What Are Fondant Potatoes and How Do You Make Them?

It's time to grab a bag of spuds and heat up a skillet! This recipe for fondant potatoes is taking TikTok by storm.

If the first thing that comes to your mind when you hear the word “potatoes” is a Thanksgiving spread, have we got some news for you. Potatoes are a dynamic food. The options you have when it comes to recipes, cooking methods and types of potatoes are basically limitless—what other food is a holiday staple, crispy snack, breakfast side and a fundamental addition to your McDonald’s order?

To help expand your arsenal of spud sides, we’re sharing a brand-new recipe from TikTok—fondant potatoes, also known as melting potatoes. This trending, melt-in-your-mouth recipe is a foolproof way to broaden your potato palate!

Why Are Fondant Potatoes Also Known as Melting Potatoes?

Before we get into how to make these mouthwatering spuds, let’s break down why melting and fondant potatoes can be used one and the same.

Fondant potatoes are also known as melting potatoes because in French “fondant” literally translates to “melting.” Essentially, the terms are interchangeable. And both happen to describe the popular melted food trend social media users can’t get enough of.

How to Make Fondant Potatoes

Sure, you could look at these fondant potatoes as an upgrade to your regular baked potato, but they’re so much more than that. Cooked in a skillet with your favorite flavors, these potatoes have crispy seared edges and a buttery smooth middle that will melt in your mouth.

TikTok user @kellyscleankitchen shows us exactly how to make fondant potatoes in her viral video, below. Follow the directions to make a batch at home!

@kellyscleankitchen How to make Fondant Potatoes 👩🏼‍🍳 🥔 #recipe #foodtok #fondantpotatoes #potatorecipe ♬ original sound – Chef Kelly Scott

Step 1: Prepare your potatoes

To start, heat up a cast-iron skillet on the stove. Peel and wash a handful of spuds, then cut them into 1-inch flat slices.

Step 2: Sear and flavor

Add some butter to your hot skillet, and then your potatoes. Cook on one side until it has a golden brown sear, then flip and cook on the other side. Once both sides are seared, add in about a cup of chicken stock and as much fresh garlic, thyme and rosemary as you’d like. Season with salt and pepper to taste.

Step 3: Bake, serve and eat!

Carefully place your skillet in a preheated 400°F oven, and cook for about 30 minutes or until tender enough for a fork to go through the middle. Remove the potatoes from the oven, serve and eat!

Summer Potato Recipes We Can’t Resist

Potatoes, in their many forms, are all popular sides. Trust us, we have list after list of summer potato recipes. If you’ve already made a successful batch of melting potatoes, you’re ready to roll up your sleeves and take on homemade potato chips. And of course, we can’t forget about the picnic classic—a generous helping of potato salad.

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Hannah Twietmeyer
Hannah is a writer and content creator based in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, with a passion for all things food, health, community and lifestyle. She is a journalism graduate from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and a previous dining and drink contributor for Madison Magazine.