Easy Cheesy Stove Top Scalloped Potatoes
When there’s not enough room in the oven to bake, learn how to cook homemade Easy Cheesy Stove Top Scalloped Potatoes from scratch in a cheddar cheese sauce.
Growing up, we always had boxed scalloped or au gratin potatoes for the holidays. It doesn’t matter if it was Thanksgiving, Christmas, or Easter; there were potatoes as a side.
After cooking on my own for several years, I decided to make homemade Stove Top Scalloped Potatoes without all of the preservatives. It took me a few holidays to get it right, especially cooking it on the stovetop.
Cooking for the holidays, especially Thanksgiving Dinner For Two, Christmas Dinner For Two, and Easter For Two, means the oven is lined up to bake two, three, even four dishes.
When there’s no room left in the oven, you’re left cooking side dishes on the stove. That’s why I set out to make Easy Cheesy Stove Top Scalloped Potatoes as a way to avoid baking in the oven.
It’s a quick and easy scalloped potatoes recipe made with Russet potatoes, cheddar cheese, onion, and milk.
Although it’s often associated with holiday dinners, you can also make it for an easy weeknight side dish to serve alongside roasted chicken quarters.
What does scalloped potatoes mean?
Scalloped potatoes means layering thinly sliced potatoes, usually in a casserole dish. With my stove top scalloped potatoes, you layer them in a Dutch oven.
What’s the difference between scalloped potatoes and au gratin potatoes?
After spending numerous hours researching and reading through recipes, nobody else knows either.
Some sources say scalloped potatoes don’t have cheese, but obviously my recipe does. The boxed scalloped potatoes I ate growing up definitely had a cheese sauce.
Another difference is au gratin has breadcrumbs on top, but most au gratin recipes I saw didn’t include breadcrumbs, including my Au Gratin Potatoes For Two.
In conclusion, the rest of the world doesn’t know the difference between scalloped and au gratin. They DO know anything with cheese and potatoes is a winner, no matter what you call it.
What ingredients are in stove top scalloped potatoes?
The ingredients for Easy Cheesy Scalloped Potatoes are Russet potatoes, shredded cheddar cheese, and whole milk with additional flavors such as garlic. You can also add fresh herbs such as thyme or rosemary.
I highly recommend using whole milk due to the fat content. It makes the cheese sauce rich and creamy. Skim milk won’t have the same results.
Which potato is best for scalloped potatoes ?
I personally think Russet potatoes make the best potato for stove top scalloped potatoes because of their higher starch level, which results in a creamier sauce.
However, I’ve seen other scalloped potato recipes using Yukon gold, which better hold their shape. Whichever potato you choose, bake until the potatoes are fork tender.
How do you finely slice potatoes?
The key to cooking easy cheesy stove top scalloped potatoes is to thinly slice the potatoes evenly using a handheld mandoline (affiliate link).
I reviewed my mandoline for my salt and vinegar chips and BBQ chips so you can see it in action.
My dad usually does this part during the holiday as I am busy preparing all of the other million dishes. He does a great job at it (especially since he can’t mince garlic – don’t ask).
How do you thinly slice potatoes without a mandoline?
If you don’t own a mandoline, slice them carefully and evenly with a knife. The key is making sure they’re the same thickness so they cook evenly.
How To Make Cheesy Scalloped Potatoes On Stove Top
To cook scalloped potatoes from scratch on the stove top, you need to use a wide-bottomed pan, preferably a Dutch oven (affiliate link).
Because of the wider surface area, the potatoes will cook more evenly instead of stacking them thick on top of each other.
Next, you need to create a roux, which is a paste made of fat, flour, and liquid. This helps thicken the cheese sauce that’ll coat the potato.
Finally, you cook the thinly sliced potatoes in boiling milk. You will need to stir often because the potatoes may burn on the bottom if you don’t.
What To Serve With Stove Top Scalloped Potatoes
Now that you made easy cheesy stove top scalloped potatoes, what do you serve with it? Here are some dinner ideas:
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Easy Cheesy Stove Top Scalloped Potatoes
When there's not enough room in the oven, learn how to cook homemade Easy Cheesy Stove Top Scalloped Potatoes from scratch.
