Swiss Rösti

From the mountains of Switzerland to your plate

Serves 4 as a side dish, 2 as a main course

Swiss Rösti

Swiss traditional food carries the influence of French, German and Italian cuisine. Swiss dishes tend to be plain and made from simple ingredients, such as potatoes and cheese. Rösti, mainly consisting of potatoes, is a perfect example of Swiss cuisine…

Rösti is an Alpine favourite. Traditionally, it is considered a Swiss-German favourite, but this doesn't prevent the French-speaking part of the country to eat it too. In fact, this dish has become such a strong cultural symbol that it has given its name to the “Röstigraben” (in English Rösti-ditch), a humorous term used to refer to the cultural boundary between the German and French regions of the country.


  • 2 medium-sized waxy potatoes
  • 1 tbsp butter
  • 1 tbsp goose fat
  • onion (optional)
  • bacon (optional)
  • egg, 1 or 2 per person (optional)
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image of rösti


  1. Parboil the potatoes in salted water until just tender, but not soft. Allow to cool, and chill for at least a couple of hours.

  2. Coarsely grate the potatoes and season. Heat half the fat in a small, heavy-based frying pan until sizzling, and then add the grated potato, allow to cook for a couple of minutes and then shape it into a flat cake, pressing down as lightly as possible. Allow to cook for a couple of minutes, then gently shake the pan to loosen the potato. Continue to cook for about 10 minutes until golden and crisp, then place a plate on top of the pan and invert it so the cake sits, cooked-side up, on the plate.

  3. Add the rest of the butter and goose fat to the pan and, when hot, slide the potato cake back into the pan the other way up. Cook for another 10 minutes, then serve.


Crisp on the outside, soft and meltingly within, if you have a taste for fried potatoes you will love this recipe! All you really need is some firm potatoes, parboiled to give a soft, melting interior, and fried in plenty of hot butter and goose fat until crisp.

If you’re worried this might be too plain a dish (don't worry!) just add an onion, some bacon, and/or Alpine cheese.

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Rösti is best enjoyed after climbing a mountain!

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