Quick and Easy Yunnan Potatoes

"Slightly spicy Chinese stir-fried potatoes. Adapted from Hot Sour Salty Sweet. This is a nice summer dish because it can be served at any temperature. I prefer peeled potatoes for this dish."
photo by Dienia B. photo by Dienia B.
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Ready In:


  • 3 tablespoons peanut oil (or vegetable oil)
  • 5 dried Thai chiles
  • 6 cups cooked potatoes, cut in bite-sized pieces
  • 1 cup scallion, finely chopped (or a mix of scallions and chives or garlic shoots)
  • salt


  • Heat wok or heavy skillet over high heat.
  • Add oil and swirl to coat bottom of pan.
  • Add chiles and cook, stirring, until they begin to puff up, about 30 seconds.
  • Add potatoes and stir-fry for about 3 minutes, pressing them against the pan to brown them.
  • Add scallions and salt and stir-fry another 2 minutes.
  • I prefer to remove the chiles before serving.
  • Serve hot, cold or at room temperature.

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  1. loof751
    Yummy and easy potatoes! I served mine at room temperature and left out the scallions as I don't care for them. Crispy and spicy - loved these potatoes - thanks for sharing the recipe! Made for Spring Pick-A-Chef 2011
  2. Kate S.
    I haven't tried this one yet, but it looks just about right. My guess is that more oil and some chili paste would make it even more authentically Yunnan.
  3. Debbwl
    Rating these was hard because I thought they were quite good and DH hated them. Being a room temp dish makes this great for brunches, pot luck, picnics, or any other make ahead event. Made as written using peeled potatoes (a must) and scallions. Think will make for our next breakfast post luck and get a broader range of opinions. Thanks so much for the post.
  4. Dienia B.
    loved these served them hot or ole dee will be going back to the microwave for mr picky lol cakepops on parade
  5. Leggy Peggy
    I've made this twice in a couple of weeks. The first time I did half a batch using only three chillies and half the onions. The second time I did half a batch using five chillies and all the onions. I loved it both times, but still think it doesn't quite have the heat that I expect in most Yunnan recipes. Great that it can be served at various temperatures. Oh, and I never peeled my potatoes. They were thin-skinned and I hate to waste the nutrition and flavour. As an aside, I baked extra potatoes the other night, just so I would have enough to make this again. Thanks for posting.



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