- 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
- 1/2 cup diced white or yellow onion
- 1 clove garlic, minced
- 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
- 1 teaspoon salt (preferably kosher)
- 1 1/2 cups whole milk, room temperature
- 1 pound (16 ounces) russet potatoes (roughly 2 large potatoes), peeled and thinly sliced (preferably with a mandoline for even, thin cuts)
- 1 cup shredded cheddar cheese
- 1 tablespoon fresh herb, such as thyme, rosemary, or chive (optional)
- In a Dutch oven, another wide-bottomed saucepan, or large deep skillet, melt the butter. Add the onion and a big pinch of salt and cook 5 minutes until softened. Add the garlic and cook 1 minute.
- Stir in the flour and salt until a roux (thick paste) forms. Gradually whisk in the milk.
- Bring to a boil. Once boiling, turn the heat down to a simmer and add the potatoes. Cook covered with a lid for 15-20 minutes or until the potatoes are fork tender, stirring often to prevent burning on the bottom.
- Stir in the cheese and herbs until melted. Serve warm.
- Liked this recipe? Check out my Garlic Parmesan Au Gratin Potatoes
- Planning your holiday menu? Check out Thanksgiving Dinner For Two, Easter Dinner For Two and Christmas Dinner For Two for recipe pairings.
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This looks SO delicious….
Yuuum these look perfect! So thick and creamy :)
I’m still trying to figure out our sides for Easter…this looks like a top contender!
It’s definitely going to be at my table this year! Thanks Liz.
My husband will be one happy guy when I make this for him. #potatolove
He sure will! Thanks Renee.
Awesome- I was just telling the hubs that I wanted to make some!! Thanks!
By looking at your Easter recipes with all the Cadbury eggs- looks like we would get along quite well. YUM!!
Meant to be, right? ;) And yes we would get along for sure! Thanks Gina.
Maybe your dad needs a garlic press. It’s the real deal, if you ask me! And I LOVE scalloped potatoes, but I’ve never done them on the stove. I’m trying this for sure!
Nah, we just put him on potato duty and Mom takes over the garlic haha Thanks Jen!
These look like a great use for my Benriner. I just ran through a pile of onions to caramelize in the crock pot today, and that Benriner makes it ridiculously easy. I learned about it from Alanna at Kitchen Parade/Veggie Venture, found one at my local Asian market, and was set. Cheaper than a mandoline, easy clean up, and super sharp blade.
Back to your potatoes–they look wonderful. Do you think I could pour the sauce over sliced (uncooked) potatoes in the crock pot, give it a stir, and let it go for 4 hours? I’m always trying to find short cuts for holiday dishes, that, like you say, don’t involve the already overworked oven.
I have never used a crock pot before, so I honestly don’t know. Someone once told me for soups, you need to add more liquid to crock pot version because it cooks longer, so I’m not sure if you would need more sauce? I think in theory it would work. Just maybe keep an eye on it for the first time doing it?
We always had boxed scalloped or au gratin potatoes too! But I can see that homemade is way better!
It really is! Thanks Angie.
Wow! You’re right, that cerrtainly looks easy and yummy!
This is amazing!!! It looks just like the boxed kind, but obviously way better and better for you!
My hubs is a big fan of potato and he really adores this dish, so I’m saving it for him. Yum!
Oh My Goodness, this is really a recipe to try ASAP!
Oh my gosh they look soo good! Makes me wish I were going to an Easter dinner instead of a brunch!
Just made these scalloped potatoes and they were easy to make and also delicious!! Thanks for sharing the recipe :D
Glad you enjoyed them! :)
Hi, Carla! I made a version of these for Easter, and we really enjoyed them. I wasn’t diligent enough to keep them from sticking to my pan, but I volunteered Quinn to clean that up for me. ;-)
So glad to hear you enjoyed them! Yea the clean up can be a pain sometimes, but it’s so nice not to hog the oven.
I just tried these potatoes and all I can say is WOW! they turned out great! I did have to change it up a little bit though, as I had sliced up more potatoes than were called for (6 cups rather than 4). It was OK though, I just added a third onto each measurement and everything turned out. One thing that I do have to note, is it’s best for a number of reasons to use a nonstick pan. One, it doesn’t stick (DUH!!! LOL) and two you can actually let it burn just a bit before stirring and it comes off easily. Why let it burn you may ask? Well I don’t know about you, but I happen to LIKE those nicely browned areas that you would normally get on scalloped potatoes that you make in the oven, and letting them stick and burn slightly between stirring adds some of that flavor, at least to me. Anyways, great recipe and thank you!
