What Makes Yukon Gold Potatoes Stand Out?

A good rule of thumb when it comes to food is to always assume there are different varieties of what you’re eating. These differences can come from the land that they’re grown in, the recipes that utilize them, and the flavors that each one gives. When it comes to potatoes, they may be some of the most diverse of all of these qualities! Like other foods, there are certain types of potatoes that are a cut above the others you’ll find. Yukon Gold potatoes are an excellent example of this. What makes them stand out from the other potato varieties you’ll find? We break it down for you below!

Cooking Styles

Yukon gold potatoes are commonly referred to as a jack of all trades, and there’s a good reason for this. While many types of potatoes can only be cooked in a certain way, Yukon gold potatoes are almost limitless in the ways you can prepare them! They can undergo a wide variety of different cooking methods to maximize their flavor, including both wet and dry heat styles of cooking. Some popular examples include:


  • Boiling
  • Pan Frying
  • Roasting
  • Baking

Their Flavor

Unless you’re talking about sweet potatoes, most types of potatoes don’t have a unique flavor to write home about. In the case of Yukon gold potatoes, however, this is very different! Yukon gold potatoes are famous for having a distinct nutty flavor and the smoothness of butter – which also influences the taste! This unique flavor makes Yukon gold potatoes highly sought after by consumers. Because it’s so flexible, the Yukon gold potato can be added to a variety of recipes to improve its quality.

Country of Origin

The potato was first farmed in the Andes mountains of south America over 8,000 years ago. Since then, their production has spread throughout the continent and abroad, with a lot of the production still taking place there in addition to the United States. What makes Yukon Gold potatoes unique is that they don’t come from either of these countries. Instead, they originated in Canada in the 1960s! It was even named for the Yukon river in northern Canada, with the “gold” part added on to compliment the potato’s golden appearance.

Yukon Gold Mashed Potatoes at Mare Oyster Bar

While Yukon gold potatoes are becoming rarer now, there’s one place where you’ll be able to find them consistently – Mare Oyster Bar! We offer them as a side for our land-based menu options, but there’s plenty more that we can provide. Our main specialty is from the sea – we have a wide variety of seafood dishes that are at their freshest and tastiest. Come see what makes our restaurant one of the best seafood spots in the North End by making a reservation today!