So easy, so quick and SO tasty! These Easy Cheesy Potatoes will become part of your dinner rotation I guarantee it!No butter is used in this easy cheesy potatoes recipe, but adding a pat is definitely an option if you would like your potatoes to have more decadence! 

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Easy Cheesy Soy Sauce Potatoes

These Japanese style easy cheesy potatoes with soy sauce are addictive! I make these all the time because they are so easy to prepare and flavorful – I mean seriously tasty! Boiling potatoes in soy sauce is a brilliant idea that’s often used in Japanese cooking. This specific potato preparation is called kofuki imo.

The literal translation for kofuki imo is powdered potatoes, because of the almost mashed and powdery texture the potatoes take on once they are boiled.


This whole easy cheesy potatoes recipe takes less than 15 minutes to make from start to finish. And believe me when I say that your potatoes will also most likely be gone in less than 15! There’s no additional seasoning needed as the potatoes absorb all of the salty, umami flavors of the soy sauce.

Finish them by folding in some grated parmesan cheese, give it a minute to melt, and top with shredded nori and crunchy scallions. Oh yes. I’ll have this dish any day, any time, anywhere.


If you happen to have some potatoes left the next day, make yourself a delicious breakfast by adding a fried egg on top – it’s amazing!

I like to serve these easy cheesy potatoes with Julia Child’s burger Lyonnaise or I’ll go full Japanese and pair them with hambagu or tsukune skewers.

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Easy Cheesy Potatoes with Soy Sauce

So easy, so quick and SO tasty! These Easy Cheesy Potatoes will become part of your dinner rotation I guarantee it!

  • Author: Caroline Phelps
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 6 minutes
  • Total Time: 11 minutes
  • Yield: 4 people 1x
  • Category: Side
  • Cuisine: Japanese


  • 2 medium potatoes (peeled and chopped bite size)
  • 2 tablespoons soy sauce
  • 2 tablespoons Parmesan cheese (grated)
  • 34 tablespoons water
  • 1 tablespoon scallions (chopped)
  • toasted and flavored shredded nori


  1. In a medium size pot, add water, soy sauce and potatoes.
  2. Bring to a boil, cover and cooked for 6-10 minutes, until potatoes are cooked through.
  3. Add parmesan cheese, mix well and top with scallions and shredded nori. Serve.


These easy cheesy potatoes can keep in the fridge for up to four days.

Keywords: recipe, appetizer, vegetarian

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