Glad to hear you enjoyed it!
I JUST made these for dinner… and they are sooo good!!! I followed the recipe exactly but added some minced jalapeno.. My boyfriend can’t stop raving about them! Thanks for the recipe it will be a regular for sure! :)
Yay! Love the addition of jalapeno :)
Have you tried buying the individual frozen minced garlic cubes (for your dad) I don’t know if you get them in USA we get them in England they are great, use them most of the time. I usually don’t like things messed around with but these are 91% garlic with rapeseed oil sea salt and lemon juice, so they dont appear to have any gunk in. One cube equals one clove. Definitely going to try your potatoes they look scrummy.
Hmm I don’t know about the frozen cubes, but I know you can buy minced garlic in a jar (which doesn’t have the same flavor as using fresh garlic – it’s…more stale). I’ll take a look and buy him some for Father’s Day haha thanks for letting me know!
What kind of potatoes do you use?
Russet (Idaho) potatoes
Thanks! Have you ever tried using different potatoes? I ask because I’m curious how a waxier potato like Yukon golds, or maybe even a purple potato, will hold up.
No, I have not tried another type of potato. Let me know if you do!
Well I made them tonight with russets, super yummy, and I can see how easily they can be customized (can you say bacon?!)! I’ll probably try them with reds or golds, I’ll try to remember to let you know how they turn out! Thanks for the great recipe!
Nice recipe. Thank you and Happy New Year!
I tried making these tonight, and they were under cooked. I probably should have tasted them more than once before adding the cheese. I tasted them at the 15 minute mark and they weren’t quite done. I even cooked them for 5 minutes longer than it says. That’s when I should have tasted them again. I think if I try making them again, I’ll use a skillet, so that they’re spread out more. I also think the saucepan I used was too small. It was my fault. It’s a lovely recipe.
Sorry to hear they didn’t turn out. Another reason could be the thickness of your potatoes. If yours were thicker than mine, they could very well take longer than directed.
They were sliced pretty thin. I used my food processor. I just think they weren’t spread out enough. I’ll try again sometime.
I love scalloped potatoes. Stovetop or oven baked, either way, I am a fan of potatoes with cheese of any kind! Yours look creamy and delicious, Carla!
Oh, I have fond childhood memories of those boxes. :) Your version sounds much better to me now. And a bowl of cheesy potatoes is always welcome here.
I love that you can make these on the stove instead of in it. We like them here and I never make them during the summer but now I can!
The ads prevent me from copying the recipe on one page. I have to use 2 sheets to get the whole recipe. What a waste of ink and paper. Help.
In the recipe box, click on the link that says Print Recipe (next to Save Recipe and underneath the cooking time). That’ll take you to an ad-free page to print.
I don’t know what I did wrong, but I need to keep adding milk to mine. I’m not sure if my potatoes are really going to cook. It’s so think I could use it as wallpaper glue.
I don’t know what you did wrong either, but it certainly shouldn’t be that thick. Can you walk me through what you did exactly, including what you used for ingredients? My guesses are you didn’t measure properly, didn’t use the correct pan size, or you boiled it way too rapidly and the milk reduced down before it cooked the potatoes. When did you add the cheese? Was it super thick before or after you added the cheese? If you added it before the potatoes finished cooking, that would also contribute to your super thick sauce. Or if the cheese is fat free or low fat, they can sometimes give the sauce a weird texture.
I didn’t have all the ingredients required, so it didn’t turn out the way it looks in the pictures. What I ended up with was cheesy, filling potatoes. Easy to make and very tasty.
Thanks for the stove top recipe!
I’m glad the potatoes still turned out delicious for you!
My family LOVES scalloped potatoes – YUM! – and I love how easy this recipe is! Way simpler than my other recipes.
If you give it a try, let me know what you think!
Oh goodness, I literally want these potatoes right now! That cheese looks AMAZING – such a great recipe!
Thanks! And you don’t even have to wait for the holidays to make them.
