These fried potatoes are a delicious side dish you'll love. The crispy potatoes are coated in a blend of seasonings that are just addictive. And since these potatoes are cooked in a cast iron skillet, there's no baking or boiling required!
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The Best Fried Potatoes
Potatoes are a classic addition to literally any meal. And I don't know about you, but I love potatoes, and this recipe might just be my favorite way to cook them.
These pan-fried potatoes are a simple side that tastes extraordinary. The potatoes are super crispy on the outside with a nice crunch and fluffy on the inside with the most amazing flavor.
Trust me, once you take your first bite, you'll be hooked. And everyone who tries them will love these Southern pan fried potatoes too, so you know they'll be a hit at the dinner table!
Why This Recipe Works
Quick and easy. All you have to do is cook the skillet potatoes and mix them with the seasonings, and it'll take you no more than 20 minutes.
Simple ingredients. You only need a handful of ingredients, and you probably have all of them on hand already.
Versatile. Whether you serve fried potatoes with breakfast, lunch, or dinner, they'll go with any meal.
This pan-fried potato recipe is made with only the simplest ingredients, and those ingredients are:
- 1lb. red potatoes, thoroughly washed
- 2 tbsp olive oil
- 2 tbsp unsalted butter
- Salt and pepper, to taste
- ½ tsp smoked paprika
- ¼ tsp dried thyme
- ¼ tsp garlic powder
How To Make Fried Potatoes
1. Prep: Thoroughly wash the potatoes and dry them with paper towels. Cut the potatoes into about ½-inch thick slices.
2. Cook: Add olive oil and butter to a skillet over medium heat. As soon as the butter melts, add the potatoes to the hot oil and cook them for about 10 minutes until golden brown, flipping the potatoes occasionally.
3. Season: While still warm, add the potatoes to the bowl, along with salt, pepper, thyme or other fresh herbs, and paprika. Mix the potatoes until they're fully combined in the seasonings.
4. Serve: Serve the skillet potatoes hot with anything you want and enjoy!
Tips To Make The Best Recipe
- Add some vegetables to the potatoes, like diced onions and bell peppers, along with minced garlic for more flavor.
- Use frying oil like vegetable oil, extra virgin olive oil, peanut oil, or coconut oil for perfect fried potatoes.
- Use russet potatoes for a starchy texture or yellow potatoes and red potatoes for a waxier texture.
- Cook the potatoes in batches so they can all lay flat on the cast iron skillet to get nice and crisp.
- Cut the potatoes into cubes for a different texture.
- Add more oil to make the potatoes extra crispy.
How To Store Fried Potatoes
In the fridge: Let the potatoes cool and store them in an airtight container in the fridge for 3-4 days.
In the freezer: Store the leftover potatoes in a freezer-safe bag or airtight container and freezer for up to 3 months.
Reheating: Put the potatoes in the oven at 400°F for about 10 minutes or in the air fryer at 375°F for about 3 minutes or until warm. Add more cooking time for frozen potatoes.
FAQs About This Fried Potatoes Recipe
Should you boil potatoes before frying?
You do not need to boil potatoes before frying. If you want the potatoes to be fluffier on the inside, then you can boil them for about five minutes, but it isn't necessary when pan frying potatoes.
Why are my fried potatoes not crispy?
You either did not use enough oil to cover the surface of the potatoes or did not cook the potatoes at a high enough heat.
Why do you need to soak potatoes before frying?
Soaking potatoes will help remove the excess starch so the potatoes do not stick together and get super crispy. If you soak the potatoes, just make sure to dry them completely before frying.
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- Thoroughly wash or soak the potatoes. Dry completely.
- Cut the potatoes to ½-inch thick slices.
- Heat olive oil and butter in a cast iron skillet.
- Add potatoes and cook them, in batches, until golden brown, flipping occasionally.
- While still warm, add the potatoes to the bowl, along with salt, pepper, thyme, and paprika. Mix to coat the potatoes in the spices.
- Serve potatoes as desired.
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 0Total Fat: 5gSaturated Fat: 0gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 0gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 0mgCarbohydrates: 18gFiber: 0gSugar: 0gProtein: 2g