese Potatoes! Quick, easy, and bursting with flavors, it's the perfect companion to elevate your dining experience.
4.4 from 109 votes
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Course: Side Dishes
Cuisine: Chinese
Diet: Dairy Free, Vegan, Vegetarian
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes
Servings: 4 servings
Calories: 223kcal
Author: Linda
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Ingredients

  • 1 1/4 pounds Yukon gold potatoes - very thinly sliced
  • 4 tablespoons soy sauce
  • 2 tablespoons rice vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • 3 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 4 cloves garlic - peeled and thinly sliced
  • 2 scallions or green onions - sliced into 1-inch pieces
  • 1 Serrano chile pepper - stemmed and sliced
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Instructions

  • Soak the potatoes in salted water for 5 minutes, then drain and pat dry.
  • To prepare the sauce, whisk together soy sauce, rice vinegar, sugar, and red pepper flakes with 1 tablespoon of water in a small bowl.
  • Heat the vegetable oil in a 10" cast-iron skillet over high heat for 5 minutes, or until the oil is shimmering. Add the potatoes and fry, turning every minute or so, until they are fork-tender about 4 to 6 minutes.
  • Add the garlic, scallions, and Serrano pepper to the pan. Sauté for 60 seconds until the garlic is fragrant.
  • Pour in the prepared sauce and toss well. Cook, turning the potatoes frequently, for 1 to 2 minutes, or until the potatoes have absorbed the sauce.

NOTES

Storage Info:
To store Chinese Potatoes, place them in an airtight container in the refrigerator; they will remain good for up to 3 days. Freezing is not advisable as it can change the texture. For reheating, spread them on a baking sheet and heat in an oven preheated to 350°F (about 175°C) for 10-15 minutes. This method helps retain their crispiness and flavor.

Nutrition

Serving: 1serving | Calories: 223kcal | Carbohydrates: 28g | Protein: 5g | Fat: 10g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 6g | Monounsaturated Fat: 2g | Trans Fat: 0.1g | Sodium: 1018mg | Potassium: 671mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin A: 114IU | Vitamin C: 31mg | Calcium: 31mg | Iron: 2mg

 

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