Yum! These cheesy potatoes look irresistible. I’m always looking for ways to change up my sides during the holidays. Thanks for sharing :)
Hope you give them a try!
Loving your take on a favorite holiday dish. And this recipe is even greater because it doesn’t require the oven.
Yes perfect for big holiday meals when your oven is full!
I want that bite right off the fork! These potatoes look so creamy and cheesy!!
They sure are! Thanks!
Can you finish these potatoes in the oven/broiler to get that crispy top?
I haven’t tried it, but I don’t see why not! Transfer them to an oven-safe dish then broil until your liking.
Why does it say, prep time 30 minutes?
It’s about 10 minutes.
30 minute prep time will put many people off of trying it.
Anyway thanks for the recipe which worked well.
Because not everyone can peel and slice 2 potatoes plus gather the rest of their mise en place in 10 minutes. Based on the comments and traffic to this post, it doesn’t turn people off from trying it. Besides it’s better than writing 10 minutes and finding out it takes you 30 minutes ;) Regardless, I’m glad you were able to make this dish much faster than written and enjoyed it!
Simple recipe. I used about two cups milk. While they were cooking it looked like it might be too thick and the potatoes might not cook as fast as I wanted them to so I added some water. They were seriously perfect. Husband and I both think they are delicious and took no time to make. thank you for this recipe. It’s saved and I’ll use it a lot.
I’ll bet the extra liquids were due to the very large size of the potatoes.
Hmm it shouldn’t be so thick you need to add water, so not sure what happened. Glad it worked out for you though!
EXACTLY the recipe I was looking for. You guessed it, no room in the oven due to a ham! Will be making it in our wok. Appreciate it!
Let me know how it turns out!
I made the recipe. I maybe used more than a pound of potatoes so I added another cup of milk but left the flour as directed in the recipe. I sliced my potatoes really thin and left the skins on as I used yellow potatoes. They were creamy and super tasty. I probably also cooked them about 30-40 min stirring often keeping them between simmer/low and 2. I just nursed them while waiting on my ham to finish baking low and slow in the oven. I will definitely use this recipe again. Thank you! ????????
Thank you for the feedback! Glad you enjoyed the recipe.
Just tried this and it was delicious! I make my own version in the oven but needed a quick stove top recipe to go with the roast beef I had in the oven. Found yours by googling and so glad I did! Much easier and just one pot to clean! Thanks!
That’s exactly why I developed a stovetop version in case the oven is full! Happy to hear you enjoyed the recipe.
Looks like a fantastic recipe! Would I be able to substitute margarine instead of butter for the roux?
Yes, you can still make a roux with margarine.
I searched online for ‘simple creamy stovetop potatoes’ and found this promising recipe. I’m visiting some family tomorrow and plan to make these right before I leave. Since I want to save time and I need to make a bigger batch, I plan to slightly pre cook the sliced potatoes either in boiling water on the stove or in the microwave. Also, since I never seem to have all purpose flour in the house, I plan to use a halved amount of cornstarch instead.. I’ll update/post pictures if it turns out well!
Let me know how it turns out!
I made it. It turned out a little more liquidy than I expected. I later realized it was because I boiled the potatoes separately in water which leached some of the starchiness out of them. Replacing flour with cornstarch probably didn’t help. I added some chopped broccoli to soak up the dish. Ultimately, it turned out delicious and the family liked it. I hope to make it again soon and follow the recipe exactly. Thanks for the recipe!
Thanks for reporting back!
I have been looking for a scalloped potatoes recipe that doesn’t use a heap of cream or cream chicken soup for years, as I am highly lactose intolerant.
I never thought to use a simple (lactose free) cheese sauce, which I make regularly for other things like pasta bakes. 🤭
This recipe will be great for my Summer Mini Christmas Dinner Buffet for two in Australia (it won’t heat up the kitchen and I can cook it ahead of time!).
I cannot thank you enough.
Hope you have a wonderful holiday season. ❤️
Kind regards, Angela.
Glad you can make this recipe lactose free! Have a great Christmas.
Go Know. such a delish can be made so qiickly on top of the stove. to think the majic was right in front of us and we didn’t see it. very nice work. maybe tonite thanks joanie. bingo
Let me know how it goes!
Thank You for the simple and yummy recipe. For sure a go to!
Happy to hear that!