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Rösti | Classic Swiss Potato Pancake

On my recent trip to Zurich, I was 100% focused on finding the best version of the local Swiss dish, Rösti, possibly the tastiest potato pancake ever created.

At its best, this Switzerland famous food is crispy and buttery, and I found a lot of great versions: during breakfast at the Ambassador Hotel, a rustic dinner at Zeughauskeller, and during my two meals at Hiltl vegetarian restaurant.

{Rösti} Classic Swiss Potato Pancake Recipe

Why You’ll Love This Recipe

My favorite rösti was at Hiltl — so good I had it multiple times. This dish had a similar texture to the perfect French fry — crusty exterior and a soft, almost creamy interior — if a French fry and a hashbrown hybridized. Since I returned home, I have done a lot of research about rösti and learned there are many versions and beliefs about making the best one.

Oh, and that Zurich style is made with raw potatoes and nothing but butter and potatoes. After loads of potatoes and many ways to make it, I settled on this version that’s Fall-ified with sage, thyme, and tons of crisp mushrooms. Sure, it’s not a rösti in Zurich, but it’s pretty respectable if I say so myself. 

Recipe Ingredients

Here are the ingredients you’ll need to make this rösti recipe: 

  • Olive oil or butter
  • Cremini mushrooms
  • Fresh sage
  • Yellow onions
  • Garlic
  • Russet potatoes
  • Sour cream

How To Make This Rösti Recipe

Here are the steps to make this rösti:

  1. Sautee The Mushrooms: You don’t have to serve this with crisp saged mushrooms, but we think it’s delicious this way. You can saute the mushrooms up to 2 days ahead and serve warm. 
  2. Cook The Onions: To begin making the rösti, cook the onions in butter and then add garlic and thyme. 
  3. Microwave The Potato Matchsticks: Cook the potatoes partway through in the microwave.
  4. Make The Rösti: Finally, heat oil and butter in a pan, press some potatoes into the pan, and cook until golden. Then, add the onion and the remaining potato. Cook while shaking the pan occasionally to keep the pancake loose. Carefully flip the potato pancake and cook until golden brown, then serve. 

More Potato Recipes

Now that you’ve made this rösti, be sure to also try out these other delicious potato recipes:

Go stock up on all your cooking essentials, then head into the kitchen, make this, and share it with us by tagging @saltandwind and #swsociety on social!

{Rösti} Classic Swiss Potato Pancake Recipe

{Rösti} Classic Swiss Potato Pancake Recipe

Say hello to possibly the best potato pancake ever created. At its best it's crispy and buttery and this {Rösti} Classic Swiss Potato Pancake recipe, friends, is the classic dish at its best!
5 from 2 votes
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 40 minutes
Total Time 1 hour
Servings 4 servings
Calories 259 kcal


For The Sauteed Mushrooms:

  • 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
  • 8 ounces cremini mushrooms stemmed and thinly sliced
  • 3 sprigs fresh thyme or sage
  • kosher salt
  • Freshly ground black pepper

For The Caramelized Onions:

  • 1 tablespoon unsalted butter
  • 1/2 medium yellow onion finely chopped
  • 1 garlic clove grated
  • 3 sprigs fresh thyme or sage
  • kosher salt
  • Freshly ground black pepper

For The Rosti:

  • 3 Russet potatoes  (about 1 pound) rinsed and cut into 1/16th-inch matchsticks by hand or with a mandolin
  • 1 tablespoon unsalted butter
  • 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil

For Serving:

  • Sour cream for garnish


  • Sauté The Mushrooms: Heat 1 tablespoon of the oil in a large well seasoned cast iron or nonstick skillet over medium-high heat.
    When the oil shimmers, add the mushrooms, season with salt and pepper and add half of the thyme. Cook, stirring occasionally, until mushrooms are golden brown, about 10 minutes. Discard the thyme stems and set mushrooms aside.
  • Cook The Onions: When the mushrooms are ready, remove from heat and set aside. Return the pan to the stove, add 1 tablespoon of the butter and place over medium-high heat. When it foams, add onions and cook, stirring occasionally, until softened, about 5 minutes.
    Add garlic and remaining thyme and cook, stirring frequently, until fragrant, about 30 seconds. Season to taste with salt and pepper. Transfer to a small bowl and wipe out skillet. Discard the thyme stems and set onions aside.
  • Microwave The Potatoes: Meanwhile, spread the matchstick potatoes on a large microwave-safe plate and microwave on high heat until hot all the way through and softened but still slightly crunchy, about 5 minutes. 
  • Cook The Rösti: Heat 1 tablespoon each oil and butter in the pan over medium heat until shimmering. Add half of potatoes and press into bottom of the pan with a rubber spatula. Season with salt and pepper.
    Spread onion mixture evenly over the potatoes and top with remaining potatoes. Press down into an even disk shape using a rubber spatula. Season top with salt and pepper.
  • Cook, swirling and shaking pan occasionally until deep golden brown and crisp on the first side, about 10 minutes. Carefully place a large cutting board of the pan, grip the sides (with some kitchen towels) and, carefully flip the pan so the rösti is now cooked-side up on the board.
  • Heat remaining oil and butter in the skillet and slide rösti back in the pan. Continue cooking, swirling and shaking pan occasionally until deep golden brown and crisp on the second side, about 8 minutes longer. Slide rösti to a cutting board. Serve immediately with sour cream and mushrooms.



Serving: 1servingCalories: 259kcalCarbohydrates: 33gProtein: 5gFat: 13gSaturated Fat: 5gPolyunsaturated Fat: 1gMonounsaturated Fat: 7gTrans Fat: 0.2gCholesterol: 15mgSodium: 13mgPotassium: 954mgFiber: 3gSugar: 3gVitamin A: 248IUVitamin C: 13mgCalcium: 43mgIron: 2mg
Keyword fall pancake recipe, hashbrowns, potato pancake
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