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Spicy Melting Potatoes

Spicy Melting Potatoes are wonderfully crispy on the outside and creamy on the inside with lots of spicy kick. Amazingly flavorful!

Spicy Melting Potatoes piled up on a plate.


If you’re a spicy food lover, these Spicy Melting Potatoes are a must try.

This recipe for Melting Potatoes  is one of the most popular recipes on Spicy Southern Kitchen. People can’t believe how delicious these potatoes are. I wanted to make a spicy version of melting potatoes and I think they turned out wonderfully.

I used a slightly different cooking method, starting them in a cast iron pan with oil and melted butter on the stove to really kick start the browning process.

Spicy Melting Potatoes


I drizzled them with more butter mixed with cayenne pepper and a little honney for sweetness before placing them in the oven. Halfway through the baking time, the potatoes get flipped over and some chicken broth and garlic get added to the pan.

The flavors are kept simple here because the real winner is the texture of the potatoes. For best results, I like to use Yukon Gold potatoes, but Russet potatoes could also be used.

The potatoes are cut in fairly thick slices and the outsides get wonderfully golden and crispy by the time the inside gets soft. The chicken broth adds just the right amount of flavor to the potatoes. For an even stronger flavor, try using beef broth.

This is a potato side dish you will turn to again and again.

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Spicy Melting Potatoes piled up on a plate.

Spicy Melting Potatoes

Spicy Melting Potatoes are wonderfully crispy on the outside and creamy on the outside with lots of spicy kick. Amazingly flavorful!

PREP: 10 mins
COOK: 35 mins


  • 8 tablespoons salted butter, melted
  • 3 pounds Yukon Gold Potatoes, peeled
  • salt and pepper
  • 1/2 to 1 cup chicken broth
  • 1 teaspoon honey
  • 1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil or vegetable oil
  • 2 cloves garlic, smashed


  • Square off ends of potatoes and cut into 3/4-inch to 1-inch slices
  • Preheat oven to 475 degrees.
    Heat a large cast iron pan over medium-high heat. Add the oil and half the melted butter.
  • Place the potato slices in a single layer in the pan. Season the tops with salt and pepper and saute for 5 minutes to brown the bottoms.
  • Remove from heat and flip each potato over.
  • Mix the honey and cayenne with the remaining butter and pour over the potatoes.
  • Place pan in the oven for 15 minutes.
  • Remove pan from oven and flip potatoes over. Pour enough chicken broth in the pan so it comes about 3/4 of the way up the potatoes. Add garlic.
  • Return pan to oven for 15 minutes.
  • Spoon liquid over potatoes and serve. Add extra salt and pepper if desired.


Beef broth can be used instead of chicken broth.


Calories: 225kcal
Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Keyword: roasted potatoes

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12 thoughts on “Spicy Melting Potatoes”

  1. What if you don’t have a cast iron pan, would a regular fry pan work and then transfer the potatoes to a casserole dish or baking pan?

  2. Had to use beef broth as I was out of chicken, but these were absolutely delicious! Can’t wait to make them again.

  3. Made these last week 2/3/21 and we have had them 3 times since then. They are absolutely gorgeous 😋😋

  4. Can you put them in another pan to put in the oven? My cast iron pan is only a 10″, therefore doesn’t hold the volume of potato slices in the recipe.

  5. Delicious, melt-in-your mouth potatoes with just a small kick from the cayenne pepper…everyone loved this recipe!

  6. With that much butter pretty much anything cooked in it will taste wonderful.

    But, for most people that recipe should not be a constant “go to” dish. 🙂

    1. This was delightful! We used half the garlic and triple the honey. Keep in mind that your house will really hold the smell of this dish for several hours. Make sure that anything else you make will pair well with the aroma.

    2. Delicious. Love the little bit of heat. As to a prior comment as to how healthy the recipe is, most of us are intelligent enough to make choices for ourselves about how healthy a dish is and most of us are eating a serving not the whole dish. I never understand why those type of comments are made As they are just not necessary.

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