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Skillet Fried Potatoes: Easy and Delicious Cooking Tips

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Skillet Fried Potatoes

If you love crispy, golden potatoes with a fluffy center, then you’re in for a treat. Skillet-fried potatoes are easy to make and incredibly delicious. The secret to perfect skillet-fried potatoes is using the right amount of oil and seasoning to create a crispy exterior while keeping the inside tender.

You can make these tasty potatoes using simple ingredients like russet potatoes, oil, salt, and pepper. Add some onions or smoked paprika for extra flavor. Whether you’re cooking breakfast or dinner, these skillet-fried potatoes will steal the show.

Get ready to impress your family and friends with your cooking skills. With these tips and tricks, you’ll master the art of skillet-fried potatoes in no time.

Exact Ingredients (+ Possible Substitutes)

To make skillet fried potatoes, you will need a few basic ingredients:

  • Potatoes: Russet potatoes are a good choice, but Yukon Gold or red potatoes work well too.

  • Oil: Use vegetable oil or canola oil. Olive oil is also a nice option for a richer taste.

  • Salt: Kosher salt is preferred for even seasoning, but table salt will work just fine.

  • Black Pepper: Freshly ground black pepper adds a nice touch of heat.

Optional Ingredients:

Adding these can enhance the flavor:

  • Onions: Finely diced onions add sweetness and depth.

  • Paprika: Adds a smoky flavor and vibrant color.

  • Cumin: Introduces a warm, earthy flavor, blending well with potatoes.

  • Rosemary: Fresh or dried, it gives a fragrant herbal note.

Ingredients Table:

Potatoes7 mediumYukon Gold or red potatoes
Oil3-4 tbspOlive oil
Salt½ tspTable salt
Black Pepper¼ tspGround white pepper
Onions (optional)¼ cup dicedShallots
Paprika (optional)½ tspSmoked paprika
Cumin (optional)½ tspCoriander
Rosemary (optional)1 tspThyme

Those are the main ingredients you need to make delicious skillet fried potatoes. Feel free to experiment with different spices and herbs to suit your taste.


First, wash your potatoes thoroughly to remove any dirt. Cut them into thin slices about 1/4 inch thick or into small chunks, depending on your preference.

Heat a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add a mix of 2 tablespoons vegetable oil and 1 tablespoon butter to the pan. Wait until the butter melts and the oil shimmers.

Add the potato pieces to the skillet. Spread them out in a single layer to ensure even cooking. Season with salt and pepper. You can also add a bit of chopped rosemary for extra flavor.

Cover the skillet with a lid to trap the steam and help cook the potatoes through. Let them cook undisturbed for about 10 minutes.

After 10 minutes, remove the lid and flip the pieces to brown the other side. Continue to cook, flipping occasionally, until all sides are golden brown.

If you like extra crispy potatoes, cook uncovered for another 5 to 7 minutes, until they reach your desired crispiness.

When done, sprinkle with extra salt if needed and serve hot. Enjoy your delicious skillet-fried potatoes!

Tips, Tricks & Storing

Tips & Tricks

  1. Oil: Use enough oil to prevent sticking, but not too much to make them greasy. Cast iron pans work best.
  2. Layering: Arrange potatoes in a single layer for even cooking.
  3. Seasoning: Sprinkle salt and pepper when you add the potatoes. Add other spices like paprika or garlic powder for extra flavor.
  4. Stirring: Resist stirring too often. Let the potatoes cook undisturbed until they form a golden crust.


  • Refrigerate: Let the potatoes cool completely. Store them in an airtight container. They can last up to 3-4 days in the fridge.
  • Freeze: For longer storage, place cooled potatoes on a baking sheet in a single layer. Once frozen, transfer to a freezer-safe bag.
  • Reheat: Warm in a skillet over medium heat until hot and crispy again. Add a little oil if needed.

Quick Tips

  • Use leftover potatoes for a quick breakfast hash.
  • Dice any extra onions for future meals before storing them.
  • Always keep an eye on the heat level to avoid burning. Medium to medium-high heat works best.

Recipe Variations & Serving Suggestions

For variety, you can try different types of skillet-fried potatoes.

  • Crispy Skillet-Fried Potatoes: Use vegetable oil in a cast-iron skillet. Arrange them cut-side down and cook until golden brown.
  • Pan-Fried Potatoes with Onions: Add sliced onions. Season with garlic powder and black pepper.
  • Thinly Sliced Potatoes: Cut them into thin slices and fry with butter and olive oil.

Here are some creative ways to serve skillet-fried potatoes.

  • Topped with Cheese: Sprinkle shredded cheddar or mozzarella while potatoes are hot.
  • Herb-Infused: Add fresh rosemary or thyme for a fragrant touch.
  • Spicy Kick: Mix in some red chili flakes or paprika for heat.

Serving suggestions can enhance your dish. Here are a few ideas:

  • Breakfast Side: Pair your potatoes with scrambled eggs and bacon.
  • Dinner Side: Serve them alongside grilled chicken or steak.
  • Dipping Sauces: Offer ketchup, sour cream, or aioli for dipping.

Experiment with these variations and find new favorites!

Benjamin Happy Muncher

Hi, I'm Benjamin. I love cooking, long walks, and my girlfriend! Here you’ll find simple and delicious recipes that you can make in 30 minutes or less.