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Skillet Fried Potatoes

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Skillet Fried Potatoes

This Skillet Fried Potatoes guide is as about a simply stated as I can make it. Fried Potatoes have been a staple for families as long as there have been skillets! I love potatoes no matter how they are fixed, mashed, baked, french fried, hashed, twice baked, new potatoes in broth with new peas, potato soup, etc! We just like potatoes and they are one of the most diversified vegetables from the garden!

It is important not to slice the potatoes too thick when frying them. Of course the thinner the potatoes the quicker they fry! It is also important to check them often (every 5 minutes or so). Potatoes have to be turned often to allow them all to cook through. The flip side of this is they have to be allowed to fry long enough before turning to allow for some browning on the underside first. Now, we understand why they have to be checked often. If you scorch them they are not very tasty! 🙂

We are also very parcel to our Cornbread recipe when we fry potatoes. This is a very easy and quick cornbread recipe to make. Nothing much better with fried potatoes than a pan of cornbread baked in a cast iron skillet with a big pat of butter put between a slice while it is piping hot out of the oven! Sheew, that was a mouth full! Get the Cornbread recipe “HERE “ 🙂

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 Ingredients for Skillet Fried Potatoes:

  • Preferably 1 – 10″ or 12″ well seasoned, Cast Iron Skillet. (If you do not have Cast Iron that is fine)
  • Criso Lard (Or lard or Oil of your choosing)
  • Depending on how much you want to fry 4 – 8 large potatoes sliced or cubed.

Now comes the good part
You can add all kinds of stuff after you put the potatoes in the skillet.


  • Sliced Onions
  • Sliced Green Peppers
  • Garlic
  • Etc.
  • Use your imagination for flavor. We personally love Onions and a little Garlic to flavor them!

Directions for Skillet Fried Potatoes:

  1. Peel your potatoes
  2. Slice or dice them into thin slices or small diced potatoes
  3. Wash the potatoes under running water in a colander
  4. Allow to drain well (WARNING: Hot grease and water do not mix)
  5. Add lard or oil to skillet- 2 Large Tablespoon fulls of lard. (Bottom of skillet needs covered about 1/2 deep.
  6. Pre-heat the skillet with lard added until the potatoes sizzle when dropped into the grease. (Pre-heat over medium heat for just few minutes, don’t over heat your skillet)
  7. Add potatoes and gently flip them to get all coated evenly.
  8. Add you extras, onions, etc.
  9. Cover and fry on medium heat approx 30 minutes flipping , not stirring every 5 minutes or so.
  10. Remove from skillet and serve hot with Cornbread and side dishes of your favorite meats and veggies!

Another method of frying potatoes in a skillet if you do not want the lard or oil is to fry them in butter and water. This is an old recipe from the south for Skillet Fried Potatoes and I am trying it next!

  • Add 1/2 Cup of butter to the skillet and on medium heat, melt the butter.
  • Add potatoes and extras in layers. Ex, layer of potatoes then layer of onions, then layer of potatoes, etc.
  • Pour 3/4 Cup of water over top.
  • Cover and fry like the above recipe calls for.

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